I've owned my Focus ZX3 for nearly 7 years. I bought it used with around 110,000 miles on it for $5000 in 2011. It now has around 151,000 miles on it at the date of this review. I'll admit I've had some brake problems. But I'm not so sure I can blame Ford on that, perhaps the criminals weren't as clever as they thought and Ford outsmarted them as that emergency brake stopped the car when the brakes totally failed, a plus, in my opinion. I've never had any problems with the engine, transmission (manuals are great when getting your car's computer hacked might be a downside on the highway, throw it in neutral, problem solved, right?) has never failed, unlike some GM automatics I've owned ... and the steering is quite precise. I really like how it can accelerate in flat road conditions fairly quickly when shifting properly with high quality tires (Michelin or Bridgestone). However, it can be a bit of a slow one up a high grade road, say I-70 heading towards the Eisenhower Tunnel. But, 4th gear and not pushing the engine is fine, no need to pass anyone except them truckers who should be going slow, you know? All in all, it's been a good car. I got my $5000 worth since owning it. I think an upgrade to the 2017 RS model would be worth considering. The gas mileage for me is less than what's advertised, but I use the clutch to slow the car down rather than ride the brakes. I also tend to downshift for acceleration and having a real tachometer is quite helpful to prevent redlining and blowing up the engine. It doesn't leak oil. The air conditioning has never worked though I've never bothered to get it fixed, it just drags the performance anyways. Having a cabin filter is nice when psychos are spreading chemicals in front of you, just close the windows and push the button. The power steering will still work if there is sabotage, just add that stuff that seals the hose, work your steering wheel a few minutes before driving to get the fluid moving, and drive. The one annoying thing is the check engine light has been on for nearly 4 years now. Good deterrent against would be thieves who've hit the crack pipe too many times. A buy if you can find one. Later haters.
I would also add Ford service has been fantastic. The dealership needed a few days to make some repairs that never happen to cars very often (hacked key fob and accelerator cable tampered with which then broke). Though aggravating to be without a running vehicle, they shuttled me to a few key places I had to be at in a brand new Lincoln and picked me up when the car was done with the service. This is as of December, 2017. Thank you again, Ford.
I love my little green focus it has been an amazing car never have to repair anything engine picks up really good with only 110 horsepower brakes work great never failed to stop me in time it's just an all around great car just watch out for wheel bearings and the car is a dream to drive just gas and go good job ford
The focus now has >171000 miles. Principal drivers are my wife and daughter. They like that it is easy to drive & park, and has very good visibility through the back and side windows. I recently replaced the plastic thermostat housing, a wheel bearing, ball joint, and rear stabilizers. most money I've spent on the car in many years. Engine is still strong and the car tracks nicely at 90mph Older: The ztec is a great little engine. my car has 162000 miles (260000km). originally paid $16280USD ttl included. i've been through two sets of all weather tires and two sets of winter tires (pass driving is much easier with snow tires). I've replaced the brakes twice, one set of struts, timing belt replaced (yes, it is a necessary maintenance item at about 100K), two sets of spark plugs, an EGR valve and an O2 sensor and tie rod ends thanks to the crappy seattle roads. Oil changes every 5000 miles and transmission oil changed every 30K miles. I just replaced the battery for the second time in 15 years. It's been a super inexpensive car to own. and I rely on it for 350 mile trips on a regular basis.
If you find a well maintained 2000-2004 SW with a ztec engine, it should be a fine car to own and drive.
Seriously has been the worse car I have ever owned. I bought this car as a salvage title (front end damage, but no engine damage). It had around 80,000 miles on it. At around 107,000 miles the timing belt snapped - it's a zero tolerance engine - so the whole engine was destroyed. Mechanic says a new engine is around $1000 plus - with 30,000 mile warranty - well I won't get another used car with that, and I figure I should be able to get a 100,000 miles out of new engine - wrong. I hit about 70,000 miles and same thing - catostrophic damage to engine with the timing belt snapped again and put a rod through the engine block. I will never buy Ford again if they can't produce an engine
When it ran - it ran well. It got good gas mileage in the summer, but dropped significantly in the winter