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.
The only problems I've experienced in
my first month have to do with the
paint job: I've gotten two chips off
the paint on the hood. I dropped the
car by an independent body shop, where
I was told the chipping, while
lamentable, was not unusual for any
car that had been hit by a pebble on
It's got a really sporty feel for such
a small car.
I love the sporty look of this car. Fun
to drive, easy to park - I live in the
Moonroof, which was optional. It's the
closest thing I'll ever get to a
I've had my 2004 ZX3 Premium for about
a month now. I've gotten no where near
200 miles for a gallon of gas for city
driving. I thought I was supposed to
get around 340. It's well past the
breaking in point.
I don't make a lot of money, and so
price is the first thing I look at.
Gas milage is second. I wanted to get
rid of my clunker and find a reliable
new car that I could feel safe and
comfortable in and yet looked ultra-
cool. Enter the Ford Focus. The roomy
interior easly accomidates me and three
friends plus luggage. The steering is
ultra senstive and its got plenty of
power and speed to aid in any driving
emergency. I get between 25 and 35 mpg.
I haven't found a car that's easier to
drive or more fun! It's excellent ride
on short and long trips is definately a
plus. It's no secret, the next car I
buy will be another Ford Focus.
Stereo system (cd/mp3/radio), front
bucket seats, new armrest with storage
compartment. Best feature by far, the
Focus hatchback's ability to transform
into a mini truck. I hauled several
tables, chairs, lawn funature, and even
a twin mattress set thanks to the this
As far as I am aware, power seats and
windows are still not offered on the
Focus. Neither of mine had this feature
and it would definately be my request.
I was kind on the fence about this car -
I loved the styling and handling, but
was underwhelmed by the motor. The
Zetec is kinda crude and not too
powerful, especially when you drive it
back-to-back with Hondas and Toyotas.
Then, I drove one with the new Mazda-
built 2.3 - what a difference! This
motor is a little jewel - smooth and
powerful, with a nice little growl as
you hit 6000 RPM. Mind you, this is no
WRX-hunter, but it's plenty quick
enough. To top it off, I got a
ridiculously good deal - almost $4,000
off, plus a 5/100,000 bumper to bumper
Love the uprated engine, and the
handling and steering are scalpel-
sharp. This is one of the best-handling
cars I've driven at any price. Also
love the styling - great design, hasn't
worn a bit since it came out in 2000.
A little cheap-looking inside,
particularly compared to Civics and
Corollas. The center console interferes
with shifting. Shifter is a bit
notchy, but it's accurate. Chassis is a
bit twitchy on grooved concrete.
There's also a bit of torque steer.