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2001 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

3.7
Average based on 26 reviews
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DEFECTIVE FUEL PUMP

by from Greensboro, NC on October 10, 2010

FOCUS IS A FUN TO DRIVE CAR WITH SPRITELY PERFORMANCE..IT HANDLES LIKE A DREAM. THE STEERING IS QUICK AND RESPONSIVE. THE "FIT AND FINISH" IS EXCELLENT. NO GAPS IN THE BODY PANELS OR RATTLES. THERE IS...
FOCUS IS A FUN TO DRIVE CAR WITH SPRITELY PERFORMANCE..IT HANDLES LIKE A DREAM. THE STEERING IS QUICK AND RESPONSIVE. THE "FIT AND FINISH" IS EXCELLENT. NO GAPS IN THE BODY PANELS OR RATTLES. THERE IS A RECALL ON THE FUEL PUMP (FORD CALLS IT THE "FUEL DELIVERY MODULE"). THE FUEL PUMP ORIGINALLY INSTALLED IN THE CAR WILL "CLOG" IF YOU GET A LITTLE "TRASH" IN YOUR FUEL TANK. THE FUEL PUMP WILL OVERHEAT AND WILL "SHUT DOWN" LEAVING YOU STRANDED. MY FUEL PUMP "DIED" AS WE WERE CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM ARKANSAS INTO MEMPHIS, TN. I NOW HAVE THE REDESIGNED FUEL PUMP ( A $900.00 REPAIR ) AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS. DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE "REDESIGNED" FUEL PUMP. OTHERWISE, THIS CAR WILL LEAVE YOU STRANDED !!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Excellent MPG, but eats tires like no other!

by from Morning Sun, IA on March 17, 2012

I drive this care 75 miles one way to work. I've seen over 31 & 1/2 MPG. I've been told the DOHC 2L engine is the only good one of the 2. I've owned this car for a year & 4 months and have put 43K on ...
I drive this care 75 miles one way to work. I've seen over 31 & 1/2 MPG. I've been told the DOHC 2L engine is the only good one of the 2. I've owned this car for a year & 4 months and have put 43K on it. So far all I've really done is replace the coil pack, plug wires, plugs, a water pump. Prior to purchase I had it inspected and it needed 2 new rotors, 2 lower control arms in the rear, valve cover gasket, with it having 99K on it. Biggest problem with this car is that it eats up rear tires in 19K even if you rotate them every 6K like you are supposed to. Now with 25K on this set of tires I need another rear one replaced. My Focus is the Wagon SE, and when the tread is getting low on the rear tires, the rear end sways all over the road if it's a bumpy road. It's the right rear that I am having all the problems with. I have been told by many tire shops that Focus' tear up rear tires a lot, and I am finding it to be true. If it were not for the rear tire issues, I'd probably buy another one because the MPG is excellent. But I can probably say I wont buy another.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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This Car Saved My Wife's Life

by from McConnellsburg, PA on January 9, 2012

We purchased this car used in the summer of 2011 after a bad experience with a Chrysler PT Cruiser. It was good for being a 2nd car that didn't use much gas, although the gas comsumption was more than...
We purchased this car used in the summer of 2011 after a bad experience with a Chrysler PT Cruiser. It was good for being a 2nd car that didn't use much gas, although the gas comsumption was more than what the dealer told us. (We were told it would get 28mpg city, I never came close to it, more like 23 or 24). My wife totaled the car in a one car accident driving home from work one evening. She lost control on a wet road and the car went into the ditch and nose first into a fence post and creek bed. The entire front end was destroyed, but thanks to the airbags and other safety features, she walked away with some bruising and that was it. If you are looking for a car with bells and whistles, this probably isn't the vehicle for you. If you want something that will get you to work or school and back and that's it, you could do worse.
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Focus

by from Alexandria, va on April 21, 2010

I really love this car. It was my parents car before they gave it to me. I have had very little problem with the car other than the usual upkeep. Since we've had the car i have only had to change a 15...
I really love this car. It was my parents car before they gave it to me. I have had very little problem with the car other than the usual upkeep. Since we've had the car i have only had to change a 150 dollar belt, and new brake pad...it was 8years after we bought it... LOVE THIS CAR>..
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Super Little Car!

by from Ontario Canada on July 20, 2010

I bought my Focus with about 60,000miles on it already from a used car lot. I'd had a really bad experience with a Ford Taurus SE before so I was reluctant to buy another Ford - but I was sold on the ...
I bought my Focus with about 60,000miles on it already from a used car lot. I'd had a really bad experience with a Ford Taurus SE before so I was reluctant to buy another Ford - but I was sold on the peppiness and handling of this car! It's so much better than any other North American Car I've owned. I've only had to change the oil, buy some snow tires and get the front bearings changed out but this was only after I'd put on another 75,000 miles in 2 years! This car show no signes of wearing out - I still get about 700 km on 40.00 of regular gas ... I'm gonna drive this thing til it drops - then maybe buy another one!
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Does recommend this car

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Love the Focus

by from Massachusetts on September 15, 2009

I own a 2001 Focus ZX3 model and recommend it. This car has crossed the USA coast to coast twice in 5 years and has been enjoyable to drive. No problems even with lots in tow going over mountain passe...
I own a 2001 Focus ZX3 model and recommend it. This car has crossed the USA coast to coast twice in 5 years and has been enjoyable to drive. No problems even with lots in tow going over mountain passes! The only issue it has had has been the tie rod connectors to the tires (in front only) have been subject to throwing it out of alignment when accidentally hitting a curb. It does feel a bit cramped for more than 2 persons inside. Great car for anyone looking for affordability, style, and gas mileage. It handles very well on the roads and good on snow as well. It also appeals to me more than the new style focuses. I like the European design and think this older model is more cutting edge and futuristic looking than the new ones.
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Horrible!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on December 4, 2007

It seemed that almost as soon as my warranty expired, everything in the car went bad. I've replaced almost everything under the hood and have had to replace so many tires that I should have bought sto...
It seemed that almost as soon as my warranty expired, everything in the car went bad. I've replaced almost everything under the hood and have had to replace so many tires that I should have bought stock in Good Year. Two of the 1,000 times that my car has broken down, were due to faulty corroded wiring. Ford couldn't even get the electrical part right. I've even gone over my limit with my AAA membership. With all of the money that I have spent in the garage, tire store, and towing costs...not to mention the major inconvenience (I had to take two vacation days this year just b/c of my car) it's totally not worth purchasing. I could've bought a much nicer car and would've not gone through nearly as much hassle!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Focused on the ZX3

by from Central PA on June 13, 2006

My loaded, red, 5-speed ZX3 hatchback just turned 61000 trouble free miles. I bought it new in 2001 and have had zero problems, plus it's a blast to drive. It gets 30 MPG average,(mostly 2 lane rural ...
My loaded, red, 5-speed ZX3 hatchback just turned 61000 trouble free miles. I bought it new in 2001 and have had zero problems, plus it's a blast to drive. It gets 30 MPG average,(mostly 2 lane rural driving) and handles like a go cart. Very comfortable, safe and so far dead reliable. I've spent zero on repairs, just normal oil, filter and tire changes, still has the original brakes! Another big plus is you can haul just about anything with the rear seats down. As you can tell I really like the car. Can't believe all the negative press about the Focus, you shouldn't either. Drive one, you'll like it!
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Great Value - Good Looking - Reliable

by from Cleveland, Ohio on December 8, 2008

Went to buy Ford Escape, ended up buying the Focus Wagon. The Escape rode/drove like a truck - the Focus drove like a European car and was less expensive and just about the same interior space. I like...
Went to buy Ford Escape, ended up buying the Focus Wagon. The Escape rode/drove like a truck - the Focus drove like a European car and was less expensive and just about the same interior space. I like the VALUE offered by Ford and the room of a wagon for transporting family and stuff. In addition to the Taurus, I've also owned a Contour and a T-Bird. Put over 75K miles on my Focus and other, than routine maintenance, it's been cheap to own and cheap to drive (30+MPG on highway). I gave it only 4 stars for performance - wish you could get it with a V6, but that would add a chunk to the price tag and the gas mileage would suffer. It's sporty looking and fun to drive. Very reliable. Solid car!
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Does recommend this car

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Great car for a small family

by from Woodville, ON Canada on August 16, 2008

Purchased my Focus Wagon used, it was 2 years old and was well maintained with one previous owner. I enjoy driving this vehicle to work, 80 kms (approx. 50 miles) one way, as it has great acceleration...
Purchased my Focus Wagon used, it was 2 years old and was well maintained with one previous owner. I enjoy driving this vehicle to work, 80 kms (approx. 50 miles) one way, as it has great acceleration for passing and highway driving. Lots of interior room/headroom for a 6'1" guy. I love the cargo space this wagon provides; holds all the groceries and the necessary baby supplies needed for a newborn. Great car for everyday use.
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