2000 Ford Focus SE 2.0 DOHC from North America
Best car buy I've ever made
The ignition locked up twice and the fuel pump failed twice. Every other failure was due to age, wear (timing belt, alternator, motor mounts, serpentine belt, idler pulley) or driver error (bouncing over jeep trails, which broke 4 window motors).
Most reliable vehicle I've owned in 62 years of driving. Parts and tires are relatively inexpensive, and the owner can do much of the necessary service. Being a small car, there is more road noise with the Focus, and it doesn't absorb the shock of bumps well, but those are the trade-offs for good handling and good gas mileage. I may have to paint the hood soon, but the rest of the car looks great, without ever seeing a drop of polish or wax.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2019