2001 Ford Focus ZX3 Zetec from North America
Reminds me of the heyday of the BMW 2002
I bought this car for my wife, but I find I want to drive it whenever I can. It's a ball to drive! I drive a 5 series BMW, but we take the Focus on family outings.
I opted for the 16 inch wheels with 205/50/16's and the handling is nothing short of magnificent. On our first road trip, (wife two kids, luggage) I found it to be sluggish in the passing lane, until I figured out that one must downshift from 5th to 3rd, not 5th to 4th. Now I simply downshift into 4th when I prepare to pass, and drop it into third when I make my move.
The steering is wonderfully responsive and the car behaves wonderfully in a slide. Entrance ramps are a joy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2001