2005 Ford Focus 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Junk

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ZX4 SES Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By puskar49 on


2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Less than a year after buying this car, the transmission died. It turns out there is a design flaw with the transmission. Way to go Ford. Regardless, the car is a piece of junk. The interior is cheap and cramped and rattles like the doors are lined with ball bearings.

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None. We finally unloaded this car and there isn't a single thing about it I'm going to miss. I guess the gas mileage was ok.

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Design a better car.
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By ford_05
on 07/21/12 13:16 PM (PDT)

05 ZX4 owner 4 door rattletrap. Sounds like the auto trans is a common issue. I have electric windows - front 2 work from the driver door control - back 2 do not. The back 2 work from the back seats. NOISE!!! Incredible amount of vibration and noise experience. Drove a ZX3 hatchback - same noise and vibration. 4 door sedan is no better. Sounds like I'm driving a diesel - car vibrates at idle - car shakes and rattles in different areas as the motor rpm goes up and down - sort of like harmonics. Bought it used with 140K on it - so maybe somebody already changed out the trans, didn;t do a go job = motor vibration. Compared to 4 cylinder Civics and Accords I've owned - this car is cheap and noisy. Cup holders are designed by an idiot. Lots of cheap plastic everywhere - and in the Florida heat - plastic does not last. Plastic door handles too???? Wife had to buy a 2nd key. Only over a $100 at the dealer. Its a chip key. not something you buy at the local Mart for a $1.50. Haven't owned it for that long to get a real good feel for the car other than the immediate vibration and noise issue discovered when test driving - just made the decision to put up with it. Not looking forward to that comment about special pricing for wheels and tires. Gas economy is not that fantastic. Next time I am going with a Toyota or Honda with a 1.5 or 1.6 motor. Cannot get over 30 mpg with this car. Highway driving. Fill the tank, reset the trip, and watch it go to about 300 when it just about runs out. Thats about 30-32 mpg. I place this car 1 or 2 steps ahead of the 1982 Izusu I-Mark diesel I had. 40mpg, shake, rattle and vibrate. Other vehicle is a Ford Exploder - 98. V6/auto that gets a whopping 12-14mpg. Motor is small, a 4.0, but the weight of the truck hurts the MPG. Door handles on these trucks are made from PLASTIC too - and break. Ford needs to get to work on reliability (transmissions), quality (cheap plastic breakable parts everywhere), and learn how to build a 4 cylinder that idles and runs like a Honda. I'm looking to buy another 98 Chevy Metro with a 3 cylinder - again. Nice light little car with economy. Had 3 of them already. They sound like tin cans - are noisy - and the engine vibrates because its a 1.0 liter THREE cylinder. Only problem now is finding one without rust or over 200K on the clock.

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