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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #105 on: August 20, 2014, 01:46:39 pm »
In 1980 or '81, I can't remember, Ford pulled the plug and decided to stop importing them as they were soon to start selling the then new Escort, not the one made in Europe, that was vastly superior to anything sold here until the Focus, a U.S. spec model. I walked into a dealer and they had them on sale for $4000, at the time I thought it was too much. But then again, they were also giving you a free Pinto if you bought a Lincoln at the time.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #106 on: August 20, 2014, 02:22:38 pm »
In 1981 was the last year for the Fiesta... first year for the Escort, had it for 10 years, and almost 100k miles.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #107 on: August 20, 2014, 08:38:53 pm »
Here in Cleveland, for awhile there it was quite the styling statement in the urban areas to run spare temporary wheels and tires on all four corners.  I had a '79 Fiesta Ghia, a German Ford, great car.

I had an '80 Fiesta. It was a great little car. It was marketed as Ford's "World Car". Mine had a strip of tiny little flags from the countries that they sourced parts from for it. There were several and China wasn't among them at that time.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #108 on: August 21, 2014, 06:29:55 am »
I think the 2000 focus was Ford's first truly "world car" as you could really go to any place in the world and get parts for it, as far as I know the first generation Fiesta was only made in Germany, sold around the world but only made in one place. The Focus was made in a few other places I think, not sure, ours was Mexico though. Then they redesigned it in 2007 for the U.S. and it was truly awful. The Fiesta is now touted as a "world car" too, and for the most part it is.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #109 on: August 21, 2014, 08:25:38 am »
I also think the Fiesta was reincarnated as the Festiva a few years after it went out of production?  It appeared to me to be just a little more rounded off.

Wow - just googled it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Fiesta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Festiva

It would seem they are not the same...
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #110 on: August 21, 2014, 10:33:18 am »
I think the 2000 focus was Ford's first truly "world car" as you could really go to any place in the world and get parts for it, as far as I know the first generation Fiesta was only made in Germany, sold around the world but only made in one place. The Focus was made in a few other places I think, not sure, ours was Mexico though. Then they redesigned it in 2007 for the U.S. and it was truly awful. The Fiesta is now touted as a "world car" too, and for the most part it is.

The Focus was much more "worldly" than the Fiesta was, but that's how Ford tried to market the Fiesta to the US. Actually, parts of it really were made all over. I think the engine was made/assembled in England and the tranny somewhere else. Most of the cast aluminum parts were Italy. Etc...

Yep, the Festiva was a different model and I don't think very good quality wise. Every one I have ever seen up here in the snow/salt country is rotted to bits.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #111 on: August 21, 2014, 01:17:30 pm »
Why there is so much talk about the Ford Fiesta.

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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #112 on: August 21, 2014, 01:43:33 pm »
Well we can certainly agree to that!  I'm attributing it to mission creep.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #113 on: August 21, 2014, 01:50:18 pm »
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #114 on: August 21, 2014, 01:56:37 pm »
Why there is so much talk about the Ford Fiesta.



Because we are all bored and I really didn't feel like doing anything much at work today. ;)
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #115 on: August 21, 2014, 03:06:34 pm »
Hey, I was bored too until a little while ago WHEN SUDDENLY (ever notice you can get those two words in any sentence in the English language?) a streak of 'interesting' broke out on the 'ole internet.   :rotflmao: 

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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #116 on: August 22, 2014, 04:48:32 am »

Because we are all bored and I really didn't feel like doing anything much at work today. ;)

What is this 'work' you speak of?
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #117 on: August 22, 2014, 08:47:04 am »
What is this 'work' you speak of?

It is what I tell the wife I do when I leave most mornings to linger around at the paint/floorcovering store I co-own. Things are slow here.
There is a big difference between "working" and being "at work". ;) Being "at work" doesn't involve all that much "work" and then I don't have to spend time at home on the computer. I can do that "at work".
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #118 on: August 22, 2014, 10:15:03 am »
But then again, they were also giving you a free Pinto if you bought a Lincoln at the time.
I think that was only if you tried to talk them down in price.  If you paid full list price for the Lincoln, they didn't make you take the Pinto.
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Re: Stuff that makes you scratch your head and wonder...
« Reply #119 on: August 22, 2014, 10:19:46 am »
I remember when Toyota trucks were coming with a free Yugo.
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