2006 Ford Focus Consumer Reviews

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2006 Ford Focus
3.6
Average based on 38 reviews
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Was a good car...

by from Baltimore, MD on July 20, 2011

I bought my focus brand new in 2006. I loved this car. It handled great, had more get up and go than others in its class. I also liked all the features and body style since I bought the sport package ...
I bought my focus brand new in 2006. I loved this car. It handled great, had more get up and go than others in its class. I also liked all the features and body style since I bought the sport package with upgraded body style and premium sound. October of 2010 is when this car started going downhill majorly... The alternator failed. I had it replaced with a Ford rebuilt. Three months later, it failed again and was replaced. The second failure killed my battery, so I replaced that as well. March of this year I go to start my car and its dead. I got it jumped. The cables were loose so I assumed that was the cause and went on my way. Three weeks later it died again. Charged it. It died two more times. Garage couldn't find anything wrong...assumed it was a faulty battery. Put a new battery in...worked for one day then died again... The garage thinks there is an intermittent draw on the battery, which is going to take a while to find seeing as how the car "behaves" at the shop. I'm fed up with not having reliable transportation so I'm getting rid of it...thinking its another faulty alternator. Only 52,000 miles on it too. Such a shame. It used to be a nice, dependable car. I'm hoping I just had major bad luck with this car. I know people who have this car and have had no problems. I guess take this review as you will, but my suggestion is be wary of alternator problems!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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excellent for it's class!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on December 3, 2012

I bought this car with just under 60K miles 1 year ago. I'm approaching 90K now, and I couldn't be happier! In a years time, I spent $40 on a clutch master cylinder, and another $40 for two new licens...
I bought this car with just under 60K miles 1 year ago. I'm approaching 90K now, and I couldn't be happier! In a years time, I spent $40 on a clutch master cylinder, and another $40 for two new license plate lamps (to correct a blowing fuse in the parking light circuit). With current fuel avg at 32.93 mpg and a zippy 5 speed, cavernous hatchback payload capacity with the seats folded down, it covers all the bases brilliantly. My only wish would have been to get a ZX5 so I could have installed a rack on the roof! To think the insurance company wrote this little baby off because of some hail damage...for shame!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2006 ZX5 SES = Fun and Reliable Car

by from Westland, MI on June 13, 2007

I leased my Focus in Jan06 and have been very satisfied with it. I use my Focus primarily as a commuter car (26 miles/day) w/ occasional highway miles, and 200 miles of highway driving one weekend per...
I leased my Focus in Jan06 and have been very satisfied with it. I use my Focus primarily as a commuter car (26 miles/day) w/ occasional highway miles, and 200 miles of highway driving one weekend per month. I also will carry my 3-person family in the Focus when we don't need the Explorer. Average fuel consumption has been 25.3 mpg w/ a standard dev of 2.5, which includes both cold and warm weather driving in Michigan. During the summer I average 27.0-28.5 mpg and during the winter approximately 21-23 mpg w/ mpg as low as 20.5 during very cold ops. The instrument cluster, dashboard design, and steering column-based controls are well designed and easy to use. The interior is very roomy and can accomodate 4 adult males with no problem. The 2.0 liter engine mated w/ the 4-speed auto (w/ OD) transmission lacks acceleration, but the car behaves very well on the freeway at speeds up to 95 mph. Agility is great and the feel of the car is excellent for such a small car. If I had to make my choice all over again, I would pick the Focus.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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All in all a good car so far

by from Seattle, WA on May 9, 2008

I bought a 2006 ZX4s, the sporty model with the 2.3L engine. It was a lease car. What I like about it is pretty much what has been said - handling, power, good gas mileage. All in all I'm satisfied. T...
I bought a 2006 ZX4s, the sporty model with the 2.3L engine. It was a lease car. What I like about it is pretty much what has been said - handling, power, good gas mileage. All in all I'm satisfied. Two annoying little things though. Fit and finish isn't as good as the subaru I traded in. On of the doors rattles when you hit any small bump. The lcd display in the radio fades out after it's on awhile. It was a good value for the money, maybe not as good a car as a Honda, but then again it didn't command the higher price.
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Does recommend this car

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Un-Reliable

by from Virginia Beach on October 18, 2006

I have an 02 SVT Focus and I have never seen a car with so many consistant problems. The worst part is that Ford will not cover there own mistakes! I'll be trading it in ASAP. It's fun when it works, ...
I have an 02 SVT Focus and I have never seen a car with so many consistant problems. The worst part is that Ford will not cover there own mistakes! I'll be trading it in ASAP. It's fun when it works, but it spends more time in dealership getting repaired than I do driving it.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Still Great Transportation in 2014

by from CT on March 15, 2014

Nearing 100,000 miles on it now and it still runs great! One repair of Power Steering Pump in all these years, expect this car to last a good long time into the future. Granted, a large part of having...
Nearing 100,000 miles on it now and it still runs great! One repair of Power Steering Pump in all these years, expect this car to last a good long time into the future. Granted, a large part of having a lasting car is taking good care of it and this I have done. Maybe other owners who have had bad experiences haven't?? Or if they are second-hand owners, the first owner didn't take care of it? I don't know, I may have just lucked out with a great pick regardless of a well maintained car. -Good Gas Mileage -Very Reliable -It's no race car but it still has plenty of pep for passing on the highway, yield sign quick accelerations etc. -Very low running costs from oil changes, insurance, normal wear and tear items, etc. Love my focus, I don't think I'll ever get rid of it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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It's a good car

by from RI on May 15, 2013

I bought this car new and it hasn't given me any serious problems. I have about 75K on it now which is still pretty light. I drive this car hard but she's holding up well. I just had the power steerin...
I bought this car new and it hasn't given me any serious problems. I have about 75K on it now which is still pretty light. I drive this car hard but she's holding up well. I just had the power steering belts and everything else power steering replaced which was about $800, But all in all I really can't complain, only thing I've ever had to fix that wasn't normal wear and tear. I did the brakes and rotors myself (I'm no mechanic and it's the first fix I've ever done, but this car is pretty simple) this past year and it now drives like a gem. This truly is a great little car, I love it! The steering is surprising tight, in a good way, good gas mileage even driving hard I still get 20-25 overall. I plan on getting another car in the next year or two, but I'm keeping this Focus as well. It's a fun little car to drive, reasonable in price, and we've had some great times so I'm not getting rid of her. I did keep very good care of this car, all preventative maintenance, always got alignments when needed to which aren't cheap, flushed steering fluid, brake fluids etc. so maybe that's why some of these people have more problems with their cars, bc their previous owner didn't take care of it. But I also only have 75K so we'll see.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Functional, Not Plush

by from Chicago on February 1, 2016

I have driven a 2006 5 speed manual focus wagon for about 45,000 miles. I find it fun to drive although not zippy and needing to be revved up for quicker starts. The interior is roomy for both hauling...
I have driven a 2006 5 speed manual focus wagon for about 45,000 miles. I find it fun to drive although not zippy and needing to be revved up for quicker starts. The interior is roomy for both hauling and people for this relatively small car. The ride on the highway is somewhat noisy. One perplexing issue with an electrical short in the wiring across the hinge of the upward swinging back door led to mechanics replacing fuses, alternator and battery before identifying deteriorated wire insulation and easily repairing with electrical tape. HVAC controls have been problematic. Now need to replace struts at 90,000 miles. Otherwise a reliable car. With a heavy foot I have gotten about 21-22 around town and 31-33 on the highway. Not plush but functional.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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A Good Value

by from Quinton, VA on December 5, 2007

I've had this car for nearly 2 years and it's been a very dependable vehicle. I drive 75+ miles per day (41,000 since purchased), and have consistantly gotten 30 mpg +. It performs well in and out of ...
I've had this car for nearly 2 years and it's been a very dependable vehicle. I drive 75+ miles per day (41,000 since purchased), and have consistantly gotten 30 mpg +. It performs well in and out of traffic (although it's underpowered) and I was impressed with the cargo space. It reminds me of a mini SUV, except it gets great gas mileage.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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2006 ZX3 SE Nice Car, but needs improvement

by from South Texas on June 12, 2007

I bought my '06 Focus SE in Feb. '06. So far the car has been very reliable. I travel long distances quite often and it always gets me there with no problems. There are a few things that need improvem...
I bought my '06 Focus SE in Feb. '06. So far the car has been very reliable. I travel long distances quite often and it always gets me there with no problems. There are a few things that need improvement. The plastic wheel covers turned bright yellow after only 2k miles. The dealer replaced them, but the new ones turned yellow 3k miles after that. Another thing is that I believe all standard trans vehicles should be equipped with a tachometer. My Focus is the mid level model with std trans, the tach should not be an option, but a standard feature (as many focus owners know, holding the trip reset button while starting the car will give you access to the car's computer and you can view your RPM's digitally, but its a pain to always have to reset your trip). Also, ford needs to work on the braking system. My brakes started squealing after only 5k miles. From what I have seen, this is a problem with ALL Focuses. My best friend had a 2000 focus with the same problem, he traded it in for an '03 focus and still had the same problem. Interior styling is nice, engine performs well. Overall, a very reliable car.
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Does recommend this car

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