2000 Ford Focus LX from North America
Good for the money
To date, the only minor problem is the brakes squeak a bit when I let up on them. My braking is not at all affected, this is strictly a noise issue, and a very minor one at that.
No problems with the car, knock on wood.
I bought this car right out of college. In college I drove an Acura Integra that had too many problems to count. I knew this car was a bit of a risk compared to a Jetta or Civic, but I come from a loyal American family.
I have had no problems to date. The car handles well and the steering is responsive. The engine is sluggish, but this is the absolute base model and I got what I paid for.
I love the interior room. Biggest complaint is the engine noise, although this seems typical of smallish sedans. Given that VW's have taken off in price, its main competitors are Saturns and Civics. I think it is better looking than both, although Honda undoubtedly has Ford in reliability.
The Focus is overall quite nice, a step up for Ford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th April, 2001
I have the same problem with my brakes, I cannot get rid of the sqeeking, I even put on new brake shoes so don't feel bad.
I am updating my post. The car now has 25,000 miles and is still fine. The brakes squeak a bit when I first use them in the morning, but this goes away after a few stops.
I am generally happy with the car, I haven't had any of the problems others have mentioned and feel my car was well made. I'll try to give another update every so often.
As far as the stalling when stopping at lights and trying to pull out of a parking space, this can be contributed to the computer chip inside your. A basic engine diagnostic test will be able to reveal what it is.
I had the radio problem occur a couple of times, but I found that there is a small switch that, when it is flipped, it will pop out the quick selection numbers 2 through 5. The radio will turn off, until you push the plastic pad back in. Just avoid the switch, and all should be fine.