At idle there was no valvetrain noise. I have the 2000 Ford Focus se 4 door 5 speed. Some people don't like the saloon; I have grown to like it. Very bad smell inside car. I had to replace the front rotors due to warping after the first 9 months. I changed sawy bar links, rear shocks, my alternator gave out but the car has 170k it was on the original one. In the tight 90 degree bumpy corners, the Focus powered through the left and right handers at speed, holding its line exactly as instructed.
It ran very rough as one of the cylinders was not firing. Throttle steering was very controllable and predictable with just the right amount of understeer. This month new rear tires and rear shocks also. Rock and roll lives in the Focus as does Beethoven. On the road usually spend 10 to 12 hours behind the wheel without fatigue. Should I really have driven a Ford Focus for 236K? That's junkie fords for you.
The front seats are large and sublimely comfortable. And it certainly has everything it needs to accomplish that. But the inside of the Focus is significantly more spacious and comfortable. I still might buy her a 1999 Toyota Corolla as they are problem free and great mileage. I have had problems with the gas. It had 62,000 on the engine at the time, so by 190,000, the engine has 129,000 miles. Plastic cooling system parts constantly going bad.
It's almost amazing how much room you can pack inside a 175 inch motor vehicle. The four door wagon is also a slick looking unit. It wasn't obvious what had broken, but there was a river of oil flowing down the gutter when I got out. Yes, but reluctantly, and only because with a 2 year old, it's just becoming too much to lug him into the back seat of this 3-door. So that means I got 123K from the first engine post 38 , and 129K from the second engine before needing a rebuild. In comparison, the new Focus is slightly longer and narrower than the Escort it replaces.
Now at 134,000 miles and still going strong. Also my mk2 Focus was a 1. The coolant tank I bought new from Amazon the old one was looking bad and the plastic tube across the radiator was leaking that was replaced. I changed the belt tensioner pulley and belt itself. It stalls while driving, causing you to pull over and turn the car off.
Trunk stopped shutting, needed new trunk lock. Leg, head and hip room were more than adequate. Expect 28-30 mpg in more retrained driving in El Dorado County and 35 mpg plus on the highway. The lines are sharp, with a combination of round shapes, slopes, flats and a convergence of lines. For Ford, with the introduction of their new world car, the Focus, it's getting way better. While I had the opportunity, I replaced the timing belt, serpentine belt, sparks, wires, filters all around, general tune up stuff.
Out of shape tyres due to cheap tyres. The more mechanical nature of the older car is more the level Ford operate at, hence your superb example. There's a reason the mk1 Focus won the award for the best car of the past 25 years; it's because it's bloody good! I may have to paint the hood soon, but the rest of the car looks great, without ever seeing a drop of polish or wax. After towing it home and disassembling the head, I was amazed at the sub-par construction in the heart of the motor. I have the automatic, which was fine but with my spirited driving I've had 25-30mpg, other folks say with the stick shift they get 30+. Many problems before as you may have guessed but none quite like this one. Model year 2000 Year of manufacture 2000 First year of ownership 2005 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 2.
It is accurate with near perfect feel. Update from Oct 30, 2013 : Correction:Bankruptcy - Leonardo C. I bought this car as a salvage title front end damage, but no engine damage. If you do, tell us in the comments section below. The reduced friction in the suspension components allowed the Focus to absorb smaller irregularities like a big sedan.
Stay away from the 2. I agree with the comment about the newer stuff. It looks great and that is the only thing it has going for it. Yes, her engine, tranny and most everything else is original, and her body is nearly rust-free. Though aggravating to be without a running vehicle, they shuttled me to a few key places I had to be at in a brand new Lincoln and picked me up when the car was done with the service.