2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0 from North America
2006 ford focus zx4
The first 1500 miles, in the mornings you could feel a tick in the engine, but, I believe it was the breaking-in period. It hasn't felt no more.
The car has fast acceleration and handles great on high speeds (90-110 mph). It is very nice and comfortable to drive and is reachable to all doors within the divers' seat. It has side airbags (curtain) and dual front air bags. On a full tank I drive like 300-320 miles in city and like 375-390miles in highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2006
Here's hoping you never experience any of the problems suffered by other Focus owners (particularly the 2000 model year... the year the Focus was introduced). If I'm not mistaken, your model year was the first time Consumer Reports gave the Focus a decent reliability rating. Good luck.
I've read the Consumer Reports reliability ratings for years, and where they get their data is beyond me. We've owned a lot of the cars they give awful ratings to (including the early Focus) and have never had ONE SINGLE PROBLEM that they list as likely to happen. Gee, do you think just maybe they might get some perks from the Japanese car makers??
That is because in 2005 onward, Ford took advantage of its tie up with Mazda, and changed to its MZR based 2.0 Duratec engine. With the car being 5 years old, most of the kinks have been ironed out as well. Evermore, we can't just buy a car by looking at the brand. Some are badge engineered cars, and others are joint efforts by two or three car companies. In the case of Ford, it was smart for Ford to leverage Mazda's expertise in making small engines, and Volvo's expertise in its safety equipment.