I am looking to get a Focus ZX3, most probably in the Comfort trim
level. Below are some questions I"d like to get feedback on.
1. Is the Audiphile system worth the money? Also, where do they put
the subwoofer? I want to know if it takes up any useful space.
2. Rear window and visibility. The view out the rear window seems
small. I'm wondering if that is something people have noticed. If yes,
did you get used to it over time?
3. Quality problems. I have read many many posts and reviews on the
Focus. It's very clear that quality control on the 00 and 01 model
years was very bad for Focus owners. I'm not seeing many negative
posts from 03 owners. Ford claims they have "cleaned" them up by 03.
On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 07:05:34 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I own a 2000 ZX3 5-speed and a 2003 ZTW 5-speed, neither of which have the
Audiophile audio system.
The ZX3 view is somewhat restricted when backing up but you do get used to
it. Driving forward isn't a problem if your mirrors are adjusted properly.
Most people don't setup their mirrors properly, using their side view
mirrors as rear view mirrors, duplicating the view they get in the rear
view. This creates blind spots. http://www.smartmotorist.com/mir/mir.htm
If you can see your car in your side view mirrors then they are adjusted
My 2000 ZX3 has not had any problems at all. I've taken the car in for
regular service and had any recalls dealt with at that time. The recalls
just haven't been a factor in owning the car.
I like my ZX3 so much that when it came time to get another car, I bought
the ZTW for the extra cargo space. Both vehicles handle really well and
while I would love to have more horsepower, they are adequate enough for
the daily commute.
There were some quality problems with 00 and 01 models, but as the owner of
a 2000 wagon I really think they were exaggerated in the media. I've been
quite happy with mine the past 3 1/2 years. Most of the problems were fixed
during regular service. Only once was I stranded on the side of the road. It
runs great now.
Compared to three years ago, there are almost no complaints on this
newsgroup about 02 or 03 models. Automotive journalists universally report
that Focus quality is now up to industry norms. I am seriously thinking
about getting an 04, not because my 00 is bad but because they have made so
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