2002 Ford Focus ZX3 zetec from North America


An okay small sporty car with minor issues


At 50,000 valve gasket leak - easy fix $15.

Transmission cooler went too; not so easy. $260 dollars at a dealer.

My fog lights and cruise control no longer work; living without it for now.

Tires are expensive when need changing with 16 inch rims.

General Comments:

Other than the things that have gone wrong above, and the typical brake issues, my Focus is very reliable.

It could do a little better on gas however because I can only get 250 miles on a full tank with mixed driving. Maybe it needs a tune up.

I love my Focus's styling; very sporty in the Pitch Black, and surprisingly on hot summer days it still has a new car scent.

I think it handles really well; it feels like you're driving a bigger car and the sound system has A lot OF BASS! It's a 2001 and people ask me if it's new. I would recommend a newer one with less miles.

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

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0 from North America


It is a great car!


I blew a head gasket two weeks after I bought my Focus.

I had small problems after that with the air conditioning and the radiator.

But I bought the car used.

General Comments:

Although I had these problems, the car runs great. I drove it to San Diego, and from where I live that is 600 miles. So the car is great, and with the manual transmission, it is even better on gas and more fun to drive. It is great for college students to afford to buy and drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2008

2002 Ford Focus SE 2.0L Split Port from North America


Good on gas, bad on the mind (the vibrations and windows make me mad)


When I bought the car, the driver's side rear window didn't work. A couple of days ago while at school, I hit the button for the opposite rear window and the window slid down, and now it isn't functioning properly (I guess it may be off track) the car vibrates, sometimes to the point that I will turn up the radio to drown it out.

The great thing is the fuel economy. I drive over 400 miles a week, and the Crown Vic I had before would have bit my wallet.

Also I can only open my trunk with the key or the key fob.

General Comments:

It handles good, except in windy or wet weather.

The vibrations are extremely annoying.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2007

7th Nov 2007, 11:25

Vibration, noise and poor handling in wet conditions point to the tires. Have them checked for belt separation, uneven wear, flat spots and balance.

1st Dec 2007, 07:42

The vibrations were due to a broken motor mount -- 132 to fix... The car has a pretty high center of gravity too, that is the wind part, wet weather -- probably the tires.

11th Mar 2008, 17:03

My 2002 Focus scares me when the road is wet, it has taken me places where I did not want to go, hydroplaning into the borrow pit.

I also have replaced the tires way too soon 80k tires at 50k. I started replacing tires so that I could stay on the road.

The car acts weird when the road is wet.

I have had 2 windows relays go bad.

2 front struts have been replaced. and 1 more has gone bad and is in need of a fix.

My Focus has 152k on it.

2002 Ford Focus ZX3 Zetec from North America


Very stylish, quick, and good base for upgrades


Just replaced brakes.

General Comments:

I got this car as a graduation present after looking for one for almost 6 months, and I LOVE IT! it handles amazing, I have since done suspension, brake, exterior, performance upgrades (which is a good tuner car) but even stock it was very nice. I have driven 2 automatics and I say the manual is WAY more fun. its very quick and seems like a good car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2007

2002 Ford Focus ZX-3 2.0 Zetec from North America


Amazing buy!



General Comments:

The car got up and moved when you asked it to, and handled very well for a hatchback with that shape.

I loved it for long trips it was very comfortable. The only complaint was that the armrest position wasn't very good.

I never had any problems with it, even after putting performance parts on it. It started up every time with no problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2007