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.
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