I have a 2001 zx3 that turns 50,000 miles next week. Recalls for Battery
cable and wheel bearings taken care of with no problem.
Only other repair work was an egr (something like that) sensor that went bad
Car still feels tight. Runs great. 30-32 mpg. Tires still look decent.
Brakes look good, feel fine. Paint is fine other than the stone chips.
This is fast becoming one of the best cars I have ever owned.
I think the real improvements took place around mid 2001. My 2001 LX
has been back to the dealer once for a power steering fluid leak. No
other problems, and it still feels like a new car. 28/30 city 34/38
It's just a great fun car to drive.
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03 ZTW auto Zetec loaded. So far, so good. Got 1300 on it in less than a
month. Lots of mountain driving with 4 people + luggage. Legroom a little
tight in the back (so they say), but comfy. MPG getting better fast. Last
two tanks: 27 and 30 mpg AC on. Handling pretty good--rolls a bit, then
sticks. Can't seem to get the ABS or traction control to kick in, 'course I
know how to drive and don't try and get in those situations. Will be in the
frigid country in a month or so, so stay tuned.
As a person that worked in a dealership that had a Toyota dealership in the
owner's fold, I can tell you that there have been Toyotas that go back for
Lemon Law buy-backs. Also, a friend of mine bought an '01 Honda Civic Coupe
and had nothing but problems. Cold weather kept cracking the lenses on the
factory (dealer installed) fog lights and all 4 of his struts broke, one at
a time. The first 2 that broke were under warranty, but the last 2 weren't
and he forked up a couple hundred bucks to replace them. Honda was aware of
the strut problem on '01 Civics and fixed them on the '02, but they refused
to recall them. I'm even aware of at least one Mercedes that went back
under Lemon Law. Don't for one minute think that buying a foreign car gets
you any better quality.
You get problemmatic vehicles in every product line. Usually, the first year
or two in a design are the ones to avoid. Yeah, they're nice and neat,
being completely new and something different, but if you want reliablility,
let others be the guinea pigs.
Word on the street is that those replacement Civic struts are just like the
ones that failed. What's that tell ya about Honda "quality"?
i hate my focus.....ive got a 2k1 zx3 with 42000 miles on it and the tranny
is going out and ford wont stand by it. So im getting it fixed and buying a
honda or toyota.
it insults me when people talk about dogs like children.....no one ever
ended up with a dog because they were too drunk to pull out!!!!
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