Sporty, Fun, But Reliable?
- From the dealership, the driver window was built to allow window to go down lower then normal. When window is down, door makes rattling sound. Extremely loud and noticeable. Dealer says it's in the design.
-About 10K, noticed the doors don't automatically lock anymore. And sunroof one touch button would close, then suddenly and automatically re-open the sunroof. Got it re-programmed.
- Small black plastic underneath door handle which accents the handles came loose, then fell off.
- Paint chipped at corner, fairly noticeable, by the rear side, where the added body kit is installed. (factory). Paint peels when pulled back.
The ST focus is a really nice sport car. It's unfortunate, that great quality isn't put into every part of the car like the Japanese automakers do. If you don't mind random buzzing, rattles and clicks here and there, and some parts that just don't seem right, then the overall package is fantastic.
Just about every drive-through I pull into I get compliments and people don't even know it's a focus.
The good things about the ST focus is the performance. at only a 151hp it is miles ahead of cars like the RSX, Scion tC and even the new eclipse. Base models of course. The looks don't leave much to be desired as everything is very well designed and put together.
My main complaint about the car, is the fit and finish and the quality of the materials used.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th December, 2005