Bought new in September 2000 from
award winning dealer. Brilliant
design, exceptional ergonomics, fun to
drive, versatile and large cargo
capacity, but many recalls, brake
problems, and air conditioner failed
at only 29,000 miles and 6 months out
of warranty ($1,500 to replace and
only a 1-year warranty, so I won't do
it). In Oct 2000 Consumer Reports
rated the Focus second best of six
wagons tested, and in April 2001
Consumer Reports rated the Focus the
No. 1 small sedan. In both cases
reliabity was not yet established.
Great ergonomics. Car fits like a
glove and is extremely versatile.
Would be one of my favorite all-time
cars if it were more reliable.
Fix the brakes and air conditioner and
the other recall items. Extend
warranty to at least 3 years or 36,000
miles whichever is LATER, not earlier.
Build a car people will still be proud
to own 10 years later.
Can not believe the cargo space. We had
a full size 1951 Plymouth Station Wagon
that did not have anymore room than the
Focus. We like everything about it so
far except for the gas milage, it's
nothing close to whats advertised after
a complete tuneup,oil change &
filter,and air filter it's still only
in the lower 20's. Otherwise a
fantastic auto for the money.
Passenger seat can adjust up or down,
Srereo w/CD player, rear wiper w/
heated rear window and best of all the
rear cargo space w/seat down.
Gas milage should at least come close
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.
There have been several recalls on this
car including the rear wheel bearings.
I wish I could get rid of this thing
but the value has been dropping much
faster than I can pay the car off.
They have had to replace the complete
breaking system after only about 25,000
miles and the wheel bearing went bad
coming home on Christmas day with the
kids in the car. I'm about ready to
tell Ford Credit they can have their
I think this car was rushed to the
market before enough testing was done
to make sure it was a reliable car.
This will be the last Ford I ever buy.
AFTER DRIVING MY CAR FOR SIX MONTHS I
AM VERY DISPLEASED. UNDER ACCELERATION
THERE IS A BAD SULFUR SMELL THAT
NEITHER THE DEALER OR FORD CAN EXPLAIN.
BECAUSE THE DIAGNOSTIC MACHINES SAY THE
CAR IS PERFORMING PROPER THEY WON'T DO
ANYTHING TO FIX THE PROBLEMS.
MORE LEG ROOM FOR THE REAR SEAT
PASSENGERS. DO SOME MAJOR TESTING WITH
THE WAGON UP HILLS AND FIX THE OVER
HEATING CAT. CON. PROBLEMS TO FIX THE