2.3L makes the car
By mtk on
Vehicle2004 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewBought a year ago and absolutely love the car. Unfortunately Ford decided to drop the 2.3L in the ZX3 for 2005 which I believe was a great combination. I had a 6 cylinder Ranger that sucked gas and this car does better but not great. I tend to "drive" the car and get around 24 mpg city without the A/C on - average, not bad. The car only cost me $10k brand new (with rebates and A plan). I've spruced up the interior a bit as there are many aftermarket items out there for the Focus which personalize without being gaudy. Fun to drive. No problems to date - go out and buy one used if you can find one. Make sure it is a manual to maximize the fun factor. Did I say it was fun to drive?
Best FeaturesPerformance (2.3L manual), styling (I've added the SVT Focus wheels - now sets the car apart), price.
Worst FeaturesI think the 2005 has been made more run of the mill and now has generic styling in and out, nothing really to improve upon this 2004 especially considering what I paid.
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