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Old 12-07-2013, 12:21 AM
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Default Introducing "Blue Rose"!

As you know, my '59 Squarebird is known as "Yellow Rose", "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" and "Tweety Bird". Few of you know that I also own a "Red Rose" in the form of my red riding mower. Today, I would like to introduce you to my "Blue Rose" (Thanks for the name, simplyconnected!) Having run my "Silver Rose" 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport Hi-Top Conversion van for the last 13 years, I figured it was time to retire her before she gave up the ghost.. So I went looking for her replacement. I had already determined that it was going to be a FMC (Family Motor Company, AKA Ford Motor Company) and not a GMC (Government Motor Company) car, nor a Korean, Japanese, German, etc.. car.

So I started doing some research on Ford cars that gave the better gas mileage, had a good reputation, did well in crash tests, had a lot of get up and go, and looked pretty and sporty. I settled on about 4 different Ford cars, and finally settled on the Ford Focus, for the above reasons. Then I concentrated on which sub-model of the Focus I was interested in and it turned out to be the Focus Titanium 5Dr Hatchback. After looking at the colors, I decided I liked the Blue Candy color better and that is what it is. They did not have one on their lot, but had just got one in that was on their storage lot. He got the details on it and made the arrangements to have it brought over and made ready. For a couple of days, they loaned me her little sister, a black Focus SE to tool around in and that was fun! I spent half the day at the dealership today sealing the deal and going over how to drive this thang! It has most of the options on it you can get, a lot of bells and whistles, that big screen in the top middle of the console with more goodies than I will probably ever figure out. I spent about an hour or more being taken over how to make it all work with one of their techies. It has remote start, and push button start, hands free cell phone connection, which I like. They synced my cell phone and phone numbers to the screen and now I can just talk to it and tell it who I want to call, or can take calls at the push of the button on the steering wheel. So much to learn!

When I took it for a spin I got quite the surprise because it is a 4 cylinder, 160hp, 2.0L engine, but it gets up and goes! I had to watch my speed because I was finding that I would be doing 15-25 miles over the speed limit in a heartbeat if I did not watch it. It has all kinds of power. I nearly bought a CMX Hybrid, which was interesting to drive, because it makes no noise! But they did not have it in Blue Candy, and besides I was concerned what it was going to cost my down the road if I had to replace alllll those batteries.

Today I bought a 16GB tiny lil USB plug that is only about an inch long! I am amazed that you can get so much stuff on that thing. I just copied over every piece of music I have on my puter to it, and that was a couple of GB'! There are two USB ports in my Blue Rose, and all I have to do is plug that sucker in, and tell the screen to play USB and it will play all those songs.... Plus I have Sirius, and a ton of radio stations to listen to. Since there is no room in this thang to store all the CD's I had, I will probably put them over on that thumb drive also!

Here are some pix of my Blue Rose. She has a leather interior, and more stuff on her than you can shake a stick at, and she is fun, fun, fun to drive! She isn't a Tbird, but she flies like one!
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:36 AM
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Congrats on the newest addition to your family, Ray. I know you're going to love it for many years to come. It's perfect for bringing the grandkids around. - Dave
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:15 AM
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Congrats from me as well Ray. She's a you beaut colour & it looks pretty good as well. Hope you have a good run from her for many many years.

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Old 12-07-2013, 01:19 PM
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Awesome! Same color as my wife's C-Max
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:00 PM
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Ray , my wife is driving a 2013 Focus in Ruby Red and just love's it . it has the 2 litre in it , she calls it here lady bug . Hers is more the basic model with the winter package ( I wonder why), point being the heated seats ( love that option ) . My 2010 F-150 does not have that option , I wish it did. As for a Hybrid , I've learned this working part time at a Ford dealership up here as a shuttle driver , where at times I drive vehicles to the body shop or to new car sales . They give the battery packs an average life span of 5 years to replace them your looking in the range of $ 10,000 dollars . What I was told is on a trade in dealers will give you pennies to the dollar if it's 4 years or so because they know it could need battery replacement at or before 5 years and at that time it's worth nothing but scrap . How about that for food for thought ?? Anyway in my eyes you dodged a bullet . Enjoy the blue beast , I really love the feeling of the steering very positive . regards Ian (REMEMBER NOT ALL BIRDS FLY SOUTH )
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:14 PM
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Ray I really like what Ford has done with Focus as they are really sharp looking and have great lines. The colour is great and it was good you held out for it, as you will have many years of " cruisin ". Just watch out as BlueRose will attract many women
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:35 PM
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Loving the new focus. I drive an 03 Focus I bought new, and love it. I have thought about selling it several times over the years, but have never quite been able to let her go.

Congrats on the new ride. I am a member of a focus forum, if you are looking for more information, or what not. I know some forums don't like linking to other forums, but let me know if you want the link.
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Great color Ray. Just need some light window tint & one of those "My other car is a CLASSIC T-BIRD" decals on the back glass (yellow color- of course).


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Old 12-09-2013, 07:50 PM
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Thanks, for the comments! Aaron, I am glad to hear that you have gotten good service from your Focus. Shoot me an email or a PM with the Focus Forum information. I might check it out. Today, I am not to happy because it has been raining and my new, shiny paint has rain and road splash all over it! Oh well, it will not be the last time that happens, I am sure.

As for a decal for it, how about something like this, that Marco just sent me from the Netherlands?!
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I've bought 3 Chevy's new, and after the auto bailouts, we've decided that our next NEW vehicle will be a Ford. I like the F-150 crewcab.
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