2002 Ford Focus ZX3 Hatchback Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2002 Ford Focus - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

86 Total Reviews

2002 Focus Consumer Reviews

View reviews for a specific Focus model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sort Reviews by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
2002 focus x5
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By rockinit
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

this is a new car, have had it a couple weeks, and find it to be a very good driver, fun,even. Instrument placement is good, stereo w/6cd a no charge bonus. My only negative comment, and caveat to future buyers, is to check the upholstery for bad seam work. Day two, I noticed that the upper back seat back, had a 3 inch defect in the upper corner seaming, i could place three fingers in the hole, so beware of the stitch work. Personally i didnt sign off on the purchase order until the dealer orderred a new seat cover for the rear upper seat. This they did reluctantly, hopefully thats the only gremlin to be found.We like the car very much!


Favorite Features

Looks, Utility, relative comfort of the driveability. peppy engine.


Suggested Improvements

the center arm rest is pitifully short, almost unuasable as an arm rest while driving. Better quality check od stitch work (upholstery) Steering wheel frames instrument pod too tightly, obscures vision of instruments.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Focusing on the Focus
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By ajl
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I love the Focus. I am not a fan of domestic cars, so this should tell you something. The European flavor of the Focus comes through. The handling is excellent for a cheap, FWD car, the ride is pretty decent. Build quality is surprisingly solid for a Ford and no squeaks or rattles in 10,000 miles . I do mainly highway driving, so I get about 28mpg steady. The seats are comfortable. The car is not bad on the highway, but it is kind of buzzy at times. Not nearly as bad as the Dodge Neon, but not as smooth as a Honda. If you love to drive and your pocketbook doesn't allow a BMW (as mine doesn't) the ZX-3 Focus is your small car.


Favorite Features

The handling, upright seating position,CD audio system, price.


Suggested Improvements

More power (160hp would be a good starting point, give the SVT 200hp), make four-wheel disc with ABS standard (just four wheel discs w/o ABS would be OK too)


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ROBERTO'S TOY
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By roberto sanchez
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I AM VERY PLESE WITH THE VEHICLE. IT HAS A GREAT PERFORMANCE. I GET 30 MPG ON HIGHWAY. THIS IS A GREAT FIRST CAR FOR ANYONE. I BOUGHT IT FOR MY 15 YRS. SON AND HE ENJOY THE HANDLING AND THE STYLE. GREAT LITTLE CAR. THE RROFLINE IS EXCELLENT. I AM 6FT TALL AND I COULD LOOK OUT WITHOUT ANY PROBLEM.


Suggested Improvements

INCREASE THE HP TO 150.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Love my ZX5
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By John_mc70
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I've been very happy with my ZX5 so far. I bought it because of the the great ride and handling. It is a lot of fun to drive. I'm very happy with the exterior looks and I think the quality of the interior materials are top rate. The 2002 interior is a big improvement over the 2001. My only complaints are that it is a little loud on the highway and I don't think the ZX5 drivers seat is that comfortable.


Favorite Features

This car is so easy to drive. It goes exactly where you want it to go with no effort. I also love the in-dash 6-CD changer.


Suggested Improvements

Improve road,wind,and engine noise on the highway. Add adjustable lumbar support for the drivers seat.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Lot of car for 11 Grand
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By etubrutus
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Too many recalls for small petty things. Nothing major or safety related. Build quality only rated a 7 because of it. Interior has enough room for all 6'3" 240 lbs of me. Rear area hauls as much of my stuff as I want. Car handles great, which helps to overcome the desire to go faster. I like the ZX3 because the door openings are huge and the A-pillar doesn't hit me in the shoulder.


Favorite Features

Big doors, suspension, rear hatch.


Suggested Improvements

SVT


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Focus ZX3
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By bchicky
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought the FocusZX3 in Nov of 2001 it has been a soso car, but when I went to have my oil changed at 6000 miles (not by ford) the shop told me my transmission was almost out of oil most likely because in production they barely put any in, they filled it up free of charge,im glad to I was taking a trip to Frisco that weekend and surely my transmission would have burned out. I owned a VKSBeetle before and that car had more power and better steering than this car. Overall I give it a 7


Suggested Improvements

Needs more POWER!!!!!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Fun car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By BigJrff
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Tight, crisp handling on 16-inch low profile (205x50) tires. Delivers decent power from a sweet sounding, twin-cam engine at 4-6000 RPM. Precise rack and pinion steering gives good feedback. Very comfortable inside. Lots of room for big people. Nice sound system with 6 cd changer in the dash. Good ergonomics. Neat, edgy exterior and interior styling. Flexible cargo carrying configurations possible with 60-40 fold down rear seats (which are also quite comfortable). Good head and legroom front and rear.


Favorite Features

Steering and suspension, one-touch power moonroof, comfortable seating position, tilt and telescope leather steering wheel, driver's seat height adjustment.


Suggested Improvements

More power -- like maybe a V6 version, 4 wheel discs as standard equipment, cargo area tiedowns, shorter throw shifter, larger fuel tank.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Compare and Save
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By dbrass
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

5 months of nothing but fun so far. I'm 6' 5" 265# and I am comfortable. You have to wind it up a little but it goes. Turn a corner on a whim. Wanted the Power w/o moonroof couldn't find (cut just a bit too much of the headroom). I got a really fantastic deal on a really nice package. To get more you go to Elantra GT and then Golf TDI. It wasn't worth the $$$ to me to risk the Hyundai and the VW guys didn't want to talk about deals. Some say you get what you pay for ... I think I got more w/o paying very much at all.


Favorite Features

Headroom, hiproom, legroom, telescoping wheel, stock stereo sounds great, cargo flexibilty b/c hatch and split seats, get the idea or should I go on ...


Suggested Improvements

More torque


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

European Car at Economy Prices
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By mroland
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Extremely responsive and fun to drive. The cars begs to be thrown into corners and play. It has a fanstastic stereo, and roomy accomodations for 4 people. Its a sport hatch more than an economy car.


Favorite Features

Handling, styling, interior size, engine sound and performance, radio (6 disc)


Suggested Improvements

The interior is great to look at, but made of obviously cheap materials. The car squeks a bit more than it should. Ford needs better plastic for its wave dashboard. Also the engine should return better fuel economy numbers.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Flawless after a year and 14,000 miles
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Spunk
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Not one recall. Car is excellent. Drive hard or cruise along. Steering, Braking is on par with $25,000 and up cars. Seat are comfortable. Lots of room for a car this small. The stock stereo is awesome. Many aftermarket parts if you want to get more out of the motor.


Favorite Features

Leather wrapped steering wheel, abs, sunroof and of course the stereo.


Suggested Improvements

More power in the engine bay, 130hp is nice but it should have come with 150hp minimum. Ford is crazy not to offer a manufacture upgrade.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411