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