Utterly Awful, Unreliable
By Galiana on
2002 Ford Focus ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car at 20k miles. At 30k, it needed new brakes and completely rebuilt calipers. The mechanic told me that it was very common for the factory installed plastic calipers to fail at 30k miles. The car is now at 60k miles and has gone through 3 sets of brakes (I do not drive like a maniac at all) 4 sets of tires, and 3 stereos. The factory-installed 6-disc changer on this car is a piece of junk and fails constantly. Recently, the engine has started leaking copious amounts of oil. With all of these problems, I have been told that they are common with the Focus (especially the 2002) but not with other cars in its class like the Toyotas. No pickup, bad car.
The 6-disc changer (when it works), the removable "lid" on the hatchback, cargo room in general - it has more space than you would think for a small auto.
Improve the reliability of the engine, brakes, audio, and electrical systems. It's not called Fix Or Repair Daily for nothing. Have had nothing but trouble with this car.