I knew what I wanted initially: a small hatchback with good mpg and a manual trans. However, I never expected to like it this much. The old saying that its more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow... this car nails it. Driving around town I find this car more satisfying than my 400hp Mustang. Its reasonably peppy, doesn't have to be revved, and with the addition of a stiffer rear swaybar, the handling is a blast. Tons of room too. On one trip I managed 3 people and a 50" tv. On another, a full dresser. It's got 140k miles on it, so a few things are starting to go, but I'd say its held up incredibly well. Couldn't be happier with my purchase!
Fun to drive, seat bolstering, looks, utility, Not from an Asian automaker
My 2003 Ford Focus has seen it's share of problems: Alternator, Thermostat Housing, AA Solenoid, Fuel Pump, Water Pump, Drive Belt, Timing Belt and Engine Mounts. I Love the compact design; however, this causes astronomical labor charges or very difficult self repairs. You actually have to go under the car to change the headlight bulbs. Overall, I like my Focus, but I wish Ford had put more thought into the quality. For example, a thermostat housing that is not made of plastic. If yours has not failed yet, then it soon will. Or a better set of engine mounts. One thing that the focus will do is help you become a great mechanic.
I've really enjoyed my Focus. It not
really a fancy car, but it's nicely
built, solid and dependable. I'm a
fairly big man and I can get in it
comfortably without having to do a lot
of contortions to fit in the seat.
The headroom is excellent and it is
not cramped at all. It has a nice
comfortable ride, too. If you have to
commute a ways to work, this is the
car for you. I'd had the car about a
week and had to make a trip from
Kansas City to Mitchell, SD.(about 400
miles and did so one tank of gas.)I'll
definitely buy another one some day.
I like how everything you use a lot is
right there by the steering wheel
(wiper controls, turn signals, etc.)
Get the one with power windows because
the hand cranks are awkward to use.
Other than that, nothing except maybe
lowering the price.
I really like this car, but I loved my
95 Ford Contour. I keep my cars for at
least 150K miles, so hopefully my Focus
will last as long as my last car. I
really wish I had purchased the power
premium model, but at the time I wanted
a liquid grey 5spd and there was only
I love the color, the Mtx 75 trans in
the focus is much smoother than in the
Contour, and the stereo with its 6disc
changer is incredible
Dealer service is awful. I have only
had minor problems, but each repair
require 3 or more trips to the dealer.
Regency Ford is horrible and Fords 1800
customer service line is not much