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it is a good car, i really like driving it.
Pros: The fact that you can move the seat higher. It makes it easier to get out of the car & it is higher off the road.
Cons: Going up hill when the air conditioner is on is very slow going. I usually turn off the air on a hill.
Advice: You will love the way it handles.This car is wonderful to drive. It has a great radio that fades when the car slows. I have an automatic. It is very comfortable. Lots of leg room in front & with passengers if you move the front seat up a little they have plenty of room. Looks smaller than it is. It rides high so you don't feel like you are driving low on the road, which I hate! Gas milage is good. Big trunk room with fold down back seats. Nice looking interior. Lot of head room. Big glove compartment. I wish the middle arm rest was more substantial. Protracting steering wheel. I love taking curves with this car!
Pros: the zx3's look
Advice: be very sure this is what you want i suggest the civicok when i test drove this vehicle i liked the light clutch and the handling and the apperence and for the first year i had not a problem except for the 4 recalls in the first year and the 5th this year with the car's ac on expect your gas milage to be about 20 at best 26 to 28 without also to be noted had two under warranty items replaced one was the fuel tank sensor mine went out also the drivers side door lock which now that im outta warranty still does not work right and i dont even got 60000 miles on the thing yet. the problem i had this year out of warranty might i add was the idle control sensor it went try tripple peddling a five speed to keep it goin aint exactly fun... note i bought this in 2002 and its a 2000 model. on a side note i got this car thinking it would be reliable and it is to a extent . being as my last vehicle was a 94 ranger and its still kicking with no problem i expected so much more outta the new ford
Pros: Double cross seatbelt in back (middle)
Cons: tinted windows are great for daytime, but night can't see out need to put window down to change lanes.
Advice: before you sign, check internet and Ford with VIN# for any recalls and bill of health.I just bought my car 3 weeks ago and I absolutely love it. I've tried the cruise control on a long trip and it was great, I also have tinted windows, I highly suggest to get that it's great to have. I called Ford gave them my VIN # and all the questions I had about my car and they told me about life history, recalls, Very helpful. The picture in this rating is not what my car looks like though it's a 4 door.
Pros: Too many to list!! handling, braking, acceleration, looks, UNBELIEVABLE SEATS, Getrag 6 spd, Stereo, Xenon lights, Wheels......
Cons: PLastics and interior fit/finish mostly dash and sunroof/light control cover
Advice: DO NOT HESITATE, quit shopping around, THIS IS IT! LAST YEAR made! NEGOCIATE HARD, they're giving them away!This is BY FAR the best $ I have ever spent! This car MSRP was 22.7k and I got it for 16.9K (plus tax), a 2004 CD Silver model with European Package, nothing could be added. Features are unbelievable at this price. The seats are especially nice and very supporting at high speeds in tight corners when throwing the car around. The European wheels are very nice and add to the already outstanding but subtle sport look. The Stereo is awesome, the Steering wheel JUST LIKE THE SEATS is very comfortable for everyday driving and very well designed for spirited driving sessions. The power is adequate above all considering the low price although I would enjoy more torque and power with such a great chassis and balanced car. I am thinking of adding a supercharger next year. handling is without reproach as it matches and even exceeds that of much pricier competitors even in the German area. Slalom speed is actually higher than those recorded by such cars as Corvettes, M3s.... it is truly an unbelievable car to drive in the twisties even if straight line speed is not his forte. It excels in all areas for his target audience. Has to be the best car FORD ever built taking market, audience, price, features... in consideration. A great sport car that I feel comfortable using as a FUN daily commuter. And my kids fit in the back! A MUST BUY!
Pros: Mach system, lots of leg room on the front, seats, fog lights and anti-threft device on audio.
Cons: not a lot of leg room in the back and the dash board where the temperature controls is not the best quality.
Advice: This is an economical car that has power. Do research! I was pleased to find out that Ford is consistantly improving the Focus and was rated as BEST BUY by Consumer Guide.Very smooth drive. accelerates good, no jerking. no problems turning, braking, or stopping. I purchased my car used. The previous owner had all of the options installed with the exception of the Sun roof. Since this was my first American made car, I did a lot of research and I highly recommend the Focus.
Pros: stereo sound and power sunroof
Cons: i like it all!
Advice: an enormous amount of quality car for a good pricehandled great and still does very comfortable, cushioned seats