I just had this car worked on and a blown head gasket was feared to be the problem, but it was a pitted area in the head--which was fixed easily. This car has 205,000 miles on it (bought new) and has had minimal problems--if all of Ford vehicles were like this one, Ford would not be having a problem with its value and quality compared to its competitors like Toyota. It makes me laugh when I hear new vehicle advertisements bragging about great gas mileage (28-32 miles to a gallon highway). This car consistently gets 37 to 42 miles per gallon highway. Imagine that, the car is 10 years old!
Bought this car new. At 105,000 miles I had to replace the front brake pads. At 80,000 I replaced the timing belt, water pump, serpentine belt, and idler pulley. Other than regular maintenance, I've spent almost nothing on this car in almost 11 years. The last long trip taken in this car was with 4 adults, and luggage, and a dog. It got an average of 35 mpg@ 70 mph all day long.
I recommend this car to anybody who
need good reliable economical basic
transportation. After 125k other than
normal maintenance the only part i
changed was the alternator rear coil
spring and front wheel bearings. But
parts are not cheap Hope the focus is
as good as this one
Good gas milleage undestructible
powerplant easy to live with and good
torque from 1st to 3rd gear (manual)
Noisy could use more power and very
poor paint quality (paint flaking)
155,000 miles and it was still going
strong until it got t-boned at an
intersection. It was driven pretty
hard, over 80 miles a day on the
highways at 65-75 mph. It had some
significant repairs but overall it
didn't have $18,000 in it over almost
nine years including purchase price.
An axle problem early on was covered
under the warranty. The only long-term
problem was a flaky electrical system.
Recommend tires with higher heat
rating to prevent wear if driven heavy.
Good family-size car for the money.
Excellent gas mileage (33-34 mpg
Work out bugs in the electrical system
and allow axle repairs without having
to replace the whole assembly.