Goodbye, cute little monkey! Er, I mean Focus!
Cute, sporty, fun
car at a bargain price!
Here was my eBay ad for this nice little
car that has seen only 93,000 miles! This is the first modern car I have ever
owned; I'm a classic-car guy and just couldn't get excited about new cars.
But this one was so fun to drive and so practical with the hatchback and
fold-down rear seats that we bought it on the night we saw it. Kij and I
saw it while passing on our way home from dinner late one night and took it
for a test-drive. It's a darn quick car that handles great and is fun to
shift through the five gears, plus it's really charming. We pulled back into
the dealer's lot after our quick spin through Lawrence, Kansas, and told him
we had to have it! They stayed an hour past closing to sell us the car.
This is a great run-around car, easy to park, easy to get out to the
mountains in, easy to pile stuff into. But now it's time to sell it to you, not
because we don't love this car, but because Kij hurt
her knee and needed an automatic transmission. We held onto it for a year
after she got another car, but we already have several other vehicles and
it's time to make room!
The photo below shows the car where it
lives in Seattle (where Kij is right now). Isn't it lovely?
So here's the story on the special edition:
Kona Mountain Bikes did a limited edition of the 2000
Ford Focus ZX3. There aren't a lot of them, and I get a lot of nice
comments. The car works great for commuting as well as cross-country trips.
We've taken it through
the mountains in the winter, and it handled great up there, too.
It runs and drives wonderfully, and is a complete joy to take through
curvy mountain roads. Mileage is about 93,000 with about 30,000 of that from
cross-country trips. The previous owner was a corporate fleet where it was
taken special care of and where it served for about 30,000 miles; a Missouri
dealer seems to have it for about 3000 miles before we bought it. On gas
it's very economical, getting 26 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway.
Every time I go for a drive in this car it makes me smile. The new owner will
By the way, I have a website with
a page for this
Ford Focus Kona online.
Here our car displays its mechanical
When we bought the car, we also bought the extended warranty and used it to
the fullest extent. This ensured that it always was maintained as the
manufacturer required, and also that we got any recall things replaced (the
seat belts are newer than the car, for example). We had the oil changed
every 3000 miles or 6 months, whichever was sooner, to keep the engine
fresh. We also made sure to replace all the filters as needed, light bulbs,
and so on. Over the past few months, we replaced one of the blinkers and one
of the tail lights. The tires are pretty new, too. I think we have the
paperwork for all this, and will include everything we can find.
The comfy gray-brown
fabric upholstery doesn't show dirt.
limited edition has special brown paint (called "Dirt Metallic" with clear-coat) and unique bike "tire tread"
moldings to protect from parking-lot dings. The Kona package also had 16"
premium alloy wheels, driving lights, and a CD player.
Here's a rear shot. That hatch is so useful!
Note: The car has Kansas plates (where I live), but it's in Seattle right
now and will be in Seattle at the end of the auction. Just want to be clear!
Here's a shot of the beautiful dash and
steering wheel. This interior is sporty and fun and in wonderful condition:
The car is a two-door hatchback with a fair amount of
legroom in the back, and a 60/40 flip-down back seat that lets you haul a whole lot of
stuff. With the seat folded down, you can fit two mountain bikes and a weekend's
worth of gear into the back. We once carried a loveseat back there.
There's a shallow dent in the
left-front quarter panel from parking on the Seattle streets. It doesn't show much unless you drive in mud. It
didn't even damage the paint! We never got it repaired because we figured in Seattle it
would just get dented again. There haven't been any actual accidents. Note the
neat tread pattern of the side molding, as well as the excellent condition
of the tires and wheels:
the only other imperfection - a little parking-rash from when someone left some of their white paint on our
bumper. The rest of the car is in really excellent condition!
Here's looking at the front seats from the passenger door
(that's just some water on the doorsill from a quick rinse-down for the
photos - the sills are in great shape):
The site ePinions.com lets people post comments about things like
cars, and the users love the 2000 Ford Focus!
here to read what they have to say (hint: this article's title is
"Focus: Most Bang for the Buck").
Best price you'll find for such a nice car!
My reserve is super-low (less than
Guide says that this car retails for $4950 and that dealers give a trade-in
value of $3650.
Kelly Blue Book shows this car going for $6295 at dealers (!!!), but
more realistically says this car is worth $5085 in Excellent
condition, $4625 in Good condition, and $4055
in Fair condition. This car's condition is Excellent in every way
except for the small ding in the front
driver's-side fender and some parking-rash on the front bumper.
But we're not asking anywhere near those prices! We just want
our cute little car to have a nice home.
For your reference, here
are the authoritative price guides online:
Kelly Blue Book
Oh, one more thing: If you decide to hop up the GM 2.0L Zetec DOHC
engine a little, I'm including a brand-new, fresh-air intake kit
for more horsepower plus more miles per gallon. The air filter is a
permanent, washable unit - very convenient. At a performance shop, this kit
costs about $170:
For you sport-compact racers out there: I have read that this engine block
can survive up to 600 horsepower, and that it puts out 300 horses with a
turbo blowing 20psi. This engine is used on all kinds of great machines from
Bonneville land-speed racers to the Ariel Atom.
- Runs, drives, handles, and stops great!
- Carries three of your friends comfortably - even 6-footers - and tons of gear.
- About 93,000 actual miles.
- Brand-new, super-duper-duty battery.
- New tires in 2004, with well over
half the tread left.
- All original.
- Comes with new cold-air intake system.
- Cool options:
- Unique bike-tire-tread design side moldings.
- "Black Jac" roof-top luggage rack mount (no bicycle or bike rack included, but
it's easy to drop one on the included rack mounts and head into the
- Leather-wrapped soft-feel steering wheel.
- 16" multi-spoke "silver sparkle" aluminum wheels.
- Driving lights.
- Air conditioning.
- Power brakes and steering.
- AM/FM plus CD player in stereo.
- "High series" instrument cluster (instruments for everything,
- Dual front air bags.
- CARFAX also reports that this car has the ABS option - I wasn't
aware of that!
- Some great features:
- Independent short-long arm rear suspension. Because of the excellent tuned suspension, this car
handles great. It's an American car that does well in racing against the
high-performance Japanese cars!
- Front and rear stabilizer bars also help
keep you in control.
- Cloth sport front bucket seats with height adjustment and a couple
of other adjustments.
- Everything works
- Interior is in really nice condition.
- Exterior is great, too, except for the minor flaws shown above. No rust, not even near the little dent!
- CARFAX report included from when we bought the car, reporting no problems.
- Title in hand, ready to sign over to you!
Kij had the car in Seattle, Washington, and
it was picked up to be delivered to its new home on September 12th. This great little car will soon have a happy