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You are in the Ford Focus
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Ford Focus, Sedan
Oct 25, 2003 (10:08 pm)
A 2003 or 2004 Focus is probably much better than a 2000, 2001, or even a 2002, however I doubt it would match a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic for reliability. We know it won't match them for resale. In terms of fun to drive performance, however, the Focus beats the Japanese and costs less! The mess Ford made with the Focus—an absolutely outstanding design with terrible quality-control issues—is to me an example of why American car manufacturers are slowly but surely losing market share. Some people have had good luck, and their Foci have been good to them. However, a lot of people have been burned, and they are not that likely to buy a Ford again if they have a choice. The Focus is both a great design and a great tragedy and missed oportunity.
#1405 of 2014 snakerbill
Oct 26, 2003 (6:22 am)
Send an email to jfallonedmunds.com with the information requested - that'll do it!!
Oct 27, 2003 (10:41 am)
hi,fyi..for those who own a focus with low mileage and claim they have no problems well ,i hate to tell you but the problems don't seem to start until after the basic warrantee is over.like around 70,000km.do you think ford knows exactly how long their parts should last,or do they make them last just long enough to get to the end of the warrantee??hey maybe ford could borrow honda's assembly line for a couple of months,lol.well just a thought.bye
#1407 of 2014 you are right
Oct 27, 2003 (2:31 pm)
We all bought garbage cars and promise to never buy a Ford again. We are dumb and admit it...now will you please go away?
#1408 of 2014 speak for yourself..
Oct 28, 2003 (7:04 am)
hi,fdthird..excuse me!!! the focus is a very nice car,stylish and fun to drive,it's just not that dependable compared to the civic.it's not garbage bye
#1409 of 2014 You are wrong
Oct 28, 2003 (10:23 am)
Obviously you have not listened well enough to the folks who like to post here and are much more knowledgeable than us. After all, we bought the cars so how smart can we be??
Oct 28, 2003 (12:44 pm)
Okay, the sarcasm is not moving the conversation forward. Please let it go.
Oct 28, 2003 (7:32 pm)
Well you know Pat, I don't particularly think that all the folks who come to this site and tell us what bozos we were for buying a Focus do a whole lot to further the conversation either. In fact, personally, I get pretty tired being told over and over again how stupid I was for giving Ford money for a car that will fall apart. I particularly love it when people who have never owned a Focus come to "gloat" about what a better purchase they made buying a ______ (fill in the Japanese car of your choice).
My son's 2001 SE is about 2 1/2 years old and has over 45,000 trouble free miles including a round trip from NY to LA last spring. Recalls, yep...he had a couple done on them and I have no problem with that (heck, in the old days a problematic car was your problem).
Would I buy another Focus? Yep, I think I would because it is a small car that has a great ride, good power, a nice interior, and pleasant styling. Does it have lousy press??? You better believe it does and some of it was justly deserved but for all the people driving a problem Focus, I would venture there are hundreds if not thousands of very happy Focus owners.
Sorry if the sarcasm of my last posts was lost on some of you.
Oct 29, 2003 (5:51 am)
Well put fdthird. A lot of us went through the same thing over on the 'CR-V vs Escape' thread so we feel your pain.
#1413 of 2014 I did own a Focus
Oct 30, 2003 (3:26 am)
I owned a Focus ZTS for almost 3 years. It was my first new car. The performance and design were better than I expected. The reliability was much worse than I ever could have imagined. They've probably gotten better, and many people have had good experiences with their Foci, but it's also true that many people have had bad experiences. There's a lot of good and even great stuff to say about the Focus, but there's also a need to let new buyers make an informed decision by giving them knowledge about both the pros and cons of the Ford Focus.
I saw an ad recently for the Focus, which said something like, "look again at the Ford Focus, look again now that it has a 5 year 100,000 warranty on the engine." That whole "look again" tag-line seemed almost an admission that an above average number of people who bought the Focus in its first and second years got sub-par cars. As far as I've heard, the engine of the Focus (either one) has not had any reliability issues. It has been other elements of the car that have been problemmatic.