I have a 2004 Focus ZTS and I have had no problems with the car since I bought it. No major problems anyway. I do notice that the lights flicker a bit when stopped, but it is so hard to tell, I only found it cause as I was driving at night one time, I stopped at a red light and you can see the front head lights flicker on the ground ever so slightly.
The CD player will recall CD's, but I have noticed that it is very weak, and won't always push them out completely.
Other than that, the car drives like a dream, handles very well, and has decent power for passing and cruising speeds.
This was not my first Focus, and I would recommend them for anyone to buy, it's a great little car.
The ignition will work if you turn the wheel to the right. Even if the wheel is locked, turn it a little and it unlocks something. My friend's Nissan did it, and he figured out it's a safety feature for when you park your car, so no one can steal it. A lot of mechanics don't even know it.
There is nothing like a review of a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD car that attacks an entire car manufacturer, to show just how totally out of touch with reality many car owners are.
Current day Fords are some of the best built and most reliable cars on the planet. The new Focus has gotten rave reviews from every automotive expert who has driven it. I just helped a good friend of mine test drive and select a new car from a number of import and domestic brands. He chose a 2013 Focus. His previous car was a four-year old Toyota that was a piece of junk.
We have owned a number of Fords, including a 2001 Focus that was purchased new. All our Fords have been absolutely flawless, including the Focus. We currently own a 7-year-old Ford and a 6-year-old Ford. Both are like new. The worst car we have ever owned was a Japanese built car that was built in Japan.
The sales figures for March are out, and Ford and GM are again leading the pack. I'm proud to see American companies surging ahead again in sales. Survey after survey continues to show that Americans (by a factor of 4 to 1) are actually willing to pay more for American products. Even younger buyers, who have been especially vulnerable to the import car superiority myths, are buying more American cars. I think our recession has made all of us more aware of the need to support our own industries, and keep our money in our own country.
Ah yes. The good ole' "Myth" comment again. Look. Toyota still outsold everyone else, they are still listed as the top most reliable automaker in the US with all three of their brands making the top 3 spots, and the Camry is still the best-selling car in America, and on top of that, it's actually made in the USA with American parts.
So until that changes, the "myth" comments hold no water. Give it up.
It always amazes me that American citizens can be so supportive of Japanese car companies that recall more cars than most automakers build in a decade, and then only recall them after being court-ordered to do so.
In a free country we can turn our backs on our own industries if we choose to. Thankfully more and more Americans are becoming more patriotic and buying American. GM and Ford are continuing to outsell all foreign auto makers in the U.S., while Toyota's market share continues to fall. Hopefully that very healthy trend will continue. Honda and Nissan have always been small potatoes, and can't even outsell Chrysler.
Yes, the Camry is made by a foreign company regardless of where it is assembled. People in the U.S. have a hard time understanding that foreign manufacturers do irreparable damage to our economy. Taking money and jobs out of the U.S. by supporting foreign manufacturers is slowly destroying our middle class. Our manufacturing sector was the foundation upon which our once thriving middle class was built. It has always been a mystery to me why our own citizens often encourage the destruction of our own industries. It is like poisoning our children's future.