2001 Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec 5Dr 1.6 Zetec petrol from UK and Ireland


Family car surprises with superb handling


Nothing as of yet I haven't had the focus long, but will update as it gets older.

OK maybe one small thing, the boot lamp is hanging out and missing its bulb. I believe the dealer may have done this for two reasons, either he had the boot open on display and disconnected it to avoid draining the battery, or it stays on when the boot is closed and drains the battery overnight.

General Comments:

We had a Citroen Saxo 1.1ix 3dr before this, whilst that saxo was a good stepping stone, it is now very much forgotten.

The Focus is a superb family car with sharp handling, superb poise and balance, with the slightest hint of body roll before the tyres break their grip with the road.

The 1.6 Zetec engine is frugal, it is using only slightly more fuel than my old 1.1. There is no need to rev the engine excessively to obtain the speed limits (and pass them!), thanks to a smooth power band and torque output.

The dash is an acquired taste, thankfully it is much better than previous vehicles, being made from better plastics, dial heater controls with A/C, a CD player and radio with satellite controls at the steering column. The steering wheel is suitably chunky, and has the right contours for exactly where you are going to put your hands when you're driving. The dials are clear and well illuminated during the hours of darkness.

The cabin space is impressive when you consider the size of the Focus. The seats are well bolstered in the Zetec model, and hold you firmly as you use the throttle to control yourself gliding round those twisty roads. The boot is capable of holding a pram and shopping, and has a low bumper level to aid access.

The wheels are 15" 5 spoke alloys, shod with Michelin rubber, allowing for smooth and quiet motorway composure.

Overall I am pleased with the new car, it is easy on the eye, and even though you do see loads of these on the road, I still have pride in my own vehicle, I feel it is the first "real" car I have owned. I was more impressed with the three door shape, but now I bought a five door, for family reasons, I have changed my mind.

Next model will be Focus ST170, then RS, then Cosworth (there is a cosworth focus in the pipeline).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2003

13th May 2011, 06:05

Hi there.

I have a Ford Focus 2001 model, but I've had it for two years, and it gave me a problem; it blew the valve and I replaced the whole set. I bought the cylinder head gasket and took the cylinder head to the technicians, but it is not running, so I would like you to advise me what I can do?

I have bought everything that was damaged, and only the parts that are written Ford only.

Your help will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

Paul Maduke


2001 Ford Focus Collection 1.8i petrol from UK and Ireland


Well done Ford, what a drivers car



General Comments:

After my previous cars:

Ford Mondeo ST24

VW Golf VR6.

I thought this might be a bit tame and boring only being a 1.8 but was I surprised. I might not be the quickest car around, but the handling is so amazing, coupled with traction control, you feel that you can throw it into any corner quicker than the car behind you.

As it is the special edition of the Zetec it comes with a cracking Ford fitted full bodykit and alloys which really do make it stand out from all other Focuses that are around.

Only insurance group 7 is also a major bonus!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2003

2001 Ford Focus SE from North America


This is the worse car ever made


Four months after I purchased the vehicle, I had to take it in because of a burning smell the car was creating. After 4 attempts, the problem was finally fixed.

About 8 months after purchasing the car, I started hearing a grinding noise from the front end. I took the car in for repair, was not fixed, dealer did not know what was wrong with it. After the 4th time of taking it in, it has yet to be fixed.

I had the rotors turned twice in one month and then they were replaced at 30000 miles.

I just recently received another recall on the vehicle that I have to take it in on again, which is so inconvenient.

General Comments:

Ford needs to really consider taking these cars off the market completely until they get them fixed and safe to drive. I would not recommend this car to my worst enemy and I would love to sell it, but I would lose so much money that I can't afford it. Ford really needs to work on the value and quality of this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th March, 2003