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In Topic: Anyone Else Think The Focus Interior Design Has Gone Backwards?

12 April 2014 - 08:30 AM

One thing I forgot to mention in my initial post is that I find there's a higher level of wind noise audible in the Mk2.5 than the Mk1.5. It seems to me that less attention has been paid to closing up the panel gaps. In fact I get the impression that a lot more thought and attention to detail went into the Mk1/1.5 which was a complete break from anything that had gone before. It seems as though these days they just draw something that looks pretty on the computer without giving much thought to practicality. The Mk2/2.5 and it's successors look like just run-of-the-mill generic cars as has been said. The loss of the high-level rear light clusters on the Mk3 has finally removed all trace of the distinctive Focus styling.


There's also more road noise in my Mk2.5 although that's probably due to the fact that it's just a Zetec while the Mk1.5 is a Ghia so the sound insulation standards are likely to be different.

In Topic: Anyone Else Think The Focus Interior Design Has Gone Backwards?

11 April 2014 - 09:00 AM

To me the Mk2.5 shape especially the rear, and in regard to the rear that applies to the Mk2 also, is what I would describe as the "Definitive Focus Shape" in that there is no mistaking it for anything other than a Focus. Whereas the Mk 3 just blends into the ubiquitous mix of Asian styled cars on our roads IMO.

I agree, as I said in my OP the MK3 rear lights look too far eastern for my taste.

In Topic: Anyone Else Think The Focus Interior Design Has Gone Backwards?

10 April 2014 - 12:12 PM

I must say I can't agree with Arthur. I don't know about the early Mk1 but the plastic in our Mk1.5 feels pretty soft and it's accentuated by the sweeping curves. I assume the interior wasn't changed substantially between the Mk1 and Mk1.5. If you want to see hard just look in my daughter's '04 Fiesta Flame. That's hard and angular and looks and feels really brutal.


I also don;t think the body protection on the older cars was any worse than the newer ones. At 11 years old ours has not yet shown any signs of rust except along the top of the chrome tailgate trim which seems to chafe through the paint.


I was wondering whether to get the console hydrodipped but I'm not sure I want to try making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

In Topic: Centrol Locking Help Needed

07 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

Same with my 03-plate Mk1.5 - the indicators only flash when deadlocking. No flash when single-locking or when unlocking.

In Topic: Steering Wheel Wobble At Speed

04 April 2014 - 07:33 PM

Yes, if there's a build-up of rust between the hub and the disc that could cause the disc to run out of true and as the wheel sits on the outside of the disc the wheel would wobble. Still, I'd have thought it would need to be quite bad to give the vibration you're getting and in that case I would expect you'd notice a bit of judder when braking.