I've own the 2001 (Y Plate) 1.4iCL version for 4 years now. Inevitably there has been problems with a car this age. The electronic and electric components could have been stronger. The ECU Unit went causing the car to stutter , costing £165. The Central Locking Unit on the doors are somewhat crazy. I can open the driver's door with my key but it doesn't sound then a couple of miles down the road the 'door-opening' sound appears. I wonder if it is water-igress somewhere?. Another fault is the 'paint-bubbling' down at the bottom of the doors , as in most Fords of the past , this hasn't changed. There seems to be a lack of 'water-venting' in this area to release moisture. It looks as if the water is just collecting at these points. Overall , the Ford 1.4CL has quite an adequate engine for my needs around urban areas , a bit guttless on open motorways but I just sit at 70mph anyway and not a 'speed-merchant'.
i recently got the car i always wanted i wanted the 1.4 zetec when i 1st passed but couldnt afford now i can afford i thought may as well get a good 1 so i got a 02 focus 2.0 16v zetec and i love it its got loads of power feels brill to drive nice chunky steering wheel feels like a real car to drive, the mpg isnt great but i only drive it at wknds so it doesnt matter i put the running cost full because i class the insurance as part of that and it so cheap to insure £450 fully comp for a 20 yr old male with 3 points, beats £760 for my old 98 megane coupe 1.6 3rd party f&t, sooo i wound deff recomend one!!
This car is a good fun to drive, great accelaration for a family car, gear changes smooth, and responsive handling. However, the zetec has a notably firm ride, which can be uncomfortable at fast speeds on country lanes! Overall this car handles well, and drives like a sports car, best appreciated if you live out of town, as low speed fuel economy is average, and accelerating aggressively guzzles up fuel! Despite the car being of 6 years now, i have seen no loss of performance, however the engine is a bit noiser than it was, though form driving point of view, improves the almost rally like drive during cornering and accelaration.
A must buy for those looking for a family car with a kick!
I have just recently changed my Renault Scenic for a Focus. I normally get sentimental about cars and for a couple of weeks after changing, I often wonder if I've done the right thing. However, this has certainly not been the case with the Focus. Although I enjoyed driving it on the test drive, it wasn't until I picked it up that I began to appreciate just how good it is. It's an absolute joy to drive on twisty roads and so smooth and refined on the motorway. I have instantly fallen in love with this car and I will probably end up repeating most of the ecstatic reviews already posted on this site!
I am now finding all kinds of excuses for going out in it! The steering feels well balanced and overall the car handles superbly. The build quality feels more solid than Renault and I have to concede that the seats aren't quite up to the Scenic's levels of comfort.
The stereo is excellent and already I'm noticing better fuel economy. The gear changes are very slick and all the controls have a nice smooth action to them.
It's a bit soon to comment on running costs and reliability, but going by the general consensus on this site I'm hoping they'll be good.
I would recommend this car.
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