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FORD FOCUS Estate 2005‑2011

4.4
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Ford Focus estate

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oleole

Expiring turbochargers

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi LX 5dr [110] (Review date: 3rd June '14)

3.3

Lovely car to drive, well thought out inside with lots of storage pockets and trays everywhere. Unfortunately the turbocharger died a month after I bought it. I hadn't even got the V5C back.

This is (it turns out) a well known problem and once it happens it keeps happening, so garages aren't interested in warranting the repair, which would cost around one thousand six hundred pounds. This is the most I've ever liked a car and the shortest period I've ever owned one.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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simonp

DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR A 1.6 TDCI

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Ghia 5dr [110] [Euro 4] (Review date: 12th February '14)

2.5

After buying a Focus 1.6 TDCI after reading reviews here on Autotrader, it went wrong after a couple of weeks. After doing some research and talking to guys in the trade, The 1.6 TDCI engine (PSA) is the worst engine ever built by Ford/peugeot. One of the injectors carbons up due to poor seal design, which sends carbon around the oil system and clogs the turbo, which will fail. You can replace them but the procedure post fit is very expensive (ford quoted me £3500), and has a high chance of failing again. Google all this and you will be amazed.

If you do buy one make sure your warranty is water tight. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE NEAR THEM, unless you are feeling very rich! It a shame because the car is (was) very nice to drive, quiet with good handling. I'm off to buy a VW now.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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katie

Love my Focus..... Love the 70+ MPG even more :o)

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr [110] [Climate Pack] (Review date: 19th September '13)

5

Mine has got to be sold and I am genuinely gutted, it's been a true reliable servant to me. It drives like a dream, and returns a huge 70+mpg on the motorway and 58+ around town. £51 to tax for 6 months and I personally have never spent a penny on it in two years other than an oil and filter change. ALL THAT SAID..... Mine is a very high mileage car that, prior to me having it had new injectors, fuel pump etc over £2000 worth of work mechanically, did it NEED all that spent, well I'm not sure. My own mechanic says the engines them selves are pretty bullet proof, BUT they MUST have regular oil and filter changes to keep them going to the kind of mileage mine has done. Previous owners mechanic I think was either rubbish or saw the owners coming and in all honesty when we bought it two years ago it had all that spent but still had a fault and was in limp mode..... Half an hour after I got it my mechanic plugged it into his diagnostic machine and cleared over 100 fault codes off.... 10 minutes and a £10 drink later I drove out a perfect car that has never missed a beat since.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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tegtyper

Why aren't all cars this good?

FORD FOCUS 1.8 Zetec 5dr (Review date: 23rd July '13)

4.8

The Focus is one of those cars that gets often overlooked because of its badge and the fact it is so common. However, I think people are seriously missing out.

I purchased my Focus Estate to replace an expired Mazda 6. Knowing of its reputation for great handling it was a default choice for my needs, however in the past year I have been blown away by the overall abilities of this car.

From a practicality perspective, the Focus Estate is as practical as any of its competitors on the market. Boot space is good, as is the boot opening. Especially important to me is the ability to carry 3 meter long items within the car, which the Focus can do (and something the BMW 3 Series Estate can't). My biggest niggle was the fact Ford didn't fit ISOFIX as standard to the Focus estate, something which should be default for a car of this age.

Mechanical reliability has been 100% and servicing has been cheap. This means running costs on the whole have been very reasonable although being the 1.8 petrol model, it does like a bit of fuel (although this won't be helped by my right foot!).

As I said earlier, this car handles fantastically. It is a genuinely entertaining drive and it does so without compromising ride comfort.

It really is a great all rounder and even after a year I can't think of any car better to suit my (or probably quite a few other peoples needs).

Overlook a Focus at your peril because you really will be missing out.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stayfrosty

good car bad garages

FORD FOCUS 1.6 Zetec 5dr [115] [Climate Pack] (Review date: 22nd July '13)

4.5

This car is a good car the trim is better than my dads vw golf by a mile , the gear box is precise as is the handling , the engine pulls well , and still will give you 60 + on a run.

Its duller than dish water to look at though which is a shame , the biggest shame though is how bad ford garages are , useless and arrogant is probably being nice to them.

In 90000 miles all that needed doing is a suspension arm on it , not bad considering that she's used over fields regularly.

Also had a warning light which ford haven't a clue how to fix.

All in all a good car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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anthony101

Focus econectic estate

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Econetic 5dr (Review date: 12th April '13)

4.8

Excellent vehicle, cheap to tax, £35 a year, and run - have got 75 mpg on open road.

Pretty basic but reliable and cheap to service. Good on motorway , very easy to drive and lots of room in the load compartment. Not the fastest vehicle in the world but neither is it as slow as I had expected a 1.6 diesel to be.

Very impressed by this car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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tonyg

A new Ford Focus owner and impressed.

FORD FOCUS 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr (Review date: 27th November '12)

4.5

Having owned VW Passats since the dawn of time, we hired a Ford on holiday and were impressed with the drive. As all the VWs we looked at had electronic hand-brakes and DPF's (both a pet hate of mine) we found this 2.0 Diesel Focus Estate at a good price.

The Focus is slightly shorter than the Passat, however, it feels bigger inside, with a slightly harder and much more positive ride and steering

It is very electronic, button start, auto wipers, auto lights, buzzers and dash warnings for everything. The dash even lets you know when you have a puncture, it spotted a 5psi drop in pressure due to a nail!

Very comfortable and supportive seats, with a driving position higher than the VW. With the 2.0 engine its quick when you need it and not quite as quiet as the Passat but not bad.

Built in sat. nav. is good and very polite.The rear camera is great.

The servicing is one reason we moved away from VW, our first Ford service was uneventful and 2/3rds of the price of VW.

So after 6 months, we are happy and glad we made the switch, although the fuel consumption is slightly higher, the tax band is lower.

I expect to keep the Focus a good while.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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chris37

Focus TDCi Estate

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Zetec 5dr [110] [DPF] (Review date: 3rd October '12)

4.3

I've had this car from new and its now done 87,000 miles. Depreciation-wise its bad because its now only worth circa £4,500, having been £17,700 new. That said its done a lot of miles and as a second hand buy its good value. It is a very good estate car, much more practical than a BMW 3 Series estate or Audi A4 Avant, although doesn't have the badge kudos. The drive and driving position are good, but I don't find the drivers seat very supportive/comfortable, I wish I had bought a better model.

It has been quite economical, having averaged about 52-53 to the gallon up until about its 4th birthday. More recently fuel economy took a nose dive (down to sub 40 miles per gallon) and then an engine malfunction warning came up. It turns out that the diesel particulate filter was blocked and a new Ford part would cost about £725 inc. VAT. Luckily my local Ford dealer managed to source a pattern part for £425 inc. VAT. A word of warning, Ford apparently state that the the DPF should be changed at 75,000 miles. As far as I know DPF's are on a lot of new diesels. Having got the car back this morning it has averaged about 55-56 miles to the gallon today, but obviously at a cost.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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tracey2012

Fuel Efficient Family Car

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Style 5dr [110] [DPF] (Review date: 19th January '12)

5

I have been driving a 4x4 for years and was reluctant to change but due to fuel costs and using it mainly for school runs, we made the decision to buy the Focus.

We bought the estate for my many dogs and chose the Focus for the price and fuel efficienty.

I was also hesitate to change from an automatic but the gears on this are the best I have ever used, it is very easy to drive and alot more comfortable than I thought it would be. If I have to fault it, I would say that I notice the road noise more but my boys always have the radio on loud so I only notice it when alone.

Overall the kids haven't moaned with the change and I am saving money all round with cheaper insurance, £30 tax instead of £245 and better than halved my fuel consumption. I should have changed earlier!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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beware

Turbo WARNING

FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCi Style 5dr [110] (Review date: 4th January '12)

2.8

Bought the 1600 Diesel model 2007 Focus, after years of Driving the reliable and excellent 2001 model 1800 Diesel engine (made by Ford).Thought the newer Focus would last years just the same.BIG MISTAKE!.As the smaller engine clocks up mileage thats when the problems start.Found out at Huge cost, Engines No longer made by Ford,and when Turbo developes Fault can actually be UNREPAIRABLE.Ford Dealership refused any Warranty even if special checks and guidelines are carried out by them,at £1200 cost.Went to Turbo specialists Company who say Carbon build up in engine is the problem which damages Turbo`s and cant be put right.So also wont repair under warranty.So after 6 months ownership,and large expense trying to put right, having now to sell a broken car for a big loss.Ford claim they have not heard of any problems with this engine before.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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