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Old 04-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #181
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I know what you mean. Time marches on for all of us and our cars. I am so far over the hill that I am nearly on level ground again.
At least the cars can live on sometimes as examples (sometimes bad ones) of our folly or greatness. It just depends on how many long necks went into the creation of them.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:02 PM   #182
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lI have a 2000 focus wagon that my grandpa bought new in 2000. I've owned it nearly 3 years now and i love it! Great inlittle wagon, decent fuel mileage, good handling, very roomy inside despite how small it looks on the outside. The ztec engine has good power too. I've done the usual repairs necessary with the2000 model year.....49k original miles and going strong. It's my daily driver, fun to drive too..
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #183
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Gee, 49K on a 13 year old car! Lucky man. You'll like living alongside your Focus. I sure do.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:03 PM   #184
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Yeah, grandpa didn't go very far at all. When i got the car it had 25,900 miles on it in May, 2010....i replaced the key lock cylinder, front strut assemblies, sway bar end links, water pump, rear wheel cylinders twice, one e brake cable, front and rear brakes & front rotors, etc....the old adage, if mileage don't get it age will, applies!
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:19 PM   #185
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Here is my rusty yet trusty wagon lol. Them Rockers...

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #186
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Can anyone tell me what is the permitted weight on a roof rack on a Focus wagon - 2007? I read somewhere that it is 165 pounds. My manual ( and my vehicle, for that matter) are not at present accessible to me, but I am planning a major trip and need to know what I can put on the roof.

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #187
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Ford says 220 lbs. on it's roof rack but beware!!!

http://www.paddling.net/message/show...ice&tid=709955

I refer you to the above link regarding your question. Not 100% sure of it, but if you read the article it expresses concern with roof rack failures with any substantive loading. Like I said, just beware. An accident like that could ruin your (and possibly someone else's) day.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:58 AM   #188
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Thanks for that reply. I had seen the link with suggestion about the weakness of the factory roof bars.
I was looking into buying an Airtop roof tent from Autohome .
In this connection the Canadian dealer I was talking to advised me that the Focus factory roof bars were not strong enough to support the roof tent, although the weight ( 113 pounds) is well within the advertised roof load ( 165 lbs), so this gives some further credence to the report that the factory roof bars are weak.
The problem is not with the side roof rails but with the cross bars. I guess the answer is to buy stronger cross bars from someone like Thule or Yakima.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:12 AM   #189
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Weight sitting is not the same as weight driving- especially at any speed over 100 kph.
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good point Alex. I noticed that driving my Toyota with the spare on the roof. made me a bit nervous it might come off.

yay wagons and stuff.
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