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2002 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

3.7
Average based on 31 reviews
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Excellent for Singles or Couples, not Families.

by from Southern IN & IL on July 24, 2009

I bought my 2002 Ford Focus SE when it was just a year old, and it only had 40,000 miles on it. I drove it my last year and a half of high school, 90 miles per day all through college, and still have ...
I bought my 2002 Ford Focus SE when it was just a year old, and it only had 40,000 miles on it. I drove it my last year and a half of high school, 90 miles per day all through college, and still have it. Only now, it has 165,000 miles on it! In the six years I've had the car I've only had to put $400 into it. Pretty impressive to me. When it was just me, the car was excellent. Even when my husband & I first got together we still had plenty of room. Now that we're starting a family, there's just not enough room in the backseat for kids, toys, diaper bags, etc. Although, I have to say the trunk is absolutely HUGE!! One of the things I was most concerned about when getting the car was how it would handle in the Illinois & Indiana winters. I'm happy to say that I've never had a bit of trouble getting around without slipping & sliding!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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handles surprisingly great in the snow!!!

by from rockford, il on March 2, 2009

does great in the snow, handles well, the hatchback is roomy and convenient. When you move the passenger seat forward you can fit larger objects in the backseat. The steering wheel is in an odd positi...
does great in the snow, handles well, the hatchback is roomy and convenient. When you move the passenger seat forward you can fit larger objects in the backseat. The steering wheel is in an odd position for me, for some reason it's just not comfortable to hold onto. An awesome little car, perfect for first time buyer or business person!
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car

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Let the Buyer Beware

by from Bowie, MD on May 9, 2013

Bought this used. My first Ford -- and last! On the way home the transmission started slipping, so it wasnt driveable. A transmission specialist informed us that the design of the Focus is flawed and ...
Bought this used. My first Ford -- and last! On the way home the transmission started slipping, so it wasnt driveable. A transmission specialist informed us that the design of the Focus is flawed and that transmission problems are common and frequent! Cost a ton to get fixed. Dont let someone trick you into buying this without having a mechanic check it out. Then drive it for a long test drive in variable conditions - slow, fast, uphill, down hill, highway. If the person selling it wont let you do this. Walk away. Even still, it'll be risky.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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142,000 miles later...

by from Unity, ME on May 6, 2007

I have mixed feelings about my little 2002 Focus SE. I bought it used three years ago for 4500. It had 90k miles on it. Now I'm up past 142. I live in Maine, and it seemed to winter just fine. I get p...
I have mixed feelings about my little 2002 Focus SE. I bought it used three years ago for 4500. It had 90k miles on it. Now I'm up past 142. I live in Maine, and it seemed to winter just fine. I get pretty good gas mileage (generally between 28 and 30) I've had to replace the struts, motor mount, and timing belt. I had some mystery electrical problems, and the car kicks occasionally. But I can't complain...I got it cheap and it seems to still be going relatively strong.
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Does recommend this car

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Nice Car

by from Oswego, NY on June 29, 2008

Planty of room for hauling things and very comfortable. The car is on the lower end of the spectrum for pricing, but offers everything I needed in a smaller cqr. The gas mileage is not that great, but...
Planty of room for hauling things and very comfortable. The car is on the lower end of the spectrum for pricing, but offers everything I needed in a smaller cqr. The gas mileage is not that great, but still better than an SUV or other wagons.
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Does recommend this car

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2002 ZX3 5spd 2.0 Zetec good car even at 212,000K

by from southern maine on June 15, 2014

I bouight this car cheap last summer....had to do some repairs to get it working dependable and safe. So far, car has been pretty good....cheap to run and fun to drive. Getting 35-38 mpg....drives lik...
I bouight this car cheap last summer....had to do some repairs to get it working dependable and safe. So far, car has been pretty good....cheap to run and fun to drive. Getting 35-38 mpg....drives like a go cart. The heat will blast you out of the car in the winter. AC needs to be charged but still works even after 12 yrs! Lots of cheap plastic but not bad overall....I wouldn't get an automatic as those then to fail. Hear of some of these 5 speeds go from 300-over 400,000 miles....will see on mine
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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FORDFOCUSWAGON- M-M-M-Good

by from New York, NY on March 30, 2012

MY 1993 Ford Escort Finally gave up (Transmission Trouble) May she RIP. She served me well. Like the Timex watch. she took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. The Ford Focus was the logical replacement veh...
MY 1993 Ford Escort Finally gave up (Transmission Trouble) May she RIP. She served me well. Like the Timex watch. she took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. The Ford Focus was the logical replacement vehicle. Plenty of loading room inside and out (roof rack). Economical, long distance comfy - cruise control. Easy access change drawer, seat position can be elevated for better leg to torso angle - especially on long trips.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Trustworthy Car

by from Los Angeles, CA on August 7, 2007

This was the first car I ever purchased for myself. I bought my car in the summer of 2002 and it has been wonderful! I've only replaced the battery once and have never had substantial issues or proble...
This was the first car I ever purchased for myself. I bought my car in the summer of 2002 and it has been wonderful! I've only replaced the battery once and have never had substantial issues or problems with my car. She runs very smoothly and gets respectable mpg. My only complaint is the brake pads which seem to deteriorate more rapidly in Fords (from what I'm told) than other cars. This causes the brakes to squeak a bit more than on other cars. Solid, reliable, and a cute car for someone looking for an inexpensive mode of transportation.
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Does recommend this car

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"I think I got a lemon"

by from Washington State on February 15, 2007

My car had a major computer component go out at under 1000 miles and I should have known that was only the beginning. Since then the repairs have stacked up! I even had the transmission replaced just ...
My car had a major computer component go out at under 1000 miles and I should have known that was only the beginning. Since then the repairs have stacked up! I even had the transmission replaced just after the 30,000 mark. Thank goodness I purchased the maintaince plan because even the dealership told me they probably wouldn't have replaced the transmission, but I had the plan. Now you get 50,000 instead of 30,000, but BEWARE and remember,... you get what you pay for!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Not worth the money

by from Bangor, ME on March 3, 2007

I have a 2002 Ford Focus SE. I bought this car less than 2 years ago and it has under 71,000 miles on it. I don't go over 80 mph in it and get it's oil changed every 3,000 miles. Yet, I have already h...
I have a 2002 Ford Focus SE. I bought this car less than 2 years ago and it has under 71,000 miles on it. I don't go over 80 mph in it and get it's oil changed every 3,000 miles. Yet, I have already had to replace the front struts, brake drums, the power steering rack, and the transmission- plus my A/C isn't working. I've spent almost as much repairing the car as I did buying it. Also, it handles poorly in the snow/slush- I slide all over the place going 5 mph!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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