2001 Ford Focus Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 7 of 11

2001 Ford Focus Zetec Estate 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

An economical, beaut of a car

Faults:

Had no problems whatsoever with the car.

General Comments:

This is a great car, I bought it because I needed more space as we just had a new baby.

The car is very comfortable to drive for long distances, plenty of leg room.

It is a very economical car, and can do about 350 miles between fill ups, I was quite surprised at this with it being an estate car.

The car also looks great and isn't at all boxy like most estates.

The 1.6 engine is quite quick, but I live in the pennines and I think with hindsight I should have gone for the 1.8 or 2.0 litre engine instead, but that's not a problem with the car.

My only gripe is a little extra development time could have been spent on the air ducts. It may be a silly point, but no matter how hard I try, on a hot day you just can't get the air ducts to point at you when your driving, so the nice conditioned, cool air rushed past each side of your head!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

28th Nov 2007, 13:22

I have a TDDi diesel fuel injection.

My three previous motors were a Nissan Micra, a Peugeot 306 XS, and a Peugeot 306 hatch.

This Ford diesel TDDi estate beats the lot hands down.

If you drive frugally, you will attain 50 MPG (diesel). If you like power on a journey, you get amazingly more MPG.

The seating can be adjustable, which is very acceptable.

The drive, it sticks like glue, and everything works.

If you look after them, they will look after you.

These deserve the best. They are, for the prices of used cars, absolutely the best. 2000 X plate cost = £2,250 (3 months tax, 4+ months MoT).

My previous Fords were an Anglia and a 1963 Consul, which I passed my test in.

2001 Ford Focus Ghia 2.0 Litre petrol

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carSeat Ibiza

Summary:

Good Performance, Good Deal

Faults:

The car overall is fine, but a knocking noise occurs on and off in the car near the steering wheel and speedos.

Apart From That It Is Fine.

General Comments:

It is surprisingly nippy, 0-60 in about 8.3 seconds.

The noise it makes inside the car is superb and sounds great in the area near red lining.

The seating position for the driver is a bit sporty and the gear stick swiftly moves into place without much force.

It is rather reliable and has had no break downs for it's 80000 mile life.

Bit too common unfortunately.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2004

2001 Ford Focus Zetec Estate 1.8TD

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8TD Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Corsa

Summary:

It takes one thing to spoil a nice car

Faults:

Water ingression into passenger footwell, depite having been back to the dealer for resealing the pollen filter which I'm told is where the water gets in. Carpets and sound proofing soaked and starting to smell like a swamp, car to be returned to the dealer to replace the whole of the panel holding the filter.

General Comments:

Problems like the above should not happen on vehicles costing what they do from such a long established manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th June, 2004

21st Jun 2005, 19:31

Yah its crazy, my friend has a 2001 LX and he has the same problem! the water just leaks through the vents. Luckily he found the problem on the first day and put a rubber mat down and he angled the mat so the water would stay on it, therefore water has not contacted the carpet.

2001 Ford Focus Zetec 3dr. 1.6

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Beware the competition..

Faults:

About 500 miles after picking up my car, the engine cooling fan started running constantly, and the temp. gauge hit the top. The dealer initially suspected a faulty sender unit, but it turned out to be a blown core plug, of all things, and the engine management system was defaulting to 'safe' mode. It was somewhat disconcerting to see my nice car's engine in bits after such a short time of ownership, but it seems O.K. now.

There is a slight creaking noise from the rear end when I go over speed humps, the dealer says it's the suspension 'and they all do that'...really!

Radio reception is poor, medium wave especially; I should check out the aerial connection.

General Comments:

Although they are everywhere, the Focus is an attractive choice, especially in 3 door format. It performs and handles brilliantly, is quite well fitted, and I'm sure will prove reliable, despite the initial glitch. I'm achieving 37 M.P.G. in my auto.

I don't like the seats, and end up with backache after a long drive.

Only one remote locking key is supplied, and apparently spares are impossible to get. A spare non-remote key will set you back £18.

One of Britain's top-selling cars justifies the hype: it's good, very good, but there's a new Astra, and a new Golf, and they may be even better...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

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