Used Ford Focus 1998 - 2004 review

Ownership cost

(1998 - 2004)
Ford Focus (98 - 04)
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Ownership cost

What used Ford Focus hatchback will I get for my budget?

You really can buy a Ford Focus for less than you paid for the phone in your pocket, with the tattiest, highest mileage examples starting at just a few hundred pounds. We’d recommend spending a bit more, though, because cars at that price have the potential to bring plenty of repair bills.

You’re unlikely to have to pay more than £2000 for any first-generation Focus, with the exceptions of the RS and particularly nice ST170s.

Any of the mainstream models above £1500 should be the very best: low mileage, full history cars with meticulous owners. Estates don’t cost any more on the used market, nor is there any difference between three and five-door models.

Ford Focus (98 - 04)

How much does it cost to run a Ford Focus hatchback?

Servicing should cost around £200 a year, insurance will be inexpensive and fuel economy decent.

Obviously the diesels offer the best fuel economy, but the petrol models should get into the 30mpg realm relatively easily - unless you buy an automatic, that is.