I have the 1.8 zetec 5 door it has great acceleration compared to it's competition and handles very well. it is also quiet refined and comfortable for longer drives.
Fuel economy can be an issue when using the lead foot but for a 1.8 it is not bad.
I would reccomend this car to anyone wanting to blend fun with practicality I have embarassed many a bigger more expensive car with this one.
I bought this car from Benfield Ford main dealer in leeds.I was going to buy the newer version but they offered me this one 05 plate with only 20K, for such a great price ,I bought it on the spot. When I first got it I had problems with the gear lever which turned out to require a replacement clutch and assembly. Their Service Manager was brilliant and got it sorted for me with no hassle. That's the advantage of buying from a main dealer!!The car has just been a joy to drive.I had originally bought this for my wife and was driving a brand new Vauxhall Astra SXI but this has been such a cool car to drive I swopped; great suspension, good torque and so solid and reliable.It eats up the motorway miles and is so comfy and quiet on a long run. I have driven the new Focus and this one is so much better: more responsive, a drivers car not so heavy and much quicker than the new Focus.It handles like a dream and I can see why Whatcar gave it such rave reviews.From a practical basis, I miss not having 4 doors but 2 doors make the look of the car so much better!! and as I tend to drive it on my own to work and back, it is not a problem. Ford have come a long way in recent years. I have now done 30k and hope to get a lot more out of the old girl!!!!!
There are loads of different models and specs out there but being just 21 I decided the one for me was a 1.8 edge 2door. I can't speak highly enough about this spec with its noticeably firmer suspension than base models,16'' alloys and 1.8 zetec engine. When you're in a good mood and drive with an enthusiastic right foot it really responds, not just on the open road but around twisty bumpy country roads too. O.K this model doesn't come with heated seats, traction control or climate control like the ghia, but I preferr the tidy spoiler above the rear window, the sporty alloys and suspension and firm ride which make for great fun when chasing mates in their MG ZR's and ZS's! I have had no real problems with the car, apart from the occasional bulb going, and I reckon i'll be pushing 40mpg when driven easily. The only thing I think could be improved on the looks front is that the plastic strips down the side and on the front and rear bumpers should be body coloured to round the look off. On mine I have added a full set of genuine ford mudflaps. Yeah they cost me 50 of my hard earned but they look great on this model, especially from the back becase the wider tyres are exactly the same width as the flaps which looks better than they would with those miserable 195's in there instead.
Bought this car 2nd hand 6 years ago & have added 60k miles. It's a fantastic car, brilliant to drive, & this version is better looking than the face-lift version. The colour is State Blue, & the paintwork still looks like new after a wash and polish.
I'll be picky about a couple of things; it's got sports mudguards fitted, which are solid & inflexible - look cool, but are a real irritation going over speed bumps or certain entrance-ways as they keep catching & frequently fly off. There's something that's not quite right with a strut inside the driver's seat which was apparantly put in upside down, so my rather large rear end has rubbed against a joint in it & worked a hole in the cloth fabric - only really a problem if I come to sell it, which I won't. There's also a tiny rust bubble under the rear wiper. And if I could change one thing design-wise it would be to make the rear windows on this 3-dr version openable - it can be a bit claustrophobic in the back otherwise. But who cares about that? I'm always in the front, driving!
It's quick & responsive, goes wherever you point it without a hint of under/oversteer, is patient in traffic jams & eager to stretch its legs on the fast roads. Economy is really good, the gear change smooth & precise, the heated front windscreen should be a compulsory fit on all cars in the world, it's cheap to service (independantly) & buy parts for, & I just can't speak highly enough about it.
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