2005 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 13 of 18

2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance350 miles

Summary:

A great alternative to overpriced, underpowered imports

Faults:

The only problem I have had so far is the rubber trim inside the passenger side door has come loose and is hanging. I tried to fix with epoxy... might work. If not, back to the dealer I go.

General Comments:

The Focus ST is a fantastic step above the normal focus. The 2.3 engine pulls strongly from 1500 rpm in any gear. It is not necessary to constantly shift to keep up with traffic but the transmission and clutch are incredibly smooth and easy to shift.

The car (with upgraded suspension and Pirelli tires) is a little stiffer over the bumps, but amazingly stable at 80mph on the freeway. I am having a hard time driving it cause it is so smooth and stable I find myself speeding a lot.

I will keep this site updated with any problems and general info. Good luck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

8th Sep 2005, 01:22

I found that the door seal was not a big deal. It just had to be put back on a rail that it runs on and gently pushed into place... good as new. I am not worried about the quality of the car at all. I have friend that have Hondas and Toyotas and they even had a few small glitches under 1000 miles. Plus, I have driven civics and they feel so tinny and cruising on the freeway the wheel shakes and vibrates at 75+ and the road noise is much worse. For the money I do not believe this car could be beat.

2005 Ford Focus z3 ses 2.0 duratec(mazda) from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 duratec(mazda) Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance800 miles
Previous carGMC Pickup

Summary:

Hi performance handling and fun to drive economy car

Faults:

Nothing is wrong, or has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

Good fuel economy.

Steering is so smooth, the handling of this vehicle is phenomenal. The small compact wheel allows for great response.

The Mazda designed duratec engine runs very smooth and quiet with lots of pep.

This is the same engine in the Mazda3.

Really good view and seating arrangement, I like the upright position of the front seats.

From what I have researched, this is a much better car than the original focus. Much more reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th August, 2005

2005 Ford Focus ZX4 ST 2.3 Duratec 23 DOHC from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3 Duratec 23 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired91 miles
Most recent distance126 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A peppy and fun to drive Ford

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong. The car is brand new. I will be updating this review every few months.

General Comments:

Wow! Things are certainly off to a good start. I am very impressed with the performance, ride, and handling of this little car. The dealer was a pleasure to work with and the employee pricing along with my trade in made for a good deal. The Focus is a blast to drive. And the level of equipment is very nice for this class - leather, power moonroof, 6 disc in-dash CD changer, power everything! This is my 3rd Ford, the past 2 have been long lasting cars and I hope the trend continues.

No problems to report as of yet... stay tuned for further updates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2005

2005 Ford Focus Ghia 1.8L petrol from Taiwan

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance2800 kilometres
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

Definite value for money

Faults:

Just a minor glitch with the electric folding mirrors. Fixed them at around 1500km by the dealer.

General Comments:

Appearance: Well....quite a subjective thing really. I like the shape of the car, however its slim C-pillar didn't score high marks from my styling scoreboard. Mine has got the bodykit so it looks quite nice, fat, sporty, and lower.

Interior: All the controls are within reach. Top marks for ergonomics, no awkward seating positions or "long hands, short legs". However, the materials are quite disappointing, using cheap plastic everywhere, even on the steering wheel. The leather seats are not well designed either, lacking support on the sides, due to the lack of bolstered side trims.

Performance: A 1.8L petrol mated with a 4-speed auto, and stick a 1400kg body on that, a combination made for just adequate performance. However it's quite brisk off the line, not pacey but still delivering. The suspension is well sorted, blending ride comfort with a touch of sporty tune. It will still understeer at the limit, however, the limits are pretty high for a commuter vehicle, giving good steering feedback and moderate bodyroll.

Overall there is quite a lot to like about this car, and they definitely out-weighs the minor blots on the scoring book. I will recommend this car to anyone in the market for a compact sedan with a low to medium budget.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2005

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 52 reviews