2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Very reliable and surprisingly nice to drive
Erratic idle speed; fixed by replacing worn out part for about £120.
Rear windscreen wiper stopped working; fixed easily.
The car never broke down.
I had my Focus for about a year and a half, when it was 10-11 years old. To date it has been the most reliable car I have ever owned.
Needless to say there are thousands of them all over the UK - the downside of this is simply that you're driving a fairly 'ordinary' - some may even say boring - car. The good news is that driving it is not so boring. The Focus was surprisingly good to drive. It's no sports car, but it felt solid, and was responsive and comfortable. A confident cruiser on the motorway, and easy to drive around town. In terms of fuel, it was economical enough, but not outstanding.
The QuickClear windscreen is fantastic in the winter - just make sure it works before you buy. I did wonder how much a replacement windscreen would cost given the heating elements required in it.
There's simply so much choice if you're buying a Focus - you may as well take your time and ensure you get a good one. Mine had been well looked after, but having lived in town it had a few minor scrapes and scratches on the bodywork. These didn't bother me, and meant I got the car at a good price. As far as I can tell, find a well looked after example and you should have a reliable car that's easy and cheap to run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st April, 2014