2005 Ford Focus User Reviews
ZXW SE shown
- $4,022 - $5,570
- No trim specified for this review
- Roomy, comfortable, stylish, fun to drive.
- Still a "small car" in some respects, but the pros outweigh the cons.
I bought my ZX3 SES in the summer of 2005, right when gas prices were up around 3.30 a gallon. I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about the gas mileage of these cars, with the 5 speed, I'm getting an average of 28mpg around town, and easily over 35 on the freeway. Quite an improvement over my last ride.
Ford's "Family Pricing Plan" appealed to me, and the cars final cost after taxes was about 14 grand... can't be beat by todays standards for a fully loaded car.
The little guy is surprisingly comfortable for such a small car. I'm 6.0 ft & 230 pounds, and I'm more comfortable in the focus than my wife's Blazer or my Fox Body Mustang (91 5.0)... much bigger vehicles. Ford really engineered this car for a wide range of people, with the height adjustable seating to the telescopic wheel, there's certain to be a comfortable place for anyone who sits behind the wheel of this econobox.
While Foci is comfortable, one is still reminded it's a small car. The ride, while nice, is still sometimes "Jouncy", especially in the rough stuff, but surpisingly behaves better than I expected. I haven't driven the automatic transaxle, so can't speak for it, but the 5 speed can be Jerky in traffic, almost as if not much attention was given to dampering the manual configuration vehicles, but again, I remind myself it is a smaller car, and will behave as such, no matter how much was put into it's refinement.
So, Ican't say anything bad about this vehicle... so far it's treated me well. Things might get real interesting for this car in the near future.... aftermarket companies are working on a turbo kit (Duratec Motor) that ought to double the horsepower of this little bugger... With the near weightlessness of the focus, this car will surely fly.
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