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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2004 Ford Focus Hatchback

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Very Satisfied, Good Value, Unique & Fun
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By NJ owner
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought slightly used in '04. Opted for 2.3L eng. Great ride/handling balance. Fun to drive. V. good steering. Reliable: just brakes & some front suspension work after 5 years. Brakes could be better, but adequate. Excellent value, reliable, 27 MPG avg in interstate hwy / city driving mix. Purely on highway, at least 32 MPG at interstate speeds. Unique styling. Hard to find a non-conservatively styled hatchback. I'm discerning, yet recommend this car since I've got 101K on engine & car still works very well. Of course I maintain it well too, that helps. Good luck.


Best Features

Unique interior & exterior styling, yet practical hatch. Ride / handling balance.


Worst Features

Brakes are adequate, but could be stronger. 4 wheel discs limited to SVT model--should've been option for Premium model too.


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ZX5 2.3 Auto
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By paul
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought a used(12000 miles) ZX5 Premium
with auto. Wanted a manual, but
couldn't find any with the 2.3 engine.
Have put on 3000 miles, no problems.
I'm getting 28 mpg on the highway, I
expected to do better.


Best Features

Nice pickup and handling. Good radio and roomy interior. Nice sunroof. Controls work and feel nice. I enjoy driving it.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Better seat material. Engine a little noisy under hard acceleration. A place for CDs.


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Great car!
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By terrapin24h
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The focus is a great car with awesome
handling, great steering feedback
and(with the 2.3L engine) good
performance even with an auto tranny.
It's quite zippy, handles very well(mine
has 16" wheels from the factory) and
sips gas pretty good when not being
abused. Round town I get about 27mpg
and on the highway, i can get up to
about 32mpg.


Best Features

factory Blau mp3 player is nice, and stereo has good response for only 4 speakers. Moonroof is real nice too, and I like the fold down seats in back, and the instrument cluster is very readable day or night. The HVAC controls are super versatile and a joy to use(yeah! a recirculate button!)


Worst Features

None really, except i would like to see higher quality fabrics used on the seats. The seats themselves are quite comfy, but heavier fabrics would add to the overall solid feeling the car has.


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WHAT A SURPRISE
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By SEARAYMAN
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have not owned a compact car in 25
years because I like performance and a
little more comfort. I recently
rented a Ford Focus and was really
impressed. So impressed that I
visited a Ford dealer and drove a
ZX5. It was even better than the low
end rental car. I bought it that day.
The acceleration, comfort,
smoothness , quiet ride and features
were a genuine surprise. It is also
fun to drive. It's more like a little
sports car than a compact sedan. It
has more features than expected for
the price.


Best Features

Excellent acceleration, quiet ride, styling, good layout of controls.


Worst Features

Lumbar adjustment on seats.


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Value for the bucks
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By LoveMyF....
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

It's a nice little car. After driving
an accord for the past 5 years, we
bought this as the 2nd car, but felt
better and smoother than my 98 Accord,
so immediately made this our primary
car. getting about 21 mpg in the city
which is quite good. It is small but
roomy enough for my family of 3. Also
it is very quiet. My friend (owns a
lexus sedan) claims it is quieter than
his lexus.


Best Features

Quiet Drive In dash 6 CD changer 2.3 L engine


Worst Features

light for the rear seats with moonroof. Space for sunglasses, Lighted vanity mirrors


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