2000 Ford Focus LX with Duel from North America
When me and my wife first got the car, it sat in a blizzard snow for 2 months, and the rotors were rusted and the thermostat wasn't heating up properly. We rode the brakes until the rust wore off, and the thermostat and thermostat housing went out, cost me $10.00 for the thermostat and $78 for the housing, replaced them with no problem.
We drove the car to Lincoln NE, and we smelled a burning smell, took it to the shop and replaced the valve cover gasket for $200.00!
At about 100k the ignition switch got stuck, preventing me from turning the car over. $300.00 for that.
At about 103K the ignition was sticking, continuously turning the starter, fixed under warranty.
Front end constantly needs to be greased or it sounds like the front ends going to crumble.
Windows shake and moan when going up or down, and the most recent thing was the coil spring breaking on the highway and stabbing and blowing my front passenger tire; had towed to a shop, $189 for that, free towing through the insurance.
Car is nice and fast, but cheaply built.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st April, 2009