Ergonomic Yes, Reliable No
By BT on
Vehicle2000 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon
ReviewBought 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.
Best FeaturesGreat ergonomics. Car fits like a glove and is extremely versatile. Would be one of my favorite all-time cars if it were more reliable.
Worst FeaturesFix 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.
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