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Average car, but will not buy again
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By magastratus
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2005 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car in 2007 with 30k miles, and had to replace transmission before it hit 70k; set me back about $1200. Previous reviews about the interior being especially noisy are accurate. Gas mileage is lower than what I expected. A lot of minor things go wrong with this car. The vent selector switch broke, so it is stuck on blowing air on my feet. I have yet to get this fixed, so I am uncertain what it will cost. Armrest was also flimsy and broke within 6 months. It also takes a very long time to warm up during the winter, and will sometimes have issues starting cold. It will always eventually start, but not without some hassle. Not terrible, but buy something better if you have the $$.


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Bang for your buck
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By dumbblonde8
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2005 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car because my family has always bought Fords, and I have been impressed with it 4 years later. It's a dream for maintenance. I've NEVER had to had anything major done to it, just the oil and filters changed. I rallied the crap out of it too and nothing has happened. I hadn't gotten a wheel alignment since I bought the thing and just recently got one (yeah, been kinda broke lol) and it was BARELY out of alignment. Doing home maintenance on it is so easy a caveman can do it. The Hatchback gives plenty of room. All in all a very sporty car. HIGHLY recommend.


Favorite Features

Parts are built to last. I've never had to change out the spark plugs or the air filter because the ones in them right now are meant to last for a very long time. It also likes to hold itself to the pavement when I'm hauling on tight corners. :D Very tight steering.


Suggested Improvements

More accessories for it. I can never find aftermarket stuff for it! It's all for the ugly '00-'04 models.


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Regret Selling It!!
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By Diaur
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2005 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my Focus ZX5 brand new in May 2005. It was such a fun and sporty car. It is excellent drive and has great fuel economy. I sold the car to CarMax in 2007 as I bought another car. It is one of the worst decisions I've made in my life! I regret selling it!


Favorite Features

Hatchback design Easy on the wallet and great on fun


Suggested Improvements

None!


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More than expected
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By CAFFN8D
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2005 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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With the understanding that the Focus was an econobox, I purchased one new from dealer in summer of '05. After 4+ years ownership, it has performed without fail and has proven itself to be a very capable daily commuter, with occasional weekend duties as a hauler. I drive 45+ miles daily, and feel quite comfortable with the amenities it has. I especially enjoy the small footprint yet torquey responsive engine. I can zip easily throughout traffic, yet blend in as necessary. The hauling capacity is quite surprising for such a small car on the exterior. People at my landfill have expressed their amazement at how much I can fit in the back. It's very durable and capable - I recommend it.


Favorite Features

Torquey engine, amazing hauling capacity, chain-driven cams, nearly maintenance free engine (just change oil/coolant). I don't have to spend a lot of time on maintenance - that to me is a big selling point. Appearance is subjective - to me it's a very clean design.


Suggested Improvements

It is an econobox so the interior is below what you'd expect in the average car. That said, the plastic could be made softer. Also, stiffen the suspension up a bit on the base model and include a rear swaybar.


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Enjoyable Drive
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By al
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2005 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Overall very pleased with my purchase. When looking to buy any model or year of focus be sure to check condition of bottom of doors interior and exterior especially behind rubber gasket that ford loves to use on all focuses. I didn't and was later surprised by the corrosion I found. Consellation is it's relatively minimal and can fix it myself. Ford will not warranty the corrosion even though it's clearly a design flaw. Common problem with the focus according to reviews all over the internet.


Favorite Features

Smooth ride, gear box, responsiveness handling.


Suggested Improvements

Corrosion issue behind rubber molding used on bottom of doors. This is clearly a design flaw.


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