2004 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Do NOT buy this car without th

2004 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Do NOT buy this car without the 2.3
By Eddie Adams on


2004 Ford Focus ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


I was kind on the fence about this car -
I loved the styling and handling, but
was underwhelmed by the motor. The
Zetec is kinda crude and not too
powerful, especially when you drive it
back-to-back with Hondas and Toyotas.
Then, I drove one with the new Mazda-
built 2.3 - what a difference! This
motor is a little jewel - smooth and
powerful, with a nice little growl as
you hit 6000 RPM. Mind you, this is no
WRX-hunter, but it's plenty quick
enough. To top it off, I got a
ridiculously good deal - almost $4,000
off, plus a 5/100,000 bumper to bumper

Best Features

Love the uprated engine, and the handling and steering are scalpel- sharp. This is one of the best-handling cars I've driven at any price. Also love the styling - great design, hasn't worn a bit since it came out in 2000.

Worst Features

A little cheap-looking inside, particularly compared to Civics and Corollas. The center console interferes with shifting. Shifter is a bit notchy, but it's accurate. Chassis is a bit twitchy on grooved concrete. There's also a bit of torque steer.
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