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FORD FOCUS Hatchback 1998‑2004
454 owner reviews for FORD FOCUS Hatchback 1998‑2004
Most reliable car ever
FORD FOCUS 1.6 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 15th February '14)
If you need a car for hard use, doesn't need to look after always and enough space for a small family, then Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec 5dr is the best car for you. As a hatchback it has a good running engine ,individual suspension system, a lot of space for passengers and specially 350 liters capacity Boot (seats up) . it was the best selling car 1999 to 2008 in UK.( best_selling_cars_in_Britain Wikipedia) .
it Runs great, easy to maintain and relative cheap to run compare with other 1.6 engines. As a daily car user I highly recommended ford focus 1.6 Zetec. watch the youtube video (Old Top Gear Ford Focus ) for more information.
Dull as dishwater!
FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDCi Edge 5dr (Review date: 1st January '14)
I bought my Focus 3 years ago after my beloved Nissan was written off. I said there were 3 things I would never have: 1) A Ford, 2) A diesel, and 3) A five door car. I ended up with all three as I needed a car pronto, and this was the best I could find for the money I had.
Just after this, I bought a house, and with the exception of the bed and 3 piece, the Focus moved the lot. It also doubled up as a decorators van, and gardeners workhorse.
I ashamed to say I still dont like it - it isnt a car I would have willingly gone out and bought, but in the 3 years I've had it I've doubled the mileage (its now on 100,000 and apart from a new battery, some glow plugs last winter and tyres/brakes (all wear and tear parts) it has never let me down and does everything I ask of it and more, with little fuss.
Running costs are minimal, its cheap on fuel (not around town so much) cheap to tax and parts (not that I've needed many) are peanuts.
The only downside really is its so boring! Its quick, but otherwise driving isnt really an involved affair. The engine is noisy and the gearchange is like a van. Mine doesnt have many whistles and bells, but it all works, and I trust it to take me anywhere.
In brief, if you want something with streetcred, run for the hills. If however, you want a cheap, dependable, frugal workhorse, you could do no better. I guess I'm sort of attached to it now - I put it up for sale recently as I want something with a little more character, and actually felt quite sad!
W reg ford Focus Diesel
FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDi CL 5dr (Review date: 9th September '13)
Focus 1.8 TDCI (never again)
FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDCi Zetec 5dr (Review date: 26th April '13)
1.8Tdi lx ultra reliable Money well spent!
FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDi LX 5dr (Review date: 24th March '13)
I needed economy and air con, that was my criteria which led me to look at the focus diesel.
I bought a Y plate in white with skinny wheels and a radio cassette player which was an ex-lease car. Could it get any more boring!?!
This meant I got a good deal though, so the money saved went on a new set of aftermarket alloys and a recon ford cd head unit.
That was pretty much all I ever spent on the car in 3.5 years!
It simply never went wrong. Performance was reasonable, handling good and I loved the look of it. I used to drive 250 miles each week and I'd get around 50mpg on a mixture of motorway and town.
A couple of years on my wife needed a new car. Remembering how good my little tdi was, we purchased the newer tdci focus c-max. It gave us nothing but trouble. Always something wrong with it. So if you're looking for better reliability, go for the older tdi engine. I would every time.
I sold my focus about three years ago with about 115000 miles on the clock and I still see it scooting about round town. It really was a great car.
Practical & Fun
FORD FOCUS 1.6 Ghia 5dr (Review date: 6th October '12)
2003 focus st170
FORD FOCUS 2.0 ST170 3dr (Review date: 14th September '12)
i have owned my st170 for 1 year now and coming with a comprehensive main dealer history and 1 loving previous owner where no expense was spared i could'nt belief the practacality and driveabililty for realitvily cheap money to buy the fuel economy isnt the greatest around town 35+mpg motorway miles the performance and handling more than make up for the minor downsides to this great fun to drive car which looks subtle and still shows up many more modern day cars a great all round car for very little money