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My 2003 Yellow ZX-3
Pros: The cars handling.
Cons: Could use more power.I bought it new and it still looks and runs like new. Slightly under 60,000 miles but have never had one problem with the car. About 33mpg on the highway. Handling is awesome. Body is tight, no squeaks or rattles what so ever. Mine is a 5 speed and has a nice shifter. Actually, I have had one problem,,,the 6 disc CD player has malfunctioned on occassion. Other than that, this has been a fun, dependable, economical car to own. I have never regretted buying it.
compact with class
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: nothingi hadn't owned an american car since the middle nineties. i hadn't owned a ford since the early sixties. ford has manufactured a gem in the focus. upkeep and maintenance is inexpensive and minimal. enough power from the 4 banger to cruise the interstate and not get blown off the road by trucks and larger cars. gas mileage in my car has been phenomenal and better than advertised. in town mileage is between 25-27 mpg and if i can leave it on cruise control on the highway, my mileage is an astounding 40-45 mpg. finally an american company making a quality automobile. thank you ford!!
Pros: air conditioner
Cons: car soundVery nice
Ford Focus wagon - little car that could
Pros: tons of space
Cons: looks too much like a mini vanHad the car for almost 7 years. Still using the OEM battery. I've changed the oil/filters and tires - nothing else. No problems. 38 MPG on the highway (if I stay under 75) 30 mpg in town. I can haul my bikes, kayak, 4 people and a lot of camping gear with no problem. Need a dresser moved - no problem. Tons of space, great gas mileage and reliable - what else is there?
Pros: the ride
Cons: nothingGreat on gas. 35mpg average. Relatively comfortable for a small car. Better than average performance.