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.

General Comments:

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

2001 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 Zetec from North America




The previous owner put crappy aftermarket spark plug wires on it and one failed; the car started idling high because one of the wires was arcing. Changed the wires and that is literally all I have had to do.

General Comments:

I enjoy driving this car much more than my GF's 98 civic, it handles better and has required less maintenance. In the 50k miles or so I have owned it, all I have had to do is change the oil and tires. It handles better than any other small car I have driven. Really solid deal.

I guess there was a reason it was the number 1 car in the world for a while. If they had the hot rod version in the US, I would buy it in a second.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2009

24th Oct 2009, 22:11

Having driven both a Civic and a Focus, there is no contest for me: The Focus is twice the car the Civic was. The Civic was sold for scrap at less than 100,000 miles.

25th Oct 2009, 17:46

Ummmmm...yeah, OK.

You'll need good luck with that Focus if it ever develops a problem with the charging system, or other electrics. Seems as though Ford STILL doesn't know how to make electrical systems that actually work. I would rather drive a Honda any day of the week. BYE!!

2001 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Fantastic hatchback!


Only particular fault I had with the car was complete electrical failure on two occasions in wet weather. This was obviously potentially hazardous and fault was never really found. It never re-occurred though...

General Comments:

There is a reason there are so many on the roads - it's an excellent car in almost every way.

Styling is love or hate, but you gotta applaud Ford for being a bit adventurous back in the late 90s.

The handling of the car, especially on the stiffer sprung Zetec is absolutely superb. You always feel in total control, and there is very little body roll, so the grip levels are amazing, especially with some half-decent tyres.

Performance-wise the 1.6 is surprisingly quick, though it does need lots of revs to overtake or accelerate swiftly. There is good torque low-down too, and the engine can be very economical (42mpg everyday driving, more on long cruises).

The cabin is comfortable, and build quality is excellent - very few rattles. Everything is laid out logically. Seats are maybe a bit hard, but good support.

A small complaint is Ford radio is a double DIN, so you need a slightly ugly blanking plate for fitting an aftermarket unit. Plenty of room for 5 adults, boot is good size. Load capacity with seats down is enormous!

Running costs are excellent - can't comment on main dealer prices, but probably best to get independent garages to use Ford parts for cheapest repairs. Insurance is cheap, tax is fairly low bracket too.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I needed a bog standard hatchback. I would be very interested to try the 2 litre ST170 for a combination of practicality and performance!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2009

27th May 2012, 02:38

Well I have had my 1.6 Zetec Ghia since 2003 (new in 01), and have just clocked 135,000 miles. I'd recommend one to anyone. The standard model though seems too basic.

Reasonable maintenance costs, and the fact that you don't have to be tied to a main dealer, have meant this has been the one car in twenty odd tears of driving that I've wanted to keep forever. Despite its age and living outdoors a lot, the bodywork is good. In all that time I've only had to have the water pump done, and basic stuff like tyre replacement. It's still running on the original factory fitted exhaust.

27th May 2012, 16:33

After a horrible experience with a Honda Civic, we bought a new 2001 Ford Focus ZX-3. It was an absolutely awesome car. It was smooth, fast and very solidly built. We loved it, and never had any trouble with it. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting a fast, reliable and very well-built used car.