Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Focus estate?
The list of known faults is short, so far, but it does include tailgate hinges that may let rain in. However, Ford dealers should cure this at no cost.
Water can also get into the wiper motor and can cause it to overheat, but Ford has issued a recall notice and will fit a modified unit if need be.
Owners also report engine software glitches, causing poor starting and misfires, but this is another one that dealers should fix easily.
The What Car? Reliability Index not only shows just how seldom Focuses break down, it also proves just how cheap they are to fix. Average repair costs are half the average for that type of car.
As with any estate, check before buying that the load area is undamaged, because replacing trim can cost plenty.