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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback

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Started great and then fell off a cliff
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By cdock
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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Best Features

I loved the handling before the sway bar kept cracking. Car always felt very sturdy and safe. No problem putting three car seats in the back. Like the instrument setup and the hatchback. Lots of room to put stuff. Hell, I put a loveseat from Ikea in it and shut the trunk and drove it home.


Worst Features

Better sway bar. fixed 4 times. Power steering going out at 80K is not cool. Rear seatbelt locks and had to have entire bench seat removed to unlock it. Ignition goes bad and road side assistance guy says "i do this on focuses all the time" needs new ignition and keys. Cd changer always broke.


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I've had worse
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By Bob B.
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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought it new in 02. I have always been impressed with the handling of this car, it really is top notch. It's been pretty reliable too. The trunk release was the first thing to go at about 30,000 mi. Second, the alternator went just over 50,000 miles. The hood release also broke off in my hand. Acceleration is not the greatest but it is adequate with the 5 speed. I have average 22-24 mpg mostly city driving with ac on. Not bad for real world numbers. The clutch has lasted for 86,000 miles. I have not had any major problems yet and I'm not that good at regular maintenance. I can fit lots of stuff in this car and I like the fact that it stays dry (no pick up truck for me).


Best Features

top notch handling super cold a/c decent all around car I'm a big guy the front seat is comfortable for me. I think this would be a good used car pick up for anyone.


Worst Features

overall quality not quite up to Honda/Toyota although most things have held up well


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Small Price = Good Buy
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By firefighter28jfc
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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my ZX3 7 years ago at age 16 and have only encountered one problem with it besides regular maintainence. At 36K, the front half-shafts went bad, but since they were replaced, it's been smooth sailing. I have made many engine modifications, as well as bigger wheels and a lower suspension, and the car has been fantastic. This vehicle is really worth the money.


Best Features

Gutsy little 4 cylinder coupled with 5 speed manual with decent MPG's, excellent in the snow with some good tires.


Worst Features

A standard 6 Speed transmission would have been nice.


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Great on gas, bad in snow.
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By ScottK.
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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I had my Focus for one year and put on 15k. I didn't have any mechanical issues at all. The car was great on gas, about 25-36mph, city/highway. The car was unstable at highway speeds in snow even though it had traction control. I crashed the car in snowy conditions and was able to walk away with only 2 small scratches. I'd get another one, but wouldn't drive it long distances in poor winter weather.


Best Features

Great gas mileage! Lots of cargo room for a small car.


Worst Features

Very unstable in poor winter weather at higher speeds compared with heavier cars.


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Glad I Purchased This!
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By mtracy
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2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car about a month ago and it was the best used car I found in all of Hampton Roads. I was really unsatisfied with other cars I looked at (too many miles, major defects with interior, bad reviews) and when I found this car I just knew it would be perfect for me. The compact size of the car is great because I am very short and found other cars were literally too big for me to drive.


Best Features

Sound system, hatchback, good breaks, handles great on highways and city streets, and overall size of the car.


Worst Features

Better suspension.


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