Focusing on the Focus
By ajl on
2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
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
If you love to drive and your
pocketbook doesn't allow a BMW (as mine
doesn't) the ZX-3 Focus is your small
The handling, upright seating
position,CD audio system, price.
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