2001 Ford Focus Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 3 of 11

2001 Ford Focus Ghia estate TDDi

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission TDDi Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Underrated, superb reliable diesel car

Faults:

Waterpump @ 100k.

And that's it. If you're being picky, a sidelight blew at 125k and a numberplate light bulb at 111k.

General Comments:

I really like the Focus TDDi's. Excellent, reliable engines. Tad noisy perhaps, but I have added some sound deadening into the doors and underneath the carpet and quite a few people think it's a petrol now as far as noise is concerned.

The turbo has a very smooth delivery and if you give it the beans and change up around the 3k mark you can make excellent safe progress with it.

I don't think i'd be able to get any lower than 40mpg with mine. On average I get 51mpg and that is with a performance air filter, 205 width tyres and lowered suspension; not to mention the weight of a not-insubstantial driver and stereo install!

I chose it over the TDCi's as they are nowhere near as reliable- they seem to blow injectors very regularly and would cetainly not be as reliable as mine is @ 130k. I would also definitely not recommend an Astra DTI 1.7 as that's what I had before. Huge turbo lag and the fuel pump/ECU are very badly designed.

I do my own servicing on the Focus- the Ford garage is full of monkeys.

The standard velour interior was nice enough- its the Ghia estate, but have replaced this with leather which is more supportive. Stock stereo is rubbish and so are the stock springs- the car rolled a bit too much, especially with the 185/65 tyres.

Plastics inside are durable and cope well with odd scratches and the overall quality is good.

I would recommend a TDDi Focus, not TDCi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2007

29th Dec 2010, 04:34

I agree that the Ghia diesel estate is a good robust car, and I too get 50+ mpg. However, in the last 2 weeks it has been using water. Myself and the mechanic can't find any leaks, and the exhaust is perfect! Maybe somebody has had a similar problem.

2001 Ford Focus Ghia 1.8 petrol

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles
Previous carVolvo S60

Summary:

Mine is a dog, but even excepting that, it's still full of annoyances

Faults:

Was running a high temperature (just below red) for a few days because the cooling fan fuse had blown. This was difficult to replace, as this fuse isn't a standard size and was awkward to find.

Stopped running due to a broken camshaft, which meant a new head needed to be fitted. This cost £1160 inc. parts and labour.

The cigarette lighter doesn't work.

General Comments:

I bought this as a "learner-friendly" car as my wife is learning to drive - the Volvo was a bit too big and too gutsy, so I bought a Focus instead.

Everyone seems to think the Focus is a great car. I'd say it's not bad - it handles OK, but it's a lot slower than I would have expected from a 1.8 in a smallish car. Whilst it's easy to drive, I find the gear change a bit stiff and it has irritating "features", like turning the air conditioning on when you de-mist the window. You can't open the boot without a key either.

It's also a lot thirstier than I bargained for. It's supposed to get around 38mpg, but I struggle for 28mpg and haven't been driving it that hard - not hard enough to break a camshaft anyway. Apparently that snapped because the head wasn't running true. My mechanic suggested the head had been off before (presumably for a head gasket) and wasn't re-skimmed.

So it's only OK. It's not the driver's car I thought it would be, neither has it been reliable. It isn't as practical as it should be (double buggy won't go in the boot) and it has its fair share of annoyances.

That'll teach me for trying to be the perfect customer in eBay and not properly testing the thing first.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th September, 2006

7th Dec 2008, 15:04

I agree that the boot is small if you are carrying around a baby buggy. I also found that when I put my son's carseat in I can't get the belt into the appropriate clip and it goes instead into the middle one. A three seater in the back but only if the people are thin children I would say. Otherwise I'm loving this wee car, which is a bit gutless, but I'm coming down from a large 2 litre sedan so have to expect some compromises for the better fuel economy. Agree also that it is a bit annoying having to use the key to open the boot when you are outside the car. Generally a great wee car - I love the back lights!

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 35 reviews