2007 Ford Focus Reviews - Page 11 of 13

2007 Ford Focus ST-3 2.5 turbo from UK and Ireland

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

High performing, extremely versatile and a genuine performance bargain

Faults:

- Nothing serious so far.

- Seat has developed mild movement (Very slight).

- Creaking door seals (on a hot day the car creaks from window seals).

General Comments:

Very quick car with a lot of torque low down in the rev range, which enables a very lazy driving style, and makes it feel like a GT car.

Very practical, with plenty of room in boot, and it even comes with 5 doors if you need them.

Responsive handling for a FWD car in any condition.

An all round versatile car, which is excellent at eating large mileage, attacking the road, & nipping around town. You can really tell a lot of research has gone into developing this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2007

20th Nov 2007, 03:30

I completely agree. The car is superb, but creaks from the window seals, and the boot latch clunks when going over bumps! And the fuel economy is dreadful - but I wouldn't swap it for the world.

25th Jan 2008, 07:05

I owned an orange Focus ST3 for 14 months and have recently purchased a Focus ST500. The are a well made, good quality fast hatch with a superb 5 cylinder engine for effortless journeys on Motorways or equally happy pottering round town. No car makes you smile more and the engine noise is such that you turn the stereo off to listen to it. Good cabin room with plenty of equipment as standard and no problems to report. Earlier cars had a power steering hose chafing issue which has been subject to a recall. There are some cars with a problem with the seat base frame snapping and this is currently being investigated by Ford. Fuel economy is the only let down.

2007 Ford Focus SE, Sedan 2.0 Mazda MZR from North America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Mazda MZR Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired170 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous carSaturn ION

Summary:

Incredible for $15k

Faults:

Within first 1000 miles, the OE Goodyear RSA tires have begun producing vibrations at speeds above 50mph.

Dealer prep/PDI was poor. Lots of man'f part # stickers left in many places. Wash-up was dismal... as though an oily rag was used to wipe-down the inside of the windows.

I'll be taking it back to get the tires looked at, soon. I have never had a decent set of Goodyear tires. This set carries out that pattern. However, Ford has a VERY GOOD new-car tire warranty, where the tires are covered 100% for the first year, above and beyond the tire manf's warranty. I have never seen this done before! It should be too hard to get a good set of tires via warranty.

General Comments:

Ford has come a long way! But mostly with help from Mazda! I had a 2000 Focus rental, a few years ago when my VW was on the shop, one of it's many times. That 2000 Focus was a BAD car, in a BAD way. Ford really turned this car around, in a good way!

Last Ford we owned was a 1967 Falcon, when I was a child.

In the past ~15 years I have bought new Toyota, VW, Nissan, GM, etc... So far, this Focus has beat all those cars, to 1000 miles for dealer experience, value and satisfaction with the 'deal'. $14,500 (plus taxes and fees) isn't bad for a Mazda drivetrain, keyless entry, alloy "RS" type wheels, MP3/CR-R/CD-RW radio, etc...

The AC puts out cold air like Old Man Winter! On a 90F+ day at 70%+ humidity, the AC cools the cabin quick, only needed to be on fan speed 2 or 3 for a minute or two.

Handling is great too. I can compare this with some of my previous cars, VW GTI, Audi A4, Saturn ION, etc... and the Focus handles VERY good for its price. There is lots of steering feedback and not over-boosted assist... very European. When tossed into a turn, the suspension digs-in with a positive feel through the manuver. Front bakes are fairly large too, as compared to other cars in its class.

And that Mazda affiliation. The Duratec 20 is a Mazda MZR engine w/o VVT. And the 4F27E Automatic transmission is the same used in the Mazda 6...obviously a tough unit.

As stated before, with rebates this car was ~$14.5k. A comparable Mazda, although on the newer chassis, was near $20k and didn't have any incentives!

It's been about 1000 miles since delivery. I'll check in every once-in-a-while to post updates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th July, 2007

7th Aug 2007, 11:56

Original Poster With Update:

I am coming up on 5000 miles. Dealer tried re-balancing tires with little luck. Now it only shakes from 65MPH to 78 MPH. I plan to kick and scream for BETTER tires at the first oil change.

In the meantime, I took the car on a mini-vacation from Central Indiana, throughout the Smokey Mountains, Cumberland Gap, and Easter Divide. The car is by no means a V10 Viper, but it handles the mountains (I-40 & I-75) with ease. Got over 34MPH on the highway, even through the mountains at ~80MPH!

I cannot comment enough on how well the car handles. Although not as refined as some Asian Imports, or the current-production and often problematic VW products, this Focus is the best handling car, since my (slightly modified) VW GTI, that I have owned in a looooong time.

Please remember, this car was just barely $15k, new, out the door... I am by NO means comparing the Focus to a $40k Lexus or R32 Golf.

If you want a "driver's car" that is reliable AND under $20k, the Focus can't be beat.

More to come after the next dealer service visit...

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 35 reviews