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By Mavwreck1975
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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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 better cars.


Favorite Features

Comfort, stereo, fun to drive


Suggested Improvements

RELIABILITY!!!


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Not for the long haul
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By Nrmltowngrrrl
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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This was my first car ever, and it will be my last Ford. Looks cute and is fun to drive, but quality is poor. Stuff keeps breaking: clutch master cylinder (at 20K), ignition switch (stranded at 40K; not fun), brakes (at 45K), cd player/radio cuts off for no reason (even after being sent for fixing), leaky radiator (66K), wiper speed is never right, makes weird crunching noise over speed bumps, brakes always squeaky! Plus, dealership service is not helpful. Takes forever to get recalls fixed, sometimes they don't even order the parts. I can't wait to get rid of this thing and would not recommend the Ford Focus to anyone.


Favorite Features

Looks sharp and handles well, fuel economy is a plus.


Suggested Improvements

Higher quality craftsmanship, please! Why can't Ford make cars like they used to?


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By T_Williams
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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I bought my 2000 Focus used in 2003 with only 25000 miles on it. It is fun to drive and gets pretty good fuel mileage for the way I drive it.


Favorite Features

It has a decent stereo system, comfortable seats, and I love the 5- speed.


Suggested Improvements

My first Ford was a 92 Mustang that had no cupholders. it is nice to see a Ford with cupholders. My only suggestion is that they make them all usable. The front cupholder on the passenger side is right under the dash and you can only fit a very small cup in it properly.


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zx3
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By Deejinator
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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It's a great car overall, handles well and gets great gas mileage. mine has a little over 80,000 miles on it and still runs like new


Favorite Features

The handling is great and the seats are relatively roomy


Suggested Improvements

the braking system wears out fast, Ford really needs to improve it


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Best bang for your buck!
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By DR69
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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Great car! Corners like it's on rails; handling is superb with peppy throttle & good response. Not a muscle car but very fun to drive! Highly recommended.


Favorite Features

Comfortable seats with lumbar support, accurate steering & suspension with low roll centers for great cornering.


Suggested Improvements

I found Ford's product support to be somewhat lacking. The car could use a bit more torque off the line.


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focus power
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By bobby123
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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no problems, great small car, lots of power, handles like a sports car


Suggested Improvements

More power


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Could do without the dealers
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By cheeseshark
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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I have moved 3 times (all away from my purchasing dealer) since purchasing my ZX3. It has been through every recall and program (7 or 8 now, I think) and at each step I have had to bear the burden of ford dealers who treat each request for service as though it were MY faulty craftsmanship that created the service needs (1 exception, University Ford, Peoria, IL -great attitudes and service). But, I've moved again and I now take my vehicle to a local mechanic for EVERYTHING.


Favorite Features

+headroom, +economy, +styling, +financing, +performance -seats, -defects, -majority of dealers I've experienced


Suggested Improvements

My job is not to tell them how to do their job. I purchased a ford because my dad has fords. I will drive this focus until it's used up, and then I will never buy a ford again. It's too late for suggestions, ford knows perfectly well where they've cut corners.


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MY ZX3 BABY!
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By pixiestixslova
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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I have had my car for almost 2 years now.It is my angel. It has definatly saved me from a lot of accidents. Its nice and roomy. My friends dont complain about haveing to sit on top of each other. So far, I havent needed any work done on my car.Its great and affordable.


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Wouldn't Trade it for The World
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By LoveMyFocus
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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This car is great! I got it as a graduation gift and drive it every where. It is almost four years old and I am about to roll over to 100,000 miles! I intend to drive this car until it falls apart, and with the way it is going it will be a while before that happens! I cannot say enough about the great size and handling of this car. It is so fun to drive and I get compliments on it all the time. I definitely will stay in the focus family when I decide to get something new!


Favorite Features

I love the hatchback design. It is so easy to drive and handles well. I just love the look of this car.


Suggested Improvements

The braking system that Ford chose is one that wears out frequently. That is the only thing I'd change about my baby!


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Good car for a good price
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By dlm04
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2000 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback


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I got this car with 165,000miles on it only because it was a really good deal. I have only put on about 4,000 since i got it but nothing has gone wrong yet. There is the burning smell that comes from the engine, like oil or something. Its a great car but its not to dependable in the snow, but since its light its easy to push out.


Favorite Features

The seats are very comfortable and im told the back seats are to, It has some get up and go for a 4 banger.


Suggested Improvements

Needs some lumbar support, standard power windows, seems like im always putting gas in it. I dont like how the driving lights turn off when you take the key out.


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