Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Focus hatchback?
The oldest examples of the second-generation Ford Focus are now into their second decade, so don’t expect perfection. Do look for an extensive service history and evidence that the cambelt has been changed relatively recently.
Post-2007 cars come with a greater amount of equipment, so seek them out if they’re within your budget. Check for general signs of abuse - also paint chips, because the Focus is prone to rusting if paint damage isn’t dealt with.
There have been reports about rusting front wheel arches, so take a good look in and around the arch liners for any sign of rot.
Coil packs can be problematic on the petrol models, causing stuttering performance, while spark plugs can corrode badly, and like its predecessor the heated windscreen often fails.
The power steering can give up the ghost too; it's down to the gaiter wearing and the system losing its lubrication.
Is a used Ford Focus hatchback reliable?
The problems that the Ford Focus might harbour are not uncommon of any car of its age, so don’t be put off by the potential issues listed above.
Normal service items such as brake pads, discs, oil filters et cetera are all readily available and are consumed at a similar rate as those on rivals.