A reliable, comfortable, pleasant car to drive
Miss-firing when cold, tip, check the viscosity of the engine oil, on the Ford Zetec engine it's crucial! I found this out the hard way. My fault, no-one else's!
L/H C.V. joint very noisy when I bought the car.
Flashing air-bag light.
Considering that Ford developed this car as a mile cruncher for company reps, what better car to own privately? cheap second-hand parts available at almost every breakers yard, comparatively cheap parts from most outlets, and fairly commonly available too!
Handling is more than adequate for what is quite a large car, OK. the 1.6 is a bit on the laclustre side, but here in Ireland road tax is based on engine size, and the 1.6 costs almost €350 a year to tax!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2002