Fantastic in every way
Nothing major - the 2 faults that have occurred are apparently common on many Focuses.
Firstly, the engine fan runs constantly, apparently it should only do this if the air con or heated screen are turned on, but in mine it kicks in as soon as the engine starts.
Also, a spring which returns the gearlever to the neutral position between 3rd and 4th has broken, meaning that the lever sticks and 3rd is sometimes difficult to engage.
Both these problems I haven't got round to fixing and are easily to live with.
I have only had the car for 2 months, but already it has won me over.
The driving position and visibility are excellent, and of course the legendary handling will impress anyone coming out of an Escort. There is a feeling of secureness and stability that has you flinging it round corners and roundabouts, making it great fun to drive.
The ride on the Zetec is quite firm because it has sports suspension, but it never feels harsh.
Delighted with the looks, the Focus has really grown on me, particularly with Zetec alloys, fog lights etc and I quite like the Aquafrost colour, although wasn't sure about it at first.
I would recommend the Focus to anyone - it is just a fantastic car for the money. Try and get one with Climate pack if you can - the heated windscreen is a godsend in winter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2004