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      21.08.2011 22:28
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      A beauty I am sad to say goodbye to but way to heavy on the fuel.

      I purchased a 2010 1.6 Focus Zetec S last September. I had visited the second hand car dealer looking for a Focus Econetic diesel to help with my 50 mile round trip to work each day. I really wanted the Focus ST to fulfil my rally driver dream! At the showroom, I foolishly let my distaste of the Eco car and my dream of an ST slip to the sales man who assured me he had the perfect solution, the Zetec S, all the body without the insurance grouping. My partner tried to reason with me regarding fuel consumption, however, blinkers on I eagerly awaited the call to say my Panther black beauty was ready. 11 months later I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my brand new Astra diesel! You see the Focus delivered all I was promised, a beautiful body with a tad of a boy racer look, a stunning drive thanks to the sports suspension and sports seats, a nice interior with loads of handy storage making it a good family car too and, this you may find strange, a really funky and sporty sounding horn!! A big downside has been the lack of power, a 1.6 is too small an engine for this big hunk of car! What I also didn't realise is that I would go from spending £25 per week running my Toyota Yaris to £60 per week, £70 on a busy week in petrol for the focus. This is an expense which I tried to justify and block out at first - always leaving empty for my partner to drive in the hope he would fill it up! As I say, 'sad to say goodbye?' Yes because it looks good and feels good to drive - no to the constant singing of the fill me up tune! I look forward to writing a more positive review of my new car!

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      12.07.2010 15:41
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      Ford Focus zetec 1.6 deisel, in my opinion an OK car but nothing special.

      I have got hold of a Ford Zetec 1.6 diesel 2009 plate, and at the moment i have a kia Rio 3 1.5 diesel 2008 plate as well. SO really i can compare these cars together for a start. (PS i know this is not about comparing a different car to the ford, but i gotta work on something)

      No first of all will be engine performance:

      Well while the zetec boasts it can go 0 - 60 in a matter of about 10 seconds and the kia 12 seconds, i have yet still to notice if the ford is faster than the kia, it certainly does not feel like it can. To be quite honest it feels like im driving a tank, the ford is so heavy where the kia is light.

      Now about the handling.

      Well because the ford is like a tank it sticks to the ground and you can wrap it around corners where in the kia i can get the same handling but feels less sturdy, which to be honest makes the kia more fun.

      Next would be Miles to the Gallon:

      Now the kia boasts 65 miles to the gallon but i get about 54 but in the ford i get 48 which is to be expected from a heavier car, however the tax makes the kia more affordable as its only £25 a year. :) and more eco friendly

      Looks:

      Really depends on what you like, fords have a recognisable look, i think both cars arent that great looking lol, but the interior is another matter, the ford looks more executive than the kia, i do prefer the interior of the ford.

      Price:

      Now heres the difference, as well as everything being cheaper on the kia as running costs are concerned, the buying price is very differnt as well The ford comes at £13,000 and for that price you get the car and a few extras as well. I would not really pay this much for the ford as i dont think its worth it and whilst the kia cost 10,000 when i bought it new, i think i will just stick to that.

      ALL in ALL:

      Good car for families and estate agents but not for me, iyts a reliable car and the hands free is nifty, but i find the focus rather boring to drive and just sluggish. I far more prefer the older style of the focus and the older engine as well.

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        06.02.2010 00:57

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        love it best thing ford has ever made with wheels on .

        I love my car ! thats the feeling it gives me when I drive it .This has the feel of a quality car at a price that is right .sitting in it you feel safe and not cramped as the cabin is quite spacious .The sony sound system that was built in is superb .The controls are light and responsive to touch I like the stereo control mounted finger length away under the steering so no taking eyes off the road to fiddle with volume etc . The zetec 1.6 engine is a beast but a tame one as there is alot of power there , you can feel it when driving but it does not run away , it remains under control and is always there when you want without strain . It took me a while to get used to just how fast it will accelerate . Good for round town motoring and equally good on motorways giving a smooth pleasent ride . The the dash is uncluttered and easy to view, the controls are clear and easy to read . So many small things go to make this a great car .Just wish the boot was a little bigger .

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        21.01.2010 22:18
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        If you can afford a Ford, you can afford a better car.

        I can not understand why this car (57 plate Zetec 1.6) is so highly rated. It's plagued with electrical problems that would put a Fiat to shame and costing me a fortune.

        It frequently fails to start when warm, but there's no fault according to the dealer. The AA man thinks differently.

        The rear wiper has never worked despite (the dealer assures me) that all the wiring, relays and motors have been changed. And I had to pay for some of as they said I was asking for more than the warranty allowed for. It still isnt guaranteed to work when switched on.

        The radio can't be used because of the interference on it. Again despite huge seconds of the "electronics" being replaced. Adding an interface for an iPod was so costly I passed.

        The battery failed within two years probably because of the hammering it's taken trying to start the car. However it wasn't under warranty - no surprise there. Foolishly I asked them to put a new one in. £119 + fitting! Outrageous.

        Be prepared to spend a couple of hours if you want to change a headlight bulb.

        The air conditioning control is poor, needs constant adjusting.

        I struggle to get 40 mpg from it.

        The leather is coming off the steering wheel, leaving my hands black after driving, but that's wear and tear apparently. That isn't a warranty item either.

        The front brake pads AND DISCS needed replacing at the first service. Tiny drums on the rear.

        The front seat belts have both been replaced because they failed to retract - and would get jammed in the door when shutting it.

        It has the most uncomfortable seats, I just can not get them positioned to support my thigh or back. After about 20min, there are pains in my thigh and back is aching, forcing a break and a seat re-adjustment. 20 minutes later I do it again.

        The dash is a confused mess of analogue, dotmatrix and LCD. The steering wheel, despite being adjustable, seems to have been cleverly deigned to make damn sure you can't see all the dash. The minor controls are all over the place, and very un-inituitive.

        The trip computer is very limited.

        When the SatNav is attached to the windscreen, it vibrates so much that it can't be read.

        The supposed slick gear change is very average - inevitable with cables really.

        Tyre life has been OK, no complaints there, and the wheels are easy to clear.

        When lifting the hatch/boot in the rain, water goes into the boot.

        And finally it's so damn bland and anonymous, I wonder what made me buy it. The fancy heated windscreen, maybe, but it loses its attraction when you have a garage. It's certainly not comfort or economy or reliability. It's probably just as safe as anything else in the class.

        I hope I can recover some money on it - maybe from some other gullible soul who thinks this a class leader.

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        11.01.2010 20:42

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        Suits everyone!

        When I came to get a new car last year I was looking to take a step up from my Ford Fiesta. The Focus has long had rave reviews, and with a number of good deals around, I jumped at the chance.

        Simply as a means of transport it is a dream - I have the 1.8 zetec, which has plenty of poke and is sharp in the corners. It has a comfortable ride, and although it is a 1.8, if driven smoothly is reasonable economical for a car of its engine size and model.

        Inside there is plenty of storage space and it's particularly smartly styled. It feels as well built as the BMWs and Mercedes of the word and if you choose the right colour it'll sit well in that company too.

        As a family car it can't be beaten in terms of space and features, it is a commuters delight - especially with the ICE pack which includes bluetooth handsfree, voice activation and MP3 compatabilitiy - and as a pure driver's car it's the best handler of it's class.

        I love it!

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        10.07.2003 07:27

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        Excellent motor! Buy It! - Advantages: Comfort, Acceleration, Looks - Disadvantages: Rear vision (blindspots), Miles Per Gallon, Parking

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        30.03.2003 20:25
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        I have owned my Ford Focus for a year now, it is a Focus Silver, although not a Zetec as such...but it is based on one, its the same as the 1.6 Zetec but with extras such as Air-con, Heated Screen, Electric Mirrors, ABS, RS Alloys, Black Leather Interior and Machine Silver paintwork. This is my second Focus, the first being a 1.8 Zetec, which was also a fantastic car, i owned that for two years and it never let me down once. I was a bit concerned when i bought this car as it meant going for a less powerful engine, but there is very little difference between the two, both cars have handled brilliant, a sporty drive from a car that is not an out and out sports machine, although until the recent arrival of the ST170 and RS it was the sportiest focus. The driving position is spot on, with lots of headroom for tall drivers like myself, and good seat and steering column adjustment, responsive brakes, also with the facelift 2002 model the headlights seem better than the previous model, a slick gearchange which gets better as the car covers more mileage. My favourite feature of my car is the leather interior with heated front seats, not only does it look good its very comfortable as well, worth paying the extra to have this as an option in my opinion. So after being a Focus owner for three years i am totally satisfied, and would buy another.

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          22.12.2001 19:46
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          At the start of this review I am going to let everyone know why little old me has been missing from Dooyoo for a while. I am urgently trying to tidy my house up, as it?s gone up for sale since Monday just gone. Since I am now married I am looking to move to a newer house, and my time is required on painting everything in site ? This includes my pet Chinchillas is they would stay still long enough!!!. Hopefully I should be back to my normal crap opinions from the New Year!. ********************************************* Right, now for my opinion on the lovely Ford Focus I hired last weekend to go and see my Nana down in Stafford. I picked up my car last Friday morning and the first thing I notice was the numberplate Y*** WEE. This would be my first drive in this model of car and wondered if the ability of the car would match the numberplate. From the start my experience of the motor car was anything else other than stale. I can honestly say that this was the best car in the class I have ever drive, by this I mean I wont rate it against prestige cars like a Mercedes E class or my current super deluxe Ford Sierra! The car I hired was a 5 door 1800 Zetec Hatchback in burgundy with 8000 miles on the clock. The car had a fantastic ride quality and handled around corners in the wet like it had super glue on the tyres. One thing that really impressed me was the cars gear change. The clutch was very light and the change on the gearstick was very smooth and light, but still very positive. The cars equipment levels were impressive with the following fitted to my model: - Alloy wheels Electric front windows Power steering Driver and passenger front Airbags Air condition Traction control Remote Central locking which included automatic boot opener on the keyfob The car was fitted with a standard ford car radio with a clip of front panel. The radio was very basic with only RDS being the on
          ly toy. However the radio sound quality did impress me.If you want to upgrade the radio, it will be expensive as its a odd size than normal radios, therefore a expensive dealer upgrade would be the only option. The interior of the car was impressive; with nice seats that cradled you well. You won?t slide about in them while corning hard. The dash did take a bit of getting use to because of two strong lines that run vertical above the radio, but not parallel with each other(Hard to Explain but it looks weird!!). But everything on the car dash is easy to reach and has a quality feel about it. In the dashboard you have a lovely little ashtray which should get 0a design award. You also get two can holders which are build into the centre console. Security of the vehicle hopefully is better than previous Ford models. I was impressed with the bonnet lock which in hidden under the front Ford badge. You need to use your key and turn it clockwise and then anti clockwise. This took me ages to see what the engine looked like! This would cut down on a something I hate?. There is nothing worse than when you buy a car to find that the bonnet cable is stretched and you cannot open the bonnet no matter how hard you bull the realise handle. I normally get so upset I pull so hard I end up pulling the handle out and hurting my hands! This is a small point but shows again that small details can make a great car. I only had the car 3 days but during that period drove 418 miles for which it cost me £35, which means I got approximately 38 mpg on mainly motorways. Considering I did the same trip last year in my X reg. 1.0 litre Vauxhall Corsa and managed 45-mpg I was impressed by the fuel consumption of the Focus. This car was that good, when we come to change cars next Year I will be serious looking at the Focus range providing that this model is not going to be replaced by a new generation model in the next couple of years

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            15.12.2000 00:50
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            I've had my second-hand Focus 1.8 Zetec for about 5 months now and despite a few small teething problems the car is great. The looks speak for themselves, fantastic. I have the 5 door version and many people have commented on the rear passenger space being very high. They liked it this way and found the room in the back to be more than enough for long journeys. Although I find the engine to be a tad on the loud side (maybe switching from a Diesel, I was expecting far too much!) the pick up is excellent and nice and powerful. The best thing is the handling which is brilliant around corners, no wallowing or bodyroll to note with pinpoint steering. I've been in cars costing 4 times as much and they don't beat this! The car gives pretty good economy but does cost a lot to fill, especially in England!! If you have a choice go for the Air con and heated front windscreen (This is an excellent feature that helps no end on the cold mornings). However, the heater is a bit on the weedy side unless on the higher settings. To sum up, a great car that i'm sure will hold it's value in the long term, not that i'm selling mine!!

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            21.11.2000 07:27
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            I am quite a ford fan, my parents have had fords for my entire life, they still have two, my brother and me also have one, and in fact we are known as family ford. Originally my parents drove a sierra but last may they decided to buy a focus and after careful consideration bought a 3 dr 1.8 zetec. This car is simply fantastic! I own the sierra now and when my mum parted with it she did not consider it as an old car. The focus changed her mind and I am considering buying one as well. A good upgrade when purchasing the car is the climate pack that includes the air conditioning. I’ve been totally converted to the air conditioning clan. It is great on hot days (obviously) but also offers other advantages. De-misting the car on wet days is much easier and faster using the air-con also that hot flush when the car has been closed up in the sun is quick to go, the other main advantage is the heated front windscreen for those frosty mornings. The engine in the 1.8 is noticeably better than the 1.6 that most of the previews use. Apart from better economy and performance the increase in power makes for a nicer experience. The zetec comes with sports suspension (stiffer), which makes the ride a bit bumpier, but when coupled with the excellent rear suspension makes the car feel like it’s on rails. For the price of the car and its performance I would strongly recommend anyone to get one the interior is comfy and roomy in both front and back so families don’t need to worry. All in all well-done ford!

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              29.09.2000 00:01
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              Being a bit of a car nut I insisted on finding out why every magazine I read raved about the Ford Focus. Well I soon found out! The moment I sat in the car I was very comfortable. EVERYTHING was within easy reach and felt solid to the touch. When I moved off, all the controls were light YET were more communicative than an international telephone exchange! The engine whispered nicely, behaving itself in public. It was the 1.6 Zetec version, a great motor indeed. The gearshift slotted home precisely every time I touched it, while the driveline picked up smoothly. There was plenty of room in the cabin, though possibly at the expense of boot space. Amazingly, all that was bettered by the suspension which dished up such a composed ride while delivering an almost level cornering stance throuhg every corner. I was extremely impressed by that car!

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                28.09.2000 02:21

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                What a car!!!!! My mate has just purchased a brand new Ford Focus and it's a greatride. It's 2 litre engine provides the power whilst the body provides the looks and on having a good look around the car there wasn't much that didn't appeal. It offers great road handling (all around disc brakes) and a superb sound system + air con provide very comfy ride. My advice for anybody considering buying a Ford would be go for the Focus you won't be dissapointed

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                14.08.2000 23:17

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                I purchased my new Focus 4 months ago. I have loved every minute I have spent on the road. It is comfortable to drive, totally reliable and extremely safe. I opted for the 1.8, 5 door Zetec and paid for Air Conditioning plus a few other extras.I was without it for one day when it was being serviced and I was given a fiesta to drive- which was a previous model I owned- and found it awful in comparison.I was very glad to get my own car back. I cannot find a downside of the Focus, except, pehaps that, as it has a 55 litre petrol tank it costs a fortune to fill it. The boot is excellently sized for its class of car. There is plenty of room in the back for passengers legs. There is even enough space for 2 adults and a child seat.

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                09.07.2000 20:37

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                Just when we think we have got used to the focus' sharp looks, we drive one and remind ourselfs how far ahead it is of every rival. Not just because it rides, handles and steers better, but for its practical, thoughtfull interior. The driving position is spot on with plenty of space for a family of five. All of the buttons and switches are brilliantly laid out on the inside. The only thing wrong with this car is that ford is too mean to provide more than a 12 month warranty.

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