2001 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Yellow Focus Looks Like, No, I

2001 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Yellow Focus Looks Like, No, IS a Lemon!
By NoFocus on


2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


My 2001 ZX3 was the latest of 8 Fords I've had. At 500 miles the engine was acting like it wasn't getting enough fuel. It ran rough between 2300-3000 RPMs. I felt this most in 3rd gear. I went to the dealer and they didn't find a problem. I returned to the dealer at 750 miles and they said this was a known problem with the onboard computer and as soon as a new program was available they would "Flash" the new program to the computer. 9 months later, still no fix. I just filed with the State of Texas for assistance under the Lemon Law. I like this car, but if Ford wants me to keep me as a customer they need to replace this lemon. If not, I'll be on the waiting list for the new Mini Cooper S.

Best Features

Great base package for a low price.

Worst Features

Quality needs to be "Job 1" at Ford... again.
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