Used 2004 Ford Focus Hatchback

2004 Ford Focus
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2004 Ford Focus


  • Thoughtful ergonomics, spacious interior, fun-to-drive character, sharp steering, impressive selection of body configurations and features.


  • Seats aren't comfortable for everyone, not as reliable as some other cars in its segment.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2004 Ford Focus is a wonderful small car that's fun to drive, frugal with fuel and offered in such a wide variety of configurations it would be hard not to find one that suits your needs.

2004 Highlights

The emissions-friendly 2.3-liter PZEV engine released in limited states in 2003 is now available as an option in all states (it comes standard in California, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Maine). The only other notable changes to the 2004 Ford Focus are newly optional leather seating for ZX3 models, and a slightly revised suspension offers improved handling.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2004 Ford Focus.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Good things in small.packages
M J,01/05/2016
I bought this car in Mau 2015 with 91k on it. I never had any issues really. Changed plugs in 10 minutes, the alternator went out, but with miles was expected. The strut mounts are squeeking, but not a safety issue. All around a decent car to have. I will have this car til it dies completely. This is my first Ford and I was skeptical. Impressive small car and great.
2004 Ford Focus ZX3 2 Door hatchback 2.0
Ford for me,06/20/2008
Had a couple minor problems with, but with mileage now at 135,000 and running well mostly, I can't really complain. Only problem is if I run for a while, stop for 10 minutes and start, has tendency to die on me. But as long as I stop and keep the engine running, no problem. Hope to drive it for many more miles. Runs like a new car (other than the one problem mentioned, really feels like a new car - really smooth.
Do not buy this CAr
I have a my ford focus zx3 for 2 years and it has been in the shop more than I have driven it. Like it has most of the normal problems. The ignition chamber and the transmission. I have put more money in the car than its actually worth. I will never buy a ford again.
Sweet Surprise
John Royce,07/08/2006
We purchased our Focus as a commuter but we use it so much more. We never buy 4 cylinders with automatic transmissions, but here it's perfectly mated. Steering is direct with good on center feel. The 2.3L PZEV engine is refined and responsive. It's quite roomy and the hatch lends SUV utility. At 40,000 miles, it has been totally reliable. It's solid, tight and remains an absolute pleasure to drive. Plus, the Audiophile in-dash 6CD stereo package is amazing in such an inexpensive car. It's also reasonably quiet, although better sound proofing could make this car nearly perfect. All in all, a dynamic, fun, surprisingly premium experience.
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Features & Specs

18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
170 hp @ 7000 rpm
18 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
170 hp @ 7000 rpm
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
144 hp @ 5750 rpm
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
144 hp @ 5750 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger1 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2004 Ford Focus Hatchback Overview

The Used 2004 Ford Focus Hatchback is offered in the following styles: SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M), SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M), ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), ZX3 Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), ZX3 Comfort 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), ZX5 Comfort 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), ZX5 Comfort 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), ZX3 Comfort 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M), ZX5 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M), and ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M).

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 Ford Focus?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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