25th Aug 2001, 18:50

You say your clutch slips and burns when you try to take off fast. Well, don't take off fast! And stop hauling ass thru standing water. You're like the little kid that can't resist stomping on every puddle he sees. Stop driving like thta and you won't have complaints about your gas mileage either.

29th Aug 2002, 15:16

The last two comments make more sense than the original author's remarks. I too drive a '02 Focus LX with out any optional equipment. Granted, I don't drive much -- 8,500 years in two years -- but so far the vehicle has performed well. I had all the recalls to date handled in one visit. The standard motor is peppy and quiet -- even going up mountain roads here in Oregon. I am concerned about the comments regarding premature brake failure. This car was well designed (by German and English Ford engineers working together), and if only US Ford would specify components for the Focus based on durability and reliability -- rather than cost alone -- Ford wouldn't be able to keep up with demand for the Focus.

8th Aug 2003, 13:54

I own a 2000 Focus LX with over 57,000 miles on it and the only problems I've had are a loss of acceleration going up moderate hills and a bad fuel pump.

I get good gas mileage, and great turning. I'm very happy with it.

3rd Dec 2003, 12:40

I have owned a 2000 focus LX for about three years. In the beginning it ran fine, but now after 57,000 miles the transmission is starting to buck and lose acceleration. I now have to shift my automatic manually to keep the trans. from slipping, in my opinion the ford focus is the biggest P.O.S on the car market, and I never intend to buy another ford and long as my body is capable of driving.

2nd Jan 2005, 04:32

I own a 2000 Focus LX, and my ignition has also failed, brakes have been replaced twice in one year, my car loses acceleration due to a bad fuel pump, and now my head gasket has blown. The stereo also turns on and off by itself. The good aspects of the car are that it is roomy and spacious, I get excellent gas mileage, and it does have some get up and go considering the issues I've had with it.