Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Focus hatchback?
ST-Line X and Vignale models have 18in alloy wheels that are more liable to kerb damage, due to having less tyre sidewall. ST-Line X cars get a diamond-cut finish and Vignales a chrome effect that could be more costly to repair than a regular painted finish.
Style and Zetec models miss out on parking sensors, so be on the lookout for dents and scratches to bumpers and bodywork. Make sure the paint finish is uniform; otherwise, it could have been repainted. Check if there's any history of this if you suspect it has.
Listen out for any squeaks and rattles on the test drive and make sure all the electrics work as they should. This Focus is quite a new model, so any example will still be under warranty if you need to get anything sorted. Make sure the plastics aren’t heavily scuffed on door trims.
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What are the most common problems with a used Ford Focus hatchback?
Brake pedal hinge bolt
The brake pedal hinge bolt on early cars built between 19 October 2018 and 8 December 2018 may not be to specification. A lot of the cars affected will have had this recall work carried out before being delivered to their first owners, but check with a Ford dealer before you buy.
Petrol particulate filter
Owners of early cars have noticed a warning message popping up for the particulate filter that’s fitted to 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines suggesting that it’s full. This should be fixed with a trip to the dealer to reprogram the parameters of the system.
There has been a problem with the assembly of the rear door latch assembly on some cars made between 16 April 2018 and 2 August 2018 that could result in the manual child door locks not working correctly. Speak to a Ford dealer about this, because they'll need to inspect the mechanism and replace it if your car is affected by the recall.
Some of the bolts connecting the front suspension on some models manufactured between 22 September 2018 and 10 November 2018 might not have been tightened correctly at the factory. Speak to a Ford dealer about this, because they'll be able look at your car and check the tightness of the bolts if it's affected by this issue.
Is a used Ford Focus hatchback reliable?
The latest Focus seems to be going through some teething troubles, because it finished in 27th place out of 31 family cars in our most recent Reliability Survey, some 10 places lower than its predecessor. Its performance should improve over time, because Ford generally does okay with most of its models, as evidenced by an overall manufacturer ranking of 14th out of 31 in the same survey.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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