Since my wife and I have had this car, we've had several issues with it. Ford's build quality is poor. We've had issues with the air conditioner leaking, after its rained the back of the car has had large amounts of water in it, the ignition where you put the key in broke and had to be replaced, the plastic (let me reinforce plastic) thermostat housing unit was leaking coolant, also the hoses aren't sufficient enough to carry the coolant since they eventually balloon up, the car jerks when you back up, etc. The radio always shut off and you have to push in the radio/cd area to turn it back on. Other than maintenance issues, the car is pretty comfortable inside and is fun to drive.
Just sold my ZX3 after 7 years, 170,000 miles. Fun, fun car to ride; however, it has truly been unreliable pretty much from day one. Calipers, fuel pump, catalatyic converter, wheel bearings; $500 dollar repairs 5 months in a row; escape a few months and starts all over again; finally sold. When running (second to none) on fun factor but not without cost.
High commanding driving position (visibility); smooth 5-speed manual transmission, yes something reliable (the engine Z-tech) and great stereo system. Oh incredible handling too! Again fun car (just not reliable).
Ford improving the overall quality of motorcraft parts and doing something about reliability issues!
The 2001 ZX3 is an OK car. I had one since the beginning and it's been OK. This car balances out with a lot of trips to the dealer for fixes but pretty dang fun drive when you get it back. There is too much rattling inside at around 50,000 miles but everything still holds on strong. One thing I am very happy with is its performance on the highway. This car can somehow cruise at 85 miles an hour at only 3500 rpms! I get around only 20 miles a gallon at that speed but sometimes it's worth it.
Car handles like a dream. The sound system is surprisingly good. Pretty neat looking. Good performance. Great price for everything.
Better build quality inside and out. Better tires and needs better brakes. I replace breaks and tires every year it seems like!
Fun car to drive, and very good on fuel. But at a low speed impact it seemed to fold to easy and massive damage was caused which force me to total out the car with my insurance company. I really enjoyed this car and wish that I still had it. I hope to find another just like it
Having better support around the engine so if and accident occurs in the front the engine is better protected, ie radiator