Two different years of U.S. SE's: 2002 and 2003. Both around $8800-9000,
both around 20k miles.
I suspect that the 2003's are program cars, but on the surface I can't see
why that'd bother me--I mean, how many ricers rent Hertz's to do 3000RPM
neutral-drops? And I figure that Hertz would be more religious about their
But the -02's have less miles-per-year.
What do y'all think? TIA
L'altra macchina mia e` una barchetta rossa
On the off chance you are serious- stop and think about it for a minute.
Participation in newsgroups like this is highly self-selective. People
who have few or no problems are unlikely to post to a Usenet newsgroup
about their experience. Those who are having problems come here for
help. Given the fact that the Focus is Ford's best selling model (IIRC)
there are a *huge* number of potential complainants.
I'm not defending Ford or the Focus, just pointing out what might not be
obvious to some. I happen to own a 2000 Focus, and it has had its share
of problems, though none of them have been major so far (knock on wood).
Dan, I agree with Mark. Overall there might be two dozen folks reporting
here in this group. (A small percentage of Foci owners) We come here to
find help or offer help with the little problems that are Make Model
Ours just happens to be the Focus.
I would buy another Focus in a heartbeat. Used or New. Maybe one of the 2.3
2003 ZX5 2.0 litre Zetec 21.8k miles Sanguine Red
"Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it" - George Santyana
::delurks a bit::
I agree with Mark, in this newsgroup there isn't a lot of chatter... unlike
like in the Mustang where you can tell a regular from a lurker (like myself)
from a random passerby just by the amount of replies you get in any given
I think, the Focus, for all its problems early on isn't a terrible car,
and I have a 2000... she's my baby as far as I'm concerned and I've have
told off a couple of people who think that "Focuses suck" is a well thought
out insult (misspelling is intentional).
So, to anyone who is looking at getting a Focus, if you like and the price
is right, go for it. It handles nicely and behaves well. Plus, lots of
room for aftermarket mods. ^_^
00 InfaRed Focus
As a rule the 2003 Focus SE Wagon I have is tolerable. It has just over
50k on it now, picked it up in January 2002. Handling in the snow with the
15" alloy rims was touchy last winter, and the remote keyfob only works
within 10 feet of the car :( I mounted 14" rims with Michelin mud and
snow tires for this year and the last two snow storms seemed allright, but
it still has a rocking feeling like a partly loaded oil truck in the snow.
(but I've never gotten stuck in the snow). We'll see what today's snowstorm
will be like.
That "rocking" feeling is normal for the wagon - you just have to get used to
it. I had mine for 3 winter seasons and no snow tires and I did fine (but I did
have ABS) on it. I had the 15" rims on mine.
I had a 2000 wagon and the only reason I got rid of it is because I wanted the
ZX5 so I got a 2003 in June. I did get snow tires this time...and I do notice a
handling difference so far...this winter looks to be rough so we'll see what
My 03 ZTW with the 16 inch P6s handles pretty darn good on the snow and ice.
Yeah, it's got Advance Trac and all that stuff, but slowing down and
planning stops & turns works better. I honestly thought before moving up to
NoDak that I'd need snow tires--not for city driving anyway, pleasant
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