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FORD FOCUS Hatchback 1998‑2004

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FORD FOCUS Hatchback 1998‑2004

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sammy2810

Best car you could ever have!

FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDi Zetec 5dr (Review date: 22nd July '14)

5

I loved this car. Had to sell due to it finally wearing out.

It had the worst treatment too as we live on a farm and it went up and down a dirt track for 8 years and lived outside all it's life. Before that it went back and forth to Bournemouth from North Essex for 3 years every weekend.

Never ever had a problem. A return trip to Bournemouth and some shopping trips all on a single tank of fuel.

Bits started rusting towards the end especially as I never washed it with all the mud on it too. Had to replace the exhaust because of this. Central locking and air conditioning started to get temperamental towards the end too but this could all be easily fixed and like I said it had a really hard life! These were the only issues in all the years I had it. Never needed oil or anything either.

Nuts and bolts car (2001) easy to fix and parts were cheap so low on labour.

Will get another but maybe an estate for more room with bigger family now.

So reliable, cheap, fuel efficient, practical and excellent to drive. Perfect car never ever failed me once in the 11 years I had it.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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pyufei

Ford Focus 1.6 2004

FORD FOCUS 1.6 LX 5dr (Review date: 9th July '14)

4

A reliable and practical car if somewhat dull.... Get used to see plenty of other people driving the same one on the road.

Had some minor trouble with HD leads wearing out but other than that very good runner. Pretty good on fuel, tax and insurance though these days more modern vehicles cost a lot less (but are not as cheap to buy of course!).

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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ohhelp

2000 X Ford focus 1.8 Zetec 5dr

FORD FOCUS 1.8 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 13th May '14)

3.5

Had the car for a few years bought it as a fill in after my previous car failed expensively.

Bit of a love hate experience really when it was going it was great when it was not well say no more.

If you buy one expect some problems

1. Fuel pumps can go wrong and they are in the petrol tank so it means tank out to replace.

2. Drop link bushes fail which gives wayward handling fairly easy to replace so dont pay a fortune.

3. Engine and gearbox mounts wear which give a very loud clunking noise and again wayward handling.

4. Best get the plug leads replaced with a decent silicon set as the rubber ones can fail causing a misfire

5. Coil packs can fail (easy to replace 4 torx screws).

Apart from the above given regular oil changes the car should be reliable and good fun to drive mine did over 170 000 miles and was still running well when I sold it.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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onecutwoody

Steve Woodford

FORD FOCUS 1.8 Zetec 3dr (Review date: 5th May '14)

4.5

Bought this as a fill in car to replace Ford Ka that had fallen to pieces

Had for 2 years and apart from tyres and the rear suspension bushes being replaced has been a great car Now done 186000 miles and still goes well, getting over 30 MPG on the run to and from work in traffic.

17 year old son learning to drive in it and reckon it is much better than a 1 year old Corsa

Would recommend to anyone

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jdno7

Excellent all-rounder

FORD FOCUS 1.6 LX 5dr (Review date: 10th April '14)

4.5

Has a focus now for 3 years. Has rarely needed work doing, drives very well & economical! I couldn't recommend a better car!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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wanni

Most reliable car ever

FORD FOCUS 1.6 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 15th February '14)

5

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.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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funkyferret77

Dull as dishwater!

FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDCi Edge 5dr (Review date: 1st January '14)

4.8

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!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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talyfan

W reg ford Focus Diesel

FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDi CL 5dr (Review date: 9th September '13)

5

Had mine for 5 yesrs 165,000 miles .Fantastic car to drive, very reliable 50 mpg on short run 60+ on long run. Better looking than later models and superfast .This car does not struggle on hills even when towing a caravan , My next car will be a Focus same model

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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irfanhaji

For Focus Ghia

FORD FOCUS 1.8 TDCi Ghia 5dr (Review date: 22nd August '13)

4.5

The car is an excellent runner, vey efficient when motorway driving, good economically. Good sized family car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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johnweston

FORD FOCUS

FORD FOCUS 1.6 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 25th July '13)

3.8

NEAT CAR BOUGHT TO SELL, NOT TAXED OR MOT OPEN TO REASONABLE OFFERS HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AVAILABLE TO VIEW MOST DAYS PLEASE CALL

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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