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2000 Ford Focus

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 4.0

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Think twice before buying this car

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Sep 8, 2009 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Good on gas, easy to drive and park, fits in tight places, and nice design
Cons: If its not one thing, it's the next. This dream car becomes a nightmare.
The Bottom Line: Avoid buying this car, too many problems.

Warning, don't waste your money. The 2000 ford focus has too many defects and problems. Don't buy this car off the apperance. You will find yourself broke down on the road several times within the same year you bought it. It overheats fast and have to ... read more

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Ford Focus Wagon option

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Aug 1, 2008 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Spacious, great paint, great mileage
Cons: no cd player :(
The Bottom Line: Why pay gas for an SUV when you can get a compact with low gas mileage?

SUV lovers..check into a Ford Focus Wagon. Yup there is a station wagon version of the Ford Focus. I can honestly say that the storage area is equal to our minivan if not more! We purchase the car for me to commute back and forth to school. But I ... read more

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Nothing but problems

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Mar 4, 2008 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: None
Cons: Every part will break
The Bottom Line: Please do not buy this vehicle. You will become another unhappy Ford customer.

I bought this car with low miles, and have replaced every part (multiple times). Explain this...the entire electrical system ($2900). The wheels and tires (five times in five years at a cost of about $1500) for some reason the wheels keep bending. At ... read more

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Focus in, it might surprise you.

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Nov 29, 2007 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: looks great, handles great, joy to drive, many performance goodies available
Cons: Ford recalls
The Bottom Line: A sporty car with excellent bang for your buck.

The first time I ever got in a Ford Focus was when my brother purchased one in Detroit, Michigan and he brought it home. My brother asked me to move the car off the lawn because he'd just washed it and felt he'd get a good laugh at me because I didn't ... read more

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focus most bang for buck

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May 11, 2005 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: great handling, fit and finish, more torque then hp(130hp/135torque), good gas mileage
Cons: Engine can be noisy for some, right side mirror cable breaks
The Bottom Line: Roomiest, most fun to drive car under $15,000 period. Second Focus Iíve owned and have had friends buy them off my recommendation.

My 2000 Focus ZX3 is the second one I have owned. The first was totaled in an accident. I have never owned a car that has been both as practical and fun to drive as a Focus. The car gets great gas mileage but still gets up and moves thanks to the ... read more

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Focus on LACK of quality/safety, poor reliability,....

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Mar 23, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: * Looks great, that's it.
Cons: Unsafe to drive. Poor quality parts Numerous recalls. Handling of consumer complaints?
The Bottom Line: Do not buy this, EVER...

Here's another problem I've come across in my Focus: When I put the key in ignition, it does not turn at all. Last night I'd spent ~1 hour trying to resolve this, but all in vain. I've come across hundreds of complaints from several people ... read more

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Cradle to Grave

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Feb 10, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Drives like a BMW, cheep to operate.
Cons: No resale value, interior light, defroster, no power when full of passengers.
The Bottom Line: Cheep to drive, buy it used because it's not worth much used and is a pretty nice driving car. Much better than an Escort

I bought my Focus LE in November 2000. It has been a pretty good car for the most part. But I can not get rid of it until its paid for and then I will probably have to give it away because it has the worst resell value of any car I have ever owned. I ... read more

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Don't like it

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Jan 10, 2004 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: hatchback has a lot of room
Cons: unreliable, unpredictable, very trouble prone
The Bottom Line: I don't trust the car and the first thing that goes wrong after warranty is up, I'm taking my losses & running

I bought a Ford Focus ZX3 in August of 2000 and all I can say is I've had nothing but problems with this car since day one !! It only has 27,000 miles on it so far and has been in the shop numerous times already. To name a few...once when the check ... read more

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Disappointed...

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Jun 1, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 10 Recommended: No 

Pros: Fun to drive. Creative interior design.
Cons: Mechanical Nightmare! Exterior design is too controversial
The Bottom Line: AVOID by all means!

Frankly I was very surprised to see so many positive reviews on this car. I bought mine in November 1999 when it JUST came out in the US market. My buying decision was based solely on the rave European reviews of this car. So with the light heart I ... read more

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Focus ZTS--Rides Like a High-priced Luxury Model

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Mar 12, 2003 - Updated Mar 25, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: 2.0 engine has remarkable pickup. Hugs the road. Fun driving, rides like a sports car.
Cons: Two recalls since purchase.Lower MPG then expected.
The Bottom Line: You get a lot of features for your money and also a comfortable, nimble and fun to drive ride. I highly recommend this car.

I love the European look of this car at the low cost.I would recommend spending the extra money to invest in the ZTS. This 4 door model has leather seats, CD and a 2.0 liter Ztech engine,power windows, power door locks, etched windows with the VIN#. ... read more

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This car wasn't built Ford tough.

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Jan 21, 2003 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 30 Recommended: No 

Pros: A peppy little car with some style.
Cons: Not durable and many recalls.
The Bottom Line: Later models of this car have seen improvements, but I wouldn't buy this model.

When I first drove this car I thought it was great. It has some real pep under the hood and the version I bought was the Sony Limited Edition so the stereo is great. Now the stereo seems to be the only thing I'd keep. There have been at least half a ... read more

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I love my car

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Jan 3, 2003 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: comfortable & quick
Cons: not great on gas
The Bottom Line: A decent buy for the money with plenty of pep

I bought this car new and have put over 50,000 miles on it in 2 years. Yes, I've had a couple of recalls, but so what? At least Ford is onn top of things. I have not had any major repairs - just replaced the tires and had my brakes done. I ... read more

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American Yugo

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Nov 16, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 20 Recommended: No 

Pros: Great handling, Low price
Cons: Terrible craftmanship, Lack of support
The Bottom Line: Avoid it. Every new model car got problems but Ford's decision to screw the consumer is dis-heartening.

My folks bought the cars used from a local Ford dealer. On my advise they even paid for extra to get the extended warrenty from Ford. The car had about 15k when bought.. fast foward to today >> I drove the car while home and found squealing noise from ... read more

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My dad's a Ford Mechanic

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Nov 4, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Smooth, very reliable, and easy to manuver.
Cons: Maintaining repairs is costly.
The Bottom Line: It is a very reliable car, and economical too. Will highly recommend for first time new car owners, or new drivers.

I bought my first brand new car at my dad's work, a Ford dealership. I actually bought my Ford Focus before I even test drove it! I fell in love with the sleek look, Compact, but roomy. I logged in over 62,000 miles in just two years and it's still ... read more

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The Focus is a winner.

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Sep 15, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Nimble, great mileage, roomy, impressive stereo, great manual shifter.
Cons: Love it/Hate it styling, tiny gas tank, small console.
The Bottom Line: The best variety of choices, features and safety in a small car. If you like the looks, is there really any other option?

The best selling car in the WORLD is a Ford Focus. There's a good reason for this. It's a great car with European styling and handling. It has advanced technology, with many features found on much larger cars. They are offered in ... read more

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Good Investment.

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Aug 25, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Handling handling handling, aggressive stance, styling.
Cons: Air conditioner is a horsepower hog.
The Bottom Line: At least take it for a test drive, and include some hills and a freeway.

This review is an update to a previous draft, and has been completely re-written. When I wrote the first review, I'd only owned the car for three days. Now, it's been over a month, and my opinion still has not changed. Let me outline below a few key ... read more

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Stylish, Fun and Roomy Little Car

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Aug 24, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Well-design, fun, stylish, roomy
Cons: Yet to find one
The Bottom Line: A strikingly unique design, practical, inexpensive, and very fun to drive. I really like it!

I purchased the wagon used with 26,000 miles. I was replacing a 1996 GMC Jimmy (see review) that was breaking down. I wanted the functional room of the Jimmy in a more fuel-efficient vehicle, and cheaply as I was unemployed and in retraining. The new ... read more

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Practical, economical & safe

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Aug 14, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Economical yet peppy with base motor & stick shift. Roomy inside with huge trunk.
Cons: Too many recalls. German-built Focus sold in Europe better quality.
The Bottom Line: The best small car available from The Big 3

My 2000 Ford Focus LX is my town car, although it is plenty peppy on the freeway and mountains with the standard engine and stick shift. It also fits in my garage next to a Dodge 2500 Ram 4X4. My only complaint is the number of recalls (all of which I ... read more

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Great small car...

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Jul 24, 2002 (A Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 50 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Comfortable car, great stereo, good mileage
Cons: Expensive to license, shifting sometimes stiff,
The Bottom Line: For a small family who loves to travel economically

I drove my 2000 Ford Focus for about a year and a half and it was the best car I ever had. I had the SE model with the convenience and sport packages. I got a 5 speed manual with it. I consistantly got around 32 MPG in the city and 45 on the highway ... read more

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Nice Car, but Not for a family.

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Apr 3, 2002 (A Very Helpful review)

Author's Product Rating: 40 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Cute Little Car. Easy to handle. Good on gas.
Cons: Not for a family. Not good in snow.
The Bottom Line: I give the focus an above average rating, just not for parents with little ones.

I have the Ford Focus ZX3 hatchback 2000. We bought it new in 2000. All in all it is a good car, but not what I thought when I bought it. The positives about this car is that it handles well, smooth drive. Our model has a built in security ... read more

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