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For what i needed, this was actually a great car.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By krwkim26
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2001 Ford Focus LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


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For an older car, it had a peppy style to it. I liked the interior the best, and the turn signals always made me laugh as they sounded like a snapple bottle popping open.


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Note to all the poor souls who own the 2.0 SPI variant.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By pc1967
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2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.
Engine chatter
Running rough or stalling in idle
A #2 or #4 cylinder misfire code

Avoid the Focus VIN P at all
costs


Best Features

Maneuverable extremely fun to drive in traffic. The maneuverability of a fighter jet saved my bacon multiple times in an area where drunk and stupid is the rule not the exception when it comes to driving. Acceleration (meh) it takes awhile to get from 45-60 I hear the Zetec is a more reliable engine with a little more oomph than the 2.0 Split Port. Fuel cost it's not the lightest drinker at the bar but acceptable. Fuel cost to fill it up, roughly $25


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Slight Modification to the 2.0 SPI engine design would had made the difference between a 70K engine and a 300k engine. :(


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No Focus
8 of 23 people found this review helpful
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By tinkeredout
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2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Do your self a big favor and buy something else. This car (if you could call it that, should be yellow). I have been a mechanic for more than 28 years. This car is not built to last more than 50k.


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As in the words of my daughter it looks cute.


Worst Features

Buy a Toyota, Honda, Subaru, etc.


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This car is HORRIBLE
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By qtbex87
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2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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When i bought the car i had 62000 mi on it and now its been 5 years with 116000 ive had to replace the trasmission, replace the water pump and timing belt, replaced the coolant system 2 times not to mention the hoses and clamps about 3 times or more tires have been replaced twice, just when you think the car is ok something else will break and it costs at least 500 dollars or more! the car has electric problems sometimes the lights will just go out by itself i bought it for 8000 and spent almost triple that amount fixing this stupid car. the cd player you have to get replaced since the cds will stop playing after like 20 min or less the only good thing with this car is the gas milage


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Worst used car I have ever purchased
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By jenas62
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2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car in June 2010 for my kids to drive.
It looked great on the outside and shifted well and has great air conditioning but that is where it ends.
The guy I bought it from put used tires on it but they still had a lot of tread.
In the 6 months that we have had this car I have had to replace the radiator, the heating element, the water pump and all 4 tires.
This thing eats tires.
I would never trust my kids to drive it out of town.
It's simply not reliable.
Other issue that are not quite as important:
The windows crank down backwards from other cars.
The drink holder is in a stupid place.
Sometimes the passenger side door will not open.
This car
is a piece of crap.


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