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I just bought a Focus! While I dearly love my old '92 Explorer, and would not part with it, at 18 years old and 230k miles I decided that it is too old to be my only vehicle. So the mighty and venerable Ex will be semi-retired to fun duty for hauling stuff, kayak carrying, and commuting during snowstorms.
After about 2 years of "research", including soliciting opinions from the Explorer Forum, (plus my sister saying, "Just go do it", I am the proud owner of a 2010 Focus SES.
It was one of life's little miracles. I walked in and asked to test drive an SES with manual transmission, expecting that they wouldn't have anything with a stick. Surprise! The dealer had an SES with stick and the color I wanted. The rest is history.
I've only driven 100 miles, but this little beast is a blast to drive!
Thanks to all on the forum who shared experiences and opinions. Now, is there a Focus owners forum out there that is as good as the Explorer Forum, or should I just post Focus questions here?
Thanks, I'll check out focaljet. I did some poking around on
on myfordfocus.com and focusfanatics.com.
I don't plan any mods since the SES has everything I want, except maybe a voltmeter and oil pressure gauge, but after the first or second warranty service I plan to take over the routine maintenance myself.
I still have the Explorer to use as the flying laboratory.
How hard is it to reach the oil filter? I have car ramps and a jack. I understand that the oil filter is a spin-on instead of the cartridge type that seems to give Fusion owners grief.
I thought that my Explorer was "fun" to drive with decent tires, performance shocks and the manual trans, but the Focus is an absolute blast. Its no Mustang, but it goes where I point it and the engine seems to be pretty perky.
To use an aircraft analogy, if the Explorer is a C-130 (though some days it feels like a DC-3 or B-24), then the Focus is an F-177 stealth fighter
I've got a mercury milan which is similar..I've been wanting to join focaljet for the longest time but it seems pointless until I own one. I need to get a focus hatch to fart around in..perfect autox car.
finally have a reason to update this thread. now with 65k on the odo and almost 5 years of ownership i got the itch to change things up a bit, so i finally made the changes ive wanted to for the past few years
still running the bfg suppersport a/s but this time in 215/45zr17
the rear got a set of camber bolts to bring the alignment specs back closer to stock, something i shoulda done along time ago
My 2010 Focus SES is now about 18 months old, and I really like it. It is fun to drive, though I don't push it. (My 92 Explorer is fun to drive, too, but in a very different way!) I have the same 17 inch black chrome wheels with the OEM Kumho KH16 Solus, 215/45/17 tires. They are pretty good for a Chinese tire. I have only driven a little in snow on them and they seem OK, but I have the Explorer for the foul weather. The ride is a little harsh, but I guess that is typical for 17 inch wheels and wide aspect ratio tires. The handling, though is very nice.
I haven't done any mods (yet), nor have I joined Focaljet. I'm pretty happy with it the way it is. The fog lamps are a little lame and I'm tempted to put a pair of Hella 500s on the nose...