2002 Ford Focus TDCi 1.8 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


I would never buy Ford again


Injectors had to be replaced at 58500.

Dual mass flywheel had to be replaced at 59000.

Car frequently stalls during first few miles, no problem once warm. Dealers unable to find fault.

Front tyres wear quickly.

General Comments:

It's a very fast car.

Nothing special about the economy.

Parts are a reasonable price.

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

Review Date: 28th May, 2011

2002 Ford Focus Zetec 2.0 DOHC from North America


Worth only its weight in scrap metal!


Replaced front and rear brakes completely. Front rotors warped again since.

At 115k, the horn stopped working.

At 120k, the interior lights stopped working. Replaced bulbs, but still did not work.

At 130k, the right front blinker stopped working (not bulb).

At 130k, the passenger door handle stopped working from the outside of the door.

At 140k, one of the front springs cracked and had to replace both.

At 145k, replaced drive belt and tensioner.

At 160k, rear muffler pipe rusted through.

At 160k, failed first emissions test, and barely passed after changing air filter, plugs, oil and fuel line cleaner.

At 175k, the radiator pump housing blew.

At 180k, the rear wheel bearings had to be replaced.

At 188k, the cat converter clogged up and blew exhaust manifold gasket.

General Comments:

This thing is a lemon. I could have bought a very nice car with the money I spent on this. Don't think I'll risk buying a Ford again.

Gas isn't too bad.

Handles pretty good.

Not a very quick car though.

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

Review Date: 16th March, 2011

2002 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 FI from North America


Problem, after problem, after problem.


Drip leak from the head gasket.

Brake caliper bolts.

O2 sensor (upstream) default.

Water pump & thermal housing "KAPUT"!

A constant vibration after NEW tires & rims.

Voltage fluctuation (dimming lights/flicker).

Trunk starts to NOT stay up.

Molding separation inside vehicle.

Hoses coming off.

Door handle (lock out of vehicle).

Bulbs >> brake, fog & center brake light.

Sunroof motor.

General Comments:

This Focus has been WELL taken care of, just have to keep a constant maintenance that gets quite expensive.

The battery however has been a die hard battery (NOT a DIEHARD); it's the original.

Consistent balancing the tires..

Exhaust system readily expensive and ready to go now!!


Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2011

8th Mar 2011, 09:02

That's par for the course with any car that's 9 years old and has done about 150000 miles.

2002 Ford Focus SVT from North America


Great bang for the buck... very underrated car


I am only now replacing my clutch, and it's only $300. I have been driving this thing like a race car, and it has just responded to all I throw at it, including reliability.

General Comments:

If you want a car that doesn't break down under performance usage, and you haven't got 25000 plus to spend, then a used SVT is a great choice.

Sure, things will go on them, but it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to fix, plenty of parts around, and it's nice keeping up with guys who just blew 35000 when you only spent 6000. Safe to say you have plenty of room for repairs, and they are SO fun to drive, my wife doesn't want to drive her new car anymore once she tried the SVT...

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

Review Date: 5th February, 2011

2002 Ford Focus Trend Estate 1.6 ZETEC from Finland


I wish it was a premium car


Had to change a back strut bearing after 40000 miles.

Putting the shift stick in reverse can be a hassle sometimes. The stick tends to "jump out" into neutral if you give it some gas.

Rust sadly. The 12-year guarantee is a joke. This one rusts like any other old Escort.

General Comments:

My Focus is hands down a great car.

As you can see above, the workers of the Saarlouis factory clearly had a better day when they assembled my Focus.

The handling is the best thing with this car. The chassis ain't anything spectacular per se. Regular fine-tuned Ford parts from the shelves and light weight makes this car very enjoyable and communicative to drive.

The engine is also a quite enjoyable experience. Ford somehow managed to make the engine reasonably quiet under 3000 rpm, but if you floor it, the engine starts to accelerate and scream in a manner that would make a Corolla blush. I do have to say I enjoy this little extra effort from Ford.

The interior. I love it. Many people hate it. It looks cheap, it probably was cheap to build and it feels cheap. This isn't exactly the best thing with the car. Although, the setup inside is extremely logical and every button serves its purpose.

The seats are great for trips under 100 miles. Longer trips than that... take the Volvo. This is also a love-hate thing, because you sit very upright and the seating position is more like a MPV than a sports car.

Now, lets talk about the space! There's so much space inside this small car. The estate is phenomenal - everything fits in this car. Tubas, drunk passengers, lumber, tons of skis... and everything at the same time!

To sum it up. This car is equilibrium, because everything is so damn well balanced. You wouldn't want to change to a bigger engine, it would spoil the handling. You wouldn't want to change the seats, it would spoil the roominess inside. See where I am going?

DonĀ“t be fooled by its weird design. This car is much more mature than many of the cars manufactured by premium car makers. This car is an extreme example of logic and pragmatism with a light touch of well... going on a small road 50 mph a spring evening, I am not sure I would rather drive an Audi or a BMW. Because right there... this car would feel so right.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2010