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Title: Ford Focus Zx3 Automatic
Post by: sdeng87 on April 05, 2013, 11:32:41 AM
Hey Guys

I was reading the car recommendation post from MMM and it recommends a focus years 05+ but does not recommend a 2000-2004, why is that? As far as I can tell there is no discernible difference in engines or transmissions. Is it because he recommends the zx4 wagon which was not available until 05?

I found a smoking deal on a 2004 auto zx3 and would like some insight before pulling the trigger.
Title: Re: Ford Focus Zx3 Automatic
Post by: EMP on April 05, 2013, 12:09:16 PM
From what I remember of those first generations, they were terribly unreliable.  One of my friends had one and her dad was always working on it. 
Title: Re: Ford Focus Zx3 Automatic
Post by: DebtDerp on April 05, 2013, 01:18:34 PM
Hey Guys

I was reading the car recommendation post from MMM and it recommends a focus years 05+ but does not recommend a 2000-2004, why is that? As far as I can tell there is no discernible difference in engines or transmissions. Is it because he recommends the zx4 wagon which was not available until 05?

I found a smoking deal on a 2004 auto zx3 and would like some insight before pulling the trigger.

A good friend of mine has an '05 manual Zx3 and has never had any issues with it, granted it only has ~40,000 miles on it.
Title: Re: Ford Focus Zx3 Automatic
Post by: Starstuff on April 05, 2013, 02:29:53 PM
They tend to be a little unreliable if you've hiccuped in the maintenance. I personally wouldn't buy one used, but as long as you do your due diligence, you can get them for a great price.
Title: Re: Ford Focus Zx3 Automatic
Post by: Honest Abe on April 06, 2013, 07:23:10 PM
I had a 2003 ZX3 Automatic with a 2.3l engine. I never had a problem with it and for what it's worth, the car was totalled when a tree branch hit my car while in motion during a storm. I walked away without a scratch so I owe that car (and my guardian angel) my life.