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2006 Ford Focus Wagon

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19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By Justin
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2006 Ford Focus Wagon ZXW SES 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've owned this vehicle for a year now and bought it used on craigslist and got a great deal on it. The previous owners had all records and maintained it really well with the exception of wearing out the leather in the backseat with their children's car seats a little. I've put around 10k miles on it and am currently at 135k. I've driven it from Atlanta to Key West and all over the mountains of north Georgia and I've loved every second of it. I've always been into the appearance of this model and in shopping around noted the recurring problems of interior plastic parts breaking (something mine doesn't suffer from) and electrical/wiring issues. One thing I wish I had been aware of beFORE purchasing this wagon was the issues with the wiring harness in the rear trunk hatch. It's a shame that Ford has not recalled effected models since it seems to be a widespread issue. I managed to rewire mine and all seems well, but what a nightmare it was to do. Advise to anyone thinking about buying one, check and see under the rubber boot that houses the harness to see if the wires have already been replaced... it's likely it will need to happen at some point, so be aware of that fact. On long rides I've been happy with the comfort and level in which you can adjust the drivers seating position. Some complain they find the car uncomfortable, but as the driver I don't. I have had my significant other tell me that on long rides it wasn't super great with comfort for the passenger. For every amenity you get with the price range these sell for, for model anyway, it's made me feel a little spoiled. Heated seats, leather (that has held up incredibly well for a now 10 year old car), heated and electric mirrors, etc... all great features. I have also seen in many of these that the coating and labeling on the interior knobs wears off. Mine doesn't suffer from this issue either, and every time I've cleaned it I've done taking care to make sure it stays that way. The cargo space is ample, and got even more so once I realized that the backseats fold all the way down after lifting up the bottom of the seat first. My only issue with this the one time I've needed it was that after remaining in that position for a few days it left some pretty gnarly marks in the leather from where the backs of the seats rested while pulled down - in the end however, it came out and all was well. Also it should be noted that partly why the previous owners opted to sell the car was due to the fact that the back seats don't have headrests. Not having children and rarely carrying more than two adults, this hasn't been an issue for me. Odd that a wagon would not have this included. Gas mileage has been better than advertised despite most of my day to day driving being inner city driving. Very pleased with that. This reminds me however that when I purchased the car the caveat was a new thermostat needed. I took it to my mechanic who then informed and showed me the lengths that Ford went to to save space (and weight) to achieve the fuel economy it does. Some repairs are a bit more complicated (and time consuming) than they might otherwise be with other models. In my case, several other parts had to be removed to get to the thermostat adding to the labor costs. Overall, I'm very happy with this car and hope I continue to be as it ages. I intend to keep it around for a while... definitely happy.


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2006 Focus SES Wagon Automatic - Bought new, now 5 years old
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By jmiller38
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2006 Ford Focus Wagon ZXW SES 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The first 2 years gave me very satisfactory service, and then things went from good to not so good.
Had to have a new transmission around 34000 miles (under warranty).
Headlights needed replacing at 3 years. Trim clips are lousy.
Starter battery died; needed new fuel line and now the alternator went out ($700).
Bumper crumples and quite costly to repair. Plastic gears for the arm rest break easily.
Costs $500 to replace. Have had all my service done on schedule by Ford and do get good mileage.
Bought for safety considerations.
My car has had more problems than my friend's 2006 Focus hatchback.
I'm wondering when the brakes and/or exhaust will go.
Considered contacting Ford directly.


Best Features

Mileage is good. Appearance is nice. Paint has held up beautifully.


Worst Features

Too much plastic in high stress areas. Too many electrical issues. What's with the automatic transmission dying so soon?


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Ford Focus met our needs
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By J.L.Thomas Jr.
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2006 Ford Focus Wagon ZXW SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The Ford Focus wagon is a comfortable as well as economical car to drive. We have 3 dogs that we like to travel with and this wagon handled all the dogs as well as a luggage rack on its roof. This allowed for the family to travel safely as well as comfortably. We weren't certain at first if this 4 cylinder engine would have the power to haul all of us everywhere but it sure has; we are pleased. We weren't happy with the limited choices of paint colors offered. The rear floor of the cargo area should have been a little more than a thin sheet of plywood with a layer of carpet. Over all we are pleased with our purchase and the reasonable price we paid. We'd purchase this car again in a heartbeat.


Best Features

Very roomy for any 4 cylinder car.


Worst Features

When putting rear seat down to increase cargo area, there needs to be a better design so rear seat lays flat.


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Good, but...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By economicat
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2006 Ford Focus Wagon ZXW SES 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is a very useful family car. We chose a wagon instead of an SUV so my small kids could get in and out easily on their own. The problem is that there are no rear headrests, so my children (4 & 8) will soon outgrow this car and we will have to replace it. The heated mirrors and seats work great and the care gets decent mileage. It will make strange noises if gas falls below a quarter tank, so beware. Sometimes the start is a little jumpy, but not really that bad. Fully loaded, it is an affordable alternative to the $35K+ we would have spent on another wagon, with as much rear room as a midsize SUV.


Best Features

Moonroof; heated seats and mirrors.


Worst Features

Add headrests in back seats; allow rear bench cushion to split; more cupholders in back


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Kudos for Ford
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Nookarr Beier
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2006 Ford Focus Wagon ZXW SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Being thrifty and practical, I researched extensively before buying. The Focus wagon is what I was looking for, and I have been greatly pleased. Averaging 34 mpg (should be 40 in my opinion), lots of cargo space, good comfort features, more power doodads than I care for, comfy seat. I replaced a Corolla wagon with it. While not a Corolla, it's a very good car. I like the ride - suspension carries me across unpaved roads, construction sites, etc. without jarring. I've done high-speed highway driving with passengers as well. No real complaints, but good praise.


Best Features

PZEV. The extremely low emissions rating of this car was the clincher. While the hybrids have better fuel economy, their emissions are the same as the Focus sold in the California-compliant states. For the cost difference and practicality, I go with the Focus. Also, comfort, ride, looks.


Worst Features

Rear-view visibility needs improvement. Ford should make this a hybrid. While fuel economy is better than most cars, it should be even better. Driver's window is too high and the plastic is hard - makes it uncomfortable to rest my arm on it. Dome light lingers after shutting the door - annoying.


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