2000 Ford Focus SE 1.8, 4 cylinder from North America
Relatively cheap transport, but has serious reliability issues
Many recalls, all dealt with by the dealership.
I had to replace the front brake pads and rotors at 46000 km's. I found it very strange to have to replace the rotors each time the pads have to be replaced. I was in fact told this by a Ford mechanic. I was also told by one of the mechanics at the Ford dealership, that during all of his 25 years of service, he had never seen a car so "cheaply" put together. He stated that the brake problem stemmed from using sub-standard materials in their construction.
The radio face-plate keeps popping out just enough to disconnect the radio. I have to continually push it back in. I was told by the dealership that they would not fix it because it was not fixable???
I am losing confidence with the dealership I frequent and have decided to try another one.
The Ford Focus handles very well in the twisty bits, but lacks power.
A tachometer should be standard equipment on all manual transmissions, not as an option.
Why would you ever need a tachometer with an automatic transmission?
Trunk is big, but access is limited.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th June, 2003