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Ford Focus, Sedan
Oct 31, 2003 (2:58 pm)
hi,i was very upset at ford last month because it cost me around $1300.00 plus i had to take the bus for 2 weeks.i know there are regular maintenance to be done,oil changes,brakes,tires,light bulbs wiper blades ect..but after talking to a bunch of people a fuel pump so early is uncommon especially when so many focus owners need them replaced.unless it's a safety issue and ford is forced to recall,they will not take responsibility for a batch of bad fuel pumps.it seems to happen after the 60,000 km warrantee and is not covered after that.the focus is a very nice car but it's unpredictable.the quality control is not there,the stability the dependability.i love my focus but to recommend it to my friends well maybe the 2004's.oh...by the way nice speech fdthird,i almost had a tear for you until i realized it was the oinions i was cutting.bye
Nov 01, 2003 (9:30 pm)
I had a real dog of a Toyota once....may never ever buy another. Cost me big bucks and lots of time in repairs...was worth less than half what I paid for it when I had to sell it because I was tired of driving a dog! Went through 3 dealers and they all stunk. But yet, others swear by them while all I did was swear at them...go figure!
Nov 02, 2003 (5:49 am)
hi,well before i bought the focus i read alot of car reviews.ALL of them highly recommended the civic,accord,camry but not the focus.the civic seems to have been highly recommended by the pro's for a number of years now.anyways i really liked the new style of the focus and it drove really well,so i bought it.maybe i was lured in by the style and not thinking about reliablity and all those reviews i read.i would advise people to seriously consider the auto pro's advice before buying any car.if at the time the civic would have been more stylish i would of bought it.the civic is still blah in style.anyways that's enough about japanese cars.i'm not mad anymore so lets talk about the focus please..bye
#1418 of 2014 svt real world gas mileage
Nov 03, 2003 (7:55 am)
I'm new to the boards, but was wondering what one can expect for real world fuel economy on a 2003 Focus SVT? I realize EPA is saying 21/25 for 2003's, but this seems low for a four banger, inspite of its high performance characteristics. Any info, anyone? I plan on doing a lot of highway driving with the car.
Nov 04, 2003 (4:12 pm)
and usa today says the PZEV focus 'hits the small car sweet spot'.
Nov 05, 2003 (9:04 am)
I also read a similar article in my local paper about the improved reliability of the Focus. I used to work as an engineer for a Ford supplier, and from experience I know that Ford doesn't just sit around waiting for problems to fix themselves. That's why I didn't hesitate to buy a 2003 Focus ZTW. One nice thing about the Focus's bad reputation is that it lowered demand for the Focus and allowed me to get a better deal.
I know that taking a car to be repaired is a big hassle, but I do wonder whether paying $2K extra now in hopes of avoiding a "possible" $1K problem several years down the road is worth it.
Nov 06, 2003 (12:07 pm)
I went to that site for warranties in CT. It's NOT a good deal. They quoted 1200 for 6yr/100k miles Premium care. I paid 800.
#1423 of 2014 Reliability
Nov 06, 2003 (12:18 pm)
Yes, the focus is no longer "much worse than average." Instead it's "average." Hardly stellar, but a huge improvement. And hey, it only took them 3 years to get it right.
Of course, while this does reduce demand (referring to another poster who said the bad rep reduces demand), it also reduces resale values. Everyone with older Focus models still will get crap for resale (either trade or private sale).
Meanwhile this does NOTHING for me and my 2001, which is plagued with problems. I'm bringing it in tomorrow for the second time for a non functioning A/C. I hope it costs a lot of money to fix because I bought an extended warranty and I want Ford to pay.
In Ford's credit, the last time I had to get the car fixed, I had vowed I was going to dump it. I drove a Matrix, a Corolla, Civic and Scion. They CAN'T TOUCH the Focus handling!! There is N-O-T-H-I-N-G in this price class that comes close to the combination of handling and ride comfort.
So, I will continue on my love/hate relationship (love the car, hate the company) until the extended warranty runs out. At that point, it probably would be better to donate it to charity and take the write-off. I don't imagine it will be worth much at 100k miles.
The new euro Focus is BEAUTIFUL, but even if it ever does make it to the US, I've already sent too many nasty letters to Ford to ever consider buying again.
Just to recap, since Jan 2001:
3 DPFE sensors
1 EGR sensor
1 Clutch Spring
1 Rack and Pinion
1 A/C cycle switch
2 Sway bar endlinks
1 Set of sparkplug wires
Rust around the sunroof (factory)
Worn seat fabric
And finally, bringing it in tomorrow and I'm guessing the compressor is gone.