Intermittent (variable) wiper switch in European Focus?

I would like to know if someone tried the wiperswitch modification in a European Focus. See http://www.myfordfocus.com/how-to/wiper-mod.htm
My dealer is not sure this modification will work on the European Focus.
Thanks in advance.
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Bert van Nes wrote:

the ghia wiper stalk to zetecs etc. IIRC it does not work on some of the special editions and some of the diesels (the main thing seems to be that you have all 10 pins populated with wires at the wiper stalk, not 9 out of 10).
Have a search on the FFFOC UK forum (http://forum.ffoc.co.uk ) for 'ghia wiper stalk' or follow this link (watch the wrap):
http://forum.ffoc.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t $271&highlight=ghia+wiper+stalk&sid¡8cb3c25647963d0ecba1837e2fad5e
or this one:
http://mysite.freeserve.com/onfocus/pages/cars/wiperstalk.htm
HTH,
Chris.
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Thank you Chris. I will check the number of wires first.
Bert.
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Thank you Troll, I love my Focus but I will promptly sell it now at below book value.
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> We bought a 2001 Ford Focus in October of 2001. We have had the car

Personally I don't believe this, but regardless it is obviously totally unrepresentative of the experience of owners of early Foci (my 2000 wagon has cost me $250 in out-of-warranty repairs in four years). The same Consumer Reports now recommends the Focus for quality and reliability.
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I agree Dave. My 2000 wagon just rolled over 50,000 kms, so, naturally, I have a long list of items requiring service at this interval - brakes, tires, shocks, fluids. The costs add up, but they'd be the same, or more, with any other model of car. So far, I've been pleased with my Focus.
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where does this guy get his info. CU says the focus is good to go and mine have well over 50k on each of them with only minor problems. they were: leaking on passenger side in the rain (dealer totally took care of it) a few blown fuses a worn out cig lighter rear shocks went out (dealer took care of it) and a cracked windshield (probably caused by a rock and which insurance took care of for no cost to me) by the way I have the extended warranty thru my insurance co and have not used it. I would buy another focus without a problem.

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mikl wrote:

perhaps a GM or Dodge/Chrysler owner. I have a 2002 Focus SE wagon, and the only things that have ever gone wrong are a bad paint job on the front bumper, which was fixed under warranty, and center caps on the aluminum wheels that come off if a tire jockey gets too rough with dismounting the tires for rotation or new tires. I remove them myself now and have not lost a cap since. It's my wife's daily driver, and she loves it.
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First off who pays $650 to replace battery cables????? Also why did you wait for like 10 hours for a tow truck. Do you not have AAA you should get it. The 2000 focuses are most likely the most buggiest out of all of them. I have a 2001 SE with now over 110,000 miles on it. These are the most common problems. First if you are hard on the brakes this is not the car for you. The rotors are cheap and if you slam the brakes alot they will warp and wear out very quickly. I have only had these things done to my car. The fuel pump went after 100k recall covered that cost. The airbag sensor went bad after 30k warrantee covered that. I had the brakes pads changed 2 times. I changed the wiper blades after 70k. I still have not had to tune up the car and as long as you run chevron gas the fuel system stays clean. Still on the original belts np. I flushed the tranny after 70k. Car still looks new and runs great. I have heard about the key getting stuck and I can see this happen if you are hard and slam the keys into the ignition. Be gentle with the keys and it should be fine. I think its a great car I have the 2.0 zetec and it passes anyone even at 85mph no problem. Oh I replaced the tires after 70k. Rotate them and they will last. The car does real well on gas. The CD changer skips on some CD's but thats about it. I guess it doesn't like some of the music I listen too.

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I went to my Ford-dealer in Zeist (Netherlands) but they had never heard of this modification. They did not want to let me try it, because its all electrical and there could go something wrong (!?!?!)....
Please let me know if you've done the job, I am very interested!
By the way, my focus is a 1.6 Trend Wagon (new series 2002 but without MP3).
Jan-Wijtze. Remove _spem_ from my emailadres.

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Hi Jan-Wijtze,
My Focus is a 1.6 Ambiente (series 2000). I ordered a new Focus Futura and asked the dealer (Netherlands) for the switch. The dealer is willing to order the switch that is used in the Ghia models as a sparepart for about Euro 52,50 but they don't know if it will do the job. They assume that I possibly need some kind of a timer module too. If they have to figure it out I have to pay them, so that's not an option. I don't believe that there is much difference in cabling between the Ghia and other European models.
The dealer stated that the European Focus is not the same as the American one (ZX3). According to the UK users (thanks to Chris) the modifiation will work in some models and do not in others especially diesels and some special models. UK users found out that the number of wires is important. If the wiper switch has 9 wires connected, replacement of the switch has no effect. Models with a 10 wire switch can be modified.
Because the Focus Futura is a special model (maybe for the Dutch market only?) I think I have to wait until the delivery (June). Then I will check the number of wires and if necessary I will try to obtain the electrical diagram.
Bert.
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