2000 Focus Owner Reviews (4)
Talk about Clunkers
AOL user Aug 29, 2009
I bought this car in April of 2006 and it was trouble right from the start. Within a week of purchasing it I had to get the car towed. While I learned to live with the car's quirky everyday defects, like the ac constantly quitting, the radio being able to play without a key in the ignition, excessive noise, the feeling that I was driving a tin can, and my personal favorite being able to pull the key out of the ignition after the car was started and still being able to drive. The vehicle was like a money pit and had constant problems (primarily electrical). I especially enjoyed the late night that the car decided to stop dead and turn itself off in the middle of a street in a less than desirable neighborhood. Yet again another towing experience- there are more incidents but I won't bore you. Just don't buy this car.
Good Car for College
screwofftop Dec 18, 2008
I bought this car this past April, and have been quite happy with it. It gets great gas mileage, and is quite spunky on the highway when I need it to be. I don't like to go that fast, and it is good at just going at a normal pace as well. The only major problem I have had with it is having to have the Restraint Control Module replaced. I also live daily with the battery indicator light on, but I understand this is a common problem with the Focus. I have had it die in idle twice, and sometimes the radio (I am thinking of getting a new radio put in, but have not yet, so it is still the stock radio) turns itself on and off while I am driving. A little creepy, but I can live with it. It is a great car overall, and I am quite happy with my purchase after 10,000 miles.
2000 ZX3 FOCUS
JAVEE Sep 15, 2008
My Focus now has 96k miles and has been the best car i have ever owned. 2 sets of front brake pads,now on the 3rd set of tires,all belts and hoses at 75k,it still has the orig.battery, still gets 34-35 mpg hy.and 28--30 about town.auto trans has 2 fluid changes,no problems,1st tune up will be in 4k more miles,the fuel pump recall was the only warranty ever performed on it,I will most likely get another one in about another 60-80 thousand miles.if Ford would only bring the German Diesel model to the USA,I would trade for one next week.it compares with my 50 Ford in quality and service. I love it.
Has quality improved?
camatthewsmo Nov 06, 2007
Has quality improved over the past models? I bet not. I have 2 of these cars...2000 and 2003. We call them the Foci! Well, I've had to replace the ignition 3 times in the 2000 and 4 times in the 2003. And the tranny has been replaced/rebuilt 4 times in the 2000 and 2 times in the 2003. Let me see, what other things have I replaced...oh yea, the power window motors, thermostat housings (I'm replacing another one in the 2000, don't remember how many times I've done this)and the computers in these cars don't learn anymore and can't pass state inspection because of that...etc. Almost forgot, we rotate tires every 3,000 miles to keep them. These cars "eat" tires and brakes! Hungry little devils! So, if you think this is a good little car for the initial cost, maybe so, but in a year or two, you will be spending all you hard earned money in repairs. Well, it's the Ford way, make them cheap and rape the customer on after market parts. I'm looking at trading them in on Honda Civics, and I'm looking at the same cost to buy. One problem, Honda dealer doesn't want the Foci either!
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