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Ford Focus Excellence
Pros: Small enough to fit just about anywhere
Cons: It is a stick shiftMy 2003 Ford Focus ZX 5 Hatchback has been with us since zero miles. Given that we are up to date with its maintenance, it has never given us any mechanical problems. With its 1.8L motor and 5-shift gears, it allows us to climb the Imperial-San Diego with ease and power. With its 5 seating cabin, it allows my whole 5-member family to ride comfortably. The cargo area allows 2-medium and 2-small pieces of luggage, enough for a week-long vacation. Its 4 cylinder engine makes it a powerful runner and at the same time it is a very fuel-efficient machine.
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.
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: body style
Cons: little stiffvery very dependable and economical