by wagnerzx2 on Apr 12, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon (2.3L 4cyl 4A)
After my Escort ZX2 died (after 13 years) I needed a new car. After test driving several, this little wagon perked my interest. I bought it used with 86,000 miles on it in August of 2012, and since, (april 2013) have put over 20,000 miles on it. I average about 33 mpg. about 28 city, 32 against the wind, and 40 with the wind. Since I travel a lot, its great to have the cargo space and the excellent gas mileage. And when I'm home, I can haul my three kids all over the place and everyone is confortable, even with one still in a booster seat. My only downside on this very particular vehicle is that I do not have cruise control. Otherwise, its a great car.
by ahenle on Sep 9, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I got this car from my brother with about 60K miles on it.
The check engine light came on soon afterwards, the IMRC actuator was not working.
Brake rotors wore out about every 20K miles, apparently that's normal. At 119K, IAC went bad, then everything else did too.
Fuel lines, fuel pump, MAF sensor, O2 sensors, bad cat, and the brakes squealed even with new rotors and pads.
It was a great car until about 100K miles, then it gave up.
Oh yeah, the air filter is "lifetime" or 100K miles, then it's 500$
Poor quality parts, disposable American car.
My 93 Subaru has 180K on it, runs great, very few problems.
Sad American cars can't really compete with Japanese cars that are made in America
by luckyintx on Jul 20, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Bought my 2004 Focus ZTS in Dec 2007 with 60K.
Nice car but had been in some fender bender where the front bumper wasnt installed back correctly.
After eating 2 sets of 4 tires, I found out the rims were bent and it has the rarest of Ford Focus ZTS rims ( wide 5 spoke with slit in the middle) nice design though.
The 4 disc in dash CD changer wouldnt work when I bought it and replaced it with a DD Kenwood that sounds great!
Since it was bought, I have had nothing but strictly electrical issues, which no one can figure out. I have seen others with this make/ model have this same problem, lights flickering all the time.
Overall this car has some get-up-and- go for the size engine.
The emissions-friendly 2.3-liter PZEV engine released in limited states in 2003 is now available as an option in all states (it comes standard in California, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Maine). The only other notable changes to the 2004 Ford Focus are newly optional leather seating for ZX3 models, and a slightly revised suspension offers improved handling.