2001 Ford Focus SE 2.0 Zetec from North America
Solid daily driver that is fun to drive and nice to look at!
Only actual repair done so far was a hole in the exhaust, which made the car a little noisy.
Brakes will probably have to be looked at soon as they feel weak.
Engine temp gauge shows the engine gets very hot for some unknown reason. Only happened twice. Once in a car wash and once after idling in a parking lot for a while. Not really a problem once I start driving; the temp goes back down, but I will have to get this looked at.
Dash makes a squeaking noise, which comes from 2 pieces of plastic rubbing together. This is annoying!
...So as you see, only one small repair so far (exhaust, which was under $300 cdn to fix). The car does have other little problems that need attention, but nothing major yet.
Had the car about 8 months now with no major problems. Bought it as my first car.
Seats are comfortable, plenty of head room for me (over 6 feet), but would prefer a bit more leg room for longer road trips.
Love the style; it has a spoiler and fog lights, and some nice looking 15 inch alloys.
Quick acceleration off the line, and plenty of power to pass on the highway from the 130hp Zetec.
Handles nice! Corners easily, and turns tight in parking lots.
Trunk space is good. I currently have 4 winter tires mounted on steel rims in my trunk waiting for the cold weather.
Rear seat room (sedan) is "okay". I think it could be better.
I also think the fuel consumption could be better, but everyone tells me it's doing okay, so maybe I'm just being greedy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th November, 2009