This is a very fun to drive car,
especially if you have the manual
transmission. There is plenty of power
and lots of interior room for an
economy car. I do not have problems
with my brakes or other things that I
have read about. I have only had one
recall on my car. I would recommend
We bought our 4dr.FocusZTS brand new in
Oct.2000. I'm 5'6", my husband is 6'8"
(345lbs) and we both fit fine. The
seats adjust in height.The steering
wheel telescopes. In 3 short yrs. we've
put 76,000+ miles on it. Our round trip
commute to Houston, TX is 70 miles.
We've had no problems. We had one
accident but the Ford Dealership and
Our insurance (Allstate)handled
everything, giving a lifetime warranty
on all work done. We paid 16,400
(absolute total), with all the extras,
no trade-in and a 4.9%APR in 2,000. We
love 2000 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS.
Ztec Engine, 16" wheels, ABS, drives
like a bat out of He**, handles like a
dream, killer sound system
Wish they'd left the Focus alone. 2001
and newer models have shorter windows,
narrower interiors,have cut many free
standard features. Ford will lose our
business because these changes when we
buy a new car.
Great car with # of annoying problems
and a history of engineering problems.
11 recalls, but only ONE had any impact.
-Rubber Trim pieces loose
-Leaves got into air intake causing a
burning leaves smell
-Clutch return spring causing shifing
-Plastic air dam panel came loose
-Driver's door power actuator broken
-Door panel broken
-Inaccurate fuel gauge readings
-Brakes started to make strange wear
noises at around 24k, due to the type of
material Ford used. Brakes could not
always depress the pedal 100% but this
had no affect the stopping action
-Driver's headrest would not stay in
place but would constantly "ride up"
Lots of room, headroom is excellent even
when seat in at it's highest setting.
Good width but could be a tad wider.
Back seat accommodation is great or
better than the competition.
Great view of the road except in drivers
rear quadrants. Very good handling and
ride (but not great).
Change design of the wipers
Delete shifter ring
Console too high
Extra power point on the console
Why press unlock button 2x to open trunk
Back doors do not open wide
My adult passengers had trouble opening
door even with the ChildProof lock disabled
Driver seat not supportive enough