Fun to drive, but not solidly built.
By BelleCat on
2002 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I purchased this car 2 years old, and was blown away by the power and performance of this little gem compared to the Kia Rio that I had just test driven. The handling is superb; it's just so much fun to drive! The size of the car is really deceiving from the outside. I have moved a 6 ft countertop in this thing! I'm a little disappointed with some of the repairs I had to do: O2 sensor, new tires (60K mile warranty, ha!), completely new brakes down to the rotors. It is now in the shop again because the acceleration died last week. The carpet is also pulling away from the trim and the rubber seals around both front doors have cracked and are coming loose. Still, not bad for 6 years old!
Great design, tons of trunk space, fold-down back seats, great handling, fun to drive.
I replaced the stereo within the first week. Seems to be in the shop more and more lately. Does not offer a very smooth ride. Lots of road noise.