One great car for the money.
Especially with the 2.3 engine. Ride
and handling for a car this size is
excellent. Performance for this
engine, even with an automatic is great
too. Brakes are sufficient, and seem
well balanced. All controls in the car
are well placed too. Driving position
is very comfortable, and I'm over 6
foot. Car does well at accomodating
four adults, and can handle the extra
passengers (power-wise) very well.
Engine! The 2.3 engine makes driving
this car a blast! I also like the
adjustable seat bottom on the drivers
Only compaint I have is that they
should make the blower
motor/ventilation a little quieter.
Love this car.... I work for a Ford
Dealer and decided on this car after a
customer passed on a great deal. I
haven't looked back. I drive
agressively and average better than 28
MPG with an EPA rating of 20/25! It's a
joy to drive, but does need more torque
at lower RPM's.
Heated Seats, audiophile 6 disc and the
leather trimmed seats.
improvements not required in the focus
line up. performance is great with the
2.3 engine; better than almost any
other car in its class, even better
than the V-6 in my wife's malibu! It's
relatively quiet, even w/ low profile
tires. handling is great, as is
comfort on longer trips. driver seat
adjustability is great. If you like to
drive, and you're on a budget, this is
Engine! without a doubt, the 2.3L DOHC
engine is a must have. runs far
stronger than any four cyl. I've ever
driven, and some V-6's too!
Only complaint I have is the wiper
blades. the originals streaked soon
after delivery, and the replacements on
warranty weren't much better.
When I first bought this car I knew it
was oriented to the performance side of
the market, but I didn't realize how
well sorted out the car was. It is a
pleasure to drive on the highway on my
daily communte and I've taken 1st place
on the autoX on the weekends. The power
is excellent for it's class and price
and the 6 speed transmission makes it
fun to run throught the gears. Handling
is simply unbelievable - I've out paced
miatas, porches and other expensive and
more powerful cars on the track. My car
has been mechanically sound too. No
real problems to report. I Highly
recommend this car - especially as a
used one can be had for very little $$$
The optional stereo is incredilbe for
stock system, HIDs from the factory for
this price!, comfortable seats, great
leather accents and a moon roof all out
the door for less than $18K brand new.
I get a smile everytime I drive it even
after a year and 22K miles.
more torque down low - has good power
after 2,500 rpms