Ergonomic Yes, Reliable No
By BT on
2000 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon
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.