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      12-04-2003 11:35 AM #1
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      Yarp or narp?

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      12-04-2003 11:37 AM #2
      That dash is a major improvement over the current one, as are the headlights. But the seats look the same! Argh!

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      12-04-2003 11:37 AM #3
      The steering wheel's on the wrong side?

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      12-04-2003 11:41 AM #4
      Headlights and tails... trying to look like a Mondeo to guage the US public to see if they like the style in order to bring it over as a Taurus replacement???

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      12-04-2003 11:42 AM #5
      The interior looks almost exactly like the Ford C-MAX, which is using the new C1 chassis. To me it almost looks like the Focus I chassis, but with a refresh and the new C1 interior.
      The back-end doesn't look at that great IMO.

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      12-04-2003 11:44 AM #6
      Escort.

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      12-04-2003 11:48 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by DrewSRX »
      The interior looks almost exactly like the Ford C-MAX, which is using the new C1 chassis. To me it almost looks like the Focus I chassis, but with a refresh and the new C1 interior.

      Probably, because that's exactly what it is.
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      12-04-2003 11:50 AM #8
      Bah. The front and rear changes aren't bad, but they make it look a little less distinctive than before.
      I hate the new interior! While the old one may have been a little over-the-top, it at least had some style to it. This one could be a dashboard from any econobox made by any manufacturer.

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      12-04-2003 11:53 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by veedweeb »
      The steering wheel's on the wrong side?

      Hey just be happy that you folks had a shot at the RS

    11. 12-04-2003 11:55 AM #10
      front end is Taurus-like

    12. 12-04-2003 11:58 AM #11
      The rear of the SE looks very similar to the current Protege, whick is a good thing. I like it.

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      12-04-2003 12:11 PM #12
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] to the new dash - the current design hurts the eyes.
      Pics of the hatches? That's what we *really* want to see.
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      12-04-2003 12:43 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by dts »
      I hate the new interior! While the old one may have been a little over-the-top, it at least had some style to it. This one could be a dashboard from any econobox made by any manufacturer.

      Yeah, there's a lot of Civic in that center console treatment. Kinda blah. Of course, maybe we're griping because it doesn't look just like a Jetta.
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    15. 12-04-2003 12:58 PM #14
      ClownCar, where'd you find these? Are there more? I think I may like it, not as much as I'd probably like the all new Focus everyone else in the world is getting, but considering Car and Driver still has it as the only compact car on the 10 Best list, I think Ford still has a contender here.
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      12-04-2003 01:01 PM #15
      The SE looks a lot less sporty... especially with those Suzuki Aerio wheels

    17. 12-04-2003 02:00 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by cerksies »
      Headlights and tails... trying to look like a Mondeo to guage the US public to see if they like the style in order to bring it over as a Taurus replacement???

      Ford has 2 new sedans coming soon, and neither one is a Mondeo. The Contour failed, and Ford thinks the Mondeo would also.

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      12-04-2003 02:25 PM #17
      I like the current dash better ,much more distinctive.

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      12-04-2003 02:30 PM #18
      Is Europe getting this update also? This look blends in with Fords European line. It seems strange they would give the American an update that blends with the European line and give Europe an all new vehicle... what's the point of the freshening? (I know to tide the vehicle over... but I'm just curious as to why the made it like they did... perhaps the C-MAX is coming over to compete with PT Cruiser?)

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      12-04-2003 02:30 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by ClownCar »
      Probably, because that's exactly what it is.

      Well, not exactly:

      "Of course that's just my opinion; I could be wrong."

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      12-04-2003 02:31 PM #20
      nice
      much more aggressive looking
      however, the rear tail lamps look like an Accord from a few years back
      which is a good thing though

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      12-04-2003 02:36 PM #21
      Nice!
      This body + 2.3 Duratec engine + SVT suspension would rule... Though, I think I'd rather have a Mazda 3.
      Still, the Focus, even though it's the older chassis, will have two things over the 3: a 3 door hatch bodystyle and a lower price.
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      12-04-2003 02:36 PM #22
      The interior reminds me of a Honda, it's nicer than the current one IMO. The rear looks nicer but also less substantial and more economy if that's possible. The front end is more handsome but at the same time less distintinctive less "Focus".

    24. 12-04-2003 02:53 PM #23
      Looks good - tending toward the styling of a Civic. I think the car looks shorter, which is a good thing for the four-door.
      -Jason

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      12-04-2003 02:58 PM #24
      wow, that is really agreat improvement, props to ford, this is still the first generation car right?, with just a refresh?, It doesnt look likethe new one europes getting.

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