Based on Ford Focus S
Ford's Focus compact car was restyled in 2008, gaining a new look inside and out. The vehicle is sold either as a sedan or coupe. The sedan is available in base S, SE, SES and SEL trims. The Focus coupe is available in SE and SES trims. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cobalt, Honda Civic a... Read Full Report
Editor's note: This review was written in September 2009 about the 2009 Ford Focus. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2010, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.The Ford Focus is one of those small cars that's fun to drive even though it doesn't have a high-horsepower engine. It gets good g... Read full review for the 2010 Ford Focus
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My 91 Taurus was on it's last leg at 230,000 miles in January 2010, so I needed a new car. Because of my location, I wanted good gas mileage, and it is primarily used to go to work. Saw this 2010 Ford... Read Full Review
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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