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By worldtraveller on 06/23/14 08:51 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon ZTW 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Ok. When we bought the focus it was the bomb. Beautiful leather seats. Great technology and cargo space and quality. Mines a automatic it never got 30 miles to gallon more like 27 highway. Also luved the beautiful french blue metallic color. As someone else said it is like a mini-minvan. I think the tires do wear out fast. I had numerous problems with the alternator. Mainly because people were putting in the wrong alternator I think for SE version not the ZTW version. Only get your alternator done at FORD never go to firestone for anything! I have 134k on it and lots of things are starting to brake. And I can't find genuine replacement parts thru ford for quite a few things.
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11 of 11 people found this review helpful
one of the best cars i've owned
By ford_351 on 08/08/12 19:24 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

When I was 16 my parents gave me a 2002 Focus Wagon SE they had since brand new at 154k miles. Me being dumb at the time and still in Highschool, I beat the living hell out of it on the back roads like nobody would believe and it just kept going and going. Timing belt finally went and then the motor was toast. That's the only major problem with these cars if you have the 2.0 DOHC engine, you HAVE to replace the timing belt every 70k miles. 4 1/2 years later I'm a mechanic and happend to come across another 02 Focus again for a price I couldn't pass up. With 192k miles this car runs / drives so smooth and quiet I couldn't believe it. Just replaced the timing belt today for peace of mind.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I love this car- one of the best I have owned
By dino3721 on 06/02/12 13:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE Comfort 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my wagon 5-speed with 120K miles on it and it did not have much care before I owned. I drive about 25K a year. I had to put some decent money in it but I bought if far below bluebook. With all that said- I love this car. It is GREAT mileage. I get 29.5 in town and 34-36 on the hyway. I keep it in tiptop shape- but it is fun to drive, rides very well, and can carry about anything. The only thing I don't like is the seats are not as comfortable as I would like. I would buy this car again and I am considering buying a 2nd for a spare. I put alot of miles on a car and I have been very happy with my wagon. It looks good- however, I have jacked it out a bit.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Far better than I had hoped -A good buy
By DT on 11/02/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon ZTW 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

My wife had an accident with her 2000 Cavalier and we needed a car in a hurry. This is what we found. I had poor experiences with Ford in the eighties, but the car had the features, price, and storage for her needs. We have had the car for over 80,000 miles now (we bought it with 79,000) and I must say, this is the most reliable Ford I've ever owned, we've had very little repair work done. It handles nimbly for a wagon and accelerates well. My only gripes are very poor thigh support in the front seats (making drives longer than 90 minutes uncomfortable) and poor gas mileage for a 4-cylinder car (this car gets roughly 25-26 mpg in a 70/30 mix of city/highway driving).
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Great Little Car
By cwalsh on 09/07/10 14:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I have only had this for about a year but have really enjoyed it. We have put new tires and battery but that's it. I have all records from previous owner and as far as I can tell nothing major has ever been done to it. We have done regular oil changes and maintenance. Very impressed with it. I'm actually trying to sell it but only to get a van for traveling. Otherwise I'd keep it.
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I survived and so will you
By Adrienne on 11/12/08 12:59 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought my car for travel, commuting, and the large cargo space. I never thought it would save my life. After performing above industry spec for four years my car was hit head on and broadsided. Both air bags deployed, crumple zones crumpled and center bars held. I was able to climb out of my car the other to cars did not hold up as well. While searching for a new car there was only one car to look at the Ford Focus, now I just have to decide which model I want. I highly recommend it for teenagers and mothers with young kids. Trips to home depot and the grocery store in this car never left me wondering where things might fit.
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Great until now
By Matt in Portland Ore on 10/31/08 05:41 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon ZTW 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Vehicle has been great up to now. It has 75,000 miles. I have driven a mix of city and highway with minimal problems. A few weeks ago the car begain sputtering upon starting. Typically it would go away in a few minutes. This past Monday it got worse. When I pushed the accelerator it was as though it was not connected. Mechanic replaced the ignition coil but this did not solve the problem. They do not know what the problem is.
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Bang for the buck
By mrdestefano on 03/15/08 18:48 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

Driven it for 6 years with no major problems. For $14.5k new, it was a great deal. I have the manual transmission and it is a fun car to drive. You wouldn't believe some of the things I have fit into it with all the seats down. I am pretty good about checking the mileage and get 24/28 for city/hw.
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Average car with some big goofs
By mad chalet on 03/06/08 09:28 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I bought this car used a year ago. I liked the look of the car, the format, and I have heard good things about it from Euro owners. After owning it for a year I have discovered cosmetic problems and handling problems, as well as build problems. The carpeting doesn't match the contour of the body so it is pulling away from the trim, and actually tearing. The rear suspension is dangerous, skipping across bumps instead of absorbing them. There are lots of rattles caused by poorly fit plastics. The transmission is okay, but could shift more smoothly - it seems to be hunting for the right gear sometimes, with reluctance to downshift (you have to 'punch' the pedal)
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When they are bad, they are really bad
By D&J on 12/27/07 14:30 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Wagon ZTW 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

Review

This is the worst car I have ever owned. The fule mileage has been awful. I am a conservative driver and have had it to the dealer multiple times with no result. The car stalls, randomly downshifts, and has had to have a fuel pump replaced. I went with a Ford because I trusted that they really had improved. What a disapointment. My 16 year old Camry with 160,000 miles is more reliable and gets better gas mileage. Check these cars very carefully. I have friends that love theirs, but when there is a problem, the car is a real pain in the rear. Oh, and the 16 inch rims make new tires far more expensive, so consider getting the other model with the 15 inch rims to save some money.
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