I bought this car after a deployment to
Germany, where I got the chance to
drive a Focus on the Autobahn. German
model had a Turbo-diesel and four wheel
disks, which aren't available here but
made the highspeed rocket ride more
controlable and economic-topped out at
220 km/Hr, approx 140 MPH. Great car!
Mine makes noises when going over dips
and bumps in the road. There is also
a "clicking" noise that comes from the
gear box while idling in neutral. Ford
build quality leaves much to be
desired, and even though I like the
Focus I won't get another one.It's
still a fun car, fair to good all
around. Good stereo, but alas not the
best of the Xplode line either.
Suspension firm, corners well and gets
great mileage on the highway.
Ford needs to actually build a car that
won't die at 100,000 miles, or earlier.
The quality of parts and build is
cheap, lowest bidder mentality. I wish
that Ford was really "Quality #1"
instead of "Quantity #1"