2002 Ford Focus ZTS 2.0 Zetec from North America

Summary:

Ford screwed up my chances of going to college!!!

Faults:

Back doors wouldn't shut at 100k ($500).

Alternator at 100k ($600).

Timing belt at 100k ($400).

Stock stereo went out ($300).

Driver's seat wore out at 100k (still not fixed.. looking at $800).

Back window regulators at 105k ($400).

Overheating at 110k. Was told it was a thermostat ($150).

At 115k, all of my headlights went out; a relay ($250).

Goes through tires and brakes like no one's business (sets of tires are $600, since they are 205/50 R16).

Ignition switch (key stuck in ignition) at 120k ($350).

Ignition coil pack at 128k ($275).

At 140k miles, the timing belt yet again (it shredded) ($800).

Water pump was leaking at the same time; replaced.

At 142k, had to replace both front shocks (coil springs broke) ($400).

143k, coolant fans went out.. had to replace both fans as well as relays ($500).

144k, motor mount and replaced the radiator coolant tank ($350).

148k, replaced all four tires yet again ($695).

148k, brake job all around ($450).

152k, transmission lost PARK, and it doesn't want to shift. Was told we have to do a transmission rebuild.. or a new unit. Rebuild is $1800 or a new one is $2500!!! SO DONE WITH THIS CAR!!!

Oh, and I need new back shocks, which are another $400..

General Comments:

The Focus handles well... but either you can get one with a bad motor or one with a bad transmission.. Avoid 2000-2005 models :( Finding out a lot about recalls.. magically I have the same issues as the recalls, but that my car is not included on them.. and finding out a lot about "silent recalls".. recalls that Ford will fix only if you complained about the issue before your warranty went out, then it's a BIG F U from the blue oval.

The car handles well in dry conditions.. see a raindrop or snowflake.. go ahead and park it.. the car will be all over the place..

Gas mileage is all over the place.. I can get 30 MPG one day, and the next day on the same route, I can get as little at 18-20 MPG.. and with this small gas tank, that is a big hit.

I have leather seats and a great sound system (speakers at least), but somehow Ford skipped the option of ABS!!!

Every time I save enough money to get back into school.. somehow my car finds its way back into my pocket.. The sad thing is I can't even get this clunker away :( This car has screwed over any chance of getting back into school.. THANK YOU FORD!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st December, 2011

1st Jan 2012, 08:52

"Ford screwed up my chances of going to college!!!"

- So sue them!

1st Jan 2012, 16:31

Before you buy your next used car/truck or SUV, please read your annual Consumers Report auto issue that comes out every year in April... it will give you the cars to buy and the cars to avoid. If you are looking for a vehicle for under 4000.00, it only recommends about 13 vehicles... but not even Consumer Reports can tell you what vehicles have been in accidents or have been abused. Pay the 80.00 and get it checked out by a good mechanic. A bad car can cost you more than just money...

2002 Ford Focus Ghia 1.8 TDDi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Cheap hassle free motoring

Faults:

Heater fan speed pack was burnt out when I bought the car.

The rear wash didn't work, but the wiper does.

And after not spotting it in the test drive, one of the alloys had a slight buckle.

All of this was sorted out for £75.00, which is a lot less than my previous car cost in the first week of ownership.

General Comments:

I'm a light user of a car, using it Monday mornings and Friday evenings to commute to work, then at the weekends.

The fuel consumption is excellent at around 51mpg, once I've worked it out on paper.

The seats are supportive, and the controls are in the right position.

The dash lights could be a little brighter, and the L/H headlight could be a little easier to change.

The boot is bigger than my previous car, yet cheaper to insure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2011