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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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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

2007 Pitch-Black Focus ZX4 ST -
Street appearance package
2 Red L.E.D's in the front grille w/ toggle switch
Custom painted rims/eyelids
K&N Typhoon Intake
Rockford Fosgate P550-2 Amp w/ toggle switch
2 12" JBL 1000w subs
-TOTALED-

2007 Infra-Red Focus ZX4 ST -
Magnaflow Exhaust
Sportline Suspension
Pioneer and Alpine speakers
2 10" Xtreme Subs w/ 500w Xtreme amp
-MINT-
 

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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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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! [thumb]
-Alex

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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...[thumb]
 

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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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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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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! [:D]
 

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yo hello

Just like to say hi to everyone, just picked up a new focus 2008 4 door. I never was into small cars but I was always a fan of tuners. I always was into Z28s and Vetts, I had a 95 Z28 that was my lil race car but got rid of it.
I also was into Bikes, I just sold My 05 R1 that was lowered and extended 6 inch over with all the goodies, Nos, Shift kit the whole 9. My bike ran a 9.50 at 150 on the track with a street tire.
This is my 1st time with a smaller car and the 1st things I will be doing is tinting the windows, putting on a wet kit and adding some 18s to this baby. next step will be the exhaust on this baby.
again I dont know to know to much about the Focus game but I am willing to learn what ever you guys are willing to teach me about the whole thing. Thanks
 

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Good Evening,
I'm Mark and as i speak, I'm Soooooooooo Glad my focus only has 16 Horses.
Petrol price here is getting out of hand, £1.18 a litre now and you can be sure it will be £1.19 in the morning, Happy Days?
 

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Ubie=Newbie

Tried to post in general chat with no luck, we'll see how this goes :)

Hey, just picked up an '03 ZTS to replace my Jeep XJ. Really loved the Jeep forums and hoping i can find the same source of info and camaraderie here. To be honest i wasn't real happy to sell the Jeep, but gas prices got high enough that it made economic sense to buy a smaller car.

As for the car, here's what i got: Silver 2003 ZTS w/63k mi. 5sp, leather, blau stereo, moonroof, heated seats, cruise, fogs and a whole bunch of stuff i can't imagine i'll ever find a use for. It's a huge change from the XJ. Who knew that four wheel IS handled so much better than solid axles [driving]. I am loving having a stick again since it's been a long time, and i've been pleasantly suprised at how peppy the 4cyl is around town. I know it will take me a long time to get used to not having the I6 anymore, but i'm more than sure that doubling my gas mileage will make up for it.

So, anything particular to that year and trim level i should watch out for? The windshield wiper relay is starting to go (they won't return home properly), and the tires will need replacing in about 10k mi, but other than that everything seems great. I'm not much of a modder, but i'll probably replace the head unit with something i can plug my mp3 player into, so i'm sure i'll have questions for the audio guys and whatnot.

One important question before i go: OEM tire size is 205/50/R16, is it going to be safe to go to 205/55/R16 without any problems? At that size i can find the much cheaper passenger type tires instead of performance ones, and since this is a commuter car you get the idea. I know with the Jeep even seemingly minor tire changes can make drasting changes with rubbing and whatnot, but i have no idea with these babies, thanks.
 

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Hey guys, I've had my focus for a while, and stumbled upon this site when looking for reviews on parts. So far this has been really good on my wallet! Saved me from bad buys, and found some good deals.

Focus ZX3, Dynomax exhaust, cold air intake... (I just started, there is more to come, just gotta wait for my next paycheck)
 

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jsrg's 08 focus se

haaaay guys im newbie here..
not used to being a newbie on a forum..lol

anyway i just traded in my old pos 02 pont g/p gt with 78k with a lot of problems for a 08 focus se.. to bad i wont start paying for the focus for a year as i was upside down on the pontiac..lol.. but hey 2 less cylinders and more pep..

anyway here she is.. its got 228 miles on her now bought her with 9..
its nothing fancy just a se as i already have 2 playtoys as it is..
i wanted a stick but only was able to find htem in base model coupes which i did not like or fully loaded ones which i didnt want.

i do not have cruise sync fogs or sirius. as i wasnt willing to spend another 5k for that.

the list of things needed to do..
front lighbar in- check.
rear lights in- check..
-better mounting of rear lights.. get to that later..

get rid of chrome grill for a non chrome (i hate chrome) bake the lights to get rid of the chrome in them.

get rid of my startmate and hook up sirius regularly so the button works. ( please tell me i dont have to spend 500 bucks at the dealer when i have 2 aftermarket kenwood modules and 2 antennas sitting here and tell me i just need a adaptor harness)

also like to get the factory bezels for the fogs and put in fogs (im not spending 600 for fogs)

need to wire in my wigwags etc

figure a way to put about 3 rockerswitches in somewhere. where i dont have to cut anything and keep it as factory as i can...

thats about it on mods maby more later i dont know.. like stated earlier i already have 2 play toys (2 jeeps neither street legal) one on 39s one on 35s.. very little jeep left. may do a post on those at some point if any intrest...

and im sure some of you will ask whats up with the lightbars and wigwags..
-im a voulenteer emergency search and rescue/ ems. (basicly vol firefighter without the heat and fire part) get into that later maby.

anyway pix.




 

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hey everyone

i've been fanatic for 6months now and i love my car '07 zx3. As soon as i bought it i starting looking for help and ideas then i found this site. i have since put on new wheels and lowering springs. thanks guys
 

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"ricer" convert?

Okay, so I was born and raised in Hawaii (O'ahu) and was drifting long before anyone even knew what to call it in such fly rides as the Datsun b210 and Toyotas Trueno ae86. Some would say My environment made Me a fan of 'rice buckets' from the get-go. And to be honest, when I bought this '03 SE I was looking for a civic or prelude. I gotta say though that I've always liked the Focus, ever since I worked for a car rental company in 1999 that had these SE models in Their fleet. Anyway, I got a call to go look at this. It was a repo and had a few coolant and suspension problems, couple of sheared wheel studs, generally mild stuff... I talked the repo man down to $2500.00 cash, took it home about 3 months ago, and have put new Bridgestone Potenza g019grid 205 55 on the stock rims, replaced front left axle, new brakes(drums, rotors everything new) new plugs/wires, a short ram air and a big fat muffler. I dont think I'm over My love of rice, but as a Focu driver I am quickly finding Myself looking over at My neighbors' 08 Civic SI thinking, 'I can take Him, no prob!' I havent found out yet... but Im strangely optimistic. [race]
 

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I have been using this site ever since I purchased my 2005 ZXW. There are many useful tips here from mechanical to detailing that are great! Very professional site and easy to search topics... keep up the good work!!
 

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On the 3rd of July I will sign the paperwork for my wifes and my car. We was looking for a few weeks on something small, gas sipping, tree hugging, save the Fuel bill type of car and a 5 speed, 2006 Ford Focus ZX3 SE in black with 44K pretty much fell into our lap for a great low low price.
I have never been a Ford fan, in fact this is the first Ford I will have ever owned in my 37 years of life. For the past few days I have been reading, learning and lurking. I really don;t know much about this type of car. When my wife told me about the car, I looked around on the web about what others thought about it. Everything I read so far was either the car will work great with minimal problems or in the first year and 15K of the car it will just fall apart.
After I get the car and clean it up a bit, I'll post up some pictures of it. It is stock 'cept for the "fart can" type exhaust the young man installed on it that we got it from.
I have been around cars all my life and currently my wife and I each own a 2006 Dodge Charger (His and Hers), we have a 1997 Dodge Ram 4x4, a 2003 Harley Wide Glide, 3 Yamaha dirt bikes and a Suzuki quad.
Here are some links to our cars, truck, and bikes.
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2841901
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2631546
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3006554
http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m120/feros_net/Bikes/Busco Beach/?start=all&special_track=album_paginate_top_view_all
i hope to learn more about this car and maybe do one or two mods. [shhh]
 

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New to the Focus, Bought one because fuel prices were killing me. Got a HELL of a deal on the Saleen plus it's stil under warranty for another 15K miles. Found this forum looking for info on the Saleen and Foci in general.
 
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