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Gotta say - Ford ending the Focus in the US is an abysmal joke. Even ending the Fusion too. What in hell’s creation are they thinking...?? None of this is news anymore, of course.

But good grief. What a disaster their decision making team has made.

Who does Ford think they are...?? Apple....?? Telling people what they want by getting rid of products and forcing them to go in their cultish direction and making them drink the kool aid by saying “No - THIS is what you want.”

I’ve always been a fan of their trucks. The Ranger, the F-150, the Superduty - all of them have always been and always will be awesome. Bringing the ranger back after an 8 year hiatus was one of the best decisions they’ve made recently.

What the did to theExplorer is just plain sad as well. Good lord I could go on and on about this....

Well, it was nice FJ - thanks for all the memories. Went to my first auto GTG via this site - loved my 2001 Focus and the fun I had with it and the people I met because of this site. This place truly was the site to be on back in the day.

Hope y’all stay well - and be safe out there too.

Maybe within a decade we will see Ford rerelease the Focus and we’ll all reunite here again someday.

Until then - take care FJ and all FJ members. It was a heck of a run and I can only wish everyone the best.

Godspeed.....
 
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I had hoped Ford was going to produce a 50th Anniversary Mustang Mach 1 in 2019 (to celebrate the Mach’s intro in ‘69). I would have bought one. But, no, they introduced the Mach E travesty instead.

My Plan B was to get a 2019 Focus RS. Nope. Killed that in April ‘18.

I’m still enjoying my ‘04 Focus SVT, but I’m otherwise done with Ford. My last name is Ford. My grandfather worked for Ford for 35 years. My family has driven Fords my entire life and then some. But, I’m done.
 

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I too am sad Ford stopped making cars that I care about. 2001 ZX3 was my first car, grabbed a 2013 ST later, and now have a 2017 RS. The RS is great, but I still missed my Mk1, so much so I grabbed an 02 SVT this month. Having kept my XR4Ti the entire time, it's unfortunate that Ford has really abandoned the fun car market, outside of Mustangs. Once I need something new to replace the RS as a daily, I can't see a Ford car that'll fit.
 

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Sad indeed, Ford has been behind-the-curve for a long time now, no Mk1 RS, poorly supported the SVT, now ditching the Focus entirely just a few years before we can rightfully expect the SUV and truck market to decline somewhat. I've been around for a lot of years, and have learned to respect good handling cars that don't abuse the gas pump... that's what I buy. The general eco-friendly attitude of many Millennials means they look for efficient and fun cars to drive, whether they modify them or not, and look down on giant living-rooms-on-wheels. Also, average income has declined and is continuing to decline, so the trend is that people keep cars longer or spend less when they replace them.

I expect that trend will be the dominant market force in the near future, regardless of how much manipulative advertising American car manufacturers use to try and convince people they need big/more/giant/ostentatious/absurd stuff, especially cars. Ford management screwed-the-pooch by killing every sedan and econobox... the future is against them. Looks like another giveaway to China and all foreign car makers... at least GM is still an American car company, too bad Ford surrendered to them.
 

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Found some pics of my old Ferd Fercus

Brand spankin 2001 ZX3 5spd - bought it brand new in December 2000 on my 19th birthday - t’was my rally ride til 2006 and then it was trucks for 10 years - 3 Rangers and an F250 - and in 2016 I bought a 2013 Focus Titanium hatch for better fuel mileage and then a year later got the woman pregnant and we needed a bigger car so in 2017 I traded that for a 2014 Fusion Titanium

Welp, just traded the Fusion in for a 2019 Crosstrek Premium, 6spd manual - got me a little overlanding rally car again…. Hashtag hellzyeah

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First pic of the old focus was the first light setup I put on it in January 2001 and the 2nd pic was in the winter of 2002 and that was when I made a serious upgrade, lol - pretty cool that 20 years later I’m about to turn 40 and I’m back to having a fun little hatch to put a lotta lights on again….

And both pics were taken in Bristol Mountain ski resort’s shop - t’was my own garage to wrench on my vehicles back in the day - that was at night when the snowcats were out grooming the hill…. Ahh the good ole days…..
 

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Ordered LP Aventure wheels for the Scooby - LP1’s with Toyo Open County AT3’s mounted on them - stock size was 225/60/15 - I went to 215/75/15 with a 15mm offset

Handles better and corners better - also has less body roll due to the stronger sidewall and the ride is more comfy - mileage is better and acceleration is better cuz each wheel is 12lbs lighter than stock - it’s also better in the snow and one the road and on the trails - a total win across the board in every way imaginable…..
 
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