I have had four Fords before this car
and I can easily say this is the only
one I'm not satisfied with. I bouth it
used with 20k on it. At 25k, a bad
vibration started coming from the rear
wheels. Now at 34k, the headlights turn
on and off randomly and the automatic
transmission slips out of gear when the
lights shut off. Oddly this problem has
no effect on the engine. My two Crown
Victorias and my Escort were much
This is an excellent small car with good
power (5 speed trans.),excellent manuver-
ability,ample interior roominess,and very
good styling. As a means of local and
intermediate travel, it is an excellent
choice. I have used it to travel from
San Francisco to Oregon in comfort and
safety (good breaks and air bags front
Styling, accelleration, handling and
provide split rear seat cushion to match
I had this car 7 1/2 years, over 100K miles, and ran it into the ground. I think I performed major maintenance once, at 60,000 mi. I replaced the brakes twice, rotors once. It only had one problem ever, where oil was dripping on something and I could smell it through the vents. Easily fixed. I was in a collision and the car was minimally damaged with the exception of the airbags. I was really hard on the exterior: it sustained a lot of damage, but still always ran like a champ. I traded it for a Subaru AWD when I moved to NH because it slid a lot in the snow cause it was light. But if the Focus came in AWD and still in a hatchback, I would be driving one of those instead! Loved this car!
Saved me with minimal injury more than once in accidents. NO mechanical problems with little maintenance. I am a converted hatchback lover forever! It's amazing what you can fit into them. Sadly, they don't make the Focus hatchbacks anymore. I loved the front pocket on the seat covers for the KonaSE
Interior plastic is kind of cheap looking, but it was an inexpensive car. When I purchased it I had an option of automatic doors and windows OR air conditioning. Needless to say I chose AC. However, this was the first year of Focus and I'm sure it's not a problem anymore.
I have owned this car for 7 years, and it has been a great commuting vehicle. It is very dependable (only one major repair), and fun to drive. It seems very roomy on the inside compared with other compacts I have been in, and I like the high position of the driver's seat. Great visibility.
Front seats are very structured and supportive. Also love the hatch.
My 2000 Ford Focus is the only vehicle that I've bought brand new ... on an angry whim when another Ford I owned broke down one too many times.
Turns out, it was a great move. I've had it now for 12 years and it has 335,00 miles on it. I'm shooting for 400,000!
More importantly, other than routine maintainance, the car has only had mechanical problems 3 times in all those years and miles (a broken fan belt, and two failed alternators). That's it!
There are some minor things that have eventually failed, such as a CD player which, for some weird reason, only allows me to change CDs the first thing in the morning. I still drive it daily for work. I still drive it daily with no fears.
Very, very dependable car .... I've had only 3 mechanical problems in 12 years! Cute looking, comfortable to sit in for long periods. Great sound system.
I love my Focus!
It does seem that the brakes wear out faster than they should. They also squeek something.
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