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Great car so far!
By truckguy37 on 04/27/14 10:26 AM (PDT)

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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought this 2002 Focus ZX3 5spd last summer with 201,000 on it...for $700 drove it home! Knew it needed a couple things...didn't realize it needed more....Took the cover off the timing belt for inspection (Zetec motor) looked like the timing belt had never been replaced after 201,000 miles...the cracks were on the outside of the belt ready to snap! Had my mechanic look at it and it was very solid car no rust at all..and the seller never told me it had all new brake and fuel lines!! After spending $1,500 to get most of it done, it seems to be pretty good so far. I take it long and very short drives and doesn't leave me stranded. Getting 37 mpg is pretty good too!
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
WORST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED.
By badluckforme on 12/13/13 20:01 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Before this terrible 2002 Focus, I owned a Pontiac G6 with a ton of problems to. But this is by far the worst car ever. Bought the car for 4,000 with 113,000 miles on it. Have put almost 3,000 dollars into it since then. Isn't reliable whatsoever. Me being a college student I need a reliable car and this one is not it. First cyl went out right after I got it. It started stalling with AC on. Then it started overheating while sitting at a light/parked. Had to get all new wiring in the engine, and timing belt, water pump, fuel filter, and now my current problem is the terrible vibration at 140,000!!!!!(more wrong than just this) I can't take this anymore. time to sell this terrible nightmare.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
After 9 years and 123k miles, Bev is starting to bite the dust
By lsgrant on 04/13/11 13:08 PM (PDT)

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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

So Bev, my 2002 ford focus 2x5, has been GREAT for the 5 years I have owned her. Last year is when it all began. Most of the repairs have been typical maintenance things you would have to fix on any 9 year old/123k mile car, but I wasn't expecting to fix the alternator $400, a/c $450, clutch $600, and 2 of the 4 power windows (the windows!? which are $300 EACH). CD player has been broken for a few years. I can usually get it to work (except the volume control has hardcore issues), but the CD player repair is LAST LAST on my list. My biggest recommendation: find a GREAT mechanic who will give you a deal with all these crazy repairs that will probably happen all at once.
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Avoid the 2002 Ford Focus ZX5 at all costs!
By czechmate1974 on 03/04/11 07:34 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

1st of all this car has a automatic transmission not manual. I had 108,000 miles on the car and the head gasket blew and the entire cooling system failed along with the thermostat. This caused my temperature gauge to show me in the "normal" range when really I was burning my car up and did not know it. I had coolant everwhere and white smoke out of my engine. $2500 to $3000 to fix. This car had many problems over the years. All the power window motors were constantly breaking. Had to replace 3 and they are $300+ to fix. I hate this car, it ruined my life. Avoid it at all costs.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Our Ford focus at 184k miles
By azasadny on 09/10/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

We bought this car for our son a couple of years ago and we now have 184,000 miles on it. We have had to replace the coil pack, plugs, wires, shocks, front struts, alternator and several small parts, but overall we are 100% satisfied. This car is 8 years old with this many miles on it and still runs great, no oil leaks, no oil burning, etc. This is an economy car that is still economical to own and fun to drive. With this many miles, parts are obviously going to wear, but parts are cheap, the car is easy and inexpensive to repair and it's safe for our son. He was in a serious accident last year and the car held together and protected our son and daughter. We had a body shop get the car back.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Worst car ever
By SOKnight on 05/29/10 20:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have owned Fords before but this will be my last. All the tires needed replacing when I went over normal potholes and they developed bubbles or got flat. Then the slave cylinder went. 3 of the 4 wheel bearings needed to be replaced, the CD player died, the shifter cable died, the front coil springs broke (there's a silent recall on these fyi), the windshield just cracked for no reason, the plastic on the bottom of the windshield came loose and the car gets water in the passenger side, and then there is that mysterious exhaust smell when I turn into my driveway, there was some radiator problem too but I don't recall what, now the A/C needs to be recharged, then there's a broken fan resistor.
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The Tank
By Amy Royer on 05/21/10 19:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought my 5 speed ZX3 in 2005 with 48,000 miles on it and I just totaled it out with 143k miles. I loved this car but the tires wore out easily and cost $110 a tire, the housing unit for the temperature thingy had to be replaced, the cd player was replaced twice and still didn't work, the moon roof would malfunction, at 130,000 the front struts started to go and there was an oil leak, I had to replace the battery 4 times and the driver side door handle constantly broke. Despite all that I did run the car hard and it ran well up until about 115k miles and it held together through the few accidents I was in keeping me and my 2 year old safe. It's nickname was tank for a reason.
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21 of 21 people found this review helpful
2002 Ford Focus ZX5
By CarMan on 04/10/10 07:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have owned several cars in my life and drive more than the average. My Focus had its first repair at 112,000 miles needing a sensor replaced. Other than tires, and brakes, and oil changes this car has been an amazing one and I would not hesitate to buy another. Gas mileage is also incredible, tires are inexpensive, and the seats are more comfortable than in my Jag.
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JUST SAY NO
By saynotoford on 02/19/10 17:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This car was trouble the first three months I had it. The radio just stopped working, and I had to replace the alternator. ALL of the window regulators have broken, and one is broken for a second time. Ford UNUSUALLY built it with 3 motor mounts instead of 4, so they will wear, and it cost about 200 each to replace. Even the mechanic said he didn't know why Ford did that. I had to replace all of the spark plugs. The housing temperature unit thing is made of plastic and leaked coolant. it has custom tires so be ready to pay if you need to replace them. Mine rides extremely rough, and I do get oil changes and transmission flushes.
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Started great and then fell off a cliff
By cdock on 01/06/10 20:22 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Year One:Didn't drive it too much I lived like 3 miles from my job. only put about 3000 on car in first year. Year Two: cd changer stops working right makes weird noise and scratches cds. Take car in they swap out cd player and mail me a cd that was someone a 7th cd inside the changer when it was fixed. About 4 months later rear wheel bearings need replacement and front sway bar cracked they weld it. Years 3-7: cd player replaced 4 times sway bar welded 3 more times 60K miles coolant leak fixed 80K coolant leak fixed 81K power steering goes and oil starts leaking power steering fixed. 83K ignition locks and passenger window falls down on its own while driving repairs for year 7-8 =3,600
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