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Old 05-29-2012, 01:43 PM   #16
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I mean sure the well maintained Civic will go 250K but if it already has 135 on it, that is half way thru it's life, this ZX3 is like 1/6th thru its life from what I hear they go.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:10 PM   #17
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I hear most people get a couple hundred K off the Focus. I drove one and it was pure fun too, unlike a standard Civic which was OK, but didn't hit the funometer near as well as the little Focus ZX3.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #18
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Dad's had two Focuses- an '00 sedan, and now an '07 ZX3. Both base-model 5-speeds. His wife had an '04 (?) sedan that she gave to her son, mid-trim automatic. None died a natural death- the '00 was traded off because it was close to needing a clutch and he didn't like the '08s, the '04 was wrecked, and the '07 is still going strong.

I've driven both of Dad's cross-country, and averaged somewhere around 37 mpg both times.

The '00 was least-impressive, but it didn't really cost him that much over the 115k he ran it. I still wouldn't own an '00 Focus, though- too many headaches. The '07 is a nicer car- more power, slightly more comfortable*, more reliable so far - 63k miles. The hatch is a better configuration unless you use the back seat a lot, IMO. I think an '05 is the same as an '07.

I only drove or rode in the '04 a couple times, but it never caused any problems other than operator error (read: crunch) either.



For point of reference on the price...neither is directly comparable, but I've stopped to look at two ZX3s in the last couple days beside the road. '06 with 72-ish asking $6200, and an '03 with 135k asking $3500. (Both Vermont cars, with Vermont rust.)

If I needed wheels, I'd probably buy the car you mention as long as everything checked out in person.


*Comfort is a relative thing. I did fine on cross-country trips a few years back; lately I've had trouble since there's no center armrest and I blew out my right shoulder. Step-bro is a tall guy and hated driving his. They ain't Cadillacs.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:32 PM   #19
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Problem is, every Civic I see with a similar price, has 135K on it.......or more! And most are girly ass Automatics.Oh and a couple extra doors.
I'd take an 05 Focus ZX3 over all the Civics of that year except the SI
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:33 PM   #20
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Going to look on the way home, have a full load in the 1911 and the cashola in the wally. Might be posting from home tonight with pics of my Fuckus.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #21
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:38 PM   #22
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I'd take an 05 Focus ZX3 over all the Civics of that year except the SI
I looked HARD as HELL for an affordable Si, to no avail. Guy with a 97 Si wants 6K! And it has 160K on it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #23
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I drove an '07 rental around the bay area. Not a bad car, a bit better feel to it than most economy cars, I wouldn't call it sporty, but it's not too far from being so.
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That car looks to be in pretty nice shape!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #25
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I drove it, and bought it. Got him down to $4000,00 and a large coke from Whataburger....I really like it but have already decided to upgrade the speakers to Boston separates and add an Ipod dock. I love the power from such a basic motor, has ther Ztec DOHC 2.0 with 135hp, with the 5 speed it is decently quick. more so than a stock 1.6 civie for sure! Plus this car feels so much more planted than the Civics I drove.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:11 PM   #26
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Crank windows! Cool!

My '01 ZX3 has been nearly trouble-free so far (112K). Rear tires do wear quicker than on a Civic because the rear suspension puts to work for good handling.

The car looks to be in great shape. I'd snag it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #27
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Congrats man
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:10 AM   #28
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j/k... nice car, great deal from the sounds of it.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:37 AM   #29
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No I knew that. I just was filling you in on what I see here. Somehow these Civic owners think they are made of silver. One guy has a friggin base model 98 Civic Cpe, 106K 5 speed and wants $5000.00 firm! The thing retail on KBB is 2400!
It's called reputation....... Honda did it right!
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:26 AM   #30
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They are good cars with well proven drive trains. Rotate the tires every 5000 mi and you will get good milage out of them. after about 03 the bugs were worked out and recalls went away. Now you just need the fart can and 18" wheels....and mud flaps so you look all rally cool
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