2002 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 28 of 28

2002 Ford Focus Zetec 1.6i from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6i Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance2600 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Great looks and handling and comfort

Faults:

Having had the car 3 Months I haven't experienced any faults at all.

General Comments:

The car is a joy to drive. It is both comfortable and has plenty of room in both the front and back. Mine is the Zetec 1.6i 5 door. It came complete with air con, single cd, alloys and metallic paint. The 2002 model has added extra black bumper strips both front ad rear. Also changes to the front end bumper and headlight unit. There is a distinctive look of both the Mondeo and Galaxy. Ford seem to have given this profound look to all of their new model range including the all new Fiesta!.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2002

2002 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21 miles
Most recent distance700 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

An all round good car, that is well engineered and put together

Faults:

There is a very slight rattle that has developed somewhere within the passenger door panel. Though not a big deal, I HATE RATTLES, so I will be taking it to get it sorted soon.

General Comments:

I think the fact that this is my second Focus says it all. My previous one was a 99 Zetec model in Aquafrost with the 1.6 litre engine. My current one is also the Zetec, but I now have the Panther Black with a 1.8 litre engine. The difference in performance is highly noticeable, but so is the fuel consumption. The extra fuel being used MAY be due to the fact that I am still running it in and the engine is still a little tight. I hope it is anyway! The 1,6 used to cost approx 11 pence per mile in fuel, whereas this one is quite a bit more. My most recent fill up was from 112 miles, and it was £8.60 at 73.9 per litre.

The handling is just as good as the last one, even though the tires on the new one are of a higher profile. The standard 195's will soon be replaced with a set of good 205's, as this makes a phenomenal difference to the handling capabilities of the vehicle. As standard though, the cornering and the agility of the car easily matches that of a BMW. Ford have done an excellent job with the chassis.

The changes to this model are fantastic. The new headlite design looks excellent, as does the change to the grille and bumpers. The inside changes are small yet appealing, including a new seat fabric design, a redesigned center console with improved cup holders, and a relocated pen holder which is not obscured my the handbrake. It also includes a rear 12 volt electrical socket.

Other improvements include covers for the sun visor mirrors, the rear wiper comes on when reverse gear is selected and the front wipers are in use, there is a lite in the glove compartment, the courtesy lite still dims, but quicker than the last model, the audible lites-on warning sounds much more pleasant, there is a CD player as standard (though I have my own Kenwood sound system installed including 2 x 12 inch Subs in the boot in a custom made box), and engine/road noise seems less intrusive.

I am disappointed that the alloy wheels are the same as on the previous model. I would have preferred a new design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2002

2002 Ford Focus Zetec Collection 1.4i 16v Zetec SE from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4i 16v Zetec SE Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance2850 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

How could they possibly improve it?

Faults:

The rear wiper was squeaky, because the mechanism was too close to the glass. A new wiper arm was fitted after 8 days.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute dream to drive. The handling is superb. The cornering ability is excellent. It's very sure footed. This model has the sports suspension setup, along with sports front seats.

The performance is excellent also. Mid range acceleration is great, and it feels very confident.

The specification level is very high. Elect Windows/Mirrors/Sunroof, Remote C/L, 15" Alloys, Front Fog Lights, Rear Spoiler, Chrome Exhaust & Chrome Grille. Leather steering wheel, etc. etc.

There are no exterior signs to tell this car, from a 2.0i Focus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2002

6th Jul 2002, 12:05

Are you sure your focus is a zetec collection? Its just I always thought that all collections have a 1.8 litre Zetec E engine.

6th Nov 2002, 06:52

The 2.0 zetec Focus comes with 16 inch alloys, so anyone who knows the Focus will know you haven't got a 2.0.

2.0 Ghia's only have 15 inch alloys.

But all 2.0's have rear disc brakes as standard.

23rd Mar 2003, 18:02

That's right, anyone who knows the Focus will agree that 2.0 litre versions have infact got discs all-round. Oh, the 2.0 also has a larger exhaust than say, a 1.4. Good car!

23rd Nov 2003, 16:15

I have just purchased a Focus Collection, 1.8i, so far I have no problems (touch wood), has anyone came across anything so far.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 90 reviews