Ford Focus Review from Austria

2001 Ford Focus Trend Traveler 1.8 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 kilometres
Most recent distance150000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno


Most reliable car, good performer, cheap, fun ride


Replaced the resistor controlling the ventilation, cost 20 Eur.

General Comments:

I bought the car because it was rated to be very reliable, and it turned out to be like the reviews promised.

I owned the car for 5 years and there have been no mechanical nor electrical problems except for the vent resistor that had to be changed last year.

The steering is very direct and easy to operate; the car gives you a good feeling for the road without beeing rough to ride.

There is enough space for four people, and even in the back I can sit comfortable (I'm 186cm tall, about 6feet 2 inch).

The only problem is, that you can attach only two child seats in the rear, because the (comfortable) molded/shaped rear seats will have the children seats slide inwards, leaving too less space for a third seat in between.

All over I would never sell that car, but I have need for a 7 seats car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2007

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review