2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L 16v Zetec 4 cylinder from North America


An all around good unique car for the price


Well as soon as I stopped at the nearest gas station to fill up after leaving the dealership, I flipped the console light on just to check it out and the switch just broke off. I also hear a rattling sound on the dash.

General Comments:

Other than the minor problem I had, the ZX3 is great. It rides very smooth on its independent suspension. Very roomy for someone like myself of 6'3. I like the comfort of the seats and armrest also. The exterior and interior have a unique and appealing look that pleases me.

Its performance is not what I expected though, I previously owned an Acura Integra which had a 1.8L 16v dual overhead cam four-cylinder motor. Which has is smaller than the Focus, yet the Integra felt and seemed like it had more power. The Focus steering and handling are superb, and very similar to my previous car. It took a little bit to get used to the shifting in the Focus, because from first to third gear it doesn't have any get up and go. The gears are so far apart.

The Focus ZX3 has a great deal of extras that really lead me to buy the car: stereo CD, 16" rims, fog lights, remote locks, titanium interior trim, 3 cup holders (ahh cup holders, Integra had none), and plenty of storage compartments. One thing Ford could have thrown in, chrome exhaust tip!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd November, 2001

31st Jan 2002, 13:30

Don't be fooled by this guy. The ZX3 is an exceptional vehicle for the dollar. I purchased a ZX3 with only A/C as an option. Tons of things were standard that are not on other vehicles (great C/D stereo, leather steering wheel cover, fog lamps, THREE CUP HOLDERS "whatever", they're there).

ACURA's are pieces of crap. My ZX3 eats them for late night snacks. The 2.0 is very quick. I have only been smoked cleanly by one car... a Viper! No joke! I have beaten every BMW, and rice eating car on the road from dead stop or highway acceleration. My top speed is limited to 110, but can be overcome with a chip.

If you learn how to drive the car you cannot be beat. Handling is pretty darn good for the stock package, 15 X 60 series tires. Gets even better at higher speeds due to great aerodynamics. I would buy another in a minute. I challenge anyone to find a better car than mine NEW for $12,000.14 out the door. FOCUS OWNERS ROCK!!!

2001 Ford Focus ZX3 from North America


Look nice, but needs the problems straightened out


Since I have had this car, I have had it in the garage three time for fuses blowing and then I have no dash lights and no back lights. I never noticed until I had to drive the car at night. The last time the fuse blew and they fixed it, when I went to pick it up the seat belt would not work. These are the problems with this vehicle.

General Comments:

Nice car, looks great, rides smooth, comfortable, handles good. Too many problems though.

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Review Date: 26th October, 2001

2001 Ford Focus 1.9 turbo diesel from Belgium


Almost a very nice car



General Comments:

Very good handling, stable and safe road behaviour.

Such a nice car, but Ford did not think several things through well enough, such as:

The seats do not sit comfortably.

The cap on the fuel tank is fixed, so that when fueling, the fuel spills on the cap.

Car could be better isolated from exterior noise and engine sounds.

The engine is almost powerless below 2000 RPM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th October, 2001

12th Aug 2002, 23:49

Double overhead cam engines need to be revved up a lot to get the power.

2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0 liter from North America


It absolutely deserves to be named car of the year!


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I love this car! It's one of the greatest compact cars I've seen in a long time. The car drives perfectly and very smooth.

The interior of the car is absolutely gorgeous. The car is very roomy inside and very comfortable.

It is one of those nice sporty type cars everyone in the family can drive and it is a very safe car to drive. The Focus SE has great acceleration and it makes a nice growl on the highway.

The price is reasonable and the car has a great speaker system.

This is a car I recommend everybody to look at because it certainly deserved its spotlight of being the 2001 car of the year!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2001