2006 Ford Focus ZX4 SES 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America
Fun to drive
Starter motor at 95,000 miles.
A rattle in the door (if I knew what it was, I would have fixed it already...)
In terms of an economy car that's fun to drive, the manual transmission Focus is a 10. It's the most fun you can have with less than 200HP. It has more than enough power to zip in and out of traffic, and has a small turning radius, making it a good car for driving in the city.
However, the fun and power is offset by the fact that it only gets 25 MPG in the city. It also chews up brakes and tires faster than most cars.
The heater is insanely good, and the A/C blows cold, which is really important in Salt Lake City, where we have 95 degree days in the summer, all the way down to 0 in the winter.
Speaking of winter, that's the one place this car falls short for me; it's not good in the snow. Even with the manual transmission, without snow tires you are going to be sliding all over the place.
Overall, I still love this car, and I'm not going to get rid of it any time soon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2014