I bought this car in 2002. I drive it to a nd from work, less than 10,000 miles a year.
The car is the worst car that I had.
Water occasionally leaks into the cabin, which smells of mildew.
Shocks needed to be changed (front) at around 60,000 miles.
Brakes re-done around 75,000 miles, first the hydraulics of one of the drums then the main pump.
Car is not very stable and tends to skid around unless you use premium tires.
Latch in the rear hood kind of broken after 20,000 miles.
Disks of front brakes needed to be changed after 50,000 miles.
The car is junk. In order to vent the
car with outside air, you have to open
the windows, otherwise you get engine
fumes. For a compact/economy car the
mileage is terrible. If you are on
freeways that travel over 55 miles per
hour, the fuel mileage drops
exponentially. When you reach sixty
miles per hour, the engine just has no
extra guts. Not one of Ford's better
ideas. The Focus basically sucks!!!
My favorite feature of the Focus was
being able to trade it in for a full-
size Crown Victoria, which gets better
fuel mileage than the Focus when driven
at speeds over 60 miles per hour.
I suggest crushing the car, melting it
down, and continue making Ford Escorts,
which are a far superior car to the
I paid 500 dollars for this car and drove it for exactly one year. After replacing all 4 wheel bearings, the front right spring, plus having to refill the antifreeze every morning during the winter months in Northern Canada, I gave up and took it to the dump. I wanted to set this car on fire every single day that I owned it. I do not recommend, I would not say that this is a safe car. Much happier with my older 1990 Honda Accord.
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.
Maybe ford should make a bit more of a reliable car. time to turn to foreign cars!!!
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.