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.
Mileage is good.
Appearance is nice.
Paint has held up beautifully.
Too much plastic in high stress areas.
Too many electrical issues.
What's with the automatic transmission dying so soon?
First real car that i've purchased coming from driving a dodge neon that i put way to much time into keeping running
been driving this car since 01/08 and it's been doing great, now i've been reading through the reviews saying that it's bad in the snow, and i'm going to go out on a limb and just say they must have bald tires or be horrible drivers. living in Logan Utah i have yet to have any problems through out the 3 winters that i've had this car, and I've got 40k+ on the all weather tires.
Also i'm 6'1 and fit very well into the car with plenty of room to spare may be a bit low to get into but not that bad,
Favorite, it's no 10 second car but it's got some pep that is fun, the handle on dry roads is also fun if you just have that urge while driving to open up on a corner.
the stock sound system has been great, noted I've added an amp / sub, but no problem what so ever with the door speakers
the seats in it are not to firm, and not to soft, I've done a lot of highway driving in this car and only once have i had to pull over due to just being to tired to drive, it gives you a comfort like a glove yet doesn't relax you to much
the only real main thing to have them improve would have to be the breaks noise and also when driving the engine noise is there as well, so if you're looking for a quiet ride this may not be your first choice, but i'm young and the sound system seems to cover it up well
i like to drive, so i usually have friends in the back, and they don't have much room back there so i wouldn't say it's a great family car, maybe good for starting out with just 2 + 1 or 2 kids, but would imagine it to not be comfortable for much more than that
Overall this has been a great car and I would purchase another. I have put over 110,000 on this car in 4 years with no problems other than replacing the alternator, which is a cheap fix. The CD player did break, too. Also, the rear brakes are very squeaky, which seems to be a common problem with the car.
I've driven this on several trips each being 2,000+ miles with NO problems.
Very tight handling, good power, comfortable seats, reliable, looks good, FUN to drive. I'm very conscious of getting the best MPG with how I drive, and I get between 33-35 MPG.
The cup holders are awful. They're not deep enough or narrow enough to adequately hold cups. If you're turning sharply, you literally need to hold onto the cups to prevent from falling over. They have fixed this with the newest model Focus. The trunk is big, but the opening is too small. Squeaky brakes.
Bought my 2006 4-door Focus ST (5 spd) in Jan, 2009. It had 6.5k mi. Now it has 44k trouble-free miles and continues to be dependable, economical, and fun. Just as tight and fun to drive now as it was 38k miles ago. 25mpg in town, 30-31mpg on highway at 70-80 mph. Has always been a great highway driver, and now with new Continental Extreme Contact DW tires, tracks like a toy slot car on the highway and just as pleasurable in town. Great combination of economy, value, reliability, and fun. Was hit from behind by Corolla while at stop light. Corolla's front end and hood was crumpled and couldn't tell Focus had been hit except for Corolla's paint on rear bumper.
Tight steering, nice handling, nice manual gear box, good gas mileage, engine provides great punch for a 4cyl, trouble-free, economical to operate and maintain, great highway driver, fun to drive.
No improvements necessary, considering the economy purchase price. For a more "refined" and/or "luxurious" feel and atmosphere I could have spent thousands more for a TSX or GTI, but having driven them as well I know the increase in driving satisfaction would have been insignificant.
2006 Ford Focus ZX3 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I like this car, especially how easy it is to maneuver in tight areas. Brakes are noisy, took it in for check up & was told squeaky brakes were normal for this car. I do wish I got better gas mileage, and wish the back seats would fold down flat (as the dealer assured me they would, but they don't)
Easy to maneuver in tight spots, can usually do a complete turn around without having to back up.