2004 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

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2004 Ford Focus
3.7
Average based on 18 reviews
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svt focus

by from Dallas, Texas on April 27, 2011

This is my second svt focus and my 5th focus overall, I have enjoyed all but one of them(2006). The most recent one is an 04 svt 3 door. It has the winter package with heated seats, they need a low se...
This is my second svt focus and my 5th focus overall, I have enjoyed all but one of them(2006). The most recent one is an 04 svt 3 door. It has the winter package with heated seats, they need a low setting (they get too hot). The ac blows ice cold but it can be a little loud on the high speed fan setting. The engine has alot of power and shifting through the 6 speed transmission is fun and sporty. It has alot of style and is a great variation of the focus, worth the extra coin if your already looking at a focus. almost forgot I am not a small sized person and would recomend the 3 door if you are a little on the king(or queen) size.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Pleasantly satisfied

by from Keizer, OR on December 7, 2010

I bought this Focus in May 2010. It's a ZTS (4-dr sedan), 5 speed manual, 2.3 liter engine, fully loaded. You wouldn't know it by it's looks, but it's quick. Handling is second to none. The cloth sea...
I bought this Focus in May 2010. It's a ZTS (4-dr sedan), 5 speed manual, 2.3 liter engine, fully loaded. You wouldn't know it by it's looks, but it's quick. Handling is second to none. The cloth seats are soft and very comfortable. The manual shifter feels smooth. This Focus has tilt and telescopic steering. The car sits higher than most other compacts, making it easier to get in and out. Most buttons and switches are large and easy to find. I do have some minor complaints. The seat doesn't go back far enough for tall guys. The center console gets in the way of the shift lever. The trunk lid is high up, making it hard to see while backing. The battery sits near the center of the engine compartment, crowding out major engine components. Overall, the '04 Focus is a sweet ride and fun to drive.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Nice

by from Los Angeles, CA on May 6, 2011

I really like my Ford Focus. It looks good and handles well. However, I have had to purchase another transmission, which was truly disappointing.
I really like my Ford Focus. It looks good and handles well. However, I have had to purchase another transmission, which was truly disappointing.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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best small car

by from on August 7, 2013

Original owner, now with 60K miles. great value with all the SVTperformance package & options included. Fun to drive. Average 28.5- 30.5 mpg combined commuting & around town. Just did the brakes for f...
Original owner, now with 60K miles. great value with all the SVTperformance package & options included. Fun to drive. Average 28.5- 30.5 mpg combined commuting & around town. Just did the brakes for first time, Nothing else on the whole car replaced. except You do have to be careful on the low profile wheels/tires as potholes can cause sidewall damage and wreck a tire. I switch to regular Focus wheels/tires for winter; they fit OK over SVT larger front brakes. 3 dr. model is easy to get in and out for a 200 lb man. - (one reason I bought the car) plus fun factor for an economy car & HID's lamps and side airbags.
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Does recommend this car

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No refinement, very noisy car (from front to back)

by from Eastern seaboard on May 30, 2015

Purchased the car a few months ago, but if I could give it back to the previous owner I would. This is one car I wish I hadn't bought. I had the car checked out prior to buying, and the mechanic could...
Purchased the car a few months ago, but if I could give it back to the previous owner I would. This is one car I wish I hadn't bought. I had the car checked out prior to buying, and the mechanic couldn't find anything major wrong, only a couple of minor things. There's NO refinement to it; it's just "thrown together". Ford was just looking for sales on this car, not customer satisfaction. The gas mileage absolutely sucks (just over 20mpg) on a good day; not understanding that from a 2.0 four cylinder engine. Continual noises from the suspension of the car; already spent several hundred dollars in the past few months. Even after spending that much, I'm still hearing the noises in the suspension, plus a whirring/"erk" sound when the car shifts from 2nd to 3rd gear. Next stop is the transmission specialist shop to see if they can determine what's wrong with it. Right now I do not trust it for long trips (which is exactly the reason I purchased it to start with). Save yourself the frustration and aggravation; buy something else; cannot recommend.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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ford focus

by from Swansea, South Carolina on November 3, 2013

Shopping thru cars.com was easy, useful and I got the car I wanted for the price I wanted to spend, it was easy to shop Cars .com first so I went straight to the dealership to find the car. The dealer...
Shopping thru cars.com was easy, useful and I got the car I wanted for the price I wanted to spend, it was easy to shop Cars .com first so I went straight to the dealership to find the car. The dealer even drove the vehicle out to our place so we could try it out.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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I love it.

by from Portland, OR on January 8, 2012

It's the first new car I've owned and I'll keep mine as long as I can. 89k miles and zero problems. Not even a light bulb. Just put front brakes on it, change the synthetic oil once a year. The 5 spee...
It's the first new car I've owned and I'll keep mine as long as I can. 89k miles and zero problems. Not even a light bulb. Just put front brakes on it, change the synthetic oil once a year. The 5 speed model is the one to get. The automatic is a total dog. I understand cars and don't beat up my equipment. My only complaint is too much road noise and seats could be more comfortable.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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As disposable as a disposable razor.

by from on November 26, 2012

The title above is what the tow truck driver who just towed my car to the mechanic called Ford Focus'. My transmission went out and when we got to the mechanic, there were 3 other Focus' in the parkin...
The title above is what the tow truck driver who just towed my car to the mechanic called Ford Focus'. My transmission went out and when we got to the mechanic, there were 3 other Focus' in the parking lot that need repairs also.My Focus has been pretty good to me but no signs were given that my transmission was about to give up. It just did. And to now know it is commonplace for the Focus' to fall apart, just makes me sad.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Big disappointment!

by from Ottawa on July 24, 2015

I purchased an 2004 ford focus se wagon with 90 000 k's a year ago. It konked out on me last Monday when the coolant bypass pipe Unique to fords horrible design blew Out. Not knowingly the thermostat ...
I purchased an 2004 ford focus se wagon with 90 000 k's a year ago. It konked out on me last Monday when the coolant bypass pipe Unique to fords horrible design blew Out. Not knowingly the thermostat was not functional as well, so the engine blew its head gasket. So after the initial purchase price and some maintence (breaks and link kits) of about 3000$ my car only managed to give me about 20 000kms. ps. I had the 2.0l sohc engine derived from fords model T!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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One of Fords good Ideas

by from Phoenix, AZ on April 10, 2012

The Focus is a good car its great on gas and easy to repair. I love that it has 15 tires brcause it rides smooth on the freeway like you are driving a big car.
The Focus is a good car its great on gas and easy to repair. I love that it has 15 tires brcause it rides smooth on the freeway like you are driving a big car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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