1999 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 16v from UK and Ireland
Putting it simply, a great car!
Nothing yet thankfully!
I had a minor accident involving black ice and a kerb. The car went sideways into the kerb and bent my Hub and suspension, costing £677 to get fixed, my local Peoples garage is pathetic.
The only other niggle is that my Air-conditioning is smelling, I tried some treatment spray, but the smell is there just not as strong.
I had owned a Focus before (a 1.6 Zetec reviewed in 2002 section) and wanted more power so just got the 1.8 which you can feel the difference.
The Focus handles really well as most of the owners have written about. I am just about to get some lowering springs and new Alloys so hopefully it should handle even better with wider tyres.
I am still enjoying the power and have found that Peugeot 206s and Citroen Saxos like to try and race you. Other Focus drivers I have talked to have noticed that as well.
I can beat VTRs on everything except cornering which they seem to do well at.
I can also stay with most other cars and I have found that another car needs to have more the 140bhp to keep away.
The Focus still looks good after 5 years of production, especially in 3 door.
Mine is Panther Black which is a hassle keeping clean, but is the best colour in my opinion.
I won't be keeping the car standard for long as I have Alloys and Springs on the way. More mods to follow in time for summer. I can't wait!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2004