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Should be taken off the market
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By Genesis Rivera
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Worst car ever it’s nice looking on the outside .Replace transmission and clutch 2x in two years only perks is great on gas .


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Great Car to Drive... Back and Forth From the Shop
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Alex B
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved this car for the first couple years. Fun to drive, zippy, good handling, looks good, has great features (even if a bit wonky sometimes), very practical for gas mileage and storage. I have the manual 5 speed, no problems there. BUT - just after the warranty expired I've had problem after problem with the steering and suspension. I've taken it in something like 6 or 7 times in the past 2 years, spent maybe $6000 on non-maintenance related fixes. Tie-rod replacement - both sides busted and repaired separately. Bushings in the suspension replaced. Electronic power steering crapped out and had to replace the whole steering column. Alignment issues leading to tire issues, brakes wear quickly. It's become a money pit even after paying it off. Wish I could recommend it, but it's simply NOT RELIABLE. It's an economy car that is frustratingly expensive to upkeep.


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Most trouble-free car I've owned.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By NJDriver
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Fun to drive! The manual transmission has been smooth. Have heard horror stories about the automatic from other owners. Sync voice system sometimes requires repeating commands. Gas mileage is very good (33mpg combined), considering that I'm not a mellow driver. If I babied it, could easily get near 40mpg. Body, interior and leather look like new after 60k miles. I have had NO unexpected repairs at all, just the normal tire and oil changes. Would easily buy again.


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Great car with a fatal flaw
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By John Serrao
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback Titanium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)


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Leave it to Ford to get almost everything right about an affordable hatchback and then blow it with this god-awful transmission. The car handles like a dream, outstanding fuel economy (sometimes over 40mpg on the highway), room for days with the hatch and was pretty top-of-the-line tech when I bought it back in '13. Downsides are the car is slow off the line (but has a little go after 3500 rpm), transmission needs a new clutch every 10-15K and the leg room could be better. If you hunt around in the aftermarket, find a cheap 2012-13 because Ford extended the transmission warranty out to 100K on those (but not the 2014 and after).

Update 2018-10: Car is about at 80K miles. I've had 5 clutch replacements, yowza. It is clear to me this will never be fixed completely. Other routine maintenance: tires @ 50K, brake job + new air filter @ 60K, new battery @ 70K, inner tie rods on suspension and front wipers needed replacing @ 75K. Headlights are dimming and car has a rattle or two. Overall, it's much the same story: great little city, super efficient but that damn transmission. Get the ST with the manual, wish I had.


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Swiss Army Knife Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tom Krahl
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2013 Ford Focus Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Balance of fun with practicality. With back seats down I can carry a lot, always fun to drive and inspires confidence. Menu system is a little hard to get used to, but simplifies the dash layout for the things you do most often. In a modern car with many features this will always be the case. The back seat is short on space for an adult, but better than some other cars in this class. At least the windows let the back seat occupants feel comfortable and the 4-doors give them easy in-and-out.


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