We bought this car as a second car then
our larger oldsmobile died. It is now
our primary car for our family of four.
We put alot of miles on it and do alot
of city driving. It has run well, only
problem was with the battery cable. It
handles well, as fun as it did when we
first bought it. We have driven many
long trips with the car and have no
problems. We purchased a car top
carrier from Sears and a rack to hold
it from thule. That has worked great.
For the money this is a great car.
Would I buy another one, yep without a
doubt. I love the economy of it.
CD Player, handling, versatility of the
Rear seat lighting, that has already
been said. More power of course but
that is why they made the SVT, then a
free trade up to the SVT would be
Besides a 911, haven't driven a better
handling car (magazines compare it to
a Boxster's handling). The power off
the line is not where it's at unless
you drop the clutch at high RPM (bad
for your clutch, obviously). It's
when you get rolling that you notice
the difference. It eats up corners
and is quite forgiving. Side air bags
are a nice touch. The front seats are
pretty good but wished I waited for
the Recaros. Excellent ride.
Wolf in sheep's clothing, cornering
ability, and very smooth ride compared
to other cars that handle like the SVT.
Our 2002 Focus ZTS is as fun to drive
as they say it is! It corners great
and has fairly good acceleration. This
has been a great car for a family of
4. We have two young kids and they fit
well, including taking one of their
Grandmothers with us at times. The
trunk is surprisingly roomy and holds
enough luggage for a week long road
trip. We have had no mechanical
problems and only one repair due to a
missing retainer on the inner wheel
Height Adjustable Seat and
Tilt/Telescoping steering wheel. I am
6' 6" and my wife is 5' 2", but because
of these two features this car fits us
both. I also like the roominess, we
have seated 5 persons several times and
comfortable enough for short drives.
Consider the newer 2.3L PZEV engine for
additional power in the hills and
better fuel economy if you live in the
I had hoped by giving Ford a couple of
years to get it right they would
address there quality issues. I will
not buy a another Ford product unless
there is >30% price advantage over
competing vehicles. If you buy your
vehicle get a Civic at least it is
still worth something after 3 years.
When are they going to learn that
without producing quality products the
consumer will not return.
How about a car that doesn't have the
fuel pump turn off when making a hard