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review by: cate711

Well this is my third focus and the first diesel one. Each car has been great, making me return to the same car time after time. I have had each mark 1 2 and 3. 3 being the best, mk 1 was a great and reliable car mk 2 had the added luxury and some great touches for a standard spec, but is woefully underpowered with a 1.4 petrol engine. Mk 3 is just great so far.

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review by: ARCD

Had the estate version as boot space was a must, enormous boot size and unlike some others the rear seats fold flat, flush with boot liner, hand for sliding heavy loads towards front of car. Only filled boot once and was amazed with the amount I was able to fit in, carried around plenty of large loads and usually had plent of room to spare Needs regular service to avoid major problems, oil change more expensive than other manufacturers Ensure all electrics are functioning and all gears are easily selected Bought second hand from independant dealer but got an annual service from a Ford dealer, overpriced for minimal work done A lovely car to drive but a real headache to live with, engine(1.8 TDi) never let me down but constant stream of other problems. Electric mirrors would only work after holding the switch in position for at least 30 seconds, remote had a loose connection and stopped working (€120 to fix), electric window broke 3 times in 2 years, diesel pump bearing went at 93k miles, 2 coolant pipes burst, radio cuts out occasionally on speed bumps (loose anti-theft connection), gear selection cable snapped, gearbox never felt right and would often require selecting 2nd before 1st(when standing still) or 3rd(when shifting from 4th). Overall I owned it for 2 years and wont be purchasing another!.

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review by: roslyn525

its big enough for most people but a lip in the boot is annoying service is cheap well not that cheap be careful on how you buy cars the best looking one is not always the one and dont have over cash over the phone or credid cards details untill you mhave seen the car okey when i got the car test drove it nice car to have The ford focus is a good car nice to drive lots of grip on the road its road manners are very good, lovely gearbox styleish but the car does have some hard plastic and its not up to vw in terms of built and the 1.4 is a joke i mean the size of the car for a 1.4 is bad with no power i think its like 78bhp my fathers 2010 ford fresta has 88bhp and focus is a higher class car. but overall if want a good car nice to drive and dont want to break the bank go no further.

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review by: dsd

. . best colours are black or silver. ... Reliable car and good to drive. Cheap to run. Engine is lively for 1.4..

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review by: mud

Good same as standard focus. has a space saving tyre 20,000 km but an entuasiast would do it every ten i fdriving hard Rimmed alloys, bald tyres and stones in the break pads esp front Downeys portlaoise..good when i bought but would not take it as a trade in this yr..disappointing but sales man Ger is top class. Great car to own..esp the 5 door version. Great speed, power and reliability. A head turner. Loved it for 3 years and still do.

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review by: miketcollins

adequate routine paintwork chips on front private sale excellent car, brilliant road handling, comfort excellent, fuel economy good for 2.5 ltr.

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review by: declan.mcnaboe@gmail.com

Excellent boot space. One of the largest boots in its class. Reasonable service costs but service intervals are a lot further apart than most cars of its type, so costs you less in the long run. Ford dealers are excellent at servicing and don't cost much more than any other mechanics Haven't found much wrong with this car yet. Good to deal with. Always willing to help out even if your problem won't earn them money Excellent car. Arguably the best in its class. Excellent value for money and best driving car. Depending on the model, the car comes with a lot of extras as standard, a lot more than you'd get from the likes of VW and other makes for the same money..

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review by: declan.mcnaboe@gmail.com

Reasonable. Better than some in its class but worse than others. Relatively low maintenance costs. Very little goes wrong with these cars. Some cars give trouble when engine idle, car revs "pulse". Can be annoying and sounds stupid but not potentially harmful. Expensive to put right though if you want it fixed. Some cars give trouble when engine idle, car revs "pulse". Can be annoying and sounds stupid but not potentially harmful. Expensive to put right though if you want it fixed. Some services can be expensive but most dealers are reasonable and very good at their job. Good car, one of the best in its class. Great to drive, great handling, good power for its size..

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review by: mud

Huge as in the standard Focus only better, as there is no spare tyre - you geta deflation kit instead. 20,000 but entuasiasts will change oil maybe every 8K or so to treat the girl right. Probable no rubber on tyres due to fun and possible rattles here and there due to hard suspension. Lillis O Donnell Dublin - Sarah - Excellent - kept me up to date every week or so during the 5 month wait. Car prepared beautifully and kept hidden away. If you want a good RS wait( over a year now I believe) - they are the garage to deal with. Fair play Sarah RS - Rally Sport. Two great words to describe the Jeckal & Hide Car. Tame on the way to work, monster on the way to weekend. Stunning looking and gaurenteed to put a smile on your face. Power no matter what gear or revs. It feels better than full power take off in a jet plane. Buy one before its too late.. i have been offered cost price on two occassions for mine even though theres 8,000K on the clock.Best 8K of my life..stunning piece of kit!.

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review by: peter.mchugh@deni.gov.uk

Adequate - typical focus Brake pads (Brembo) are very dear Stay away from high mileage with no service history. Bought car privately in Southampton. Wouldn't get a better one in a dealership. Mint. Lovely looking car but not very fast. Likes the juice tho!.

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review by: Stephen2007

very large space and more with the back seats down - no problem putting a lawnmover in it and shutting the back door tend not to go to ford dealerships as charge 3 times more than your local mechanic garage for the same work. Dont buy 1.4 engine - too weak for the weight of the car - get 1.6 at lease no problems there Overall - it passed my expectations from what i've heard from programs like Top Gear. It seems to be a high standard amercian car. There has been no breakdowns or anything. Suburb handling..

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review by: jillianohalloran@vodafone.ie

Have the saloon version which is very big. Coil went on it & had to get a new cat. converter which was v. expensive. Make sure the timing belt is done if you're going for one which is over 75/80k. Not impressed... Can't fault it, great car..

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there is a musty smell in bolands. dont go into cubicle in mens toilet without a pen or welding rod. very weak flush. coffee in reception went straight through me. had to run out the back of hugh boggans and again at mother hubbards to release the dogs of war (take a dump). recaro seats make wearing pants a neccessity on long journies. no more naked driving for me..

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Overall I would recommend this car very reliable comfortable car. Good driving position and with few extras alloys/spoiler/etc not a bad looking car..

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if you want a car that is a family car a workhorse when required economical,reliable, couldnt say enough about the focus diesel they are brilliant..

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I have the saloon version of this car. the boot is quite large, however,my only issue with it, is the size of the opening. That said, my last car was a 2000 Ford Focus Estate, so I'm probably spoilt on that front. Would I buy one again? - YES Would I recommend it to others? - YES Proof? - I'm currently in the middle of a deal to change over to the 2006 estate version..

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Best of class. Its style stills actual and seductive.

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Good drive, smooth, excellent steering, good sound system..

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A wonderful car that ´s a pleasure to drive. Superb roadholding and stability. 1,6 c.c. Engine is smooth and delivers brisk perfomance..

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GREAT, LOVELY TO DRIVE, LOADS OF SPACE AND BOOTROOM ECONOMIC TO RUN.

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A joy to drive and own. Superb style that shame younger rivals..

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Still the leader of its class. A fine car in all respects..

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never again buy a ford. got no where with the dealers or ford ireland..

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nice car, value for money,comfortable to drive..

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My car is a 3 door, metallic black with alloys so it does look very nice. Inside, there isnt alot of extras and looks pretty plain. After saying all that the new models are lovely but i wouldnt buy another Focus..

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review by: edpeppard

Great car, love all the gadgets :).

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a little heavy on the petrol around town but on long runs its ok..

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The car is underpowered. . . badly underpowered..

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A superb car that´s a gem to own and drive and holds value quite well. Best in class and best Focus generation till now..

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New 1.6 diesel engine is very frugal I am getting serious mpg. It handles better than the old one and its quick from 50-70 without going through the gears. Never go back to petrol one after this,.

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A joy to drive and own! Excelent ride and handling precise sterring, acurate build quality and finish, quite comfortable, smooth 1,4 zetec engine and suberb high speed road stability. Best car in its class..

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dont buy one there useless even when there not given trouble.

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The focus is a comfortable and reliable car. Very economical as I drive over 50 miles every day and only have to fill it up once a week. Wouldn't mind if it was a bit more nippy but how fast do you really need to go?! Would definitely consider buying another one..

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The focus is a comfortable and reliable car. Very economical as I drive over 50 miles every day and only have to fill it up once a week. Wouldn't mind if it was a bit more nippy but how fast do you really need to go?! Would definitely consider buying another one..

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this is my second focus the last model was a 1.4 and was underpowered. ride may be too firm for some but its a great family car!.

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It is a piece of crap, and I would never advise anyone to buy one!!!.

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Great car to drive but was fed up bringing it back to the dealer..

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The 1.6 is a far better performance car than the 1.4,I have had both and would buy the 1.6 ahead of the underpowered 1.4..

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nice little city car but uncomfortable on long journeys, distinct lack of power through the rev range..

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Its a 2002 crock.what kid of car has an expiry date of four years. What comeback do i have with ford on these problems.

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Comerfortable drive but not reliable..

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i would not buy a ford agian i still have the bucket of s..t.

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Other than the petrol tank issue, the car is working well. it is a lovely car inside and out..

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Comfortable and a good size boot. Nice on long journeys and has good poke in the gearbox. Just one thing though the cup holders behind gear stick are to shallow and wide to keep a cup held firmly so are pretty useless..

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Top marks for a car which stills second to none for ride, handling, refinement, reliability and build. It´s a joy to drive, you can depend on it and holds great value. Only downer is a little high fuel consumption if driven hard..

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A magnificent Car that drives you anywhere with cofidence. Driving pleasure, reliability and road behaviour is top of the class!.

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I love the new focus although the ride is firm. The options list is not as comprehensive as the golf with ESP as a way too expensive extra.

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Would buy another focus again no problem -.

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Excellent car to drive.Only have it a couple of weeks running very smoothly on E85 [bioethanol]as its a flexifuel car..

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its a great car to drive very good handling but 1.4 engine is too small for the weight of the car! go for 1.6.

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Apart from the above, I have enjoyed this car, loads of space for the kids and their stuff, not to creaky an interior (for an MPV) and a decent bit of pace and excellent handling (for an MPV!) I believe the problem I suffered with this car does not manifest itself in current models..

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2006 van Very comfortable, engine was a bit sluggish during the 1st 8000kms, it woke up a bit around then, but good for a 1.6 diesel and a lot better than my old 2.0 litre 307. economy;approx 850 kms to €50/55 diesel Doesn't handle too well, the seat altea / vw golf is way better on corners & brakes could be better. small niggle, windscreen washer bottle takes ages to fill coz of the small opening.

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This car is fantastic on the open road with great mpg, plenty of poke in it too!! Brilliant.

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Had low milage when I bought it second hand, clocked up alot of milage since, city and motorway driving. Car is bullet proof, nothing of note has gone wrong, handles well, performance is good for a 1.4. Resale value is great, sound system is'nt the worst either. Buy one there woth the extra cash, Delighted I didnt buy a vw golf!.

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Great car! Best driver's car ive driven for this price! Best looking 3dr since the mark1 golf! If it wasn't for the new tame styling i wouldnt be buying an astra coupe!.

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Have had the older model in 1.4 and it was too under powered.The 1.6 new version is perfect..

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I think there were a few glitches in assembling my car but that would not deter me from buying another one as the ride, comfort and quality of the car is excellent. Additionally I was able to increase the spec substantially on my car without too much cost which made the overall package excellent value for money..

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not a car for the 6ft plus person,far more cramped than the previous model..

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Excellent value for money, with this diesel engine dynamic like a sports car-best handling in the class, only BMW3 and AlfaRomeo drives better. Cool styling. Plenty of space front and back. very good fuel economy-well over 55mpg with light foot..

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the zetec spec level is a must. great boot space. 1.4 is under powered . would condider the 1.6 or the 1.6 tdci.

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I love my Focus, I always buy ford, and will be getting anohter focus this year because of the comfort and ease to drive and also great reliability. Everybody should have one!!.

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I've got this car 3yrs ago with high miles on it then and now i've put 135k on it since. Been thinking of changing for soo long but for what? This car is excellent, economical, comfortable and totally reliable BUT there must be 10,000 silver focus's on the road just like mine. Should I start paying e500 a month to cover a loan for an A3 or 1 series when I know that my focus wont be bet?.

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compared to the old focus it fields clumsey and over weight. Bought same engine as last time and this feels sluggish in comparison. Image is another problem, they are everywhere!.

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Very good all round.Saloon version. 1.6 engine lacks a bit of power.

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Very happy with this car. Good performance, handling and soundproofing. A lot of them about so the image isn't great. Don't be put off. 1.4 model is underpowered, go for the 1.6..

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got a great buy,brought fatty withme,he did the talking{he,d sell fries to RONALD MCDONALD}.Great room in the back for riding young onesss,jerking off,all that kind of stuff.IN OTHER WORDS {THANK YOU JOHNNY).

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This car is an unbelievable drive, immense power and superb handling..

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I am not at all happy with the performance of this car and would not recommend it, it is like a time bomb waiting for the next thing to go wrong with it, the dealer we purchased off is not one bit helpful but only glad to take the money off us for fixing it..

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As reliable a car as ever I've had. Surprisingly frugal on long runs..

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Interior very cheapish and plastic. Very economical engine..

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Great seats and seating poisiton, excellent steering. Good economy, I consistently getting 40mpg (Naas to Sandyford everyday). Solid Construction- No rattles or squeaks yet, 80K miles on the clock. Versatile 5 door configuration..

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I gave zero for value because i believe all cars in Ireland are overpriced! However, it is very comfortable, well finished and fairly economical on fuel. Doesnt have ABS which takes awhile to get use to but i think newer models have this now. My first Ford and happy with it..

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i should have chosen the leather!!.

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i have had the car 12 month|s now,all is going well.

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excellent car,but feels a bit light..

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Excellent car, bought 2nd hand from dealer in 2001. has held its value very well. Great car to drive, and style is A1..

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a joy to drive. superb handling on the road. a lovely smooth gear change and responsive contols. all that and the 3 door hatch is a class looking car.

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3dr hatch is classy looking, very comfortable and has a good bit of power.

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I like hammering the gear box its great and the accelerator is lively, much better than a Corsa.

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Excellent car to drive. Excellent handling. Grip never gives out. The 1400 is way too sluggish though. Have to work the car too hard to get anyways decent performance. Need at least 1600. 3dr looks gorgeous and still is pretty spacious in the back..

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The car feels a bit for its 1.6 engine- that is, it accelarates smoothly but swings a bit at high speed. Feels the wind on bridges etc as well. A very tinny boot lid which is inclined to stick half way and hit you on the head. I think the design|s a bit lacking in focus- not sharp looking. Decent but boring overall- I am switching to a coupe!!.

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It performs well, the road handling is very near perfect and it|s has most things other cars in it|s class haven|t got.I|ve also made a great choice in buying the 1600 zetec.............

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This is my first Ford,in the past I|ve bought only Honda|s which are great cars but never came with a hole lot.I|ve had the car for over a year now and it performs well,cheap to run (compered to honda) and it|s an exciting car to drive..

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The Car ......I had an old 1993 Honda Integra for 4 years and had no problem with it , I had , and I will repeat this ,I had a Ghia x for 6 months and had nothing but problems ...the car was crap and the After sales Service was no better . My new car is a Honda sr1.6 v-tec and the Quality is there ...

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A great car. The 3dr looks really well. The Collection version is very comfortable with excellent extras. I have a 1.4 and I don|t really find it underpowered. In fact, people have commented how nifty the car is. With a 1.4 it just means you have to use the gears a bit more but it must be one of the best 1.4 cars you can buy..

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GREAT CAR, DRIVES VERY WELL.GOT ABS FITTED SHOULD BE STANDARD..

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Excellent car. No problems to date and it is now nearly four years old! Roomy interior for this size car. Only niggle with the 1.4 is that it lacks pick-up when overtaking. Otherwise, cannot recommend it highly enough..

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Comfortable,economical and stylish. Just about the best car in it|s class. The diesel engine is quiet and has plenty on umph. The car has good road holding and is heavy enough and strong enough to tow a good load..

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Excellent fuel economy! Good looks and definitely impressive on the open road. Interior lacks that definitive quality element but overall, it|s not a bad motor..

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Great car, can hang onto every corner without a blink. Now if only I could afford that Focus RS....

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Very confortable over longer drives, but 1.4 lacks a bit of pick up at 50-60 need to be dropped a gear or two. 0 - 60 could be a bit better but the 1.6 would probably fix this, but I would recomend this car to any one.

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If you can get insurance and want to spend over 35 grand on a Ford than this is for you. A baby Cossy in my opinion but serious performance at the same time. Half leather Recarro seats are so comfy - they just grip you into the seat around corners! Gorgeous hum the chrome exhaust, no sunroof, does have climate and no spoiler which for a 35k car is a bit disappointing...try Ford Insure for a quote, remains to be seen about how much it|ll be worth in 2 years though! You can however take pride in the fact that you|ll be sharing a model that only about 20-40 other boy racers will have too in this country anyway!.

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Reliable and solid car. Roomy, quiet interior with good stereo. Comfortable drive with plenty of willing horses under the bonnet. And the horses run economically too..

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My 3rd new Focus and the best so far. The 1.6 Zetec is an ideal blend of style, performance, handling, ease of ownership and economy. In my opinion the best car in it|s class by a distance..

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I have driven Toyota most of my 15 years of driving. If only u could buy a Ford with a Jap engine,it would be the perfect car. Ben! How can u score an 8 on Reliability on a new car u have had no problems with? Its a good car but needs more craftsmanship to the finer details.Value 4 money low because the car can be bought cheaper in all other Countries..

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i like the handling of the car, comfort, solid feel, great stereo. i dont like the lack of ABS as standard, otherwise a great car allround..

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Should go for a 1.6l engine as the 1.4 is a little underpowered. in general an excellent car and it has to be a 3 door version, it is designed to look its best as a 3dr..

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all in all I would have to say the focus is an amazing car,A little underpowered but the unbelivably handeling makes up for it..