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Old 09-08-2019, 08:09 PM   #1
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Officially a Ford guy?!

My driveway has officially taken over by Ford! 🙂

I grew up in a household of GM A/B/G-body cars and my first car was a 1985 Monte Carlo SS (which I still have, but my main "toy" these days is a 1970 GTO). I had another Monte SS as a daily driver for a short while, then stepped down to my first non-V8 with a Saturn S-series once I had a longer commute to work. It was replaced by a second S-series (they were amazingly reliable and fuel efficient cars) and I have been driving what was my wife's 2003 2.0L Jetta since we bought our first Ford about six years ago when kid #2 was on the way - a 2011 Flex Limited AWD. The Jetta has been getting long in the tooth so I've been keeping a eye out for a new daily driver and I had narrowed down to either an ST (more fun) or a Golf TDI (more practical). This 2013 Focus ST3 popped up and had my name on it, so "fun" won the battle this time around! While Tangerine Scream is my favorite colour for these cars, it is almost identical to my GTO and I preferred something more subtle for my daily - white or silver were the preference here (the Flex is black and one black vehicle is enough to maintain LOL)

I'm also looking forward to a standard vehicle again after driving the auto Jetta for a few years now. The Saturns were both 5-speeds (only thing that made the extreme lack of power tolerable), I converted the Monte Carlo to a 5-speed years ago and the GTO has a 4-speed. It needs a bit of TLC cosmetically, but it runs and drives like a new car. So far I've added some Tuxmat floormats and just focused on cleaning up the body (had tons of iron/fallout and needed some touchups), engine bay and interior. I have some new badges, center caps, AEM filter on the way but that will be it until spring.

P.S. I was very impressed with the mileage on the drive home @ 33.6mpg - approximately an 8mpg improvement over the Jetta with nearly 2.5X the power! Looking forward to learning the ins and outs of these little gems here on the forum!


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Old 09-09-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to FF......Your car looks great. The st's are lots of fun as you find out. It is some work & time to detail vehicles but thats where a quality machine & great products come in. Use a 15mm machine like a Griots/Rupes & 5.5'' micro fiber pads w/ Wolfgang's uber compound which is very similar to Menzerna's fg400 which finishes out to a finishing polish & is dust free vs the typical Megs 105/205 combo. http://autogeek.com, don't get over whelmed....btw pay attention to when you change the coolant in the Flex + also pay attention to any coolant you see as you'll want to do that asap, as you won't like the results. Yea there is a small channel for the coolant but that won't stop the coolant from going into the oil thanx to the seal. Yea there is a gen 2 pump but it uses the same seal as the 1st gen pump. Give it up, your a car guy, btw I've had a few great cars, '67 goat, '67 gta fairlane & my last was a '70 runner as well as a couple mustangs....
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