The "R"? Stands for red.....the car looks a little bland from the sides, and it just needed a little color. When I find a better red graphic that I like, I'll replace it.
This part of Missouri gets temperature/weather extremes like you wouldn't believe. I've seen 110F in the summer, and -15F in the winter. See that bush at the end of the driveway? There was snow to the top of it one year. The Toyota that was parked next to the house was totally buried in a drift. The snow went to the roof.
This little dusting has already melted off completely......later on I might not be so lucky.
make sure your antifreeze ratio is correct. I know that where i work i had a hawaian(sp?) nissan xterra come in for service, in ny mind you, and it had an off ratio that would have frozen. Idk if ford changes their mixture for the various places they sell theri vehicles but just some food for your thoughts.
More snow this morning, but it's still melting on the streets.
Concerning this Hawaii thing....Ford doesn't build cars in Hawaii, I don't think. This Focus was built state-side in their New England plant, shipped to Hawaii, then shipped back to the states a year or so later for resale. My Missouri dealer bought it whole-sale in Seattle, and trucked it back to Missouri. The thing has traveled more than I have.
I don't think there's any specific difference between a Hawaii Focus, and one sold in Missouri. The factory undercoat is present, and the anti-freeze was normal. The only thing I found that might be a Hawaii clue......the car had a bunch of sand in it, under the carpets, etc. [screwy]
Well it might be fun driving in the snow (if you're crazy), but driving on ice is simply dangerous....
We don't usually get much snow in St Louis, but we get a lot of ice. The temperature gets over freezing in the daytime, it starts a freezing rain when the sun goes down, and doesn't start snowing until there's a thick layer of ice over everything. Then the salt trucks come by, and the main roads are fairly passable. But.....the roads are still icy off the main drags. Which is where the accidents happen. You're driving along ok with your new snow-tires, then turn off to a parking lot, and the car goes sideways...till you hit a curb. Happens all the time.