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2006 Ford Focus ZX4 ST 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Bought my 2006 4-door Focus ST (5 spd) in Jan, 2009. It had 6.5k mi. Now it has 44k trouble-free miles and continues to be dependable, economical, and fun. Just as tight and fun to drive now as it was 38k miles ago. 25mpg in town, 30-31mpg on highway at 70-80 mph. Has always been a great highway driver, and now with new Continental Extreme Contact DW tires, tracks like a toy slot car on the highway and just as pleasurable in town. Great combination of economy, value, reliability, and fun. Was hit from behind by Corolla while at stop light. Corolla's front end and hood was crumpled and couldn't tell Focus had been hit except for Corolla's paint on rear bumper.
Tight steering, nice handling, nice manual gear box, good gas mileage, engine provides great punch for a 4cyl, trouble-free, economical to operate and maintain, great highway driver, fun to drive.
No improvements necessary, considering the economy purchase price. For a more "refined" and/or "luxurious" feel and atmosphere I could have spent thousands more for a TSX or GTI, but having driven them as well I know the increase in driving satisfaction would have been insignificant.
2006 Ford Focus ZX3 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I like this car, especially how easy it is to maneuver in tight areas. Brakes are noisy, took it in for check up & was told squeaky brakes were normal for this car. I do wish I got better gas mileage, and wish the back seats would fold down flat (as the dealer assured me they would, but they don't)
Easy to maneuver in tight spots, can usually do a complete turn around without having to back up.
Back seats should be able to lay down flat.
2006 Ford Focus ZX4 SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my 06 SE Sedan in 8/06. I have never regretted the purchase for one moment. I'm probably going to trade it tomorrow, knowing its resale value is worth well more than what I owe. It's a good feeling knowing Ford builds cars like the Focus. I'm done with Japanese products. The Focus has been an awesome, reliable car, and I've had nothing but compliment feedback from observers and guests. High marks, Ford is only getting better.
Handling is fantastic, steering wheel is perfect, the vertical seat adjustment for us petites, safety ratings (ABS and all around airbags on my car), paint quality, overall reliability. Great little car, unappreciated by most, most appreciated by some.
The 2012 addresses any potential improvements. Getting one. The 2009- 11 models were, um, ugly.
2006 Ford Focus ZX5 SES 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Yes it's small. But it has a pretty decent amount of interior space for its size. SES package gives you the controls on the steering wheel, which is nice. As for comfort, it is perfect for my wife (5'3") but not at all comfortable for me (6'5"). Engine is not very powerful, but it's only noticeable when the car is really loaded down. MPG is heavily dependent on how you drive it. No mechanical problems after 4+ years, just one long-term rattle underneath that the mechanics have not been to locate. Antenna base got water in it and therefore some corrosion, and now radio reception is horrible.
Good handling, small footprint, good interior space, nice styling, good ground clearance, SES package.
Cramped legroom, fit & finish is not great, shift points are horrible, engine loud under stress, paint scratches too easily
2006 Ford Focus ZX4 SES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought the car right off the lot in June of '06 with 61 miles on it. it has been a great car wit great gas milage. the only mechanical issue I have had is the CD player quit working twice, warranty fixed that. I do have the brake noise (coming from the rear drums) like I have read others have issues with, replaced the tired last year because the husband ran over a screw. but that's not the car's fault. Does squeak going over bumps, handles better in snow that it did with the factory tires (can't remember which brand, but they were not pirelli's) And it could have better sound proofing.
The Color (they called it light tundra metallic) it looks pale green, the gas mileage it GREAT. Handles better than some of the higher priced cars I have driven.
Better sound proofing for outside drving noise, make all wheel disk brakes standard, and address the sqeaks in the suspension