2005 Ford Focus ZX5 gas 4 cylinder from North America
No mo' MoPars for me!
When you buy a 1 year old car, you have to find out why the original owner got rid of it. In this case, I suspect it was an air leak in the windshield which whistled above 40 MPH. I was going to take it back and get it fixed, but I had a tube of old caulk and filled up the crack. Problem solved.
I have read that fit and finish has been a problem with these; my paint is OK, but the hood and trunk don't fit well, not that I really care. The trunk is badly adjusted and needs a lot of force to lift the lid off the latch.
I rented a diesel one in Belgium and a gas one in England, and drove to Boston in one here (600 miles) so I knew what I was in for. It's pretty good for a small car. I like the height. While I "only" get 32 MPG in city/road driving (my stick shift Neon got 40) the SUV drivers around me are envious.
Power is adequate, but it's no rocket.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2006