I've now had the car long enough to fairly evaluate it and there's really nothing to gripe about. I sold an F150, wanting better mileage, and had driven the 2.0 engine and decided to buy this because of the 2.3 that became available. This car feels like a sports car, it handles great, is very quick for it's class. The 2.3 engine has 145 hp and responds right when you want it. The five speed is very precise. I don't like automatics and manuals like this one are the reason why. I'm an older guy who is an enthusiast and recommend this car to anyone who enjoys driving responsive cars and still needs a back seat. I have the sport package with standard brakes but recommend the anti lock upgrade.
Engine power, precise steering, stereo has nice features. Hatch and folding back seat come in handy. Really impressive suspension, feels like a sports car. It took me some time to get used to the style but it's not a clone, it sticks out in the crowd.
Brakes; I bought off the lot and probably would have upgraded the brakes. Four wheel discs would be nice.
The SVT Focus is a blast to drive. It
does two things exceptionally well -
going fast and cornering. If that's
what you're looking for in a car, buy
This car will turn corners at speeds
you never though possible, and is very
stable at speeds that will get you
arrested rather than just a speeding
ticket (if caught).
For basic transportation, there are
better choices, though. The car is not
very roomy, the ride is a bit firm, the
engine is loud, and its a Ford.
Also, for its size, the gas mileage is
terrible, and it requires minimum 91
My SVT five-door is my daily driver,
and I'm very happy with the purchase.
European appearance package including
Recaro heated leather front bucket
seats, high speed capabilities,
excellent brakes, decent stereo,
relatively rare car (under 1100 2004
five-door SVT Focuses were built).
Should have been offered with optional
Front strut tower brace would help
minimize body roll.
Option to completely switch off
traction control would have been nice
(there is a switch but it only
partially defeats the control).
The six-disc CD changer is K-mart
Great Car!! Only downfall is the color-
YELLOW! But other than that this car is
fun to drive and equipped with the 2.3l
engine it has a great pick up. Seats
are confortable and with the premium
package the entire experience is
excellent. I had a '01 Nissan Sentra
before purchasing this Focus and it was
definetly an upgrade. I would never
trade this in for anything in its class!
The 2.3 Engine, 6-disc CD player,
Sunroof, the color!
Exterior styling could be improved when
compared to other cars in its class,
but other than that every thing is