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Pros: Handling, acceleration
Cons: I think the door handles could be improved, like the ones on my Buick
Advice: Buy it, I don't think you will be sorryI have just over 1000 miles on this car, and I can't find anything I don't like about it. Handling is great, the acceleration if very good. I love the 6 cd player, the steering wheel adjustment,plus telescopeing wheel, You can get a great fit no matter what size you are. I like most everything, and the seating is very comfortable.
Pros: the look
Cons: that i can almost hit my head on the sun visor and the handle to raise and lower the seat
Advice: Dont get the lowest model for the price, spend a little more and it will keep yo happierBefore I found out that there was a fuel iniection recall on my car I hated it, the gas mileage and the stalling furiated me but now that I know it can be fixed its not a problem. Its confortable feels just like a newer honda civic handles fine. Once the fuel and door handle recall is taken care of i can give better judgement of the car.The only big thing that effects my driving is the style of the seats arent that confortable on a bad back along with the handle to raise and lower the seat.
Pros: Is this lazy or what? The cruise control works flawlessly. Speed stays the same with little or no speed variance.
Cons: CD player performance. Little grip considering the big picture on just what is really important in buying a car.
Advice: Be sure the paint is good on the car at time of delivery and be sure to check to see if the cd player plays your compact discs the way the producer intended.Driving the focus is much like driving a hybrid Japanese/European small sedan. The standard 4 cylinder is a Mazda power plant and the underpinnings from Ford Europe. The car handles and accelerates well. The limitations of the car are what's expected in the class of vehicle. I really like the handling and ride of the chassis and smoothness of the engine. This car drives and handles as well as more expensive vehicles. The fit and finish are not as good as I had hoped. My rear spoiler (after much adjusting) still isn't equally flush end to end as the left end is higher than the right. The paint is already showing signs of fatigue (bought the car in July of '05 and it is now January of '06.) on the hood. This is either bad paint or possibly when the detailing was done prior to delivery the detail person put too much pressure on the paint and burned it. This is yet to be resolved by the dealer, Country Ford in Southaven, MS. The 6 disc changer doesn't play compact disc as recorded. Many of my cd's have no space between songs and the disc player forces a space between the tracks even when to do so interrupts the original recording mix. The cd changer has been replaced twice and is in the shop today to have another player put in. I addressed this issue with Crossroads Ford in Memphis, TN and I am unaware if they are going to do anything else except to put another player in the car. This is apparently a design flaw in the optical reader of the 6 disc changer. The car overall is a great buy. My Ford Focus SES with all the trimmings except Anti-lock brakes, side curtain airbags and perimeter alarm cost a mere $13,500.
Pros: The microscopic steering wheel is an awesome feature
Cons: The lever that pulls the seat up or cranks it up stick out
Advice: Get a good dealer!The focus drives smooth without any road noise. I love this car. It looks nice and drives nice, I feel safe in it.
Pros: the tilt wheel
Cons: nothing to dislike
Advice: this is a great little car.with plenty of roomthis car had plenty of room for me in the front seat.plus on the test drive i tested in several areas.the test was excellent.
Pros: Great mileage
Cons: seat is a little stiff
Advice: Buy it!!This is a GREAT car for the price. You cant go wrong with a 5/100,000 mile warranty included
Pros: MP3 Player - I can fit at least 8 music cds on one cd using MP3 - stereo sounds great.
Cons: Hard to think of one - perhaps a locking gas cap?
Advice: Mazda engine is very smooth - car responds very well - test drive one!I was looking for a personal car to zip around in that was cheap on gas. I settled for a 2006 Toyota Corolla with sunroof, but due to a shortage, car was not to be delivered for 3 weeks! For the fun of it, I visited a Ford dealer + checked out the Focus. For less money, I got a boat load of options not planned for the Corolla. After a test drive, there was no turning back. Seats are much more comfortable and overall the car is much more fun to drive. I never thought I would buy a Ford, but so far I love the car + highly recommend you test drive one!