Anyone know anything about the 2003 Ford ZX2?

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  1. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    I am currently in the market for a new car. My old Mercury Sable LS (1988) has finally reached the point where investing in repairs happens almost once a month and is getting to be one hell of a drag (no pun intended). So, I am in the market for a new car. I'm looking at getting a Ford ZX2. Has anyone heard about these as far as safety issues, quality, etc.? These models are not listed in Consumer Reports yet. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

    Does anyone have recommendations as to any other brands/models I should be considering? What features (minimum) should I look for in a new car?

    It has to be under $14,000.00 (might be able stretch to $15,000.00) as that's pretty much all that I can afford at this point in time.
     
  2. Eric_E

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    You might not be finding anything about the ZX2 in Consumer Reports because until recently it was called the "Escort" ZX2. When Ford discontinued the Escort and replaced it with the Focus, they kept the ZX2 in their lineup - it just dropped the Escort name.

    As for other -new- cars in the sub-$14k range, I'd suggest the following:

    Honda Civic
    Toyota Corolla
    Mazda Protege
    Nissan Sentra

    There's also the Ford Focus, Dodge Neon, Hyundai Accent and Elantra, and Chevy Cavalier, but these have all had reliability issues.

    It's going to be hard to keep the prices down below $14k on the four Japanese cars I mentioned, but you may be able to find some good deals on 2003 models this time of year.

    I'd also suggest looking at used cars if you don't absolutely HAVE to have something new.
     
  3. Steve Schaffer

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    Brian,

    Since you're in California I'd strongly suggest you check out the Scion XB and Scion XA--new entry level cars from Toyota available at many Toyota dealers in California and soon to spread nationwide.

    The XB is a sorta retro wagon kinda car with tons of room inside that comes pretty well equipped at about $14,300. The XA is more contemporary in styling and runs about $13,500. Both cars are based on the Toyota Echo platform and drivetrain which has proven just about bulletproof in the 4 years it's been available.

    Scion is a semi-separate nameplate being introduced by Toyota to try to snare younger buyers, as the median age of Toyota buyers is something like 50+. The XB and XA will be joined by more models and the line will extend to more parts of the country over the next year or so.

    The Ford ZX2 is a holdover 2 door version of the old Escort that was otherwise replaced by the Focus. Probably not gonna be around much longer and Ford is known for rock bottom reliability on just about every model except their trucks.

    In the LA area, which is highly competitive as far as car sales, you should also have little trouble finding a well equipped Sentra, Civic, or Corolla for under 14k. If you don't find the styling a total turnoff, I'd also add the Toyota Echo to the list. They list for less than Corollas, have tons of room inside, and run forever.

    Hyundai's Elantra might also be a good choice. H's reliability has improved a great deal of late, certainly better than Fords but not quite up to Toyota/Honda, and they give you a lot of car for the money.
     
  4. Chris Shelly

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    I recommend that you take the time and look at the Hyundai Elantra GT. It comes in hatch form or sedan body styles. It is cheaper, larger and has more features then the Ford ZX2. Plus you get a 10 year 100,000 mile powertrain and 5 year 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warrantee. I am even willing to bet that the Hyundai Elantra GT has better resale value.
     
  5. Peter_A

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    Are you looking to get a car right away? If not I would seriously wait and take a look at the upcoming Mazada 3. The new C1 platform it's on is shared with Volvo and the new European Focus. The Mazda will be a real contender and will offer excellent handling and the 2.3L engine is an excellent design and it will be available as a sedan or hatchback. I love my Focus but if I was in the market at this point, I would wait for the Mazda 3.

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  6. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    After some careful consideration I have narrowed it down to the Honda Civic Coup. After looking around at Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Ford (I'd love to get that Mazda 3 but it looks like the brakes on my current car might go any day now), it seems that this is the most stylish, affordable vehicle in its price class. Also, reliability and quality factors into the equation and I think Honda may be a winner in this area. I'll be looking at other models as well but at this time I think this may end up becoming my first new car!

    I'd invest in repairing the brakes but so much cash has been spent on my current car it would make more financial sense in the long run to get a new or certified used car.

    Of course, I'll make sure to let everyone know when the big day arrives. [​IMG]
     

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