2003 Ford Focus MP3 2.0 Zetec from UK and Ireland
Good looks, decent reliability, not good for long journeys - noisy wheels and engine
Plastic thermostat housing cracked at about 60,000 miles. Not a cheap part to replace, around £95 (not from a dealer). Apparently quite a common fault.
The rear window got smashed once, and the design of the boot lid means that there is still some glass rattling around, which gets annoying.
Front wheel bearing went at around 60,000 miles.
Nice looking car, but the 17" wheels and low profile (35) tyres are a bad idea anywhere other than on a track. They make every journey uncomfortable, and the road noise is ridiculous at anything above about 50mph, meaning you almost have to shout to your passengers.
The 2.0 litre engine is also very raucous, and you have to rev it above about 4k rpm to get the performance from it. But if you do hold on until about 6.5k, it goes very well; will easily spin the front wheels in the rain on the slightest of curves.
The seats aren't very comfortable - the lack of lumbar support makes any journey over about 30 minutes un-enjoyable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th September, 2010