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2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 Zetec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0 Zetec Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance212000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Power Ram


Pretty car, great gas, a NIGHTMARE to OWN!!


Everything, and I mean everything.

The car stalled / hesitates whenever it feels like it. Some days are good, and others are horrid and a nightmare.

Mechanics can't figure it out; anytime the car starts to act up, I've got to sit (at least a half hour) wherever I am, and let the car cool (not overheating), but some wire / sensor is obviously acting up, and once it sits, it fires up like nothing is wrong until you stop again, and then it's a repeat performance as stated above.

I've drove this vehicle for less than 200 000km, and it's been an absolute nightmare; this is the ZX3 model.

I've replaced fuel pump / fuel filter for $1100 bucks.

I've replaced entire PCV system, hose, elbow and valve.

I've replaced EGR valve and hoses.

Replaced plugs and wires.

Cleaned the throttle body, and the mass air flow sensor.

Hood latch sticks and has to be opened / closed with a screwdriver.

Driver's seat has worn out.

Clutch is notchy / shifting is shifty at best.

New front brake rotors / pads and calipers.

New front tires and new rear tires.

New brake lines.

New fuel lines.

Battery light comes on and flickers out.

Crank position sensor.

Coolant position sensor.

New battery and terminals.

I don't even remember everything else; I'm exhausted just typing this out, and thinking about it.

General Comments:

When the car works well, it works well, but it's when it doesn't work that is the real nightmare.

The car handles very well, stops well, accelerates decent, and gets great gas mileage.

The cabin has a great design and feels spacious inside.

The hatch is awesome; incredible amount of room.

However, for the above "good points", the "bad is just not worth it", and the Zetec has many known issues that basically seem to be uncorrectable.

It seems that when you replace 1 part, something else goes wrong, and after you fix that, then you are back to fixing the first part that you replaced 2 months ago.

Ford had a great idea of a car here, and everything could have been great, however, with all of these issues, and who knows what else that hasn't been diagnosed, it's just not worth it.

I wouldn't buy this car again, and I doubt I'd buy anything else that is "Ford related".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th June, 2012

1st Jul 2012, 18:34

So you're complaining about a vehicle that has well-over 200,000 KM and over 11 years of service under the belt, about it stalling? What do you expect? These sort of things happen in a used car.

2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 TDCi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.8 TDCi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo


Good enough car, no customer care, and an arrogance to go with it


Apart from normal ie battery replaced 2009.

Can anyone tell me why genuine Motorcraft Oil Filters have disintegrated (2 in a row, causing the engine to lose oil rapidly)?

The car has been serviced all its life, including a new filter each time at 10K miles instead of the 12.5K recommended by Ford, by Ford dealerships.

So much for having to use Motorcraft genuine parts, never again.

They must be made from crap metal; I've never had any make of filter in any car ever do this before.

It has a Unipart filter fitted from today, and no more dealership servicing either; typical of FORD to not want to know.

General Comments:

Ford has the worst record of customer care! And not only in my experience, Google it.

They have the cheek to say you have 3 years warranty, when in reality years 2 & 3 cover very little.

"Sorry, that's not covered" seems to be the well rehearsed response at dealerships.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th June, 2011

2001 Ford Focus SE from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance72000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


Cute, but extremely unreliable!


Starter, changed ignition twice, multiple tire blowouts (not from operator error), belt, alternator, three new batteries, etc...

General Comments:

Finally I had to sell it for $200 to a junk yard with only 72000 miles. There were so many little issues with it. I had two different mechanics look at it; something happened that it would need a new engine (approx $1800), which it wasn't even worth. They said it just happens with the model & there was nothing I could have done to prevent it.

My boyfriend had it the first years, and I drove the last two years & hated it, thank god for AAA. I do have to say that we drove San Diego to Miami with no problems in route! I won't buy Ford again, that car was such a headache!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th May, 2010

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 128 reviews