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2005 ZX3 SES
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By pwhopkins
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2005 Ford Focus ZX3 SES 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Only 1500 miles on the ZX3. So far it is great. Fuel economy is not what I was hoping for, but after reading other threads on this, I guess averaging 29 is better than some. Car has plenty of power. Very fun to drive and handles great. A little heavy on the road noise, but better then Honda.


Best Features

Performance and handling are great. Interior appointments are well thought out. Sound system is outstanding for factory equipment.


Worst Features

Improve the fuel economy. Kinda embarrassing when my neighbors Chevy Impala averages better real world fuel economy then my sub-compact Focus.


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one of the best!
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By v foster
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2005 Ford Focus ZX3 SES 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

One of the best autos I have ever owned for all around economy, fun to drive, fewer problems, looks, ease of handling, and dependability.


Best Features

Fun to drive, power, fuel economy, handling, looks.


Worst Features

Needs better built seats, better traction in snow, better grade hardware, on door latches, hatchback latches, more sound proofing.


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Sharpest handling small car available
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By Mike Freed
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2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The ST is a terrific choice if you're looking for a performance sedan at a low price. It has razor-sharp steering response and great feel, strong brakes, and a suspension that strikes a nice balance between sport and comfort. The 2.3 engine has a lot of torque, but seems to run out of steam over 5000 rpm. The ST is also a solid highway cruiser, and tracks straight as a laser. Best of all, this is an easy car to upgrade with aftermarket parts. I drove all the small sport sedans, and if cost is no object, the Mazda 3s is a marginally better car overall than the Focus (the Toyota Corolla XS and Kia Spectra 5 are also pretty nice), but with all the discounts, is it REALLY $6,000 better?


Best Features

Sharp handling and steering, loves to be tossed hard into corners, playful personality, cool engine note, plenty of power, good comfort/sport trade off, good interior room and comfort, solid highway cruiser, lots of goodies, sharp looks, bargain price.


Worst Features

Disappointing gas mileage (though my lead foot is probably partially to blame), lackluster high-rpm performance, some cheap interior materials, plain Jane back seat, no side curtain airbags.


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Focus ZX3
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By scionandfocus
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2005 Ford Focus ZX3 S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Took delivery of the second-least expensive version of the Focus available less than a month ago, a ZX3 S manual with air conditioning. With incentives, it had a no-haggle price of $11,062 (plus taxes, tags, and dealer charges). Toss in the car's roomy interior and great ride and handling, and the car seems like a winner. However, since we took delivery of the car, a problem with the manual transmission has appeared no fewer than five times, requiring three trips to the dealer that have yet to solve the problem. Hopefully this and any other problems with the car aren't widespread. Shoppers: it's worth counting on that to get what is probably the best small-car buy out there.


Best Features

Well-designed manual operated mirrors, good rear seat space and access.


Worst Features

More secure manual transmission linkage, folding outside mirrors.


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The Perfect Car
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By Refugee1
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2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

What a smooth ride! It's FAST and MANEUVERABLE and has great stopping power. It looks GREAT and turns heads. It's very sporty.


Best Features

The manual transmission is smooth. It has lots of trunk space, even with the premium sound system. Lots of safety features, such as advanced airbags.


Worst Features

The big antenna on the front top center is was bit of an eyesore. This was easily remedied by replacing it with a small premium antenna however, making this car absolutely perfect in every way.


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