At 10:12 2000-03-30 +0100, Steve wrote:
Sorry to appear to be the Devil’s advocate on this… but if the Focus
Hmm, from what you say below, you’re not the Devil’s advocate - you’re his
employee. Or do you just consult for the Devil?
was such a piece of c**p… then how come you’re instilling the virtues
of a novel, and potentially engine saving, over temperature protection
system that is fitted to this technologically advanced car ??
Easy: such things are needed because it is assumed that the market for the
product is of the mentality to actually continue to drive the car even
after the idiot light has sprung on indicating an overtemp
condition. Todays society seems to be of the mind to not bother checking
any fluids at all - the only thing most people deal with is adding
petrol. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the other people at the
service station the next time you’re filling up. Does even a single one of
them pop the hood to check fluids, or pull out a tyre gauge to check for
Do they even bother putting in a temp gauge in the things these days, or is
there just a “replace engine” lamp?
Don’t get me wrong here - I’m not bashing the Focus as an individual car –
the same can be said for “100,000 mile tuneups” and the Cadillac STS
run-it-dry engine - manufacturers don’t pay for the engineering for these
things because it’s a nifty thing – they do it because experience shows
that there are a significant number of people out there that screw up their
cars from neglect. In fact, chances are that these people manage to do it
within the factory warranty period, which gives the financial incentive to
the company to do something to head it off.
If they simply put something in to kill the ignition on a severe overtemp,
they’d probably get complaint letters from people bitching about how they
were stranded on the side of the road when they really wanted to get somewhere.
If I drove a car 50 miles without any water, even if the manufacturer
claimed the engine could go 100 miles in such conditions, I’d be seriously
concerned about how many tens of thousands of miles AREN’T left on the
engine as a result.
Also, how can a ‘piece of c**p’ become segment leader… surpassing the
VW Golf ??
There’s no accounting for taste or sensibility?
Hopefully you weren’t involved in the “asthetic” design of the car,
because, IMHO, it is one butt-ugly piece of workmanship with it’s ass way
up in the air. Granted, most cars these days are, which makes me wonder if
designers are actually setting their goals on a puggy looking car these days.
Don’t forget that the premium car segment and the entry level ‘C’ car
segment are entirely ‘different kettles of fish’ !
Mmmmm, Lutefisk or pickled Herring?
I was involved in the design and development of the Focus, and can
vouch for the precision of the handling, the comfort on long journeys,
the high speed stability… and the stability of the ABS at 120 mph !!
Hmm, from the looks of the thing, I’m not so sure I’d want to be in it when
it is going 120, good breaks or not. Then again, I’m not fond of cars where
my kneecaps are resting against the dashboard when I’m riding as a
passenger. I’m not a huge guy either - just 6’ 2" - but it seems cars are
being designed for people much shorter than that, which is odd given the
trend in recent decades of a taller population.
Cripe, I can barely clear my knees under my wife’s steering wheel (she
drives a 1993 Ford Mustang convertible). You should see me in a compact. Ick.
I try not to commit the imagry to memory, but isn’t the Focus the car in
the commercial where a group of morons pull into a parking space that is
crowded out by the adjacent cars, and they crawl out the hatchback? Yea,
you too can crawl out your trunk. This same feature was available in
station wagons of yore, but I’ll bet you never saw that being advertised.
If I didn’t have the XJ6… there’d be a Focus in my driveway.
Well, gosh, park it out front on the street! (The Focus, not the XJ).
Sean Straw '88 Jaguar XJSC 5.3L V12 (LHD)
Marin County, California '69 Buick GranSport 455 V8