1999 Ford Focus LX 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good handling and durable
Nothing major considering the age and mileage.
Petrol pump (80,000 miles).
Ignition coil and ECU part (93,000 miles).
Rear wheel bearings (cheap and easy to fix).
Front and rear anti-roll bar drop links (a common Focus problem, cheap and easy to fix).
The car handles very well and is very stable on the road.
Interior is not as tactile as a Golf, but it is well put together and durable. At 99,000 miles, the seat upholstery is perfect and all of the components operate perfectly.
Engine performance is fine for day to day use in Ireland, and economy is very good 40+mpg. Given a choice, a 1.6 would be good.
Overall, I'm more surprised with the Focus than anyone else. I had an image of Ford from their cars of old, but the Focus is one good car. It's easy to live with, and the more I drove the car, the more I liked it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th September, 2011