2006 Ford Focus ZX4 SE 2.0 liter 4 cylinder from North America
Great car, but I'll never buy another one
Within a week of purchasing this car, the parking brake stopped working and the ECM had to be reprogrammed. Another two months went by, and the parking brake stopped working again. This time, I took it to a different Ford dealership. They discovered that the parking brake cable was catching on the exhaust heat shield. I have also replaced all four stock Goodyear tires with Toyo Z800 Ultras. The original tires on this car are horrible and I had the tread on two seperate after 20,000 miles.
I like the handling of the car. It turns on a dime. The car handles well on the freeway and accelarates quickly. I drive roughly 100 miles a day and I thank god that this car has cruise control. I only have the SE model and the stereo works fairly well. I also have the alloy wheels and body side moldings. The AC works fairly well, but can actually be too cold sometimes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th June, 2007
To the above post, probably because of the parking brake issue. That seems dangerous if you have to park on steep inclines. If it's a manual transmission, a good working parking brake is mandatory, otherwise you'll see your car rolling down the hill in no time.
As grandpa taught me,...you turn your front tire into the curb when parking downhill,...and away from the curb when parking up hill... old Pittsburgh driving trick (who needs a parking brake!!
Indeed and you can also leave it in 1st gear.