2004 Ford Focus Station-wagon SE 2.0L SOHC from North America
40 MPG gasoline station-wagon
Funny noise at idle speed when the clutch is up (sort of rattle snake).
Intermittent wipers stopped where they are when I put them at off (front only).
CD player sometimes jumps.
Tires were too small for my concept of a comfortable family automobile.
I put on 205-70R14 tires (about 9.7% bigger in term of distance and 7.8% in RPM), which upgrade the comfort to the Taurus/Malibu class, but decrease the available power. No proof that I'm saving more than 5% in gas mileage after a 1 month experiment
In term of gas mileage I got:
City from 37 - 42 MPG.
Road from 38 - 43 MPG.
City from 30 - 36 MPG.
Road from 33 - 38 MPG (Quebec).
Let said that I'm always driving between 1,000 and 2,500 RPM (max: 70 mph) and most of the time on mexican overdrive in the city (50%).
I've got all the statistics for 1 year prior. See 40mpg.org Focus for my techniques.
It's a Ford, so you don't expect to have Japanese fancier gadgets like a Nissan, but when you go for maintenance, it's much cheaper and as good...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th April, 2005
26th Apr 2005, 12:27
Sorry for my spelling, I also got a hissing noise from the air vents (probably a maple leaf stuck somewhere inside..;)
Never went back to my dealer for any trouble/maintenance, a good guy anyway.
It's really not the sportive package with the slugging base DOHC engine, but I got great fuel economy (6.34l/100km combined 1 year average).