Overall I am very happy with the car.
The pick-up is pretty good, especially
for a 4 cylinder. It's very spacious
for the price. The gas mileage is what
I expected (based upon Consumer Reports
rating) at about 24 mpg overall. The
one thing that I dislike is when only
the rear window (especially right
window) is down 2-4 inches and
travelling at 45-50 mph there are
strong cavitations pounding the ear
drums. This can be alleviated by
opening other windows though. ZTW
offers a lot more car for little price
increase over SE wagon.
I like that the seats can be elevated
high; I feel like I'm driving a much
larger vehicle. The sport package is
nice with the fog lights, lumbar
support, and privacy screen for rear.
Seats fold down nicely in back with
just a little angle for lots of space.
Include the luggage rack crossbars (2 x
$96). Cavitations as mentioned above
are extreme (reason for low rating of
exterior design). More space for
storage in front seats. Passenger seat
with lumbar support would be nice.
This car is great. It has good looks
with comfor and and most of all great
features such as hid headlamps and a
indash six cd changer with subwoofer. I
previously had a 20th anniversary gti
but actually like the svt focus more in
regards of the options it comes with.
It even has a nicer closer shift than
any other stick I have driven which
includes a hist of great cars. Great
price for a awesome car!
HID headlamps, Soundsystem, Clutch,
Little more power maybe supercharged
like other svt cars. Interior materials.
This car lives up to all the positive
reviews it's earned from all major
publications. It's a total hoot to
drive - and you get a $2500 rebate to
boot! This car flies, handles like a
dream and is functional too -
guaranteed to put a grin on your face.
The only bad news - you may not be able
to find any 2004s left - maybe a 2 door
here or there.... and Ford isn't making
a 2005 SVT Focus (go figure). If you
can find one, don't hesitate - buy it.
My car has the audiophile system and
sunroof, all for under $18K after the
rebate. And you get to blow the doors
off almost all the Civic, Eclipse,
Impreza and Jetta drivers out there.
6 speed trans is just right, engine
wails, audiophile sound system is top
shelf, but best of all is the cockpit -
seats, steering wheel and gauges are
One complaint - it kills me to buy
premium gas. Ford should have found a
way to use Regular - even the 300 HP
Cadillac Northstar uses regular fuel!
My Focus handles great! The size is
just right. The drive is always
smooth! In fact, the ride was so
smooth I had to have my brother test
drive it, because I was used to cars
that you felt every bump. I have
received many compliments from family
and friends about how nice my Focus
looks and rides!