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#1 tommyboy88

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 11:46 PM

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Has anyone ordered a new Focus Zetec S in the last few months?

I ordered mine way back at the beginning of May this year and I still dont have it yet!!!

Im told by my salesman that its because Ford dont make many in my spec...which I believe is a load of pants to be honest.

I ordered a 3 Door, 2.0 TDCI in Frozen White with Sports Pack and cruise control - correct me if Im wrong but it doesnt strike me as being much of a rarity.

Does anyone know if focus's are currently being delayed for any reason? I was close to pulling out at one point as the initial date of delivery I was given was 1st July 2010. As it neared closer to that date, the salesman called and moved it back a few weeks and this was a recurring cycle up until 3 weeks ago when he called to say it would be off the production line on 10th September (3 days ago) and be on my driveway no later than 27th September. Has anyone else had a similar experience?

If the salesman is true to his word then I shall have the Zetec S in a couple of weeks...hopefully just in time for me to transport my best mate to his wedding in October!! Im sure it would look the part.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:34 AM

I guess I'm lucky. I was able to find a pre-registered Zetec S with delivery mileage, in exactly the specification I was looking for,
right down to the colour, bodykit, 18in alloys, and privacy glass.
As almost always, the "S" decals were missing, but a quick word with the Ford Dealer soon sorted that out.
When I'm ready to change mine, I'm hoping to do the same again. :)

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:50 AM

Possibly the addition of the cruise option is the issue in your case. Though I think it is a good addition myself, always handy on long motorway journeys. I only realised how less tiring motorway driving is if you have cruise, when I bought a Volvo S40. Wife nagged me back to a Focus, and now I miss the cruise.

Was actually toying with the idea of trading my 55 plate Zetec Climate in for a 57 plate Ghia because it had the better 115 engine and cruise. But decided the dealer to PX hit on owning a car for only 48 weeks was to much for me to stomach. Plus I don't like the alloy wheels on the Ghia, or the fake walnut on the dash. No doubt that is why Ford ditched the Ghia as it did not gel with a younger market. I've seen build to registration times of over 10 months on some Ghia's, says it all really demand wise.

Now not meaning to "diss" anybody's personal choices, as that is what car buying is all about, personal choice. Just expressing my own personal opinion. I don't really understand the point in privacy glass, I mean it's not as if your carting Michael Jacksons kids around in the back is it. Not only do I think it looks a bit chavy on small cars, and drug dealer on SUV's, I think it destroys the external visual appearance of the car, especially small cars.

Do like the look of the Zetec S mind, and will no doubt be my preferred choice as my next motor.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:10 PM

Possibly the addition of the cruise option is the issue in your case. Though I think it is a good addition myself, always handy on long motorway journeys. I only realised how less tiring motorway driving is if you have cruise, when I bought a Volvo S40. Wife nagged me back to a Focus, and now I miss the cruise.

Was actually toying with the idea of trading my 55 plate Zetec Climate in for a 57 plate Ghia because it had the better 115 engine and cruise. But decided the dealer to PX hit on owning a car for only 48 weeks was to much for me to stomach. Plus I don't like the alloy wheels on the Ghia, or the fake walnut on the dash. No doubt that is why Ford ditched the Ghia as it did not gel with a younger market. I've seen build to registration times of over 10 months on some Ghia's, says it all really demand wise.

Now not meaning to "diss" anybody's personal choices, as that is what car buying is all about, personal choice. Just expressing my own personal opinion. I don't really understand the point in privacy glass, I mean it's not as if your carting Michael Jacksons kids around in the back is it. Not only do I think it looks a bit chavy on small cars, and drug dealer on SUV's, I think it destroys the external visual appearance of the car, especially small cars.

Do like the look of the Zetec S mind, and will no doubt be my preferred choice as my next motor.


must be taking the mick my local dealer has two in the showroom with the exact spec just sitting there.

wouldnt be trading in my foci for one catch already they are suffering from water leaks into the boot and cabin on these 2010 plate fiestas and theres a fair few faults appearing already from hard to no starting and dodgy electrics they are more style over substance they look really good but i know 4 people with them in varios trims 3 have been back for leaks 1 leaking from the rear lights also the dash was playing up but was fixed under warranty still not what you want with a new car the 2nd is still undiagnosed and the 3rd has had water leaking into the boot yet new rubbers and inspections havent cured the issue and has had various starting issues from turning over and not firing to starting perfectly to not wanting to start at all in fairness the foci has been a very good car but my next car will be a toyota

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:27 PM

the foci has been a very good car but my next car will be a toyota


nay artscot you of all people :rolleyes: which one would be you preference in the used car stakes then, and why ....?

Wife had a Corolla once, bought private one owner, it was a really reliable car and nice to drive. Only problem I had with it was after I cleaned the engine compartment. First time I had ever cleaned an engine, anyway when I hosed it down I must have washed some gunk into the alternator. Which now and again must have contaminated the brushes on the armature, as I sometimes got the alternator red light. Never that much trouble that I went to the point of removing it and stripping it down to clean though. ....just give it the odd squirt with some cleaning agent.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 04:13 PM

nay artscot you of all people :rolleyes: which one would be you preference in the used car stakes then, and why ....?

Wife had a Corolla once, bought private one owner, it was a really reliable car and nice to drive. Only problem I had with it was after I cleaned the engine compartment. First time I had ever cleaned an engine, anyway when I hosed it down I must have washed some gunk into the alternator. Which now and again must have contaminated the brushes on the armature, as I sometimes got the alternator red light. Never that much trouble that I went to the point of removing it and stripping it down to clean though. ....just give it the odd squirt with some cleaning agent.


im quite partial to a corolla to be honest any toyota would do they are super reliable cars the corolla was no1 most reliable car in all its incarnations my old mans had a nissan and all its ever needed was usual stuff tyres exhaust and battery and 1 leaking injector thats been it.

i know people see the toyota as dull but to be honest with you my main thing is reliability thats it it can be dull to drive as long as its got some poke i really dont care althou8gh the foci will do a few more years yet like most if i have the cash spare ide trade it in and get a toyota thats just my persoanl choice.

the foci has been reliable the rear bushes have needed done and a new battery other than that i decided to do the coil pack etc plugs leads filter as a precaution rather than anything else its never failed to start and hasnt let me down unlike my old and supposedly more superior german built vw but the fiesta is a definate no it looks really smart especially in the white but my mates have had enough of theres already 2 havent had fords before and are not impressed with the build quality having leaks so soon after buying the car, it is under warranty but as many ford owners will know warranty means nowt when they cant actually find the cause of the issue each time they think they have it rains and the cars back in which is an inconvenience when its been in 5 times already even the fiesta forum and ka forum have these issues

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 05:19 PM

im quite partial to a corolla to be honest any toyota would do they are super reliable cars the corolla was no1 most reliable car in all its incarnations my old mans had a nissan and all its ever needed was usual stuff tyres exhaust and battery and 1 leaking injector thats been it.

i know people see the toyota as dull but to be honest with you my main thing is reliability thats it it can be dull to drive as long as its got some poke i really dont care althou8gh the foci will do a few more years yet like most if i have the cash spare ide trade it in and get a toyota thats just my persoanl choice.

the foci has been reliable the rear bushes have needed done and a new battery other than that i decided to do the coil pack etc plugs leads filter as a precaution rather than anything else its never failed to start and hasnt let me down unlike my old and supposedly more superior german built vw but the fiesta is a definate no it looks really smart especially in the white but my mates have had enough of theres already 2 havent had fords before and are not impressed with the build quality having leaks so soon after buying the car, it is under warranty but as many ford owners will know warranty means nowt when they cant actually find the cause of the issue each time they think they have it rains and the cars back in which is an inconvenience when its been in 5 times already even the fiesta forum and ka forum have these issues


So put simply for idiots like me ... new fords are crap i can totally believe that after reading and admittedly laffing like a goon at the problems threads on the fiesta forum.

The corolla is an absoutly bloodey bomb proof car my cus has just sold her 03 plate T2 1.4 which over 4yrs has never failed once but now shes got a 2008/57 plate astra sri 1.8 which is what i think im going to be getting next besides timing belts there good cars lovley to drive and bags of power considering its only a 1.8 pecky.

In my view ford dealers are well ... !Removed! they just dont care they want to sell a car then kick u on ur !Removed! out the dealer when i went to buy my focus from a proper ford dealer he couldant hardly answer any of my questions regarding the suspension set up of my car down to the power and 0-60 figs. The new ford cars no doubt about it look ace but theres no substance to them anymore there nice to drive and be in but id never EVER own one even a mk2 focus has absoutly no appeal to me older fords still do and always will. My little mk1 has only ever failed twice one being a water pump (known 1.6 fault) and the rear wheel bearing which is also a known fault on the mk1 focus.

In all im going to the dark side vauxhall here i come.

Tommyboy88 dont be surprised if your dealer tries to screw you around! lol

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:33 PM

So put simply for idiots like me ... new fords are crap i can totally believe that after reading and admittedly laffing like a goon at the problems threads on the fiesta forum.

The corolla is an absoutly bloodey bomb proof car my cus has just sold her 03 plate T2 1.4 which over 4yrs has never failed once but now shes got a 2008/57 plate astra sri 1.8 which is what i think im going to be getting next besides timing belts there good cars lovley to drive and bags of power considering its only a 1.8 pecky.

In my view ford dealers are well ... !Removed! they just dont care they want to sell a car then kick u on ur !Removed! out the dealer when i went to buy my focus from a proper ford dealer he couldant hardly answer any of my questions regarding the suspension set up of my car down to the power and 0-60 figs. The new ford cars no doubt about it look ace but theres no substance to them anymore there nice to drive and be in but id never EVER own one even a mk2 focus has absoutly no appeal to me older fords still do and always will. My little mk1 has only ever failed twice one being a water pump (known 1.6 fault) and the rear wheel bearing which is also a known fault on the mk1 focus.

In all im going to the dark side vauxhall here i come.

Tommyboy88 dont be surprised if your dealer tries to screw you around! lol

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oh god not an ashtray !!!!!!!!!! from top gear

Vauxhall has worked hard to turn up the refinement dial on the car and have succeeded. But the electrically powered steering seems deadened in the process and the Focus remains the car for those drivers who really like to drive. its engines come mostly from the outgoing Astra though which is a dissapointment no brand new engine in fact an old one. The exception is an all-new, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The optional sat-nav is efficient enough but won't win any great usability or graphical awards, although at £800 it is good value. The car is relatively expensive, with an entry-level model being pricier than the cheapest Golf. This is odd, since the Golf is made in (strong) Euroland, while the Astra is plugged together on Merseyside. It has the fit and finish of a five-year-old’s home-made robot. it is considered the best astra made but.....will it be reliable its too early to tell yet .

and ignore the new vauxhall lifetime junk its limited tio 100k but requires you to pay an annual inspection fee thats on top of the annual service which to maintain the warranty can only be done by a vauxhall garage and does not include wear and tear most aftermarket warranties do include wear and tear so its not as good as it sounds if the water pump goes in 4 years its wear and tear so you pay for that which by the way must be done by a vauxhall garage with a reciept to prove it to maintain the warranty brake pads must be replaced by vauxhall disks oil changes you name it if you want to keep the warranty they have to do it

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:58 PM

oh god not an ashtray !!!!!!!!!! from top gear

Vauxhall has worked hard to turn up the refinement dial on the car and have succeeded. But the electrically powered steering seems deadened in the process and the Focus remains the car for those drivers who really like to drive. its engines come mostly from the outgoing Astra though which is a dissapointment no brand new engine in fact an old one. The exception is an all-new, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The optional sat-nav is efficient enough but won't win any great usability or graphical awards, although at £800 it is good value. The car is relatively expensive, with an entry-level model being pricier than the cheapest Golf. This is odd, since the Golf is made in (strong) Euroland, while the Astra is plugged together on Merseyside. It has the fit and finish of a five-year-old’s home-made robot. it is considered the best astra made but.....will it be reliable its too early to tell yet .

and ignore the new vauxhall lifetime junk its limited tio 100k but requires you to pay an annual inspection fee thats on top of the annual service which to maintain the warranty can only be done by a vauxhall garage and does not include wear and tear most aftermarket warranties do include wear and tear so its not as good as it sounds if the water pump goes in 4 years its wear and tear so you pay for that which by the way must be done by a vauxhall garage with a reciept to prove it to maintain the warranty brake pads must be replaced by vauxhall disks oil changes you name it if you want to keep the warranty they have to do it


Lmao i wouldant touch a new astra with a barge pole there wayyy to ugly for me i mean ones like this (see photo attached at bottom probs) a few of my friends have them there nothing to exciting but the newest mk1 focus i can get is 05 and next year means that its still 6yrs old i was after something about 3-4yrs old and i just really dont like the mk2 focus, dont want a toyota so in a way i guess im lumbered either with my mk1 or a astra maybe even a civic

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:27 PM

Lmao i wouldant touch a new astra with a barge pole there wayyy to ugly for me i mean ones like this (see photo attached at bottom probs) a few of my friends have them there nothing to exciting but the newest mk1 focus i can get is 05 and next year means that its still 6yrs old i was after something about 3-4yrs old and i just really dont like the mk2 focus, dont want a toyota so in a way i guess im lumbered either with my mk1 or a astra maybe even a civic


i see youre predicament personally i would wait till late next year by then any faults with a lot of these new cars will have shown up and youll get a better gauge as to what you want

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 11:13 PM

hmmm cheers guys...bit of a mixed response.

Oh well...lets see what happens in the next few weeks. I guess its "watch this space"

Now not meaning to "diss" anybody's personal choices, as that is what car buying is all about, personal choice. Just expressing my own personal opinion. I don't really understand the point in privacy glass, I mean it's not as if your carting Michael Jacksons kids around in the back is it. Not only do I think it looks a bit chavy on small cars, and drug dealer on SUV's, I think it destroys the external visual appearance of the car, especially small cars


Indeed everyone is entitled to their opinion! :D To be honest Im not going to be making much use of the rear seats anyway, so having the tinted windows just added the 'sportiness' I was looking for. I would have gone for an ST but because I cover a lot of miles it was much more beneficial for me to go with the sporty look of the Zetec S (with the 2.0 diesel). Wasn't too keen on the Titanium.

When/if I get it, i'll stick some pics on!

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:30 AM

Any Mk1 Focus owner passing over the Mk2 or the Mk2.5 for that matter. Which is in essence mechanically a Mk2 with a more appealing face lifted front end and ESP added as standard. Is in my opinion [having owned both a Mk1 and a Mk2] missing an absolutely fine car, a better car in fact. And expert opinion backs up that statement, but hey ho it's all to do with personal choice as they say. Me, well I'm still sticking with my next used car choice being the Mk2.5 Focus S, five doors, a bonus if it comes with cruise, and definitely no tints. :D

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:10 AM

Any Mk1 Focus owner passing over the Mk2 or the Mk2.5 for that matter. Which is in essence mechanically a Mk2 with a more appealing face lifted front end and ESP added as standard. Is in my opinion [having owned both a Mk1 and a Mk2] missing an absolutely fine car, a better car in fact. And expert opinion backs up that statement, but hey ho it's all to do with personal choice as they say. Me, well I'm still sticking with my next used car choice being the Mk2.5 Focus S, five doors, a bonus if it comes with cruise, and definitely no tints. :D

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OOOOOOOO any day catch il drag ur mk2's sorry ugly !Removed! of the lights and leave you in a wall of noise and dust :P the mk2 is the better driving car if youve got a st or a more powerful zs but the normal lx 1.6's etc are just average ie theres nothing wrong with them they just dont set ur heart racing when u stamp on the throttle.

Tommyboy88 yeah can you stick some photies on ive only ever really seen one white zs before properly

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:02 PM

OOOOOOOO any day catch il drag ur mk2's sorry ugly !Removed! of the lights and leave you in a wall of noise and dust :P the mk2 is the better driving car if youve got a st or a more powerful zs but the normal lx 1.6's etc are just average ie theres nothing wrong with them they just dont set ur heart racing when u stamp on the throttle.


FFE, the joke has been done with Photoshop, you using it to alter your plate does not count. Anyway a better use of Photoshop would have been to tidy up that messy bumper of yours :P

Mines got a parking aid system front and back, but you would not know .....neat don't ya think. :D

Drivings not all about stamping on the throttle you know ;)

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:48 PM

FFE, the joke has been done with Photoshop, you using it to alter your plate does not count. Anyway a better use of Photoshop would have been to tidy up that messy bumper of yours :P

Mines got a parking aid system front and back, but you would not know .....neat don't ya think. :D

Drivings not all about stamping on the throttle you know ;)


Haha it needs time to fade in to make it look better it could be worse i could of left the trim black then it really would look odd my photoshop thing expired so had to make do with paint :( was purely a revenge thing :P and yeah its neat how much was yours though.

I know its about handling in which case id still thrash you :lol:

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