What should I look for in a used Ford Focus saloon?
The previous-generation Focus has long been renowned as a very tough car; Warranty Direct gives it an exceptionally good Reliability Index, while the 2005 JD Power survey rated it as the best Ford. We see no reason why this model should not follow in its predecessor's wheeltracks, especially as there has been a noticeable step up in quality.
Certainly, initial reports from owners are predominantly positive. Most love the way the car drives, and are impressed with the car's quality. The only problem to appear with any frequency was a complaint of a nasty, 'rotten egg' smell apparently coming from the clutch.
The only recall to affect the vehicle so far concerns the fuel return pipe, which could degrade and cause fuel leakage. Only cars built up to the end of February 2005 were affected.