2001 Ford Focus from North America
Price is high and quality is low
Front passenger tire split after 600 miles.
Refuses to start on cold (30 degrees or below) days. Battery is new.
ERG had to be replaced after 25000 miles.
Passenger side rim had to replaced after we hit a small pothole.
Brake pads and rotors replaced twice.
Fan belt squeals, even after tightening.
This car is fairly economical as far as gas mileage is concerned.
The trunk is very roomy, great for shopping sprees.
It handles well in snow and rainy conditions.
However, the engine is too small for the body size.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2003
21st Jul 2004, 10:49
I have a 2002 focus zts. has same problem at 30 degrees or below, must crank engine several times before starting.
In shop so long (19) days, weather warmed up, never knew if they fixed it, although they said they replaced fuel pump. waiting for this winter to see if problem reappears...
If it doesn't.. by by focus, hello Honda.
12th Sep 2005, 15:40
Having trouble starting on cold days? Try plugging the oil pan warmer in. If the car didn't come with one, it's a cheap addition, but it's generally a standard for cars purchased up north. And make sure when you get your oil changed they are putting in the 5w30 not 10w30. Not much of a difference, but the one time I brought it to a shop to have the oil changed they replaced it with the incorrect oil weight, and it was rough starting the next day. (Only had the incorrect oil in one day, brought it back to the shop)
Brake pads and rotors are normal wear and tear items, but if it's only been after a few thousand miles, put on better quality pads. I have a focus and have not yet needed new rotors, and have replaced brake pads three times and I have over 100,000 miles on my 2001.
The only thing I have had need to be fixed with mine is the electric starter (goes on EVERY Ford vehicle I have EVER had within the fort 20,000 miles).