2005 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 5 of 18

2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3L 16v 4 Cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3L 16v 4 Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance32580 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Fun to Drive!

Faults:

Nothing at all. The car has run perfectly since I bought it. I got hit in a parking lot by someone, but he admitted fault and he paid for the cosmetic repair. Buttons on the radio have worn out, can't really read some of them, but not a big deal.

General Comments:

The handling is excellent, power is really good out of a 4 cylinder. 151 horsepower, so it doesn't blow away everything on the road, but you have plenty of power to pass and accelerate on highways. The manual transmission has a great feel. Car really sticks to the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2008

2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3 duratech from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 duratech Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carNissan Titan

Summary:

A modern day sleeper that gets 30 mpg and is very practical

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The 2.3 liter is a very strong engine, getting rid of the "lifetime" air filter and replacing it with a good, cleanable cone filter, makes a HUGE difference in the way it runs. most people don't have any clue what this engine of capable of.

It has a very random long crank, then start issue that seems to be unresolvable, but it has never refused to start.

It handles very well in the summer and the winter, it got me the thru the worse storm of the year with out hardly an issue.

Have taken several long rides from CT to NH and has always been pleasingly comfortable on the trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2007

2005 Ford Focus ZX4 SE 2.0 PZEV from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 PZEV Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance53432 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

The Ford Focus is an excellent car

Faults:

I have not had anything go wrong with the car, since I purchased it. It has not even been back to the dealer for adjustments of any kind.

General Comments:

The performance and handling of the 2005 Ford Focus are excellent. The 2.0 four cylinder engine provides peppy performance. Even with the air conditioning on you never get the feeling that the car is underpowered. The low point of the car are the seats. The fabric that is covering the seats looks and feels cheap. I bought my Focus used and the interior was not a big enough shortcoming for me not to buy a Ford Focus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2007

2005 Ford Focus 2.2 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Will never buy a Ford again!!

Faults:

I have had this car for about 2 years 11 months, and I have been going through tires like crazy, and most recently found out that there are some shims that are on the rear axle that wear, causing the rear axle to become unbalanced, causing the car owner to buy several sets of tires to keep this car going. Very upset with Ford; I don't know why Ford doesn't recall all these cars and fix this!!!

General Comments:

This 2005 Ford Focus sucks. Ford should recall this car and fix the rear axle!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th October, 2007

14th Mar 2008, 13:51

Because Ford doesn't like admitting to common defective failures... there are simply too many to admit to and stay in business. They have taken planned obsolescence to a whole other level. Every Taurus owner in American that's had to replace cooling, transmission, head gaskets, airbag computers, etc should have been compensated. This probably would have bankrupted them because of all the problems though.

Sad the Focus sounds like junk. I like the looks and the availability of a wagon. It replaced the Escort, which was a MUCH better car. I love my Tracer wagon. Ford is stepping two feet into the grave by choice and I'm not sure why. I know they can build good cars, they've done it before! As has Chrysler and GM in the past. No wonder the Big Three are taking such a beating. Don't get cocky guys, you'll lose your shirts and your businesses!

22nd Oct 2008, 12:49

Yes, you've hit it spot on. I agree 100%. The Big Three is in big trouble, so they'd better stop being ass-hats, and start building real cars again.

I recently posted regarding a 2005 Ford Focus ZXW, and it is one of the worst pieces of crap I have ever dealt with. So happy it is not my car! I posted on behalf of someone else.

I will never buy Ford garbage.

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