by CarLvr on Sep 5, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I love my Ford Focus ZTS (4dr Sedan). It's the 2001 model, which I bought in 2004 with 18,000 miles on it...my car now has 70,000 miles on it (2009) and I love it just as much as I ever did. It's fast, SAFE, and reliable. The Focus was listed as one of the safest vehicles to drive recently and I would have to agree with that 100%. I've NEVER had a problem with my focus in the years that I've owned it and couldn't be happier with it. The only thing I would SUGGEST to others is to NOT get low profile tires/rims. My focus came with that feature and I got flat tires all the time, but I switched out the tires for typical ones and haven't had a problem since!
by Mark on Apr 7, 2009 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I've had this car since January 01. It's fun to drive, handles very well, has excellent passenger room and trunk space. Good small car for mostly in-town use that I can take on a longer road trip and it doesn't beat me up. I only drive it 8000 miles per year so I might have it another 8 years if it holds up. I've had some occasional minor but annoying throttle body sticking since I bought it. The dealer replaced it once under warranty, but it still sticks periodically.
by nicole on Jun 7, 2008 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have had my car now for 4 years and the first year I loved my car. Now, I am deathly affraid to drive it. It makes so much noise I think that the tires are going to fall off. It is leaking oil and coolant. Had many problems with the windows not working, and the doors not wanting to open from the outside. The inside latch to release the trunk doesn't work ( I can't remember when it did). But I am so upside down in this car it is hard to find a non-Ford car to buy.
by Sqoug on Oct 19, 2005 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
My Focus seems to be the opposite of the usual. I have had quite a few problems with it in the first 36k miles, but after that no problems at all. The things that failed were: - hood was repainted because someone at the dealership dented it, - dash was replaced because of weird squeaks in hot weather, - alternator failed and was replaced, - rear wheel bearing seized and was replaced, - engine computer was reprogrammed - engine hesitated in the 2k-3k rpm range. But I had no problems after 36k miles. I do all the maintenance on the car. Stock tires lasted about 32k miles, and front brake pads lasted about 35k miles.
by McKendrick74 on Apr 16, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This is a great, fun car for $15,000.
I've had this car for two and a half
years, and if I stay in this price
bracket for my next vehicle, I'll
definitely consider another Focus. In
fact, I may just keep this one (rather
than trading it in) as a toy to tweak
and play with. I compared this to a
Grand Am and a Cavalier, but the Focus
offered more for less money. Two
thumbs up to Ford this time around.
by focus_seller on Apr 14, 2004 Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
had this vehicle for 3 yrs. and went to
dealership 30 times with something or
the other mechanical issue. Not good
for interstate long drives due to seats
so stiff and unconmfortable. Ride is
truck like(so much for sport
suspension), safety features are ok.
handles well at high speed. Heavy
exterior noise is very uncomfortable.
Some components are build cheap
plastics. Fuel Economy is good.
Raising the bar for compact vehicles, Ford is offering its stability system -- called AdvanceTrac -- on ZTS Sedans and ZX3 Hatchbacks. Ford has also made previously optional features standard equipment. Highlights include a driver armrest on every model except LX and power windows on SE Sedans and Wagons. SE Wagons also get the Zetec engine as standard and can be ordered with a manual transmission. A new manual moonroof is offered on the ZX3 and new 16-inch wheels are standard on ZTS Sedans and optional on ZX3 Coupes.