2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX4 - MT



    Engine Type: In-Line 4-Cylinder
    Engine Block/Cylinder Head: Aluminum-Alloy
    Displacement (cc): 1999
    LEV-2/PZEV Horsepower @ rpm: 136 @ 6000/130 @ 6000
    Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 136@4250/129 @ 4000
    Bore and Stroke (mm): 87.4 x 83.1
    Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
    Valvetrain: DOHC - 4 valves/cyl.
    Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection
    Front-Wheel Drive
    CARB Emissions Rating: LEV-2 to PZEV
    Federal Emissions: Tier II/Bin3-5
    Tune-up Interval: 100,000


    Gear Ratios

    5-Speed Manual Transmission

    1st: 3.42 2nd: 2.14 3rd: 1.45 4th: 1.03 5th: 0.77 Final Drive: 3.82


    Unit-Body Construction
    MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
    SLA Control Blade multi-link Rear Suspension
    Stabilizer Bar (mm., front): 12.8 mm
    Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
    Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock:
    Steering Ratio: 15.8
    Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.): 34.1 ft.
    Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes (in.): 10.9/11.0
    Wheels: All-Season Tires: 195/60 R15
    Compact Spare Tire


    Interior Measurements:

    Headroom (in., front/rear): 39.1/38.5 // 39.1/38.4 // 39.1/38.5
    Legroom (in., front/rear): 40.7/37.6 // 40.7/37.6 // 40.7/37.6
    Shoulder Room (in., front/rear): 53.5/53.6 // 53.5/53.6 // 53.5/53.6
    Hiproom (in., front/rear): 49.3/47.8// 49.4/50.9 // 49.3/50.9
    Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 17.6 // 14.8 // 17.6
    Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 93.9 // 94.1 // 94.3
    Seating Capacity: 5

    Exterior Measurements:

    Wheelbase (in.): 102.9 // 102.9 // 102.9
    Length (in.): 168.5 // 175.2 // 168.5
    Height (in.): 56.9 // 56.9 // 56.9
    Width (in.) w/out mirrors: 66.7 // 66.7 // 66.7
    Track (in., front/rear): 58.9/58.7 // 58.9/58.7 // 58.9/58.7
    Curb Weight (lbs. MT): 2605 // 2610 // 2636
    Cd = 0.32

    EPA Mileage Estimates/Capacities:

    5-Speed Manual (City/Highway): 26/34
    Crankcase (qt.): 4.5
    Coolant System (qt. MT): 6.1
    Fuel (gal.): 14.0
    Required Fuel: Regular Unleaded

  2. AshenGrey

    AshenGrey Well-Known Member

    One of my friends has a Ford Focus that is five years old and has had ZERO problems. While I've been known to disparage Ford, this car seems to be pretty decent.
  3. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    This is the second Focus I've had. The first was an '00 ZTS, the first year they were made here, and it was very problematic, but that little 2.0l Zetec gave good mileage - I got 24mpg driving that thing like a teenager (hey, I was 16, after all).

    My current one has been very good so far with zero problems, rattles, or squeaks, aside from the clutch going out already - but that's less Ford's fault. Mini Coopers, which use the same 6-speed tranny supplied by Getrag, have also been experiencing excessive clutch wear issues.

    Like most small cars, I thought it could use a bigger gas tank - I like to see ~400 miles range on a tank of gas during in-town driving. This really helps you extend time between tanks and out-last gas price spikes.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jcp123:

    ___Given what the Ranger is allowing as of late, I have to think an 05 - 08 Focus w/ a stick (forget about the Auto for those interested in a new/used purchase as it does not have nearly the same capabilities) has got to be one of the best hypermiling capable platforms out there.

    ___Good Luck

  5. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    My second also ! A '00 SE sedan with the 2.0 SPI/autotragic. It looked sweet and handled like a dream with the SVT suspension/brakes but *everything* else ended there - FE & power (despite serious attempts :p ) .I whole-heartedly agree with the newer manual trans Duratecs being very clandestine with the FE capabilities . I'm really interested to see how the '08's redesign catches on and if they can get uprated FE from them .I would like to see Ford do *something* FE related to the Ranger as they have the FEH . With the pick up market the way it has been - it could be the shot of adreneline Ford needs.
    Time will tell .
  6. yab13e

    yab13e Active Member

    What I understand about the Focus is that the 2000 & 2001 had the most recalls and in 2002 there were much fewer problems and every year after that their quality has improved. So I would buy a Focus made after 2004/2005 and if you want to learn more about the car go to www.focusfanatics.com they have a very strong owners' community. Good Luck
  7. aca2983

    aca2983 Well-Known Member

    Around my area you can get 07 manual trans Foci hatches with air for very cheap. I briefly flirted with the idea of getting one just to not have a car payment, but then I came to my senses.

    The Escort was a similar story. During it's run, the early ones were horrible (I had an 83), but the largely Mazda-derived ones towards the end were decent reliability-wise, and the wagons are a relative bargain if you can find one.
  8. FocusGuy77

    FocusGuy77 Guy with Focus

    Wayne, what improves FE in the Duratecs over Zetecs? I have a '00 sedan I'm getting good results with (went from 26.5 "pre-cleanMPG" to 38.9 "post-cleanMPG"), and I have the opportunity to get new '07 very cheaply since I can Xplan it and the restyled '08s are coming...Do they have a taller fifth gear or dfco:confused:?
  9. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    How do the old SPI's they dropped after '04 compare to the Dtecs in FE? I'd think they'd be pretty similar, no? I've heard of SPI Escorts getting well over 40mpg with almost no effort...

    Duratecs have slightly less friction from the oversquare engine architecture (Zetecs were undersquare). Plus I'm sure the injection is improved and the Dtec has coil-on-plug ignition. Zetecs are fairly old engines, having first been used in Europe, IIRC, in the early 90's, so I'd bet the improvements are numerous.

    I'd second the Focus Fanatics site. FocalJet is good too, but not as much traffic on there. yab13e, what's your handle on FF.com?
  10. FocusGuy77

    FocusGuy77 Guy with Focus

    jcp, i think you're the one i followed here from focusfanatics. I'm cfol77.
  11. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Hmm...I'm not so sure, just because I don't think I've ever mentioned this site on there before; you're probably thinking of 4dse. Anyway, I'm muskratjames on FF...nice to meet you!
  12. MnFocus

    MnFocus hanging member :)

    Hmmm...that just might be me ;) Nice to 'meet' bothaya :)
  13. yab13e

    yab13e Active Member

    Re: 2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT.

    jcp, Im yousef on FF. And I replied to your post on the mpg poll, so to the benefit of any others interested in the Focus SVT:

    Originally Posted by muskratjames View Post
    Do you hypermile? I've been trying to pick up a few tricks of the trade, but my SVT doesn't seem to be responding well to it.

    Where I live there are absolutely no hills so that is helping me get good numbers. Before hypermiling I got around 22mpg and my driving is about 90%city +/- for my tanks, my new avg is 30.3

    So what I do: try to follow 10s rule of shutting off at lights etc., My upshifting is as follows (on flat roads): 3rd:15 4th:20 5th:25 6th: 30ish-35 (& very gently accelerate at beginning of gear, otherwise you might waste more gas)

    To explain my shifting, the SVT has surprising torque down low, I used to drive it like my 1.6 Sentra, and this car has 85% torque at 2200 thanks to the dual stage intake and variable intake cam timing (so from 1100-2200 its making decent torque) and I've never felt any lugging, the only thing you will notice if you aren't paying enough attention and get near lugging territory is that it starts sounding deeper and you can feel it's starting to work harder- so you know you need to get out of gear.
    I've never seen the car lug, and the car shouldn't lug unless you do something extreme enough to cause it to happen (like 5th at 15mph). My 94 1.6 Sentra would lug so I know what it is, and I know lugging is bad for cars, it doesn't mean I'll drive my SVT like its any old I4-not all 4cyl are the same. The most important factor in allowing you to ride in a higher gear is load (based on weight, and inclines). Keep an eye on your speed and rpm and listen to the car, I get some awesome numbers doing this.

    My best so far: 8.3miles, mostly hwy: 41.8mpg, max rpm: 2400, Max speed 53 (scii)
    City: 35.7 mpg, and I've only been hypermiling since end July or beg Aug 07

    I just recently started Pulsing & gliding with/ICE on only,when traffic permits, my current pressures are 40f/47r, would be higher if roads weren't so horrible. Also FAS, DWL, DWB, rarely A/C or heat, ventfan. I would avoid Sam's gasoline, I always buy Shell and I would only stick to Top Tier-I don't believe all gas is the same. Take care
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2007
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: 2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT.

    Hi Yab13e:

    ___If you ever make your way up to the Chicago area, let us schedule a clinic and see what you can really pull with that SVT :D

    ___Good Luck

  15. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Re: 2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT.

    Actually I had just been up there last July (well, to Peoria, anyway) and may head back up to IL around Spring Break time...but by then I won't have the SVT anymore and I'm probably taking the train anyway...
  16. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Re: 2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT.

    I've been casually hunting the Focus stationwagons for a while now.I haven't seen one with a MT-wonder if they ever came with a MT?
    The SW-especially with the better Mazda 4 cyl-post 2005 I think-would be a pretty good road trip /Home Depot trip/do it all vehicle.I think Ford killed the SW Focus in the latest version-shame.
    They are cheap-2000-2001 Focus SW usually advertise for $4000 or less with under 100,000 miles.Of course,you can buy a Taurus SW for less-shows how MPG sensitive folks are now.
  17. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Re: 2006 Ford Focus ZX3/ZX4/ZX5 - MT.

    They did come with MT, however it's exceptionally rare (I originally wanted a 2.3l 5-speed wagon when I started looking at Foci) - and almost all of the ones with stick that were made were special-ordered that way by a customer at the dealer.

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