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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-12-05, 12:06 AM
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Re: Steering responsiveness

"me/2" <null@> wrote in message
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2005 06:21:06 -0500, "Mike2"
> <> wrote:
> :>I find the steering on my 1999 focus estate a litle too
> :>responsive/sensitive to the road surface. (I drive a lot on roads with
> an
> :>uneven surface, camber etc). I'm not suggesting it is a fault: just a
> :>feature of the car.
> :>
> :>Does anyone else agree with me?
> I went from occasionally driving my parent's 2001 Focus Wagon to
> owning an '02 ZX5 and thought there was a big difference. Then I sold
> the ZX5 to my brother about a year ago and bought an '04 SVT Focus.
> Now that is some responsive steering. That combined with the revised
> SVT suspension and 4 wheel disc brakes has saved my bacon a number of
> times in city traffic to and from work everyday.
> me/2

Responsive is good! Not sure how responsive yours is. Check that your
pressures are right for load, tire size etc.
A little too much air in the fronts without the same increase in the rears
will make the steering feel too lively.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-12-05, 12:06 AM
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> Responsive is good!

You are wise.

I agree with you so much, I must strive not to be a fanatic.

I once had a car (it was a Lexus but the guts was a Camry) that had a
brilliant mix of "cushy" and "responsive." I was amazed because I'd always
thought you couldn't get anything close to both in the same auto.

But out "on the edge," it's still true. I am tolerant of those who want
their car to be soft and comfy. Those cars are not necessarily "dangerous."

But I absolutely want the road feel.

Focus is actually a good mix, too (there are autos with even better road
feel, for sure.) But I'm glad Ford went with a big emphasis on good feel.

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