Having previously owned a 2.0 ghia hatch for three years, I bought the estate three years ago, covering 53,000 miles in this time with no problems.
Zetec is lacking a bit in equipment levels but really easy and cheap to upgrade if you want to.
The handling is as good as the hatch, with the added bonus of good luggage capacity. I've had no real problems except both vehicles (hatch and estate) have chewed tyres and needed four wheel alignment doing with the added extra cost of replacing tyres.
Other than that, it's an excellent vehicle which I'm reluctant to change. It could be a bit thirsty if your used to owning a diesel version.
I am writing about the Ford Focus Estate X plated 1.8 hdi diesel turbo fuel injection. 116,000 MILES I have had it afer using a peugeot petrol T plated petrol. and a super little nissan micra [terrific but a ladies type car Great however >>>]
Firstly,this car has had a new clutch,and a cam belt, It gives me over 50 m.p.g. diesel The turbo does as it says Suggest all people find their notable service fella,or do it yourself. These are used by the Police,in varied activities, No wonder !!!!!!! Will not change this white X plate eqiped with a C.D. 6000 type, and Zenon White Lights,ROAD LEGAL,as the equivalent car would cost thousands i.e. AUDI ETC. I am not going to tell you what it cost,or where i bought it from All i have to say is:---------------- FORD FOCUS IS REMAINING WITH ME FOR A LONG WHILE TO SAY THE LEAST,AS YOU CAN,WITH THIS TYPE OF TURBO-DIESEL USE IT AS YOU WISH FOR POWER AND/OR /FRUGAL M.P.G. BRIAN IN NOTTINGHAM
It's done 98k miles, so it's starting to show its age, but these problems are potentially dangerous...
The gearbox speed sensor failed due to corrosion, which caused the speedo to drop to zero at random. Then, if you depressed the clutch, the ECU cut the engine. Risky, because the power steering and brake servos cut out as well, leaving you a passenger in a big tin box, heading onto a roundabout - cost £200 to fix. The fuel gauge occasionally drops to zero, just for fun.
The tailgate wiring wore out inside the rubber "boot" between the roof and the 'gate, causing fuses to blow, and the lights to fail on a dark night. The dealer repaired the wiring loom for me.
Generally it's been a reliable car, always starts and carries tons of stuff, it's just getting a bit old and is facing some big bills, so it's got to go...
I have owned my Focus for 4 years and in that time I have not had to change so much as a bulb !!. In my 26 yrs of car ownership this is without doubt the most practical and reliable car I have owned. I wish I could justify changing it but I can't. It does everything I ask of it and more. It takes me to and from work every day and once a year I fill it to the brim with wife, kids, bikes, camping gear & kitchen sink and toddle off to France, it never misses a beat. The fit and finish of the car is first class and on a par with much more exclusive marques, to which through work I have access. I am never disapointed jumping back in the Focus at the end of the day after driving say a VW or Audi. the only down side is that because mine is pre 2001 it does not qualify for the reduced rate of car tax and the mpg isn't brilliant for a diesel, best i've ever achieved is 49mpg at a constant 60mph. On the plus side however the insurance premiums get cheaper every year, £105 fully comp ! In summary I cannot really fault the car. The wife wants me to upgrade it for snob value, but the way it's going the old Focus will outlive me !!
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