I've had my Ford Focus Zetec 1.8, 06 plate for 5 years.
Overall I love my car. It's comfortable, spacious and nice to drive. It does about 40 miles to the gallon and is reasonable to insure. However I have experienced a couple of "known" Focus faults.
The first fault came about a year after buying the car. One morning I got in the car to go to work, turned the key in the ignition, and absolutely nothing happened. It was completely dead. I called breakdown cover and after trying all sorts to try and figure out the problem they gave up and towed me to a garage. The problem turned out to be a known fault with my model of car. The dashboard had basically died and the whole thing needed to be replaced. Ford were useless and were going to charge me a small fortune. I ended up taking it to an independent garage which specialised in electrics and it cost me £600.
The second fault came just a month ago, and this is a fault which can happen in a lot of Fords. I discovered this when a headlight bulb had blown and I went to change it. You open the bonnet by flipping over the Ford logo on the front of the car which reveals a keyhole. You then use your car key to release the bonnet. On this occasion I turned the key and nothing happened. The bonnet was stuck closed. On calling my usual garage they advised me that they have seen this many times before and that it had to go to Ford. It cost over £200.00 to have the barrel replaced at the Ford garage, just so that I could open my bonnet!
I think most cars have known faults, so I wouldn't tell anyone not to buy a Ford Focus on the basis of the above. However it's useful to know these things! Other than these two things in the last 5 years it has been reliable and has been pretty good considering it's now got over 95000 miles on the clock. Overall, although not the most exciting car, it's been a pleasure!
I have had my ford focus for a year now, it's a 99 1.8 zetec. I have had problems with the car since I bought it some minor and some a bit more serious. The small problems I have with my focus are the self return on the indicator is broken and the return spring for the gear stick was brocken. The later was easy to repair and I bught a spring from ford and did the repair my self but repairing the indicator return involves buying a new part which is around £40 and involves removing the airbag so I have just put up withit. The one major problem I had when I got the car is that it started revving by itself and would rev up to 4000 revs and stay there which was a bit embarressing when you had to stop anywhere and you looked like you were revving at people crossing the road. Also it tended to accelerate by itself. I got a new throttle potentiometer which helped a lot but the revs are still erratic at times. The idle on the focus is also very erratic and the revs can also die which is not good because some times the engine cuts out which was not good when approaching a round about. When the car does drive normally though I found that the car handles very well and is fun to drive when it's not being temperamental. The ride is very good and the car generally irons out bumps in the road very well. For a car that is only insurance group 6 it is quite quick and comes to life once you get over about 3.5 revs. The car is also very practical with plenty of boot space and room in the back for passengers and being a hatchback is very easy to park. I am looking to get a new car because of the problems I have had with the revving. Although the car is a lot better than before it was before being repaired I am still looking to sell the car now because it is just annoying to drive when the revvs go up and down.
I bought a 1999 's' Registered ford focus back in 2008 off my (ex) partner who had upgraded to a newer model. I'd had a number of years experience as a passenger in the vehicle, and occasional driver but never really had a chance to put it through it's paces.
Ford released the first Focus in 1998 to much acclaim, the styling both inside and out made it quickly become the best selling car in Europe. Certainly the inside of the car was revolutionary for the year and price bracket and the smooth curves and slopes made it appeal to drivers of all ages. It came with a variety engines and various styles on top of that. The petrol engine sizes were 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and the 2.5 (ST) They also did a 1.9 diesel. Mine was a 1.6 and was a good balance between fuel economy and power. The 1.4 was vastly underpowered and required you to keep the revs high to get any kind of performance from it which of course had a negative impact on your fuel economy.
With the 1.6 you can expect, in real road as opposed to factory conditions, to hit 60 mph in a shade over 10 seconds but it feels quicker. The car will make it up to 100 with ease in 4th gear which makes motorway driving fairly easy since you always have the power to overtake when needed. With regards to the handling it does really well considering it's size. It feels much smaller when controlling it round corners and holds it's line well without too much roll at normal speeds and slightly over. Unfortunately it's at higher speeds that it lets itself down a bit as the understeer is a real problem and if you don't know what you're doing the car will happily steer you towards the nearest piece of road furniture. In saying that the throttle is very responsive in 1st and 2nd gear but requires more revs in 3rd to get a decent performance from it.
If you're not going to fling it about like me though then you'll be left with a decent family car. It can be driven with a feather foot on the accelerator and still perform well. The official MPG is around 40 for the 1.6 petrol but I find that under standard to heavy driving I return 31 MPG I know I could do better but I've never been one for hanging around. The market is awash with 3 and 5 door models with a decent 2003 model selling anywhere between £1400 and £2k It's worth investing in the mk2 focus as they changed the bumpers and look a lot better, as a result they are holding their value better than the mk1.
Alloy wheels demand a premium as well and if possible you should look for higher spec models. The ghia was the highest before they bought out titanium on the newer models but it came with an awful lot of wood trim which will alienate some buyers. You should expect to find a CD changer, air con and steering wheel audio controls for your money with at least 2 front electric windows. As a bonus though ford made the quick clear front windscreen standard which is an excellent tool, especially on the frosty mornings.
It's build quality is good and while there is an awful lot of plastic inside the cabin it doesn't feel cheap. There is an option for height adjustable seats and steering which means that driving comfort is vastly improved too. I'm 6'4 and fit behind the wheel with ease.
So what should you look out for on a second hand focus?
Hidden rust is a good place to start, check behind the cover on the front wheel arch as it was never sealed properly and if not cleaned could have years of salt and gunk built up which will cause it to rust, if it's started then you're not going to be able to treat it. Check in the gap where the boot meets the roof as well as that's prone to liquid ingress.
Make sure the cambelt has been done after 90,000 miles or so and if possible choose one with a full service history. There are many of these cars that have been treated badly in their younger years and will only give the new owner more problems as things that were already worn, give out.
I've had a fair bot of work done on my car but then it is 11 years old with 110,000 miles on the clock. The brake pipes have been replaced along with the clutch and 2 new tyres in the last couple of years, it's also developed a strange squeak from the front wheel somewhere that I haven't managed to locate yet. It's all proportionate in cost though and I probably spend around £800 per year maintaining it including the cost of the MOT and tax.
I'll not post the figures on performance and economy on here since they are freely available all over the internet but be assured they are in line with any other car of this size and year. this is one of the better buys you could make in the second hand market and you should hunt for a good deal to get the most car for your money.
I have had my Focus for five years having bought it from nearly new. Overall it has been a reliable car. The servicing is cheap and so are parts. The car drive well, better that the Astra or 307 which are in the same price range, it sticks to the road well and has not let me down yet. Its not too bad on fuel but saying that you could get better. My car has now racked up over 94,000 miles and is starting to show its age with a new clutch and turbo in the last year at an expense of about £1300, a hefty expense but the parts were reaching the end of there expected life. Whilst like most cars it requires specialist knowledge to repair of fix its not so complicated that you cannoot change bulbs/plugs/air and oil filters yourself if you so wished. Would I consider buying one again? Yes I would, which is quite a compliment from someone who previously was not a Ford Fan
I'm actually very pleased with my ford focus. I have the 57 reg 1.8 tdci zetec version with climate pack (not that it has climate control which did confuse me a bit at first!). OK it's not flashy and it's not going to win any races but that's not what I was looking for anyway. I do a lot of travelling and the 51MPG average is saving me a fortune. I love the fact I can put 5 people in and fill the boot to the brim and it still pulls away almost as well as if there was just me in there. The inside is tidy if a bit dull. Certainly nothing to get excited about but it does have everything in the logical place. The car itself is great to drive - it corners well (however it does not have a good turning circle for tight manouvers) and is comfortable to drive. You do not quite a lot of revs to get it moving though as everyone who has driven it so far has had numerous problems with it stalling very easily. There is a bit more road noise than higher range cars such as the audi but then again the focus is a lot cheaper than those and I am more than happy with it
After much deliberation about buying a family car after the birth of our Daughter without having to buy a 4x4 or a saloon car - we settled on a 1.6 Zetec Ford Focus (Petrol and Manual version).
Information from Ford (if you do not want to read all of Ford's information, scroll down to the bottom where I give my opinion):
1.6i Duratec petrol - Manual transmission
Available on: Style, Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium
CO2 emissions: 157g/km (Zetec S) / 159g/km (all other bodystyles)
Annual vehicle excise duty: £155 (first year rate 2010-11)
Fuel efficiency (combined cycle): 42.2 mpg
The design of the Focus is confident, contemporary and utterly distinctive.
We are determined to reduce the environmental impact of our vehicles through technology. Our engineers have worked hard to deliver a Focus that emits less CO2. The result is the innovative Focus ECOnetic, which emits just 114 g/km of CO2; a class-leading level.
Focus exemplifies our progressive Ford kinetic Design principles. Stylish, swept-back headlights and an imposing grille give it an athletic front-on stance. Along its sides, graceful lines sweep down towards the rear, leading the eye to the dynamically styled back bumper with chrome detailing. This is a car you'll love looking at as much as driving.
Manual transmissions are available in five-speed or six-speed. There's also four-speed automatic transmission available on our 1.6-litre and 2-litre petrol engines, and six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission on our 2.0-litre diesel engines.
These start with the 1.6-litre Duratec petrol engine and extend up to the 305 PS 2.5-litre turbocharged Duratec petrol engine in the Focus RS.
If you prefer diesel, there are a range of smooth, refined diesel engines to choose from, such as the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi 90 PS, through to the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with 136 PS.
Our diesel engines use the latest technology to combine power with outstanding fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
I had to really research things like the boot size to ascertain whether it would suit our needs of our growing family. As sad as it sounds, I had to measure the pram we wanted to buy to see whether it would fit in the boot. At this stage I had already set my heart on purchasing a Focus and was very disappointed that the pram would not fit in the boot. However, after further research, I discovered that if you choose the option of having the mini spare wheel rather than the full size spare wheel, the space in the boot increases dramatically.
Apparently, the full size spare wheel does not fit very well in the boot underneath it's protective cover and Ford have to insert a lot of protective packaging around it, thus taking up vital space.
The pram fits perfectly in the boot with the mini wheel. You may think, oh typical woman choosing a pram then the car - but believe me a lot of prams are of a similar size and it really is an issue when having a standard car rather than being forced down the 4x4 route. I am sure all you golf players will also measure boot size to fit your clubs and trolleys!!!
Anyway enough of the boot size. The car itself drives very smoothly and has quite a few luxuries such as air conditioning, iPod/MP3 socket, heated front window, adjustable height in the driver seat, stereo controls on the steering inside the car, among many others in addition to being spacious.
If you have children, I would certainly recommend purchasing the ClimAir made to measure sunblinds for this car which gives it 90% UV protection - they are well worth the money and allows my Daughter to relax in the car without the sun glaring in her face. I had tried all the normal sun blinds and shades which really do not cover the entire window - defeating the object of their use!
Due to being short, I do find it difficult to see properly out the rear window when reversing into a space. However, I have now managed to judge the distance and had wondered whether I should have opted for one of those annoying reversing sensors! This car is fantastic at handling and is a smooth ride. Surprisingly though my previous car (a Fiesta) had more oomph when driving off from lights - but hopefully it's because this is a new car and needs wearing in (not that I am a girl racer or anything with my Baby in the car!)
It costs approximately £58 to fill up the tank and you can get approximately 420 miles out of a full tank.
I own a 2002 1.6 Zetec. I have had this for 3 years and it has served me well. It is a rather dull car in all honesty, but it's reliability and comfort really makes it the type of car I would probably get again in the future, subject to me winning the lottery and buying an Impreza.
The handling is really smooth and with Hancook tyres it grips the road in everything apart from snow. I drive it 50 odd miles a day, along windy country roads. The 1.6 is not enough to be able to hurtle past anyone and everyone, but when you do encounter the inevitable cautious driver doing 40mph, slipping it into 3rd and flooring it can easily get you by. The acceleration in general, is okay. It's not as quick off the mark as my old Astra 1.6 GSi, but it is much smoother. I find that tootling along at 60 in fifth, with my foot barely on the gas, makes the engine run very quietly and economically. I think I must get high 40's mpg like this.
I have not had anything go wrong with it yet (touch wood) so am impressed with the reliablility.
Inside, the seats are comfortable. Not really much more to say on that but I have found it is also comfortable to sleep in, in emergencies.
The boot is deceptively spacious. Plenty of room to pull out the parcel shelf out and stick a few dogs in the back! Or your shopping!
The standard stereo and speaker system are quite simple to use. I listen to techno, loudly, often, and I think it is just shy of the loudness I wish it was. For the normal person, it will be plenty.
Overall, I would recommend this to pretty much anyone. It is about as economic as a Fiesta or Fushion, and so for the extra room I would definitely go for this.
I'm currently driving a Ford Focus Zetec 1.6 Petrol. It's a great car! The car is now 9 years old but is in great nick, it has certainly lasted well but hasn't had much use over the period. The usual suspects are starting to appear, a little rust on the bottom of one of the back doors and a little rust on the inside of the bootlid. Apart from that though, it is lasting amazingly well.
The handling of this car is great, for a bog standard not really sports orientate hatchback. The chassis copes with most fast driving situation on the road, wouldn't be anywhere near useful on a track though, just trying to give some perspective on road driving. The suspension is relatively stiff, gives comfort but still gives you some grip in the corners. Where this car is let down is the engine though, it just isn't gutsy enough for short space overtaking or getting anywhere with a heavy load. It is nippy enough for around town though, more than adequate in fact.
The fuel consumption is pretty variable depending on use, around town and things like that it is very good. On the motorway however it plummets. The 1.6 engine just isn't economical at high speed, the same applies when zipping around country roads. There is no actual fuel consumption guage but just by judging the time between refils, keep it away from high speed stuff!
A great car in my opinion, it provides a comfy 5 seats for a small family hatchback. It has a decent boot for a hatchback and is not an expensive car. Result!
Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec has to be one of the most reliable cars out there in the market today. Having owned my Focus for over three years it has only played up on me once, but soldiered on and got me home nevertheless (all will become apparent later :-)
The servicing costs are relatively cheap, or as cheap as they can physically be for a car due in part to the high numbers of these cars on the road. Spares for indicators etc are extremley easy to come by, I recommend taking a trip to your local scrap yard where I promise you there will be some ford Focus's.
The only problem the car has given me, and the only extra cost apart from the annual service/tax/Mot etc is that my Coil pack went in the car which I believe controls spark plug timings. The mechanic said it is quite a common problem in these cars once over a certain mileage. The car limped home on two cylinders, as well as getting itself to the nearest garage without having to call the AA out.
The drive is extremley good with suspension and cornering that you would expect to find in a much higher priced car. MPG is good when you don't keep your foot to the floor and is an ideal car for trips to the dump or long stints eating up the motorway miles. The car does not feel underpowered in any way and handles superbly.
i bought an 09 focus zetec 1.6, as everyone says, the steering and comfortable sports seats are superb. The air/con, cd/radio, interior and quick clear windscreen are the usual ford standard. it really is a very smooth drive, although i find it a bit sluggish from first to third. as for fuel costs, im averaging 38 mpg which is really good. ive done a lot of motorway driving recently and the focus is first class for comfort on a long drive. on country roads the sports suspension and superb steering give it excellent handling on those twisting b roads. Appearance wise, with the new shape of the bodywork, alloys, front fog lights, the focus looks great. Overall i am happy with my focus,it lives up to what you would expect from a 1.6 engine. Bad points are, a bit slow in low gears and the soundproofing could have been better. overall verdict, great to drive,cheap insurance, good fuel economy and nice looking, a winner.
I own a 1.8 zetec focus and i have to honestly say that it is the most reliable car i have ever owned. For mundane tasks like taking rubbish to the tip, taking children to sports games etc its roomy, comfortable and the 1.8 engine does go - ish. Ride and handling is superb, the best bit of the car and it rightly should get all its paludits it has over the years.
Mine came with CD player, alloys and metalic paint as standard, and when its comes to servicing it cost me just over £100 for a service and change of spark plugs, spares are so easy to come by as well which gives piece of mind. I reckon im getting about 30-32 mpg per cycle which is a tad dissapointing if im honest and is a lot less than the old VW golf that i used to own before this car
Knight in shinning armour- at least thats what i like to call it. I've bought this special edition version of Fords well aclaimed Focus several months back. To date i have had no problems. The drive is excellent. The looks are second to none. The insurance is cheap (especially if bought through Ford own insurance group). What else could you want from a car. As driving into town you just see pedestrians heads turn as driving past. Being a collection model it has a unique look, with good standard features. To add extra packs such as traction control you dont have to dig deep into the pocket, which is the beauty about buying a Ford. The 3-door model gives the collection a sportier look, but 5 door can be more practical.
I was in the market for a new car, and had heard lots about the Focus, so along with the VW Golf, Seat Leon, Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane, it went on my test drive list. I can honestly say that the Focus was by far and away the best drive. Suspension is firm but flexible, accelleratio The only car that came close was the Leon. The Golf was nice enough, but nothing special, and very pricey. I went for this model cos it had the sporty trim (mesh on the bumpers instead of the standard slats, circular fog lamps, rear spoiler), this makes it stand out from the other million Focus' on the road. Apart from that it is identical to the 1.8 Zetec in every other way. Nice bit of power on the motorways, but just as easy to drive around town. I can get about 350miles out of a tank that costs about £40 to fill. Very comfortable too seats are firm and the car is very spacious. 4000 miles on it now and now problems with anything (touch wood!). The design is very different to your normal hatchback, but again this only adds to what makes it such a great car to drive.