2004 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0 dual cam zetec from North America
My worst car ever... beats my '83 Cavalier for most trouble
At 40k had to have the transmission fluid changed - it is synthetic and cost close to $200.
1st thing to go out was the ignition lock - It had to be taken to the dealer due to the anti-theft chip in the key. This was around $500.
Next at 48k the alternator went out; tried to change it myself, but it is held in place by the motor; had to have it towed for the engine to be jacked-up to install it. Cost around $700 (the first alternator purchased worked for one day; had to have another installed right after having the car towed to complete the first installation).
57k - The thermostat housing is plastic and cracked, leaking coolant from several places. Average cost to replace is around $300. The head gasket is also beginning to leak oil.
Car is too slow and gets terrible gas mileage for a small 4 cyl. Average is around 23/24. As the car ages, the mileage gets worse... took a trip and couldn't even get 30 mpg on the highway.
Interior is cheap and beginning to degrade around the windows and at the hatchback. It is somewhat comfortable, but not for multiple passengers or big people.
Don't get the 16" wheels - they are an odd size and hard to find inexpensively.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th April, 2010
30th Apr 2010, 18:37
Funny, I purchased a 2004 Ford Focus wagon brand new in 2004. The only thing I ever had to change beyond the oil was the brakes and the tires. I never changed the timing belt, drive belts, transmission fluid, coolant, spark plugs or air filter for 143,000 miles. Never had a single problem. And I will be the first to admit that I did not take care of it.