2000 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Ergonomic Yes, Reliable No

2000 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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SE Wagon (2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Ergonomic Yes, Reliable No
By BT on


2000 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon


Bought new in September 2000 from
award winning dealer. Brilliant
design, exceptional ergonomics, fun to
drive, versatile and large cargo
capacity, but many recalls, brake
problems, and air conditioner failed
at only 29,000 miles and 6 months out
of warranty ($1,500 to replace and
only a 1-year warranty, so I won't do
it). In Oct 2000 Consumer Reports
rated the Focus second best of six
wagons tested, and in April 2001
Consumer Reports rated the Focus the
No. 1 small sedan. In both cases
reliabity was not yet established.

Best Features

Great ergonomics. Car fits like a glove and is extremely versatile. Would be one of my favorite all-time cars if it were more reliable.

Worst Features

Fix the brakes and air conditioner and the other recall items. Extend warranty to at least 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever is LATER, not earlier. Build a car people will still be proud to own 10 years later.
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