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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2004 Ford Focus Hatchback

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excellent car
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By Nancy Macias
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

i love my ford focus, we liked it so
much we bought another one, they're
some of the best cars ford's come out
with..


Best Features

I love the color, and how it runs.


Worst Features

if you get a car that is full equiped then nothing.


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Fun , but be ready to spend money repair
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By Nip
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved my Focus the first year, great
handling. After that, I started having
problems with the engine. They told me
I was using the wrong gas (premium is
bad, regular is good), and need to
clean it up, my fault so no warranty
and they charge me around $550...4
months later, problems with the brakes,
pay $500. 1 year later, I problems with
brakes again and some with engine
injection. The injection, I suspect was
the same old problem, but now it was a
re-call (It has like 7 recalls since I
bought it) the brakes cost me another
$650 bucks. Know I am selling it, and
believe me I not getting another Ford,
much less a Focus.


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Do NOT buy this car without the 2.3
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By Eddie Adams
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I was kind on the fence about this car -
I loved the styling and handling, but
was underwhelmed by the motor. The
Zetec is kinda crude and not too
powerful, especially when you drive it
back-to-back with Hondas and Toyotas.
Then, I drove one with the new Mazda-
built 2.3 - what a difference! This
motor is a little jewel - smooth and
powerful, with a nice little growl as
you hit 6000 RPM. Mind you, this is no
WRX-hunter, but it's plenty quick
enough. To top it off, I got a
ridiculously good deal - almost $4,000
off, plus a 5/100,000 bumper to bumper
warranty.


Best Features

Love the uprated engine, and the handling and steering are scalpel- sharp. This is one of the best-handling cars I've driven at any price. Also love the styling - great design, hasn't worn a bit since it came out in 2000.


Worst Features

A little cheap-looking inside, particularly compared to Civics and Corollas. The center console interferes with shifting. Shifter is a bit notchy, but it's accurate. Chassis is a bit twitchy on grooved concrete. There's also a bit of torque steer.


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Ford Focus
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By Donald L Larson
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Drives like a dream. Corners beautiful.


Best Features

Cornering


Worst Features

Noise padding


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Designer almost 100% satisfied
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By Jim Ginter
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2004 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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My wife was looking for a new car and
evolved to VW, BMW and Audi. I'm hard
core Ford and just couldn't seem to
really get into her choices. Then one
day I saw this Focus ZX3 SVT at the
Ford dealer. We took it for a test run
and fell totally in love. Great
driving experience. But she doesn't
like the looks. Fronts great. Wheel
well treatment and profile lack sporty
appeal. Overall all call it a hi-
profile go-cart that got cut short.


Best Features

Interior, especially seats. It's just a great feeling ergonomic piece. When driving you forget you don't like how it looks. It's full loaded including sunroof and almost more fun to drive than my Mustang Cobra - scarry!


Worst Features

17" Wheels should be chrome or bright vs dark gray painted and exterior styling needs to be more BMW appearing. Performance wise it's got the others beat, but it's hard to swallow the look. If I wasn't so hard core Ford I wouldn't have bought it.


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