Ford Focus Review from Romania

2003 Ford Focus Futura 1.6i

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired131500 kilometres
Most recent distance145800 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra


Great maneuvrability, a true driver's car; but with nagging electrical problems


The engine burns over 1 liter of oil per 10000 kms - apparently this is a common problem for this type. Thankfully, engine performance and fuel consumption are not affected.

Then there's some electrical faults: when I bought it, the (original) alternator died, taking with it the main instrument cluster. Front low beam bulbs fail every 2-3 months. Rear fog lamp stopped working. Otherwise, it's a very good ride.

General Comments:

Fun to drive on twisting roads. Chuck it into the corners, and it will eagerly take them. Suspension and feedback are great, and revving the engine is a pleasure; it's very responsive.

Economical on highways and open roads, with decent fuel consumption (6.5l/100km). There's adequate space for people in the back; and with the rear seats folded, a lot of cargo space.

The heated windscreen is a blessing in winter; it will de-fog it in 1 minute, and melt ice in 2-3 minutes. A must have, in hard winter areas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2013

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review