2003 Ford Focus MP3 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Pure driving pleasure!
Central locking on drivers door failed, repaired immediately by dealer.
Tailgate developed rattle, dealer adjusted it at service.
Rattle from behind instrument panel, not yet repaired.
Not the quickest 1.8 on the road, but it can still put a smile on your face when you give it some! Handling is excellent, better than both the Golf & Astra, it just loves cornering. Ride comfort is good, even though it comes with 17" low profile tyres as standard.
Interior trim quality could be better, but does seem well put together. Interior cabin space is good, boot space is also good.
Fuel economy is OK providing you keep below 3000rpm which is easier said than done! On average I get between 28-30MPG, a hell of a lot less if you cane it though.
On the whole it delivers everything you ask of it and a little bit more!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2005
Update from original reviewer.
Now up to 60k miles, owned from 8k. still as good as gold. Have so far only had to pay out for a new suspension coil spring, due to a huge pot hole (not cars fault!) and a light bulb for the dipped beam in the near 5 years of ownership. So been a very trusty reliable motor. No creaks or squeaks or rattles, far better than my previous VW's that never even made it to this mileage.
Upgrading to a new ST, so unfortunately it's got to go, but it will be a sad farewell, and hope it brings some joy to its new owner :)