2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 TDCi turbo diesel


Good enough car, no customer care, and an arrogance to go with it


Apart from normal ie battery replaced 2009.

Can anyone tell me why genuine Motorcraft Oil Filters have disintegrated (2 in a row, causing the engine to lose oil rapidly)?

The car has been serviced all its life, including a new filter each time at 10K miles instead of the 12.5K recommended by Ford, by Ford dealerships.

So much for having to use Motorcraft genuine parts, never again.

They must be made from crap metal; I've never had any make of filter in any car ever do this before.

It has a Unipart filter fitted from today, and no more dealership servicing either; typical of FORD to not want to know.

General Comments:

Ford has the worst record of customer care! And not only in my experience, Google it.

They have the cheek to say you have 3 years warranty, when in reality years 2 & 3 cover very little.

"Sorry, that's not covered" seems to be the well rehearsed response at dealerships.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2011

2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6


Fantastic hatchback!


Only particular fault I had with the car was complete electrical failure on two occasions in wet weather. This was obviously potentially hazardous and fault was never really found. It never re-occurred though...

General Comments:

There is a reason there are so many on the roads - it's an excellent car in almost every way.

Styling is love or hate, but you gotta applaud Ford for being a bit adventurous back in the late 90s.

The handling of the car, especially on the stiffer sprung Zetec is absolutely superb. You always feel in total control, and there is very little body roll, so the grip levels are amazing, especially with some half-decent tyres.

Performance-wise the 1.6 is surprisingly quick, though it does need lots of revs to overtake or accelerate swiftly. There is good torque low-down too, and the engine can be very economical (42mpg everyday driving, more on long cruises).

The cabin is comfortable, and build quality is excellent - very few rattles. Everything is laid out logically. Seats are maybe a bit hard, but good support.

A small complaint is Ford radio is a double DIN, so you need a slightly ugly blanking plate for fitting an aftermarket unit. Plenty of room for 5 adults, boot is good size. Load capacity with seats down is enormous!

Running costs are excellent - can't comment on main dealer prices, but probably best to get independent garages to use Ford parts for cheapest repairs. Insurance is cheap, tax is fairly low bracket too.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I needed a bog standard hatchback. I would be very interested to try the 2 litre ST170 for a combination of practicality and performance!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2009

27th May 2012, 02:38

Well I have had my 1.6 Zetec Ghia since 2003 (new in 01), and have just clocked 135,000 miles. I'd recommend one to anyone. The standard model though seems too basic.

Reasonable maintenance costs, and the fact that you don't have to be tied to a main dealer, have meant this has been the one car in twenty odd tears of driving that I've wanted to keep forever. Despite its age and living outdoors a lot, the bodywork is good. In all that time I've only had to have the water pump done, and basic stuff like tyre replacement. It's still running on the original factory fitted exhaust.

27th May 2012, 16:33

After a horrible experience with a Honda Civic, we bought a new 2001 Ford Focus ZX-3. It was an absolutely awesome car. It was smooth, fast and very solidly built. We loved it, and never had any trouble with it. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting a fast, reliable and very well-built used car.