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Ford Focus (1998 - 2004)

5

Estate automatic

reviewed by John F on 29 April 2021
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5
How it drives
4
Fuel economy
5
Running costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
4
Experience at the garage or specialist
5
How practical it is
4
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

Reliable economical capable family dogsbody.

Having had Passat estates (two in twenty years, >400,000m) we traded down to a Mk1 Focus Estate after the children left home. Careful homework ensured that this was likely to be the best all rounder in its class with a robust powertrain. The 1.6 Zetec engine has been reliable, requiring only a replacement coil pack and fuel pump recently, and the Ford/Mazda 4F27E 4speed auto is a perfect match for the Yamaha designed engine.
At 20yrs old and 150,000m it still has the original exhaust, cambelt (which was designed to last the life of the car), and pink coolant. Only ever serviced by me.
It was a used buy at 4yrs old with 29,000m and has been thoroughly satisfactory during our sixteen years of ownership. A 'brim-to-brim' calculation recording every fill-up over 900 miles over mainly suburban driving resulted in 37.6mpg. Fun to drive, it handles well and the clever rear suspension means there is no protrusion into the capacious load area - better than our old Passats. It also has a spacesaver spare wheel - used twice! The heated front screen is particularly appreciated in winter as it lives outside.

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