2001 Ford Focus
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Never again

by from on January 24, 2017

This car was going great untill a few weeks after i bought it, there isn't one thing that didn't go wrong starting with the alternater, then the gears went, a few weeks the bearing in the engine faile...
This car was going great untill a few weeks after i bought it, there isn't one thing that didn't go wrong starting with the alternater, then the gears went, a few weeks the bearing in the engine failed, and the most recent the clutch went and a week later the clutch failed again well i assume it was the clutch the car had to be towed and us currently in the garage! I found this the most unreliable car i have ever purchased! Never again
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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I do miss my ZX3

by from Boston MA on November 5, 2016

After a test drive when the Focus first arrived in the US, I knew this would be my next car and didn't test drive any others. It was more fun to drive than most economy cars and handled very well. I b...
After a test drive when the Focus first arrived in the US, I knew this would be my next car and didn't test drive any others. It was more fun to drive than most economy cars and handled very well. I bought my 2001 new in late 2000. A basic ZX3 with a 5 speed manual for about $13K. Although it was the 2nd year for this model in the US, it had many recalls (9?). I also had a few warranty repairs on the common DPFE valve and new front struts and links that fixed a noisy front end. After these repairs, it was very reliable and I just replaced a set of front rotors that the too hard pads destroyed and a failed rear wheel bearing. Late in it's life, it sat outside a lot and developed a leaky oil pan, the AC stopped working and a brake line rotted out, so it was no longer driveable. The timing belt was due for replacement and the fuel pump failed but I replaced it with a salvage yard one - that would have been covered for free if I had brought it in to Ford before year 10. After 14 years, I decided it was far smarter to cut my losses and put that money towards a new (used) car and let it go to the scrap yard.
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Purchased a new car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Never again

by from Colorado Springs, CO on June 2, 2014

Of all vehicles I've ever had, I've had more issues with this one. I've had bad luck with Fords in general. My husband bought this car used and it did really well in the beginning. After about 80K mil...
Of all vehicles I've ever had, I've had more issues with this one. I've had bad luck with Fords in general. My husband bought this car used and it did really well in the beginning. After about 80K miles, the problems start rolling in! The car has almost left us stranded 3 times in a year b/c of something electrical or the water pump seized and the serpentine belt wouldn't stay on. At 97K miles the car had so much wear and tear that we couldn't justify paying that much just for something else to break down later on. It seems that once we repaired one thing, something else unexpected came up. I feel like we made a good move trading this off for a Honda.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Great All Around Car

by from LA, CA on September 8, 2013

This car is very good. And it has great acceleration and power especially for a 4 cylinder. I also love the interior design. It feels like I am driving a shuttle.
This car is very good. And it has great acceleration and power especially for a 4 cylinder. I also love the interior design. It feels like I am driving a shuttle.
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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

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Does not recommend this car

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Lost My Focus

by from St. Louis, MO on January 27, 2012

I purchased the car used with 50,000 miles on board. At frist it was a reasonable little car. Then the problems began. Broken Engine Mounts - two times - expensive fix Lots of vibration and little rep...
I purchased the car used with 50,000 miles on board. At frist it was a reasonable little car. Then the problems began. Broken Engine Mounts - two times - expensive fix Lots of vibration and little repairs here and then. Then this week - total engine failure. I had the car towed to my shop where the mechanic told me that it wasn't my fault, just poor design. He said this happens a lot in the Focus, just like the broken engine mounts. Now I'm having to scramble to figure out what to do. Never again, Ford, never again.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Smart choice

by from New york city on September 16, 2011

I purchased my 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. Which i found on cars.com, I was stuck deciding between the Focus and a 1995 Mustang GT. But I made the smart choice by buying the Focus, not only is it better on g...
I purchased my 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. Which i found on cars.com, I was stuck deciding between the Focus and a 1995 Mustang GT. But I made the smart choice by buying the Focus, not only is it better on gas its easier to park in tight spots. I woudnt trade or sell it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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"F"ound "O"n "R"oad "D"ead ford

by from Waverly IA on February 19, 2011

I got this car from my parents. I have only had it for a short time and have already put more money into it than it is worth. When buying a car like this be prepared to have it in once a week for repa...
I got this car from my parents. I have only had it for a short time and have already put more money into it than it is worth. When buying a car like this be prepared to have it in once a week for repairs.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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A real gem.

by from New Jersey on February 8, 2011

I have 257,000 miles on my 2001 Focus. I bought her in 2002-3 with about 21,000 miles. She has been like a friend, always there when I needed to go. She has been through a lot, and I drove her every d...
I have 257,000 miles on my 2001 Focus. I bought her in 2002-3 with about 21,000 miles. She has been like a friend, always there when I needed to go. She has been through a lot, and I drove her every day over 100,000 miles. I had hope to have her until she reached 1 million miles, because she drove like she would reach that mark. Recently, she has been seeing a lot of repairs. Because of the cost of repairs and I can't afford to keep her and another car I will need to give her up. I would highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a car they can count on. She is a true gem.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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