2002 Ford Focus ZTS from North America


It looks great, but has many issues


When I first bought the car in June of 2002, everything was great. However, by August of 2003, I had to replace the tires. Then in Feb. of 2004, the PFE sensor went out. Also the passenger back door would not shut and the driver's side back door would not open. The dealership fixed it, but only for a little while. Then in August of 2004, I had 4 new tires put on the car because they were all badly worn (I have them rotated every oil change). Then in September of 2004, I had the car back into the dealership because of the back doors. They told me that it could not be fixed. Then in March of 2005, the recall came out for the back doors. Just last week, I had 4 new tires put on (same problem as before). Also about a month ago, my fuel cap light came on as did my check engine light. Checked my fuel cap and it was fine.

General Comments:

Overall, I love the look of the car, but I think that it is not the best car to buy. I certainly would not recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2005

8th Sep 2005, 20:36

I agree, definetly keep your tires rotated. If you are just looking for a wear pattern, it's probably cheeper to get a wheel alignment then to wear out your tires finding out if your alignment is off.

Good luck and buckle up.

15th Sep 2005, 06:50

I have a 2001 Ford Focus ZTS, I have had many problems and recalls. I am about to buy my third set of tires. I have 75,000 miles and I bought the car Nov of 2002.

I have had the back door lock fixed (recall), the fuel pump, this was another famous problem that they denied was a problem. I would complain and bring the car in, I would actually loose power on turns and almost got into a few accidents.

The spring coils are shot and until they are completely broke they will not honor the 10 yr warranty that was issued but, they refuse to call it a recall.

I like the car, but would not recommend ford to any one.

The tires are the car!! You need to rotate almost every oil change as well as alignments. The tires are expensive 205/50-16 are performance tires, this is not a corvette.

2002 Ford Focus SE from North America


Great dependability and affordable!


The most recent (and one of the only) problem is that the back passenger window falls down! When my brother-in-law looked at it he said it was the regulator or something like that. I heard it was around $200 to fix and me being a college student, I had to find a way around it. So there is a wooden stick holding the window up from the inside. It works great if you don't open and close that door too often!

There is a rattling noise on the dash. I can't figure out where it's coming from. It's annoying, but harmless.

The fuse to the lighter thing went out. So I can't plug in any adapters/chargers. I could probably inexpensively get this fixed, but I'm not going to bother with it.

General Comments:

This car makes awesome U-Turns! I park my car along the curb of my house and have to turn around everyday. It flawlessly makes the U-Turn. If I am in my dad's car (a luxurious 2002 Mazda 626 that he's paying WAY too much for) I have to back it up a million times.

I can go about 250 miles before filling up again and it takes on average 20.00. (well used to... not anymore because of the HIGH gas prices!)

For the price I paid for it (7,900 I think) this car cannot be beat!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 2005