2000 Ford Focus Wagon 2.0 from North America


A true lemon with a cool color


I have had the barons changed on the rear of both sides. The horn goes out every two months or less. Three months after I purchased the car I spent over $500 on new tires. At 56,000 and 56,750 miles breaks were replaced. The sensors had to be changed and the fuel system had problem around the same mileage. The radiator burst at and now a rod is thrown in the engine at 57,985 miles. I love my car, but it seems almost as if I have been spending more money trying to keep it going than I have just trying to enjoy my first vehicle ever. Will the lemon law support my complaints and assist me in any way to get a new engine or some reimbursements for all the torture I've subdued within the last two years of ownership?

General Comments:

This car drive powerfully when operable. I have to say it is truly a lemon. I purchased the car because I like the cool color and its performance at the time of purchase was commendable. I am truly frustrated, angry disappointed and at a lost for words. All of this is due to the fact that I only have 57,985 miles on it and have owned it for two years. Over the course of these two years this car has been in and out of the shop for repairs rather major or minor. I can't afford to buy an engine and still remain paying notes for a car that I can no longer drive and has not driven for the last week!!!

There must be some justice somewhere!

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

Review Date: 29th April, 2004

2000 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 Zetec from North America


I money pit that I can't even sell


Radio knobs did not work correctly, you would turn the music up and it would go down. Going over a bump would jar the "security strip" and the head unit would not work for over 30 minutes at times.

Fan Blade broke free of fan cut holes in radiator.

Left Head lamp no longer has a high beam, bulb and fuses have been checked. Ford would like to replace the entire wiring for the head lamp for about $300.00.

Ignition lock failed and locked the steering wheel.

Black trim has turned white unless treated weekly.

Front Ford Emblem fell out.

Runs to rich and requires yet another recall repair.

Won't Pass California emissions.

Odd Overheating, when driving at 60 miles per hour it will go from cold to boil in less than 10 seconds, replacing the hoses, t-stat, expansion tank cap did nothing to fix this problem. Dealer suggested it could be a bad coolant temp sender, but the car boils over when the gauge says hot so it works.

General Comments:

The car handles well and the Zetec when working is a good motor.

The interior fit and finish is nice, but the body and engine needed more detail work.

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

Review Date: 17th March, 2004

4th Dec 2005, 18:06

Overheating could be due too bad head gasket.

4th Dec 2005, 20:56

There may be a couple of other possibilities for the overheating: Maybe there is a corroded contact or bad switch, so the electric radiator fan isn't kicking in. Also, maybe that broken radiator fan that you mentioned did more damage than you thought. Could have a pin-hole leak somewhere that you missed, so when the coolant heats up, you lose confining pressure and the system boils over. Maybe there are little droplets of anti-freeze somewhere. It might also be a very dirty cooling system and it needs to be flushed out.

2nd Dec 2006, 05:24

Probably a bad radiator.

2000 Ford Focus LX 2.0 from North America


Quick and fun to drive


Nothing (knock on wood) since buying it 2 months ago.

General Comments:

I am happy with most things about this car. Lots of interior room for an economy car. Handles and rides wonderfully, unlike any small car I've ever driven. For its 110 b.h.p., it boogies. Typical Ford brakes, grinding and grabbing at slow speeds. A bit of road noise, but not too bad for a small car. Otherwise, it's a great little car for little money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2004