2003 Ford Focus LX 1.6 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
Fun, agile, reliable and practical car
Had a few faults when purchased - needed tracking, spare wheel well had water, and one of the tail lights wasn't working.
Windscreen is scratched.
Carpets got wet as the pollen filter cover got damaged.
Heater fuse kept blowing.
The car had a flat tyre.
Air conditioning isn't that cold.
Back when the Focus was launched I was teenager. I wasn't a fan of its looks, but kept reading reviews of how good it drives.
Fast forward to today and I'm a fan after owning and driving one.
I originally bought this car as a cheap runabout to quickly replace my Fiesta.
Was very cheap, bodywork wasn't the best with rust on the front passenger door and a few dents, but had a solid chassis and underbody. Also it had a stamped service book which showed it had money spent on maintenance, even if it did look a little battered.
It did have a few faults - the tracking needed doing as the steering wheel didn't sit straight, windscreen has a scratch and the air-con wasn't cold.
Ended up spending a fair bit on servicing (cam belt, water pump, PAS fluid, gear oil and A/C) then a bit more on the front suspension to pass the MOT.
Driving wise - the agile chassis and revvy Zetec engine comes into its own. Its well balanced chassis and sharp steering means that on fast flowing A and B roads you can have a lot of fun flinging it and carrying speed through bends.
In town it's OK, doesn't crash over bumps.
Reliability/running costs - same as any other car, keep an eye on the fluids and service regularly. Mine's never given me any grief - driven in town I get about 35 MPG, but on a decent cruise it's 42+ MPG.
Would I buy another? Yes, either another 1.6 or the ST170.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th September, 2018