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great...until
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By jenna77
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Got this car right out of high school in 2005. It had 54k miles at the time. Most the time I've owned it I worked close to home so in the 6.5 years I owned it I only put 53k miles on it. So I thought it would last me a bit longer still since it had 107k on it. Well it sounded rough recently, then bam broke down. pulled the car apart and the valve seat had come lose and sucked the valve in to the intake. Spreading metal shards all through the cylinders. So its shot. Sold as is for $500 because we needed a 2nd car right away. but at least I got as long as I did out of it. Maybe a lemon?


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Could have been better
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By John
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had electrical sensors, power steering, premature strut failure, funny tire wear, clutch master cylinder and about every other problem known to man. The car gets bad gas mileage for an econo- box at average 24 mpg and I've done better and averaged 29 mpg over the cars life. This is terrible for a car that weighs nothing with a manual. Better luck will be had with any other car.


Favorite Features

It was cheap and I didn't have to get a loan for it


Suggested Improvements

Quality, if nothing lasts longer than 60,000 miles you need a better engineer


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I love my car!
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By KmWorth
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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We've had this car for 7 months now, and are pretty pleased with it, overall. Ours is a 5-Speed. Typically, we can get close to 350 miles per 3/4 tank of gas, because we always fill up before we reach 1/4 tank. My husband and I both commute, so those 350 miles are a combo of highway and city. The only major problem we have had so far was that 6 months into having it, the clutch completely burned out, which was very expensive to repair, not to mention the inconvenience factor. Everyone mentions how smooth the ride is, and it's very comfortable. I would reccomend to: Drive gently, get regular oil changes, and visit the gas station before you reach 1/4 tank for best performance!


Favorite Features

5-Speed manual, Hide-A-Key in magnetic box underneath car, Very nice speakers, Smooth drive, Tinted windows, Handles very easily, Large trunk.


Suggested Improvements

I wish we got closer to 40mpg. I also wish we had power locks/windows. Another thing is that we only have one key, because of the weird computer chip thing that Ford puts in the key. Basically, we can get another copy of the key, but it'll only work for the door.


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A not so Economy Car
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By Pele
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is a poorly build car, plain and simple. I have had to replace the ignition switch twice and just finished rebuilding the tranny and theirs only 54000 miles on the car. I could accept that maybe we were unlucky and got a dud, but my brother in law has one and has had similar problems.


Favorite Features

Spacious interior and lots of trunk space for a compact sedan.


Suggested Improvements

Try building a reliable vehicle. Three major repairs on a 5 1/2 year old car is too many.


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Great car for college students!
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By KatS
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had this car since I was 16. Now I am in college and drive a ton. The fuel efficiency is great, I can get up to 350 miles on one tank. It is extremely fun to drive, has great handling. It's very spacious, including the trunk. The rear suspension is not adjustable and can be very pricey to get repaired if damaged.


Favorite Features

Lots of room, fuel efficiency, rides nicely.


Suggested Improvements

Rear suspension needs to be adjustable.


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I LOVE MY FOCUS!
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By Gotta get a Focus
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned the Focus for a little over 1 month now; I love it. Fun to drive. Doesn't look it but it is quite roomy on the inside and it does rather well for me and my three year old daughter. We are quite pleased. Never thought I would own a Ford but I am so happy I bought this car.


Favorite Features

Fuel economy, easy handling, the way it takes turns on a dime.


Suggested Improvements

I wish the LX had a CD player.


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$160 for a new KEY
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By Qix
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased this car in 9/2003 as a lease return. It's been a good car thus far, save the flat tire, or the bad seat belts, the arm rest coming apart, and last but not least the $160 new key.


Favorite Features

Radio (It ROCKS), interior styling & room, headroom (my roomate is 6'6"), Fuel econ.


Suggested Improvements

Better quality of work, stay away from the need 2nd key to program 3rd key thing.


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LX Sedan Review for Ford Focus 2003 je
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By jellenmsu
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I am very happy with my purchase. The Focus was recommended to me from a friend of mine who had one. You feel safe in it. Fuel economy is great, especially with rising gas prices. It is fun to drive. It has a smooth ride. My only concern is that when it initially came out Consumer Reports rated it very highly. Later, it lower its ratings because of its realiability and customer satisfaction.


Favorite Features

style,color,Smooth shift, good acceleration


Suggested Improvements

more comfortable seating - plusher and more back support, View out Rear windshield is obstructed by interior design, cabin noise is a little louder than I had expected


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Ford Focus "A good car so far"
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By Burnea
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Overall Its an exceelent care especially for a college student that likes to road trip alot.


Suggested Improvements

It does get very good gas mileage, it costs me about 16 dollrs for a fuel tank of gas over about 130 miles


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I want OUT!!!!!
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By JAD2
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2002 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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My steering rack blew two weeks into my having the car. Then the transmission started leaking. Then I had to have my rotors and pads replaced at 19,ooo (a VERY common, and expensive, problem for the Focus). I've heard I have this to look forward to every year. This morning my calipers got stuck and melted my brakes. Too many problems in too short a time.


Favorite Features

Interior space. Good pick-up on the manuals.


Suggested Improvements

If Ford knows that it has an issue with brake systems, then they should be paying for the repairs ($500) as well as developing parts that do not wear out every year.


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