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Community Level 6bazza1603

bazza1603

The best Ford

AdvantagesTruely excellant car.

DisadvantagesDidnot have it long enough. Everyone got one

"...my opinion on the lovely Ford Focus I hired last weekend to go and see my Nana down in Stafford. I picked up my car last Friday morning and the first thing I notice was the numberplate Y*** WEE. This would be my first drive in this model of car and wondered if the ability of the car would match the numberplate. From the start my experience of the motor car was anything else other than stale. I can honestly say that this was the best car in the ..." Read review
13.12.2001

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Community Level 1KieranWate...

KieranWateridge

Shirehorse of cars

AdvantagesReliable mechanics, powerful engine, sophisticated ride, direct handling, cheap running cost

DisadvantagesHeavy steering, odd Ford ache and pain, age beginning to dull a few spots

"WHAT IS IT? The Ford Focus was, is and apparently shall forever be the epitome of the euro-hatchback. It's introduction in the late 90's was pretty much as drastic and revolutionary as the introduction of the Volkswagen Golf GTi, but for different reasons. Where the Golf GTi afforded racing power for affordable, practical day motoring; the Ford Focus provided an affordable, every day motor car with dynamics that made it fun to drive, easy to live ..." Read review
17.11.2010

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Community Level 2Mayoisms

Mayoisms

Focus on this

AdvantagesValue for money, safe, reliable

DisadvantagesCommon as muck

"...It shouldn't be allowed. Another Ford Focus review. Hasn't everyone in the country already owned one, driven one or read about them until they dreamt about them? Well...yes. But this review has an contextual relevancy to it: The new Focus has just been released, and as such the old one has gone from being the a great second hand bargain to the ultimate second hand steal. About a month ago, I bought a 1999 Focus 1.8 "Liberte" (a badge I have yet ..." Read review
18.05.2005

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Community Level 1LESAJOMO

LESAJOMO

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

AdvantagesROAD HANDLING,RELIABLE,APPEALING TO ALL AGES

DisadvantagesTOO COMMON BECAUSE NEARLY EVERYONE WANTS ONE

"...ago.My previous cars were a Ford Escort 1.3 followed by a Vauxhall Astra 1.3 then a Cavalier SRi. My most recent cars have been a Ford Sierra and a Fiat Punto. Yes I know what you are thinking my car choice can only get better. Up until now I rated the 2 vauxhalls head and shoulders above the Fords. In fact I once said that I would never have another Ford again! Anyway onto the present. The Focus has style and is somewhat a more interesting shape ..." Read review
27.01.2003

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Community Level 7andycharger

andycharger

The first of the ugly mobiles

AdvantagesHandles well, drives nice. Accelerates good.

DisadvantagesPlasticy, Ugly

"...the replacement to the popular Ford Escort, I must admit, I had my doubts. After years of 1980's domination where nearly every drive in the country had a Sierra, Escort or Fiesta on it, Ford were struggling to keep up with the cheaper and more reliable Japanese models that flooded the market in the 1990's. Ford were losing shed loads of money to its competition in Europe and still is. So was the Focus really the market saviour? Well, no, ..." Read review
25.11.2001

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Community Level 1martinj1

martinj1

Focus on the details

AdvantagesHandling, insurance (low), styling, performance

Disadvantagescommon as muck, heavy, little internal storage

"...We, or I, picked the Ford Focus based on price, performance and looks compared to Peugeot's 206 and VW's market leading Golf. The best part of this tale is the outcome; when we arrived at the dealership, there stood a magnificent specimen, the Metropolis blue 1.8l Zetec MP3, with delivery milage. The MP3 relates tothe MP3 compatible CD player that comes standard on this particular model, along with 17" 7-spoke alloys and chrome exhaust tip. By ..." Read review
28.02.2004

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Community Level 2anthonylees

anthonylees

nice car, shame about the service

Advantagesvalue for money, build quality, driving pleasure

Disadvantagesdealerships, customer service

"...the outset it's the best Ford I've driven. I had driven all the engine sizes from the 1.4 to the 2 litre as hire cars, and was most impressed by the 1.8. Hence the purchase. I was looking at buying a grey import, but was concerned about dealership support for the warranty. Instead, I plumped to buy a Ford Direct vehicle through a main dealer. It saved a huge amount of time to phone the dealers first and get a stock list faxed from them (you can get ..." Read review
12.11.2002

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Community Level 2Beefy

Beefy

Ford Focus 1.8 Zetec C-MAX.

AdvantagesRoomy, upmarket quality & quiet.

DisadvantagesHand brake position needs getting used to.

"...definitely a step up for ford in the area of quality and finish. Gearbox is very precise and changes can be carried out as fast or slow as you want. Interior room, LOTS OF IT! It has the advantage of having a large boot area with the added advantage of folding/removable rear seats. The rear seating can all be adjusted individually, and you can opt for even more leg room if only accomodating 4 persons. Centre seat has full diagonal seat belt that ..." Read review
28.11.2003

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Community Level 4hardmanphil

hardmanphil

Fun small family car

AdvantagesStylish, practical, safe and fun

DisadvantagesDepreciation, some rattles

"...as a replacement for a Ford Escort. Ford have transformed the previous offering into a superb car at a reasonable price. I can't fault the drive, handles briliantly and feels safe. It feels strong at tough as well. It's unusual looking, well equiped and good for the family - I have 3 kids all in car seats and there's plenty of room for them in the back. The boot looks small but it's height is much better than most rivals. I can get a double buggy ..." Read review
10.10.2002

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Community Level 3surfchik27

surfchik27

Ford Focussed!!!!

AdvantagesToo many to list but some are: reliable, sleek, great features, reasonably priced

DisadvantagesNone

"In 2003 I bought my first car! Having passed my test I spent sleepless nights worrying that I would buy some heap of junk form a dodgy dealer! As I learnt to drive in the Focus, it seemed the logical car to go for. All I knew was that it should be black and have a 1.6l or greater engine (pretty vague eh?) I went to my local dealership with the intention of browsing, only to be cornered by a sales rep - who asked me whether I "wanted a climate ..." Read review
02.06.2005

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Community Level 2STUARTSTIR...

STUARTSTIRLING

Ford Focus Zetec 1.8

AdvantagesA roomy and stilish car

DisadvantagesEvery other person has one

"...to have copied it including Ford with its latest Fiesta and Mondeo designs. The only critisism is the rear end; it looks very boring. The new Focus has rubber inserts in the bumper assembly which does help the styling a little. The car is very quiet and the handling superb. The 1.8 engine is smooth and packs a lot of punch, especially climbing hills. There is very little evidence that the engine is struggling in any way. There is one thing to ..." Read review
21.01.2003

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Community Level 4Mikew79

Mikew79

Excellent motor

AdvantagesExcellent driving position and visibility

DisadvantagesSmallish boot

"I have been driving my Ford Focus 1.8LX for five weeks now in a variety of road conditions and I have to say that it has been an excellent buy. I bought the car through the Ford Direct scheme, it had done about 13,000 miles and was just under a year old (W reg). I had taken the car for a test drive and what struck me immediately was how high up I felt after driving a Rover 416i that had given up the ghost. The driving position is truly wonderful ..." Read review
16.08.2001

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Community Level 1NR61

NR61

Get one now

Advantageshi equipment levels, good driving position, good fuel economay

Disadvantagescommon, Ford dealers are awful - get it serviced at a local garage not a dealer

"...this car is my local Ford dealer who is awful and most unhelpful. All servicing is now done by a local garage. Then again I found with my previous car the local VW dealer is useless and expensive. ..." Read review
31.08.2006

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Community Level 1fugley14

fugley14

Does the Job and you can count on it!

AdvantagesCompetent Sure Footed and Reliable Motorcar.

DisadvantagesBut Yawn!

"...1.6 Astra and a 1.8lx Ford Focus. Both felt stable and sure footed - I found the Astra a tad more comfortable and the steering very responsive probably assisted by the Lotus designed chasis - The Focus did not offer the same comfort and support in the seating department and the steering response seemed to me to be….erm.. dull! Both were pretty equally sure footed in the handling/ road holding ddepartment Engine wise the Astra felt far zippier the ..." Read review
07.01.2004

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Community Level 1mellio21

mellio21

Focus 1.8 MP3

AdvantagesHandling, Looks, Interior style

DisadvantagesToo many on the road!

"I bought my Focus 1.8 MP3 (3 door special edition) about 14 months ago, and I tend to get bored with things very quickly, but suprisingly, I am far from becoming bored with my Focus. In fact the only reason I would consider changing it is to get another one. Every time I drive it, I enjoy it. It accelerates well and is smooth and refined at high speeds. The 1.8 16 valve Zetec engine has more than enough power to keep the average driver satisfied, ..." Read review
31.12.2003

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