My first car
By Denise on
2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
Purchased at 178000kms now almost at 300000kms. Never miss an oil change, well maintained. Problems began just after 200000 kms. My car began to 'studder' while in gear. Changed the fuel filter, thought it could have been the gas. Nope. Changed leads and plugs thinking I'm misfiring. Nope. One day went to start my car and it sounded horrible-in the end it was my timing belt, I needed an entire new engine as the belt had slipped and ruined the pistons and valves. A 'new' rebuilt engine was put in. Now headlight socket on drivers side seems melted and the contacts no longer connect. Rear dr side door clasp jammed-no longer use that dr won't click closed. Replaced ignition key shaft as rollers seized
Spacious, pretty fun to drive, very responsive steering, great visability. It's a pretty good first car- size wise, price (not including all the repairs I've made!)
RPM guage, more noise protection. If only it could have been made more reliable all around.