We bought this car with around 30,000 miles on it. And ever since it's been one problem after another! We've had to replace all 4 tires nearly every 16 months! The upper engine mount has needed to be replaced twice. The passengers side strut needed to be replaced 3 times. The radio goes off intermittently and you need to push the faceplate back in. the ignition wasn't working right. The car sputters sporadically. It doesn't like to start on rainy days. has bad gas mileage for a 4 cyl. It's poor in the snow. the a/c stopped working and won't stay charged. The list goes on and on. The car was designed by monkeys. It's a piece of junk, we will NEVER buy a ford again
I paid $3,000 for this car when i was 19. It was used with 136,000 miles on it and with that.. I really didnt have alot of issues with. Had it for 3 years before it finally gave up at 172,000. I know thats not long, but for the milage it had, it didnt pretty well.
The only issues i had were minor- drive belt and ignition switch- both easy fixes.
Occasionally a hupcap would come off randomly while driving, but that seems to happen with steal wheels.. haha
The a/c never failed and it got decent gas milage.
Going from point A to point B and being in college on a budget.. this was a good car.
After reviewing and test driving
several of the smaller cars, civic,
neon, etc. we decided to purchase the
ZTS Focus. We have been very pleased
with all aspects of this car. The
design, layout, and way this car
drives made me an instant fan of
Ford's newer efforts. The interior
ergonomics, materials, handling, and
pleasantly refined Ztec twin cam motor
has made the purchase one we have been
quite pleased to have made.
Note to all the poor souls who own the 2.0 SPI variant.
written on 10-28-2012
As the title states if you own the 2.0 SPI SOHC aka (2.0 split port) variant.
Sell this car immediately it's a literal time bomb. Possibly the worst engine design by Ford ever.
No matter how you baby that engine expect the valve seats to fly directly into the cylinder head anytime after 70K miles. The minimum cost to fix is actually almost as much as the cars valuation.
Even if you catch it prior to damage it's a very costly fix and one that could have been avoided by Ford if the had made a slight design variation to the 2.0 SPI.
Symptoms of failing valve seats include.
Running rough or stalling in idle
A #2 or #4 cylinder misfire code
Avoid the Focus VIN P at all
Bought new in June 2001, our Ford Focus Street Edition has been a great car. Comfortable, handles GREAT, very good gas mileage, very reliable. A few relatively minor issues have occurred but overall we've had a wonderful experience with this car!