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ZX3 is a winner
By pdxflint on
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2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Review
This car has been a very pleasant surprise. Equipped with the Power Premium package, there is not much left to be desired from a driver's standpoint. Seats could be a bit firmer, adjustable steering wheel should be able to move a tad lower (when seat is lowered to max, and the wheel is extended). Center armrest is a bit awkward. But the car handles extemely well on the street, and if a blast to drive. The clutch action is very smooth, and it's fun to put the ZX3 through its gears on a windy road. The dash design is unusual, yet very logical and useful. All the controls are well marked and easy to reach. Feels a lot more expensive than it is, like driving a smaller European sports coupe.
Favorite Features
Handling, styling, quality of interior controls and lighting, very good audio system, very smooth clutch, thick leather-wrapped adjustable/telescoping steering wheel, low-profile 16" tires/wheels.
Suggested Improvements
Adjustable steering wheel doesn't move low enough, armrest/console should be larger and lower, clutch pedal positioned better for heel'n'toe driving. Better seat materials, more durable and firmer, better lumbar support. Dimmable hi-beam indicator, larger sun visors.
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