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.
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!!!