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2004 Ford Focus SVT

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2004 SVT Focus
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jkevallen
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Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus SVT SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

Driving over the Santa Cruz mountains to work every day this car is a ton of fun to drive. Great bang for the buck. I purchased it Used in 2009 and have loved every minute. In mostly highway (commute) driving I consistently get 30 mpg. Only mechanical issue I've had is needing to replace the clutch master cylinder for $270. If left out in the sun in high heat the gauges sometimes don't read correctly after start up. Other than that I love the car. Looking forward to the new Focus ST to be released in 2012.


Best Features

Smooth power & 6-speed manual transmission, great steering and handling. Comfortable seats and generally good quality interior and exterior.


Worst Features

A little more interior storage space.


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Ford USA. Why?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By AufMitterSpiel
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2004 Ford Focus SVT SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

The review by 'jonny' is spot on; I encountered the exact same problems on my SVT. Plus pieces of body trim falling off at random intervals, leaving me with no front splitter and a focus looking like a dump-truck in the front. So I traded it in on a Mazda 3 because ill-witted Ford did not bring the proper Mk. 2 Focus stateside.


Best Features

Handling, and steering.


Worst Features

What happened to "Quality is job 1"?


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SVT Focus
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By b16sir1991
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2004 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

I bought this SVT new in Nov. 2004. I work for Ford and am a Master Tech. Being familiar with the Focus, i had to snag one before they were gone. This car has amazed me from day one. Through the years, it has just been better and better. With a few modifications here and there, this car is extremely hard to beat at 4 times the money. To date, this SVT can pull 1.15g in cornering and out brakes pretty much anything short of pure race cars. I have less then $30k in it and have out performed cars costing over $100k on short courses.


Best Features

Handling hands down. Audiophile system is amazing for stock. I was lucky enough to get one that doesn't have traction control.


Worst Features

Ford SVT should have made the Jackson Racing supercharger stock.


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Worst car ever
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By pos svt
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Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

This is by far the worst car I have ever owned. I bought the car about a year ago with less than 50,000 miles and $6400 in repairs later it's still not right. I have replaced the A/C compressor and condensor, the swaybar twice, gauge cluster and I have had countless electrical problems. I just noticed that the 4th thermostat housing is leaking. The car surges while driving down the road and the dual mass flywheel is constantly chattering. When the car is running it's a blast to drive, but that really doesn't matter when it breaks down at least once a month.


Best Features

Suspension


Worst Features

Buy a new car


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No thanks, Ford U.S.A.
Performance
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By jonny
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Vehicle

2004 Ford Focus SVT SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

Ford had managed to take an absolutely proper car and ruin it with their typical 'gotta-save-money-ta-build-em- trucks' economics. Mine being plagued with the usual problems such as constant leaking coolant out of the thermostat, plastic clutch master cylinder that ruined the interior 3 times over, sticky butterfly valves on their 'revolutionary' dual cam design, right...and on it goes.


Best Features

The equivalent ST170 focus sold in Europe is superb. An excellent execution of quality and presicion, the only thing it was allowed to give our SVT-counterpart was it's sophisticated suspension and braking components.


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