2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 Zetec from North America
No problems at all.
Gas pedal is too small and to the right to down-shift properly while braking. New pedals should help.
The torquey Zetec engine feels like it has a lot more guts than 130 HP suggests.
The handling is very predictable with quick turn in and a smooth transition to controlled understeer under throttle. No bump steer is evident.
Suspension provides excellent driver feedback under cornering. It loads up smoothly with no sudden weight transfer to the outside wheels or front to back.
Steering could be a little firmer but is communicative.
Wish it came with a limited slip differential gear.
Yet: the engine is very quiet at low RPM and the ride is firm yet smooth. No rattles or buzzes.
It is a blast to drive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th February, 2001