2005 Ford Focus ZX5 SES 2.0L from North America
Fun little commuter/trip car, get the manual, lots of cargo space and comfortable
Have owned the car for going on 6 years now, and have done lots of repairs I guess over the years. Outside of the usual maintenance, I'd say the things I've repaired are mainly just wear and tear. 2-3 years ago I did the front control arms and shocks, and had an alternator go out. This year did the thermostat and PCV hose. Have been able to do all the maintenance myself for the most part.
I enjoy this car very much. I specifically chose the manual due to the reviews saying to avoid the automatic and am glad I did. The manual makes it a bit more engaging to drive. I have fun on the highway on ramps. Other than that, it is a basic A to B car.
The SES has nice heated seats, and a sunroof. The hatchback is very roomy; have had an IKEA couch all apart in there, and a full size treadmill fits in there. Can carry 8ft long lumber by sliding it down from the back hatch into the front passenger wheel well. Lots of room; it's now almost as big as the newer crossover SUV vehicles.
All the interior has held up well. The seats were rough when I got it and are supposed to be leather, but feel more vinyl. Has cruise control. Very comfortable; have done multiple long trips in it and have sat for 12hrs driving (with breaks) as the seats are nice. I didn't think I'd own this car for as long as I have, and now when I look for a possible replacement I want to hold onto it even longer. The rust here in Canada has gotten to the sills, so is only a matter of time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th October, 2020