2005 Ford Focus ZX3 SES 2.0 from North America
The dashboard frame is rife with rust.
The 5 disk CD skips 10 seconds to the rear on a random basis.
The paint chips easily.
The 5-speed is plenty quick.
The 16" wheels and tires stick very well.
The sunroof is very nice.
The upgraded stereo with sub. sounds great.
Storage is great for such a small looking car.
Seats are firm and feel great!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2005
2nd Jul 2006, 21:43
We owned a 2001 ZX-3 with the works, including the great moon roof and 16" alloy wheels. It was a far better value than anything Japan had to offer and cost us about 5 grand less than a comparably equipped and less powerful Toyota or Honda. I was surprised at the ride and handling, which was way better than anything else we test drove (Saturn Ion, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, and Pontiac Sunfire). We never got over 30mpg, but we were happy to get that much as cars normally get 20 to 30% less than the EPA ratings anyway. We never had a second's trouble with the car and I highly recommend them.
20th Aug 2006, 17:20
The Focus is without a doubt the absolute best value in a small car made anywhere. You can get a Focus now for 5 grand less than a Corolla and 7 to 10 grand less than a Civic, and they are faster, smoother and will last longer with fewer repairs. I just looked at a Civic coupe, and for 21 grand I'd rather buy TWO focuses!!
22nd Aug 2006, 12:36
I'd definitely buy the Focus over the Civic. Paying twice as much for a car that will last half as long doesn't make much sense.