The car is five years old, but the driving axles are already worn. The repair costs 900 euros!
However I like the power steering, the driving response is good, and it's easy to drive in all circumstances (including snow).
In the cabin, there could be more space to keep CDs and so on.
I have driven dozens of all types and handling is always brilliant. But I feel Zetecs always ride too hard for everyday, although they look better.
The 1.6 is nippy in first and second, it's overgeared and sluggish over this. The 1.8 is a bit better with more torque.
The 1.8 diesel is the one to buy - much quicker and about 13mpg better overall. It's feeling its age now inside and the equipment are behind the pace also. I find the driver's seat does not go low enough.
A really great car, refined and very practical. Once the rear seats are down, there is a large load area and fully loaded it still pulls very well.
After sales have not been too good. New gas struts on the tailgate failed in 14 months. These were not covered by warranty after 12 months. Why? To replace they cost over £58. I was not pleased with this result from the dealer.
This marred what was a happy alliance between a man and his car.
This was my second Focus. Maybe I was expecting too much after upgrading from a 1.6 LX but I was disappointed with it.
The Focus in general is a very good car. But I found the ST heavy in fuel. Replacement tyres were £125.00. The car didnt have the get up and go I thought it would. The six-speed gear box was vague. The car had several faults with the engine management system, stiff door handles and a boot that didn't like to close.
I think a 1.8 or 2.0 Zetec would have been a better choice.
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