2001 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 20 of 37

2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0 Zetec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 Zetec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

It is very practical

Faults:

So far not too many thing have gone wrong. I do have a leak in the right wheel well, but that only happens when it rains very hard.

Other than that the rest was just been general maintenance.

General Comments:

My 2001 Ford Focus has been a great car even though it does not really fit me. I am a big guy (bout 6'2" and 250lbs) but I still fit in the car just fine.

The seats are very comfortable over long distances, I have to drive a lot for work and school that means 12 hour trips every couple of weekends.

The car is zippy, but not fast. The handling is great I really enjoy pushing it in the turns.

Over all I really enjoy the car and I think it does what it is made to do very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2005

2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance31000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Fantastic in every way

Faults:

Nothing major - the 2 faults that have occurred are apparently common on many Focuses.

Firstly, the engine fan runs constantly, apparently it should only do this if the air con or heated screen are turned on, but in mine it kicks in as soon as the engine starts.

Also, a spring which returns the gearlever to the neutral position between 3rd and 4th has broken, meaning that the lever sticks and 3rd is sometimes difficult to engage.

Both these problems I haven't got round to fixing and are easily to live with.

General Comments:

I have only had the car for 2 months, but already it has won me over.

The driving position and visibility are excellent, and of course the legendary handling will impress anyone coming out of an Escort. There is a feeling of secureness and stability that has you flinging it round corners and roundabouts, making it great fun to drive.

The ride on the Zetec is quite firm because it has sports suspension, but it never feels harsh.

Delighted with the looks, the Focus has really grown on me, particularly with Zetec alloys, fog lights etc and I quite like the Aquafrost colour, although wasn't sure about it at first.

I would recommend the Focus to anyone - it is just a fantastic car for the money. Try and get one with Climate pack if you can - the heated windscreen is a godsend in winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2004

2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0 4 cylinder. Zetec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder. Zetec Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Reliable, maneuverable, and -extremely- fun to drive!

Faults:

There was a recall on the fuel filter, which was too fine a filter, but I took the car to the dealer and had no problem replacing said filter.

My only other issue with this vehicle was the fact that the back end seems to be so much higher, whether or not I have boosted my seat up. The spoiler does not seem to help with this issue. However, I have learned to work around it, and it is no longer an issue for me.

General Comments:

I got this car for a reliable ride to college classes, and the Ford Focus has delivered exactly that. As an added bonus, the Focus is a sedan that's really a sports car in disguise! It is quick, very playful, and extraordinarily fun to drive, each and every day. Driving to and from class has never been boring with this car. I could never trade it in! This car is my baby!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2004

2001 Ford Focus LX 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Pure driving pleasure, forget Volkswagens

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

A supreme driver's car. Handling is superb and I run out of nerve before the car runs out of grip on a bend. Everything just feels right. The steering is precise and not over assisted giving real feel of what is happening under the wheels. Te driving position feels right and you get out of this car with a smile on your face. It is for driving so go and driver one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 129 reviews