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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 10-11-2007, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

Right, my car is crapping up so I'm searching for a nice car. I'm using my uni maintenance grant because I HAVE to commute, so maximum is about 2.5K. I kinda like Focus' (Focuses Focus's Focusae Focusi? :S ) so I've been looking at them. They seem reasonable to insure. Anyone have any input on their reliability, design and other features? My first car was a Toyota so I have no experience with Ford.

Any other (sensible!) suggestions for other cars would be appreciated too. Please bear in mind I'll be 19 when I get my new(er) car, so I cannot insure anything too sporty - a 2 litre focus should give you an idea of what I can afford.

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I'd like to draw your attention to the 5th line, 3rd word of my post, alex!

LOL not *entirely* sure I could drive that on the motorway. Besides, how am I gonna drive a lass home in that, aye?!
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I'd like to draw your attention to the 5th line, 3rd word of my post, alex!

LOL not *entirely* sure I could drive that on the motorway. Besides, how am I gonna drive a lass home in that, aye?!
hahaha beats walking.your fuked if it rains though hehehe sorry mate.
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Re: Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

I had a Ford Focus a few years ago. Tbh they are fairly good cars, although a little on the boring side. They are pretty cheap to run with low insurance groups. If you can afford to, get a diesel. That way you get great fuel economy and they are not too bad to drive. Personally, I'd get a Ghia. If I remember right you get leather as standard, plus cruise control and a multi-CD player.
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Boring is ok - aslong as it hasn't got a dodgey rep - which I don't think it does with how many of them that I see. It just needs to get me from A to B reliably and in some form of comfort and style

I've seen a few Ghias on autorader, they have all the gubbins you mentioned so should be worth an investigation...

Thanks for the help Gurj!
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Re: Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

The Zetec engines in them are fantastic. They'll run forever.

Ford parts are easy to get a hold of too if anything goes wrong, 2.0 should be pretty nippy too .
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The Zetec engines in them are fantastic. They'll run forever.

Ford parts are easy to get a hold of too if anything goes wrong, 2.0 should be pretty nippy too .
That's what I've been told - parts are nice and easy to find.

I drive a 94 1.3 Corolla so a 2.0 focus will be a big step up! 16 valve, too.
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Re: Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

I have a question for our friends in the UK.
Do people there drive pickup trucks, like Silverados or F150's?

It just seems that on BBC news when they show pictures of traffic or of people driving its always small cars.

I know this sounds goofy, but just patronize me.
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michblanch, not many can afford to fuel pickups. There are some about, like the Hilux, etc, but not many F150s, etc. I live around an American base (I'm half American/English ) and all the English remark on how effing huge American cars are and the Americans always wonder why they see so many small cars, until the have to fill up outside of base

I must say, they generally come out the best in accidents. Pickup is usually just bashed while small Kia/Polo/Fiesta is wrecked. The accidents usually happen on roundabouts. I'm sure there should be some sort of roundabout orientation when troops PCS here. They put the ****s up me, bearing down on me in a Dodge Ram on a roundabout where I have right of way. Scary! This is not a generalized statement, just my personal experience. I'm sure there are some Americans who do learn how to use roundabouts properly. Somewhere

*disclaimer* I myself have an American father in the armed forces, so I'm not dissing Americans, etc, yada yada, just poking fun.

Mich, how big are the parking spaces in car parks in America? On base they are HUGE to accommodate large pickups and SUVs. I can stick my car in a parking space any old fashion when I go on base and not worry in the slightest about the next car over. Is this the norm?

EDIT: Just noted that you are from Texas, is it true what they say about everything being bigger in texas?

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The parking spots here are pretty big here in the states. I am seeing more compact cars only parking lately and its the BEST spots .

I have a business associate who works in a high rise building with leveled parking. He has a hummer and cant get past the first level of parking with that big piece of crap, so he is always having problems parking. He really regrets buying it.
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Re: Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

I used to laugh at people in SUVs while I drove a Taurus or a Nissan Frontier Crew Cab. Now I own one (Suburban XL) and I cry every time I get behind the wheel. Especially because I never drive it and my wife never fills it with gas. Costs me $100+ to fill it.

The Fusion came about when Ford originally dumped the Taurus (& Escort?) and added the Fusion and the 500. Although the Taurus was an extremely popular car, I was never 100% pleaseed with either of the two I owned. Transmission problems were rampant. I don't know much about the Fusion, and I can only speak from my experience with the Taurus(es) that I owned.

I've never been displeased with a Chevy (I've owned a Monte SS and currently own two Chevies,) but my vote goes to another Toyota, Honda or Nissan. At least here in the States, you can't beat the reliability, longevity or efficiency. A lot more bang for your buck in a "foreign" car.
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Re: Your opinion on: Ford Focus Zetec

I sold new Ford cars for 3 years. During that time, I sold my share of new and used Focuses (Foci? ) and never had any of them come back.

As for the Foreign/Domestic argument, what you must remember is that few things are truly "domestic" anymore. The are Hyundais made in America and Fords made in Mexico. To top it all off, Ford owns so many "foreign" car lines such as Volvo, and they use technologies from those divisions in it's "domestic" line, ala CVT transmissions, Volvo's infamous safety features, etc.

My wife drives a 2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SE and loves it. I'd own one too, if I didn't already have 2 trucks.

You will find problems with every make and model. Kirk likes Chevy, but I don't. I bought a new Chevy Malibu in 1999. I owned it for 5 years, did my LOF like clockwork, and only had 35k miles on it before the alternator had gone bad, the fuel injectors needed to be cleaned and the brakes were shot. That doesn't mean Chevys are bad. They're just not for me.

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Don't know if you can get a used Toyota Matrix in your price range but I love mine and own its sister car the Vibe. Super reliable and easy on the gas budget.
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