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Ford Focus (1998 - 2004)

5
reviewed by John F on 29 April 2021
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reviewed by Anonymous on 20 January 2020
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reviewed by Anonymous on 24 October 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 14 April 2019
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reviewed by Anonymous on 26 March 2019
5
reviewed by edward denby on 20 April 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 19 August 2017
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reviewed by Anonymous on 14 July 2016
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reviewed by Mickireland on 11 July 2015
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reviewed by rabbithutch on 29 September 2013
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reviewed by quattro_tdi on 29 June 2013
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reviewed by MKate on 15 April 2013
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reviewed by ahenry on 2 June 2012
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reviewed by toscano on 30 May 2012
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reviewed by Laytown on 18 March 2012
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reviewed by cyclops69 on 12 September 2011
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reviewed by Robert in Portugal on 10 June 2011
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reviewed by BenG on 31 March 2011
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LX Estate 1.8 Petrol

reviewed by Difference Engine on 20 February 2011
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Running costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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How practical it is
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Overall reliability

Excellent load carrier that's reliable and great to drive

I've had this car for six years now. I have to carry a lot of kit for work so I needed a decent load carrier and the Focus fitted the bill perfectly. It's been very reliable, only fault was that the speed sensor needed replacing a couple of years back (£60 total cost). I feel this is pretty good for a 12-yr-old car.

As well as being practical it's great to drive and holds the road brilliantly. Given it's massive load capacity it's also a lot easier to get round tight spaces than cars such as the Vectra or Mondeo.

My only real quibble is that I don't find it that comfortable for long journeys. It isn't bad, but it doesn't waft down motorways in the way that a Mondeo of Rover 75 can. I addition, the generally excellent build quality is let down by the odd poor bit of design (water tends to seep into the rear number plate lights, the boot lid has no release handle). The stock stereo is rubbish but is easily changed. Fuel economy averages around 40mpg for a mixture of urban and country driving. This seems poor compared to modern diesels but I guess for a petrol engine of this size it's about standard.

Overall it's been a great car.

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reviewed by F-Focus on 5 December 2010
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reviewed by Robbie M on 3 June 2010

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