Bought from Ford Direct 9mths ago, when 10mths old with 8k on the clock and at around 55% of list!Best way to buy as one on the forecourt won't have 2 years unlimited warranty/breakdown cover!As these cars are ex Ford employee cars they also tend to have plenty of extras.So I went for one with full leather pack,sunroof,parking sensors,advanced bluetooth,17" alloys. My commute's a mix of town and country roads means it returns 45+ but motorway journeys see it rise to 55+. The 2.0 diesel provides plenty of power especially mid-range but my 2007.5 model lacks the traction control of the newest models.Be careful flooring it in 1st! Overall excellent well-made and spacious car, more room than a friends x-type!The lower cabin trim is somewhat hard but who notices too much as it's below eye-level. If you want a well priced,quality small family car look no further.
I have owned this car since June 08 and have covered approx 7,000 miles. I bought the car after a 'string' of hot hatches that were getting more and more costly to run and seemed to have less and less relevence to my daily use. I chose the Focus because they get good reviews are relatively cheap to buy compared to their rivals. I find the 1600 is slow off the mark and has very little in the way of mid-range power. Regards fuel economy, if I really try I can get 34 round town and 40 in the country, but usually it's nearer 30 and 35 respectively. The trouble is, because the car is fairly slow, you end up burying your foot into the carpet to get it going which in turn reduces the fuel economy. Overall the I like the car,and would have another, but would buy a more powerful model or maybe a diesel for the extra mid-range.
This is my second car and I use it for driving instruction. It doesn't drive as well as the Astra. Its not very fast and 1.6 engine unrefined. I only managed about 300 miles a tank-without my pupils using it! The problem I had with this car is the rear red light bulb. You can't get it any where except Ford Dealer- it costs £12 and I had to wait 24hrs for one ! I thought I brought a Focus so that it will be cheap to run and with parts easily available. The cabin is a let down as Ford is trying to hard to copy others. Concentrate on the basics-leather steering wheel feels cheap and horrible to hold for example. The front demist is the best thing out of the car though.
I had a Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec Climate. Nice to drive and economical...but Ford customer service really is dreadful. The cars alarm hummed intermittently from day one and Ford told me that there was nothing wrong with it. A drive belt snapped, the water pump stopped working and the coolant overheated. Ford fixed the drive belt but charged me £60 for the replacement coolant. I appealed to Ford customer service who told me that the coolant wasn't covered, despite the cause being the broken drive belt and they in effect told me not to bother them and go away. In short buy a Focus, enjoy the car and hope that it doesn't break, because if it, does you are on your own!!!!!
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