2001 Ford Focus ZX3 from North America
Very reliable and fun car to drive
There is a squeak when the brakes are released. When brakes definitely needed replacing, I got new ones, but the squeak is still there.
Minor wear in the driver's seat.
Very fun to drive! Never any mechanical problems in the 35k miles I've put on it other than brakes needing replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st November, 2006
The squeak you're referring to, is the shoes against the backing plate of the rear brakes. A simple few dabs of brake caliper grease on the contact points of the rear shoes will easily cure your problem.
I've always thought that the ZX3 looked like a new Ford Aspire that car from the 90's.
Unfortunately, my experience with the Ford Focus ZX3 2001 model has not been good. I have nearly 70,000 miles on it, and the rental agencies in the area know me by name when I walk in the door (this is not an exaggeration). The transmission needed some minor repair early on, but it wasn't too bad for the first 1-2 years. Ever since then, it's been in the shop to have things like the seat cushion replaced to major transmission work (it has to go back for the transmission again- it is still under warranty, fortunately). The struts were replaced a while ago, and it needs to go back for the this in the near future (after the transmission work gets completed). The brakes have to get replaced every 12,000 miles, and the braking system recently had to be replaced. The alternator went on me once- all the power started going, and luckily I made it into the dealership. It took 2-3 months to figure out why the check engine light was on (along with a lot of money).
That's a VERY BRIEF synopsis of my problems. Ford can scratch me off their customer list after I get my next car.