I bought in 6/00 a brand new Ford Focus
2000. To make the long story short, I
have had to have 5 fuel pumps put in
the car. Has left me on the street,
shop had my vehicle for 3 months, could
not figure out what was wrong with it.
Co worker at work has similiar problems
that I had, she has traded the car
since. Her vehicle was newer than mine.
Like the fact that it is compact.
I feel that when a car has had as many
problems as mine has, there should be
no question that it should have been
sent back and LEMON it! I tried and
there was no luck.
This is a joke of a vehicle. My cousin
bought a new Focus. From day one she
had problems with this auto. During
her first 1000 miles of driving the
transmission needed to be fixed three
times. At 1800 miles the battery
failed. At 2700 miles - the brakes
failed, yes at 2700 miles the brakes
failed. Her dealer was useless. The
zone representative was of no
She will never buy a ford and I would
never own one either.
Walking away from the car after the
brakes failed at 2700 miles
i had one problem after another with
the focus. after it got about 5000
miles the fuel economy was about 12mpg
instead of 33mpg. I had to have brake
work done 4 times while I had it. In
the end I traded it in and only got
$5800 while i still owed 14000. I
would have to say that I would never
buy another Ford Product.
2004 Ford Focus ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
A money pit. If I had to rely on this car for above average use I would have been in trouble many times. For a small car the mileage is below avg-my last trip I couldn't even get 30 mpg hwy/22-23city. The transmission fluid had to be changed at 40k - it's synthetic and cost over $200. The alternator went out at 48k-the engine must be jacked-up to release the alternator so it near impossible for an owner to do.You are looking at $400-700 cost due to labor and parts. The ignition lock seized at 45k-must be towed to the dealer to be fixed due to the anti-theft chip. Around $500. Now at 56k the thermostat housing and valve cover gasket are leaking-Parts and labor will cost you around $500.
Hatchback is good for storage; the ride quality is good for a small car for short commutes and long trips. Exterior design is sharp and unique.
Don't get one, the new focus is even smaller inside than my '04, and the reliability is not any more certain. Gas mileage has barely improved, and only for hwy driving.
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