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Not made to last
By ahenle on 09/09/12 13:56 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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
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Fun to drive at a price
By luckyintx on 07/20/12 23:28 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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Great car
By baxter83 on 01/23/12 19:18 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car brand new. I loved it every day since. It now has 141,000 miles. The only issues that I've had were minor, until recently. Heated seat (drivers) stopped working. Which Ford fixed. Link ends on struts keep coming loose. Makes a clunking noise. The transmission died at 130,000 miles (Covered by aftermarket warranty). I thought the Alternator died a few weeks ago. After spending 3 hours changing it. I come to find out it wasn't dead. Low voltage was caused by a blown inline fuse in the negative battery cable. All in all I am very happy with that car. So happy I just bought a 2012 focus. Let's hope it handles better in the snow then a 2004.
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Good car,i would like more power.
By zts04chuck on 12/07/11 16:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Good car bought with 44k on it. It's fun to drive but i wish it had more power& the clutch was a bit more aggressive ,if you have your rpm's up when you shift into 2nd,you have to drop them down before it will reengage. First thing i had to do is replace the lock cylinder. The car has91k on it & i have replaced the front struts right side was different than left,right side was bad. Left wheel bearing was replaced as well with the front breaks . I do use the car to tow my trailer w/ATV or mower on it about 1500 lbs,& it does well,i get about 30 mpg average.
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Great Car for Commuting
By mike_231 on 12/21/10 08:33 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Purchased in 2007 with 30k miles, just sold with 66k miles. Overall a great daily driver. Got between 28 and 32 MPG in mostly highway driving. Reliability was above average - only items I replaced were front brake rotors and sway bar end links (a common problem?). Otherwise, I only performed routine maintenance at the intervals suggested in the owner's manual. Good braking and cornering feel with decent acceleration. Complaints include strange options (had PW, PL, power mirrors and remote keyless entry, but no cruise control or tilt steering column), and everything under the car was rusted at the time I sold it. Overall, though, a great value.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Lemon
By grover04 on 12/19/10 06:39 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have had my 2004 Ford Focus ZTS for 5 years and it has been nothing but a money sucker ever since. For the past 5 years my focus has randomly shut down while I've been driving and I have taken the car to multiple shops and a Ford Dealership, still no one can figure out the problem. I have had to replace the headlights twice every year, and as soon as my car hit 70,000 (this summer) my car basically lived at an auto shop (been in 5 times the past 6 months). My friend who has the same make, same year, has had all similar problems as has a neighbor of mine. The only positives I have to say about this car is a spacious trunk and nice interior.
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Possessed
By bucky on 08/20/10 05:04 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Within 2 months of driving off the lot abs and brake lights started blinking. Took back to the dealer and they said there was nothing wrong with the brakes but could not find the problem. Moved to ms took to another Ford dealer and got the same answer. Since then I have all kinds of warning lights and alarms and interior lights that blink and go off when the humidity goes up.
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Great Car
By Keith on 06/09/10 19:02 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Great Car! Bought used with 24,000 miles on it, now have 105,000 and had only minor issues. Pretty comfortable, great gas mileage, 2.3 delivers good power too. Only issue I have is that it doesn't do all that great in the snow.
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A Wonderful Car
By Stuart Bernstein on 11/09/09 22:02 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have been totally satisfied with my 2004 Ford Focus ZTS. It is a well made, reliable, economical and fun to drive vehicle. I currently have about 85,000 miles on my car. I still have orginal brakes,clutch etc. Car has been almost problem free. Only problem has been the accelerator linkage which had to be replaced twice under warranty. That's about it. My mileages is 27/34 with an average of 30 mpg. My only wish that it was a little quieter inside the cabin when driving high speed. Not really a problem though-only a wish. Seats are very comfortable-I have a bad back too! I traded in my 2000 ZTS for this Honey. My wife drives a 2001 Focus as well.
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Fun little car
By Irina on 07/22/08 19:23 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This has been a wonderful little car for me. I commute to school 125 miles round-trip every day, and it has been reliable every time. The only thing that I would improve would be the brake pads (they were not easy for the dealership to replace).
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