1999 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 15 of 15

1999 Ford Focus LX 5dr Hatchback 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Only an occasional opening of the rear hatch at speed due to a faulty interior release switch; pain in the neck! 5000m so far so it's early days yet.

General Comments:

Generally a fairly good car but not as good as I expected. It consumes more fuel and is much noisier than I thought it would be especially in respect of road/tyre noise. The 1800 Mondeo is MUCH better.

CD player is excellent.

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

Review Date: 19th December, 1999

1999 Ford Focus Ghia 4dr saloon 1.8 16v zetec petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 16v zetec petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10

Faults:

NOTHING AT ALL.

General Comments:

Excellent driving position.

Much better than a VW.

Very good engine power.

Outstanding handling with the traction and cruise control. Perfect dealer service from Heartlands Ford Perry Barr. A wonderful car that is a hundred times better than an Escort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 1999

1999 Ford Focus Ghia 4 Door Saloon 2.0 16v Zetec petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Zetec petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10

Faults:

Engine was pinking when first new but Ford dealt with it within two days of delivery.

Excellent service from Ford since 1980 when I bought a Fiesta. I would not dream of going to another company.

General Comments:

A beautiful 4 door saloon Pepper Red vehicle that is a pleasure to drive as I have already done 25k in three months.

Excellent value for money and perfect little details such as the cruise and traction control.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 1999

1999 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Feels incredibly well put together for a Ford, nearly up there with VW. Only the quality of the plastics on the interior lets it down. Hugely spacious, even my granny can get in the back (3dr). Comfortable, powerful, great looking and the dealer (Turners of Sedgefield) has been great!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 1999

1999 Ford Focus Ghia Estate 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.8
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Leaking sump gasket.

Knocking on heater system (sticking valve).

Recall on alternator.

General Comments:

A very nice car, but considering it's won so many awards it's not the car I thought I was buying. It's everything you'd expect from a £15,000 car and nothing more. Out of interest my last car was a Vectra 1.8 GLS and the Focus is only now just as good as the Vectra was, but this is after owning it for six months.

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

Review Date: 1st October, 1999

1999 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far. All in all seems a very well put together car and the build quality appears to be very good.

General Comments:

An extremely good driving position coupled with excellent handling and driving characteristics makes this the best car I have ever driven. As someone who has driven over 25 different makes/models of car, this one in particular has been the best car I've ever driven! Quite an accolade, but completely true!

The interior is well laid out and the spec on this model is quite impressive. Performance from the 1.8 Zetec engine is simply outstanding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

30th May 2001, 13:37

OK I am in love with this car and nothing is wrong with it. Sorry maybe you just had a bad car! Better luck next time.

6th Feb 2012, 16:02

My 19 year old 1993 Honda 2.2 Automatic had 2 faults:

1. New battery.

2. New rubber boot on a CV joint (€40).

My daughter's 1999 Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia had the following faults:

1. New battery.

2. Wiper motor - link failure.

3. Rear suspension bushes (NCT).

4. Rear wheel bearing.

5. Steering rack - high point.

6. Heater resistor pack.

7. New plug leads.

8. New ignition coil.

9. Door mirror cracked.

10. New fog light (vandalism).

11. Door light switch (driver's side).

12. Back exhaust box.

13. Rear brake shoe (jammed) - failed NCT.

14. Door restrainer.

15. Driver door lock - open via passenger side.

16. Flex exhaust pipe.

17. Tape player button.

18. Rear view mirror fell off.

19. Dash lights too dim - can't see at night.

20. Sun roof leak.

21. Vehicle speed sensor (speedometer zeros).

22. Vacuum tube collapse/split - rough idle and stalls.

23. CV joint boot loose (NCT).

What next...??

My wife's 2001 Ford Focus had the following faults:

1. New battery.

2. Driver's window winder (€250).

3. Heater resistor pack.

4. New clutch.

5. New ECU (€1100).

6. Water pump.

7. New key for worn bonnet lock (€140 Ford v €27 local locksmith).

8. Weld failed on clutch pedal pin.

I think Honda cars are designed by the best mechanical and electrical engineers on the planet.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-1697532/Britains-most-reliable-car-Honda-top-again.html

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 56 reviews