2001 Ford Focus Zetec 3dr. 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Beware the competition..


About 500 miles after picking up my car, the engine cooling fan started running constantly, and the temp. gauge hit the top. The dealer initially suspected a faulty sender unit, but it turned out to be a blown core plug, of all things, and the engine management system was defaulting to 'safe' mode. It was somewhat disconcerting to see my nice car's engine in bits after such a short time of ownership, but it seems O.K. now.

There is a slight creaking noise from the rear end when I go over speed humps, the dealer says it's the suspension 'and they all do that'...really!

Radio reception is poor, medium wave especially; I should check out the aerial connection.

General Comments:

Although they are everywhere, the Focus is an attractive choice, especially in 3 door format. It performs and handles brilliantly, is quite well fitted, and I'm sure will prove reliable, despite the initial glitch. I'm achieving 37 M.P.G. in my auto.

I don't like the seats, and end up with backache after a long drive.

Only one remote locking key is supplied, and apparently spares are impossible to get. A spare non-remote key will set you back £18.

One of Britain's top-selling cars justifies the hype: it's good, very good, but there's a new Astra, and a new Golf, and they may be even better...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd May, 2004

2001 Ford Focus SE from North America


A very costly, somewhat difficult car


Fan belt continues to make a squeak noise after repeatedly bringing it to Ford.

Each time after foot is released from brake, it makes a squeak, as Ford said nothing is wrong with the brakes.

Inside light switch fell off and after asking Ford to fix it, service has not been done.

Recall on gas pump, however, Ford did not check the recall on my car after I had told them about engine hesitation which continues to occur.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car, however, there have been countless problems which Ford will not fix, even though that had said they would.

Focus is a very comfortable, roomy car and is excellent to have as a teenager to drive friends around.

Great summer car.

At times, Focus seems to have great gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2004

21st Dec 2008, 16:54

I have a '97 Mercury Tracer (predecessor to your car) and my brakes also make a squeak noise when you take you foot off the pedal. It's just a little annoying more than anything. It doesn't seem to be causing any real problems.

2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0 from North America


A pile of crap


My rack & pinion steering had to be replaced at 25,000 miles.

The fuel pump went bad 32,000 miles.

The 50,000 mile tires Ford put on the vehicle needed replaced at 33,000 miles.

The alternator went bad at 33,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car has been nothing, but trouble since I purchased it.

I wanted a reliable car because I was going back to school and would not be working. Although Ford has been good about replacing the parts under warranty, I do not like to be stranded when something goes wrong with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2004

15th Jul 2004, 01:02

Sorry you have had trouble. Is this an American supplied car? I've seen lots of complaints about US spec cars, but the European cars seem to be fine.

12th Dec 2006, 09:10

That is because the Euro cars have different engines and fuel systems. The Zetec engine is garbage. The Ecotec and Duratec engines are fine. I wrote the "Gene Simmons" review. I still have the car. I still hate it. It has gone through yet another fuel pump because they replaced it with the same design that was flawed in the first place. I loathe Ford and will never buy any Ford product again.

2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0L 16v Zetec from North America


Very nice car for value and money


Battery cable severely blistered and need replacement.

Excessive brake dust on front wheels.

Rear drums make strange noises.

Idle is a bit erratic when car is in neutral or parked - could be problem with fuel pump or possibly MAF sensor.

Car chokes and shuts off when making hard right turns up hills on 1/4 tank of gas.

Automatic shifting is not very smooth.

General Comments:

Great handling, very nimble.

Good gas mileage.

Nice clean look and design of interior and exterior.

Build quality is somewhat better than most.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th February, 2004