2002 Ford Focus zx3 2.0 from North America
So far, a very good hatchback
None so far, the car is brand new.
I just hope the reliability is not as bad as it sounds. The main reason I got this car is because it is European engineered, so especially the hatch back shouldn't be too much trouble. Anyway I got the extended warranty with road side assistance so it should be all good.
The best point of the car is its handling, it's just marvelous. The engine is pretty powerful once you are in the third gear, freeway on-ramps are a lot of fun. However the first and second gear are way too slow. Don't expect to race off a red light with this weak torque.
The inside is very roomy and comfortable, the controls are perfect, and the dash board looks very good and well crafted.
There is too much engine noise, driving a brand new 2002 car I would expect it to be perfectly silent. However, the OK sound system covers any disturbances.
It looks much better than those bland Sentras, Civics, or Corollas. As I said reliability might not be as good, but the Focus just seduced me. Anyway I would recommend it to anybody who likes hatchbacks. However, the Focus Sedan is plain ugly and cheap looking. If you are looking to get a sedan get an import.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st October, 2002