Just reaching the 140,000 mile mark, car has been very dependable and easy to maintain, and much MUCH cheaper to maintain than the 99 Civic i had before. My Focus has been used as a commuter car, sees a mix of highway and city miles and all four seasons (cold brutal winters) Had a few minor problems along the way, but it never left me stranded or cost a fortune to fix. I would recommend this car, it would be a great vehicle for a student because its reliable and economical.
Handling, shifter feel, seating position, reliability, cost of ownership.
A bit more power would be nice, more powerful seat heaters, and i never did like the dash design.
Quite funny to get a car that is designed to be maintenance FREE for 15 years or 150,000 when in reality it does not make it to 100,000 ! The 2.3 L engine with Timing Chain supposed to be an improvement over the 2.0 L with timing belt! Except when the plastic slippers wear out it jumps timing and bends all valves - hence a JUNK! Now at to that clutch that lasted only 36,000 miles, Audio system that had to be replaced 5 times, Steering wheel that just locks and can not be unlocked again without replacing the key switch, RIGHT engine mounts that break, and host of other things like worn out Front Struts at 78,000. This vehicle has problems that YUGO never had! Simply a BAD CAR
Lot of engine power but poor fuel economy our Crown Vic got better mileage on Highway trips!
Simply a BAD design, best improvement would be to stop manufacturing it!
I've had my 2.3L 5SPD ZX5 for about 3
months now. Overall it's a VERY well
equiped car for the money with Ford's
One of the very few 5 doors hatchbacks
on the market it offers a lot of cargo
space with the back seats (which fold
virtually flat) down.
One major gripe is the driver's seat.
Don't know who designed it but the
shape is HORRIBLE. I'm average hight
and build and cannot make it
comfortable... tried all possible
* Telescoping steering column.
* MP3 stereo.
* Heated seats and mirrors.
* Nice handling for an "economy" car.
* Thick, contoured, leather stering
* Good rear seat room for the car of
* 2.3L engine provides reasonably good
* Redesign driver's seat
* 5 Speed -- rubbery linkage and very
* The cargo space with back seats up
is a bit small.
* Turn signal clicking sound is VERY
* Add express UP feature to the
I have had my Focus about a month now
and like it better every day. Handling
is great - surprisingly comfortable and
more room than might be expected from
this sharp looking small vehicle. The
mileage hasen't gotten up yet but I know
it will. Planning on a fairly long trip
with this car shortly and really looking
forward to it.
Killer sound system with the 6 disc
changer and rear woofer - did I mention
the great way it handles
Dashboard readouts hard to see in the
daytime. Needs more contrast. Another
power outlet in the rear, and, oh yes,
another cup holder in the rear also