Great until it hits 50k miles
By Samantha on
2000 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon
Bought this car in 2005 with 48k miles, now has 90k. Got great gas mileage up until about a year ago (avg 32 mpg mixed), now gets 22-24. Auto trans may be dying; shifting is labored. Have had to replace ignition lock (50k miles), coil (55k), a drum brake (65k--some kind of part that held it together WENT MISSING and the shoe was scraping the drum), motor mount (85k). Have had to put way too much money into this car since I got it, $1000+ for things that shouldn't break. Very concerned about the poor gas mileage lately; mechanics can't figure it out. Have had fuel system flushed but no change. Back bumper also lost a screw and is sagging. Looking for a Civic or Corolla now.
Gas mileage (until recently), turn radius, roominess, folding back seats, dark window tint, back windshield wiper, stowaway space for donut tire.
Vibrates a LOT, lots of road noise, ignition lock problem is well-known for this model but Ford won't pay, dials becoming unreadable. Factory jack is impossible to use.