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

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This is a great car at MSRP; with current Ford rebates, it's a steal...but not for much longer, '04 is the last year for the SVT Focus. It's a terrific driver's car with superb steering, handling, and brakes, and a strong engine (though power delivery could be better). Early Focus problems seem to be worked out; build quality is great and the SVT is tight as a drum. It's a blast to drive, but works as a practical, roomy hatchback too. I'm surprised it hasn't been more popular--its price and quality make it superior to Civic Si, GTI, etc.

Favorite Features

Brilliant handling, steering, and braking. Great burbling exhaust note. Very racy looking, though you have to like the Focus's styling in the first place to appreciate it. Excellent ride for a car with a sporting suspension. Versatile and roomy. Well- equipped in standard form.

Suggested Improvements

Lighter flywheel or tune engine to rev more freely at low RPMs...hard to launch cleanly on grades. Engine a little disappointing; needs to be stronger to justify higher cost of premium fuel. Shifter action could be smoother and quieter.
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