2003 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I have seen a lot of these around and figured they were lackluster. I was wrong. From the first few miles of my test drive I knew I was hooked. While it is not an exceptionally dynamic sport sedan, the '03 ZTS is a fine compromise between daily driving, luxury, and performance. With leather, 2.3l Duratech, and 27 mpg, I am fully satisfied for my $10k. It drives a lot like Jettas' little sister, not quite as powerful but still sassy! I am sure this vehicle will last longer than I care to keep it.
Leather, tilt, A/C, 6 CD changer, mileage, steering.
I am a private investigator and I use my vehicle for work. I drive around 30k miles per year so fuel economy and durability are important to me. So far I have 65k miles on the vehicle and it has never been in for repair since the first month I owned it. That issue turned out to be a faulty spark plug. Sometimes I need to drive in alleyways or other rough terrain. I admit I do abuse this poor vehicle but it has taken it all and still is ready to go every morning. I recommend this car for young drivers or anyone needing cheap reliable transport.
For the money I suggest none. I would prefer a more comfortable seat but for the price this car comes equipped just fine.
I purchased this car 1 1/2 years ago and I have been very pleased. I've only gone about 11,000 miles, but have had no problems at all. Very very smooth drive, i.e. good shocks & suspension take the whump out of most smaller bumps. I get between 30-32 mpg on my model with a 50/50 mix of highway and city driving. The passive antitheft is a great feature - without the special radio-enabled key in the ignition, the car won't start. Reduces my worry that the car will be stolen. Very large trunk is nice. Trunk lid does not pop up very high, but a light does appear on the dash so I'm ok with that. Also - when trunk closes there are no giant hinges that eat up trunk space. All in all, a great car.
Passive anti-theft, large trunk, audio system (mp3/cd), "car on" and speed- adjusted volume of sound. Volume increases with speed. When you first turn on the car, it resets volume. You can pick the "car on" volume and turn on/off the speed-adjusted volume. Both very nice features. Also has HD-radio.
Although 30 mpg is pretty good, I wouldn't mind if the car got even better gas mileage. Other than that, in 11k miles it hasn't given much to complain about. Also, I think the car looks a bit pudgy sitting next to my wife's Civic... but thats just me :-)
I'm sorry to hear that one person had such a bad engine, but mine has 32,000 reliable miles. I've tested the bumpers twice without a ding at 5-10mph bumps. Very comfortable, even after 7 straight hours behind the wheel. (WOW, no neck aches.) It's got enough pep to get me on the highway. I also like my MP3 CD player that comes standard. Mileage has been disappointing. I had a Contour before with a similar engine and it got 35mpg whereas the Focus gets about 30 mpg. I am pressed to say anything bad about the car.
MP3 CD player, head room (I'm 6'3"), good performance for a small car.