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Old 05-26-2008, 10:26 AM   #161
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On behalf of my daughters...

When my 1997 Taurus died in 2007, I replaced it with a 2004 Focus SE sedan, to share with my younger daughter, then 16. I wanted a Focus because it was agile and peppy (with the larger engine), and its seat height offered a more commanding view than most small cars. Above all, at 66.7 inches, it was just about the narrowest car out there, a feature that would let us easily thread in and out of tight parking spaces. Moreover, where we live, the roads are single-lane (each way) for about 10 miles in every direction. With a narrow car, we could drive around a bicyclist without crossing the yellow line into opposing traffic.

I had done my research and set firm criteria. For convenience, it had to be an automatic. For safety, it had to be white with side air bags. For looks (her requirement), it had to be a sedan. For thrills (for me), it had to have the 2.3L engine. As luck would have it, I found such a Focus at a dealer about 80 miles from my home and drove it home for $7,000 (with 84,000 miles on it).

In short order:
1. My daughter claimed it as her own.
2. Her schoolmates began driving Focuses.
3. Her college sister cried, "No fair! Why do I have to drive a stupid 1998 Oldsmobile!"
4. I began walking to the bus stop, bussing to the train, and riding the train to work. The Olds lives in our driveway, but come September the older daughter will keep it on campus. She wants the Focus ("It's my turn, and I need a small car to park," she reasoned), but her mother feels that it's "too good a car" to keep there; that someone will try to break in or steal it. (A Focus sedan?)

Anyway, I've begun exploring these forums, hoping my wife will see fit to let me buy a second used Focus, for the older daughter, either now or next year. My wife says I should wait; that if our younger one ends up as her sister did--living on-campus at the local university--she won't need a car there. I know she's right, but it breaks my heart to have to have the older one driving around in our Oldsmobile "boat."

Meanwhile, I probably drive a Focus less than anyone on these forums. In fact, I barely drive the Olds; June is 5 days away, and this year I've filled up with gasoline twice.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:28 AM   #162
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just browsing for some parts for my new ZX4 ST and i stumbled upon this site, some sick ideas for the focus.

i had a black '07 ST for 6 months, fully loaded with everything ford dished out to me. i turned heads everywhere i went, but was involved in a serious accident in february, and i couldnt stay away from the focus, i missed it way tooo much!

im now back in somewhat of the same Focus, but without some options that i had like the street appearance package, but i wanna make it look, sound and perform extremely unique. i have loads of ideas but cant seem to find exactily what im looking for.

if anyone can help me out it would really be greatly appreciated

heres what i've done/did

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Street appearance package
2 Red L.E.D's in the front grille w/ toggle switch
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Rockford Fosgate P550-2 Amp w/ toggle switch
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2 10" Xtreme Subs w/ 500w Xtreme amp
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:50 AM   #163
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hello all....names scott and am lost on how to work this site still. how the heck do you get a pic put on with your info? lol am lost and have been lookin to put a thumbnail that shows up with the posts up for close a week now. car friendly, not computer!! i bought a stock 2002 ford focus zx3 back in 2004 and have been literally doing everything i can to it with the money ive had. NEVER will be finished. learned about the site through a google search and am enthused that there is a great community here. awesome to be here!
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lingerin and checkin things out. missin my foci, rockin the nitro now.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:02 PM   #164
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Hey all!

I've just acquired my first Ford; A black 2000 Ford Focus SE with 43K miles. :D

The car has a few issues with it, which I'm planning on opening a new thread for help. But I will post a few details here.

*back passenger quarter window replaced. Damaged somehow.
*Needs truck lock fixed/replaced.
*Replacing air filter, and gas cap
*Need new tags, lic plates etc..
*Weird issue with radio. Turn on, switch stations and it powers off... then powers back on...

I'm planning adding/moding:
*tinting all windows I can.
*new tires/rims
*Superbright white headlights.
*debadging car
*New deck and speakers

Any suggestions, or recommendations for anything else? I'm a New ford owner, so the whole ford aspect is a little new to me. I've had BMW's, GMC's. chev's and honda's, so this is not my first car, but def gonna be a new learning experience.

My cousin works at a Ford dealership, so I'm already planning on taking the car to his shop to get the window, truck lock, and a recall item fixed. Anyone know how much this should run me?

Thanks all for your help, and having this place for us!


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Old 05-29-2008, 12:26 PM   #165
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newbie here...

new to the forum and have been driving an 06 zx4 since late 05...not many complaints...paint has started to chip a little...haven't done any mods, sounds cool...but i don't know enough about cars for that lol...i've read some posts and a lot of the language sounds like gibberish to me...i think the redesigned 09 looks way better than my 06...don't know if i'll purchase another focus (or another ford for that matter)...but i enjoy riding in my car...great to take a trip and have it look like the gas needle didn't even move...getting close to 60k in miles (lots of highway driving) as i was affected and moved around by hurricane katrina...other cars i'm interested in include audi (r8, tt), nissan (z, maxima), hyundai (sonata) and a few others...

hope i can find my way around all this info and come out smarter than i went in...
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Old 05-29-2008, 03:54 PM   #166
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New here as well! I drive a '05 ST. Got it for a song; $9400 with under 29k on the clock. Thank goodness for someone not paying their car note and getting it repo'd. I came to this from my Merc Tracer LTS (the "ST" of Tracers) after driving a Focus SE for 3 days while my wife's Taurus was getting head gaskets. I loved the Focus, but knew if there was a more performance minded and rarer submodel that's what I'd have to have. After looking at the prices of ZX5 SVTFs I decided to set my sights a little lower since low mileage was also important. It took several days to find the perfect one. The only thing it's missing is the moonroof, but it does have the heated seats, mirrors, and the Sony audiophile system. Oh, and brand new Potenza RE92s. (Too bad the dealer didn't research tires first. This is the most expensive tire that Tire Rack sells for this car and the ratings are terrible on it. I wish he'd just put the Pirellis back on. Another similarity of the LTS; both came with Pirellis from the factory....)

I came upon this site while looking around for the biggest Focus club (and because any time I tried to search google for something about the Focus it'd come up linked to this site) on the 'Net. I've been a fairly active member on boards for the Escort/Tracer and Taurus for over a decade; I'm a car guy.

I bought this as a dual purpose DD and AutoX warrior. Again, why I chose the ST specifically. As such, it'll be a few years before I start doing anything under the hood as I want to start in stock class with this car. Plus, why risk the warranty? After 2010 though....who knows?
One the outside of the car, there's not much I would change. I kind of like the European ST badge though and am kicking around the idea of making a change to that. Maybe clear corners with amber bulbs. I've had clears on the LTS for years with blue/ultra-white bulbs and nobody has ever said a word. I really like the SAP spoiler but I'd like to see it on a silver car first. My general rule with this car is that if it's not made by Ford or specifically for Ford (Cosworth, i.e.), it's not going on the car.

The interior needs help though. The SVT seats are comfortable and look awesome and there are minor differences between this interior and the loaner I had, but not very pronounced for the best of breed for this model. I'm currently looking at picking up some chrome inside door handles from the UK and the HVAC surround (silver) from the SVT. Other than that maybe a set of UK ST floor mats is about all I've found. I want to keep it unique, but stick with stock parts.

This is an awesome SITE!
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:57 PM   #167
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Hi name is Bibi and I am a brand new member of FF. So far, I really like this forum. Currently I drive a 2008 black focus ses sedan and before this I drove a 2000 metallic silver Ford Focus SE sport sedan. I really LOVED my 2000 focus but i got into a really bad accident and I had to trade it in for a more reliable car. Everyone thought that I was crazy to pick another focus but I love them!! Well that's all about me!!
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:31 PM   #169
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I just realized I never posted here >.>

Hello I'm "New" I drive a 07 3dr Hatch

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Old 06-16-2008, 07:47 PM   #170
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Hello, my names Ian, i'm lifelong Ford nut (following in my fathers tyre tracks) and over the past few years i've occasionely lurked on this forum and i thought i'd join, I must admit i don't actually own a Focus, but i own the Focus' (slightly) smaller brother, a 2006 Ford Fiesta ST, however my dad owns a 2002 Focus ST170, which i occasionely get to drive. I had planned to upgrade to an '08 Focus ST3 once i'd finished paying for the Fiesta, but then i saw the '09 Focus RS, needless to say i've pretty much set my sights on getting one (if all things go well). Roll on 2009!
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