I used a recycled cluster. My Focus is an 2000 SPI, the cluster came out of
a 2003 ZTS (the really nice upscale cluster), cost $135 Canadian. Since the
new cluster was wired for ABS, I had to borrow a factory electrical manual
from a dealer and locate and cut off a microchip on the back of the cluster
to prevent the brake warning light from staying on. Works fine.
Since according to my dealer there's no way to get the odometer altered (for
obvious reasons) I had to register an altered mileage with the Ontario
Department of Transportation. A bit of a nuisance, but all legal.
Rotors and brakes are not the kind of thing that they have to "work the
bugs out of" on a new model. The changes and adjustments they have to make
to adapt the design from a successful and similar model to the "new" model
are minor and straight-forward.
There is zero excuse why the brakes on a "new" model should be any less
durable than the "old" ones.
They tried to make them cheap.
The tires look like an odd choice also. I went and called around 10
different places. 7 of them didnt even have tires that fit. Some were
places that just sold tires. One place said they could special order
them. The ones who had them said how the tires were an odd choice for
the car. Most of the ones that fit had a very low winter traction score.
I guess its my fault for not noticing them when I bought the car but
other then checking the tread on a new car its not something I
researched in the past.
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