After 36k mi, only two issue to report.
I had a sensor go bad on the engine at
12k. Replaced under warranty. The
original right rear tire wore
unevenly. Otherwise, this car has been
good to me. The wagon's cargo space
has come in handy many times. The
engine power is adequate, although
more power would be nice. The advance
trac is wonderful in the snow. So far.
my ZTW has been a good car.
I have had no problems with the car.
Other than the recalls, which are fine
as long as they fix the problem, the
only negative is that the tires and
brakes wear out far too quickly
(30,000 miles). Car is enjoyable and
has had no need for a mechanic other
than routine maintenance.
The Focus has a large interior which
makes it comfortable for even large
people like me (6'5").
The interior materials are cheap, the
brakes need to last longer, as do the
When we bought this car, it seemed to
have so many great features for an
affordable price. However, not two
months into it and with a brand new
baby riding in it, the mechanical
flaws rared their ugly heads. It
seemed atleast once a month their was
a recall on something mechanically
vital or something would just not
work, for example the key wouldn't
come out of the ignition one day.
Turns out the ignition was faulty and
recalled. A year later, the key
wouldn't go into the ignition. Turns
out that ignition had been recalled
too. It was fun at first, but after a
couple of thousand miles, it just
really starts to suck.
Loved car when bought. Still like it,
but tired of quirky surprises! Had a
cracked AC line 6 months after
purchase. It was at dlrshp 3 mths
waiting for for the part to come in.
Many recalls. Most recent on fuel pump.
Car can't be started to move just
couple of feet in driveway or critical
valve sticks and car won't restart. Dlr
says drive around block to avoid
problem. Prblm with wires in steering
column caused exterior light failure on
2 diff. occasions. Brakes(rotors too)
had to be replaced. Crz cntrl would not
remain engaged; had to be repaired.
Ignition swtch went bad, key would not
go into the ignition. Many rpr bills
while still making car pymts!
Acceleration, sharp steering, good
stereo, good trunk space, roomy,
reasonable gas mileage.
Install parts and provide workmanship
as if Ford was going to pay for any
repairs that arise. The consumer is
paying for sloppy manufacturing.
Here's a partial list in order of
importance: cruise control (3 times),
Horn (twice), water pump exploding
($350), on-board computer system
($750), engine lights consistently
staying on keeping me from passing
emissions ($1000) and the worst of them
all: the engine mounts breaking and my
engine falling out! This ran me
another $1,000. Also, I had two minor
wrecks at less than 15 MPH. The damage
due to those was amazing as the shoddy
workmanship really showed. I couldn't
have made a worse choice than the Focus.
Nice sound system for factory. Large
trunk. It's a fun drive for its class.
You just have to make a car that
doesn't fall apart! It's awful how
American automobiles can't compete in
the entry class of cars. Incidently,
I just bought a 2000 Accord.