2005 Ford Focus ZX3 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I'm pretty critical of vehicles myself, but overall i was very pleased with the vehicle. Unfortunately it is not for the die-hard performance fan. Granted it definitely has the potential. No major problems with the car but it does rev too high between shifts, clutch is not as responsive as the engine needs, the engine does not lose rpm's fast enough for serious performance use and takes most of the fun out of it, corners well, accelerates rather well, but cannot use the torque of the engine to drift in corners because the engine does not wind down. But for under $20,000 we shouldn't expect it to handle like a Porsche
The stock 15 inch wheels look great, smooth styling and comfortable and roomy feel of the car, nice color, gorgeous interior.
Too many blind spots in the rear, body twists a bit in hard cornering, needs a throttle controller badly, stock airbox is extremely restrictive, exhaust has too many restrictions and robs performance at low end, and could use some bright accents in the interior.
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