2003 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 TDCi 115PS from UK and Ireland
Car is great, but dealers and quality spoil it
Squeak from tailgate
Intermittent clonking and vibration from rear end.
Uneven front tyre wear.
Great car to drive, but ownership experience is ruined by truly awful dealers and a few quality issues.
115 PS TDCi engine is a match for the 130 PS unit in my old Golf due to the Focus being 200kg lighter. Ford unit is more refined too.
Fun to drive with fantastic handling and great "feel", especially through the steering. Feels sportier than the Golf.
Dealers are hopeless. Tried three, and none can fix the clonking rear end which occasionally makes alarming grating noises over bumps. All rate the front tyre wear which sees the outer edges bald whilst the rest of the tyre has 3mm of tread remaining as "normal". None can fix a simple rattling tailgate.
To be fair, VW dealers were no better, and the Golf was less reliable, but that's no excuse. Car buyers deserve better.
Will go Japanese next time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th July, 2004