2004 Ford Focus ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
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.
Nice pickup and handling. Good radio
and roomy interior. Nice sunroof.
Controls work and feel nice. I enjoy
Better gas mileage. Better seat
material. Engine a little noisy under
hard acceleration. A place for CDs.
A fine-handling and looking car with
plenty of lux touches for the price.
Performance is great with good economy.
The interior is refreshingly stylish -
a feature ruined on the '05s. The
quality of interior materials is only
so-so, however; my car had numerous
trim defects. The hood is of too-thin
metal and lacks an underside pad. The
heater fan is noisy on higher settings,
and using air con saps engine power
considerably, esp. in 5th. The car is
a little slow off the line (in 1st),
but picks up in the higher gears. With
the sloping hood it's hard to see the
corners of the car. Overall, for the
money the '04 Focus SE is a great buy.
Peppy engine, great handling, great
upgraded Mp3 stereo, commanding driving
position, great style and good fuel
Poor interior fit & finish, too many
cheap plastics, can't see car's
corners, thin-metal hood, no tachometer
(on SE model), center armrest doesn't
fold away far enough, no locking gas cap
2004 Ford Focus ZX5 Comfort 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought used with 19K miles on it. Read
reviews thoroughly--thought I had made
an informed choice. Knew before buying
that car is prone to eat brakes. No
big deal--replaced with life time
warranty set. Now, at 26K, car has
just spent a full week at dealer for
3K in warranty repairs to
transmission. Before taking to dealer,
took to local garage and was told that
this model has had 'a number of
issues'. It's fun to drive, but I
won't buy another Ford. I love my
Hyundai Sonata--better warranty and,
so far, more reliable. I'm worried
about what is in store for me after
the 3yr/36K warranty expires. Another
transmission at 50K?
Love the styling, sporty handling and
the amount of power for a small car.
Like the 6 disc standard changer.
Recall? Other mechanic hinted at a
number of problems that have plagued
Although we have only put on 6900 miles
so far, I am disappointed with the fuel
economy (5 speed manual). Much of our
driving is rural and we are seeing
generally slightly less than 30mpg. We
are still driving our 1995 Ford Escort
Wagon 5 speed manual with 220000 miles
that is still getting close to 40mpg
(summer). Owners manual said to wait
until after about 5000 miles to check
mpg, which we have and still hasn't
Interior lites that stay on until car
Why was the headlite switch moved to
the dashboard (from the steering
Love the little wagons, but it is
getting harder to find with 5 speed
Apparently roof rack is expensive
option, about $100 for each crossbar.