Great car for the price
By jwo7777777 on
2000 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback
Handles like a good rally car. It can take corners at speed, but has a slightly higher ride height than other vehicles of the same size. I replaced the swaybar(stabilizer bar) bushings with stiffer polyurethane for a little less body roll. I have driven this vehicle for 7.5 years and have enjoyed it immensely. Sure, some things had to be fixed under recall, and some things broke that I had to pay for after the warranty ended, but overall I am happy. I have had worse experiences with cars I bought new. The bucket seats are built for average frames or smaller. Wide shouldered or heavier people (250+ lbs.) will notice marked problems after several years
Steering is very sensitive and gives a great feel for the road. A/C blows ice cubes (not literally). MPG is good - 30mpg under all conditions. There are a ton of aftermarket doohickeys for the Focus. Headrests are reversible if their weird angle annoys.
Strengthen the aluminum wheels. Offer manual transmission on all models. Increase seat frame strength. Headrests are funky.