Advantages Frugal, spacious, built well, handles brilliantly, looks pretty good...
Disadvantages Not the quietest of diesels.
Last month I got myself another car. I wanted something economic as I do a hell of a lot of mileage so I wanted a diesel.
In the end I got the car I'm writing this review on: A 1999 (V) Ford Focus 1.8TDdi [AC] LX Estate. It cost me £1,600. Got 104K miles (106K now) and had had a full service history til 79K, with a cambelt change at the last service. And to be so blunt, I'm chuffed to bits with it.
Anyway, so lets get down to business.
This is the LX model. Which is mid range. Focuses at this age have 4 possible trim levels; The CL, LX, Ghia, Zetec. It hasn't got much to talk about really, electric windows at the front, remote central locking, air conditioning, electric tailgate realease from dash and key, radio with CD changer compatibility and an audio remote control. Which for me, is more than enough, since my first car was an old Peugeot and it didn't even have an intermittent windscreen wiper speed.
I've not known anyone who actually dislikes the Focus' looks. And again, 10 years ago you can understand what all the fuss was about. In my opinion, this is a great looking car. Obviously not as good looking as the hatchback, but at least it's not as bad as the ever unpopular saloon version. The only thing I dislike about this car is the colour. It's that flat red that always seems to look different on every panel of the car, but luckily my Focus hasn't been a major victim of that, only the driver's side wingmirror casing has started to go a bit pink. What I do like though, and something I've not seen on another car before is the bonnet release. It's not down in one of the footwells, what you do is; Flip the Ford badge on the radiator grill. Stick the key in, turn it the the left to release it, then turn it to the right to open it.
- Fuel consumption.
Before I got the car I had a snoop around on Google looking for the mpg this thing does. But I couldn't get a solid number, some places said about 43, some said 60! But I can safely say this does around 50mpg, you could probably squeeze 55mpg out of her if you drive her like a herse.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helped.
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