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NOT a SNOW car! by Jim from Indiana on 12/10/2011. Trim: 2007 Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback SES, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Fun to drive; peppy responsive engine; good mpg; heated seats
Cons: Road noise; rear seat capacity; handling in the snow
Overall review: I found this car fun to drive and great on gas. I bought it as a commuter car and it served this purpose, EXCEPT in the SNOW! It did NOT handle well in the snow. The rear end seemed to want to sway easily. I drive long commutes and at times driving in the snow was nervewracking, wondering how this vehicle was going to respond. I consulted with the local Ford dealer service technicians, and they confirmed this is a common statement. I investigated snow tire, trunk weight, etc. and decided against all of them. I had the car 15 months and traded it for a Toyota Camry. If you live in a state where snow is an issue, AVOID this car. It would be great if you live in a southern state.
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Glad I got it by NJ Turnpike Warrior on 01/03/2013. Trim: 2007 Ford Focus Sedan SE, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I bought this Focus used, with about 70K miles. I've had it two years now, and it's got about 90K on the clock. Incredibly reliable. I've never had to fix anything but one headlight bulb, and one taillight bulb. Other than that, it's been perfect. Plenty of power, engine is quite perky. Suspension is tight. Great on gas.
Cons: Interior looks "cheap", lots of plastic. Console/armrest is flimsy and broke as soon as I touched it, essentially. Paint scratches if you look at it funny. Lots of road noise. Car handles terribly in the rain, but that might be the tires to blame, not the car. Truck latching mechanism frequently rattles when unlocked. Brakes tend to be a bit grabby when wet, until they dry off. All minor complaints, the car delivers where it matters.
Overall review: A great, reliable, economical car. The car is missing a lot of creature comforts, but what do you expect for the price? Best summary of all, I'm glad I bought my Focus, and I'd do it again.
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5 door ses automatic by scarydave phoenix az on 10/18/2012. Trim: 2007 Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback SES, Owned 5 years.
Pros: fun and comforatable good acceleration
Cons: cup holders always spilling drinks terible placement under dash in front of shifter and if you smoke no ashtray
Overall review: dependible and good on gas
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very happy by An MSN Autos Consumer on 05/31/2012. Trim: 2007 Ford Focus Sedan SE, Owned 4 years.
Pros: we have 2 of them , the first we bought in 2008 and except of the shifter handle coming off, it has been no problem, it is relaible and quite comfrtable on a trip for a small car . the gas mileage is good around town and the highway. we bought the second a year ago after my alero got totaled and it has been a excellent car. both have been trouble free the first one has 50,000 mile on it the second has 67,000 miles on it ,. i had a friend who had a 2005 focus and put 200,000 miles on it before trading it in
Cons: none that i can think of
Overall review: i would recommend this car to anyone that wants reliabilty and gas mileage.
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It's OK but Ford after-sale support was disappointing. by MnFocus on 05/20/2012. Trim: 2007 Ford Focus 3-Door Hatchback SE, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Looks good and handles well. Great acceleration for a 2.0. Seems to have very little body roll in corners. No squeaks or rattles in 40K. Gas mileage about 32mpg at 70 with manual transmission and cruise engaged.
Cons: This car has a VERY irritating driveability issue with the manual transmission. If revved beyond 3K or so, it becomes difficult to achieve a smooth upshift as the engine revs continue to climb AFTER the throttle is released. Two different dealers (and Ford,supposedly) claim this is emissions-related and cannot be corrected. The heater/defroster is weak, but the air conditioning is OK.
Overall review: I can't help comparing this car to a Pinto I purchased new in 78. Don't laugh, the Pinto went beyond 125K with very few problems before it was sold to someone else. The Focus is safer, handles much better and seems faster, but the Pinto had a better ventilation system and the heater worked a LOT better. The Pinto was easier to work on as well, something to consider for something as simple as an alternator replacement (the engine has to be lifted on the Focus = $$$). There are other niggling details on my Focus like CV joints that make a crunching sound while turning a corner at below zero temperatures, and a transmission bearing noise when cold. Again, the dealer claimed these were not warranty issues. The Focus is a popular car so maybe I just got a "troubled" one but regardless, Ford did NOT impress me with their after sales support. I like Fords and have owned several, but my Focus experience has caused me to consider an import for my next new vehicle.
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