Ford Focus Reviews from Norway

2006 Ford Focus Trend 1.6

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Very reliable, but somewhat basic

Faults:

Really, nothing.

Not joking, the only things I've replaced are a couple of light bulbs. The engine is however sweating some oil from around of the base of the dip stick, but not much. Haven't bothered to do anything about it, and the dealer didn't bother to do anything about it either.

General Comments:

Some negatives: Pretty slow with its base 1.6L engine and "old style" 4 speed auto (no DSG, exactly) but that's as expected. Also a lot of tyre noise, unfortunately. I'd give it a 10/10 for running costs, but it's somewhat thirsty considering its engine size.

Positives: 100% reliable and starts even without a hesitation at -27 deg below freezing, and it's fault free. Good heating system, but the A/C is not very efficient if the car has been left out in the sun. And at 6 years, the paint work is almost as good as when it left the factory. No rust whatsoever. Also, the interior keeps up really well, and the car feels very tight and rattle free. Drives very well, and is spacious enough for 2 adults and 2 children, including luggage.

I know it's not exactly a high mileage car, being basically used as a "grocery getter", but still very clean for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2012

2008 Ford Focus Titanium Estate 1.6 TDCi turbo diesel

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 TDCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo V50

Summary:

The car for all of life's situations

Faults:

A fault on the auxiliary heater caused the surprisingly large battery to be drained three times before the dealer managed to sort it out; happened when the car was 9-10 months old (approx. 22.000 km).

The ignition suddenly stopped working when driving, and the entire car was without any electricity. Started working by itself, dealer could never sort out what happened. The car was at this point 5 months old and had approx. 10.000 km on the clock.

Headlight washers stopped working after about a year (close to 30.000 km).

General Comments:

Positives: Excellent class-leading handling, well equipped and very good value for money. Quite roomy too, both for people and bags. Well suited for cold weather with an effective climate control and heated front window. Very low consumption.

Negatives: Interior quality somewhat substandard compared to most competitors, a bit noisy with the original 17" wheels (Continental SportContact tyres).

The Focus estate is well suited to meet everyday requirements for most people and families, as it is small enough to thread easily through crowded cities, at the same time as it is large enough to be comfortable when driving long trips. The Peugeot engine is surprisingly powerful, yet it delivers excellent fuel economy. The Focus acts like a grown up-car, but is still a lot of fun on twisty mountain roads. This will probably not be my last Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2011

2002 Ford Focus ST170 2.0

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 kilometres
Most recent distance59000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Great handling and a 'jack of all trades'

Faults:

Rattle in exhaust system lid/cover.

Some engine power hesitation just above idle.

Central lock require several attempt to lock properly (backdoor switch lock/unlocks).

General Comments:

I bought this car as a semi-performance car with practical transportation functions. It met my expectations.

Engine: The engine needs some rpm to wake up. Below 3500rpm it's like any odd car, but from 3500rpm to 7000+ it awakens and it has a very good push and torque control. 2nd gear brings you to 110kph+. Not the quickest performance compact car, but the engine has a nice character.

Handling: Very responsive and tight handling. Like any front wheel driven car it under steers. The behind can be provoked to come out through down-throttle/braking, and then you need a low gear to fade out the rotation. Engine power is sufficient for this on 3rd gear, say 140kpm (dry and fairly warm asphalt). The dampers could have been stiffener (noticed on Norwegian bumpy roads). Overall, I would say the car is very quick on snaky roads, compared to any front wheeler.

Comfort; not the quietest car around, but I think it's OK for kind of vehicle (tire noise is quite noticeable). Overall comfort is fairly good (nice seats).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews