2000 Ford Focus Review Ratings
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2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
Cheap, Sporty, Lasts forever
Ummm, hold on... Let me think... Needs about 10 more horse power and a better sounding horn. Thats about it.
The 2000 Focus Zx3 — Where can I start? The 2000 Focus is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairly bullet proof, it will last for a long time. My Focus has done around 180,000 miles on all origional parts, except for gaskets and other parts that need replaced every couple of thousand of miles. Pretty good for a ten year old car! The engine is completely adaquate enough for everyday use and the occasional time when you feel like going fast. Despite this, the engine could do with just a tiny bit more power to add to the sportyness of the Focus. However, when you hit the GO pedal and you let the revs get up high, you will hear the sweet sound of the engine. It is phenominal. The brakes on the Focus are unbelievably brilliant. All you need to do is tap the brake pedal and you stop very quickly. When you stop, put your face back where it belongs and keep going. The brakes stop you quick when you need it and slows you down when you need it. The stopping power is phenominal considering the brakes at the front are about 1 foot in diameter and the rears are drums. The 2000 Focus is well built all round. It will keep its self composed for many years. I've recently replaced the suspension all round and the front rotors just to keep it as safe as it possibly can. After 10 years, the suspension is pretty soft instead of hard. Now that the replacements are on, the Focus sits about 2 inches higher than it did with the sagging, old ones on there. There was nothing wrong with the brakes, just replaced them so I know its safe and they'll last another life time. After 10 years though, the Air Conditioning Compressor is squeaking now, but from frequent use for 10 straight years, it is expected to happen, nothing can last forever. The car does not rattle, bang or anything else. The Focus looks, to me anyway, really good. I like the way the rear lights are situated up high, not only to look more interesting, but so that they are more visible to the car following you. The side of the Focus had very interesting lines and you could spend hours looking around it looking at all the tiny curves, bends, and lines on it. The large headlights look good aswell as lighting up the road amazingly. The interior design is pure and also very interesting. The lines of the dask is unique and is oddly good looking. The gauges are very large and easy to read as well as being accutare. The gauges do need a readout for battery life though. Apart from that, they are brilliant. The way the seats feel are unbelievably comfortable. They hold you well when you are moving down the road. One fo the best things about the Focus is that is is so cheap to run. $20.00 of fuel today will easily last you up to 2 weeks (depending on how you use it, of course). The Focus is incredibally easy to maintain. It will last you a while when you treat it right. This car is a "hatchback", but it behaves as a sports car. It is really sporty to drive and it makes you forget that you are driving a hatchback. It shouldn't be called a hatchback; it should be called a "Sports Coupe". To sum it all up, the 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 is one of the best cars out there today and gives you a feeling of joy that is unique in every way.
Primary Use: Family transportation
2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
sporty economy car and the handling is excellent and its even better with a lowering kit
could be faster
Amazing Car To Drive — i have owned this car for 2 years and it is definitely a work in progress still ... its always changing the appearance and style but its so much fun ... custom led taillights ... hid headlights ... eibach sportline lowering springs ... custom painted stock 5 spoke rims ... interior neons ... cold air intake ... alpine stereo ... amp and 2 - 15 inch kicker subs ... and the gas mileage is amazing even driving with a lead foot ... my next purchase is definately going to be a ford focus zx3 svt ... faster and better looking car in my opinion ... i love my car ... enough said lol
Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)
2000 Ford Focus LX Review
Inexpensive, easy to maintain, great fuel economy
Not the most luxourious car
Absolutely Phenomenal Car — Incredibly solid car. The original clutch lasted for over 160,00 miles. Handles well, has a 2.0L 4 cyl. which is surprising quick (acceleration, speed, etc.). Has had very low maintenance costs and gets great fuel economy. Good looking car and (I own a sitck) fun to drive. Highly recommended. My mechanic has recommended it over many fancier european models.
2000 Ford Focus SE Review
Good quality, interiors and fuel economy
Poor acceleration, average handling
My First Car — This was my first car. It's nice looking and provides good service. Has a lot of room for passengers and in the trunk. The only drawback that I found was it's lack of acceleration. Services are economic. Has good fuel economy. I'd recommend it to a friend. Nice nice nice.
2000 Ford Focus LX Review
The car - its cheap and fun
A Great Family Car —
Theres nothing i can say about this car that i hate, its really good overall, i bought it for room, as my children are in car seats, and they take up alot of room in the back, and with car seats in it gives plenty of leg room, the car is cheap on parts, cheap to run, and you get really good performance and mileage out of it the only reason im changing is coz i would likw something newer.
performance - the car does everything i want, theres plenty of power when i need it, the braking is excellent, and the handling is great
build quality - Ive a confession to make, ive had to do no repairs in over a year, tyres, exhaust are all A1 condition, its regularly serviced by the dealer, and they mention straight away if anything needs replacing and it hasnt, as i use this car with my family, i want everything perfect.
Appearance - As the car is nearly 8 year old, it looks abit dated compared to todays cars, hence why im upgrading, the interior is great, all the gadgets are easily accessible,
cost of ownership - CHEAP
2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
utility, seating comfort, RIDE/HANDLING BALANCE, fuel economy, interior and exterior materials durability
transmission hampered acceleration, styling not for everyone, old-car problems came on a little early in its life (around 90k miles, as opposed to about 120k for my Mustang)
Somewhat Sporty, Immesurably Practical — Whoever knocks on owning a hatchback should seriously consider a gen 1 Focus ZX3 (or equally fun to drive VW Golf/Rabbit/GTI). Sure it was a goofy looking pod for transportation, but the combination of a nearly flat, deep load floor and a straight roof made for superior hauling capability over most other compact cars on the road. With the seats folded up, it will swallow 5 people comfortably, 4 people and their golf clubs, or 3 people and luggage for a 10 day vacation (no lie). The interior design was equally as goofy as the exterior, and it was a sea of black plastic, however it proved durable over 5 years and 80k miles of ownership (from 2003-2008). The sound quality of the stereo was acceptable. The front seats actually proved quite supportive and more comfortable than one would expect from a small car. The Zetec engine was eager, but hampered by the Ford 4-speed transaxle. Acceleration was anemic for highway merging, but the okay torque was completely adequate around town. Despite these woes, highway mileage was decent enough, and it didn't hunt for gears on hills at highway speed. Durability was acceptable, but not stellar. No major problems came up, however I had to remember that no matter how hard I push it, it will never be as fast as my Mustang or the Jags. Handling, on the other hand, was a major strong point for the car. It took corners with ease, very little body roll, or tire noise. The ride quality was equally impressive (even with the 16 inch alloys and 205/45R tires). Engine and wind noise were rather excessive at highway speeds, however a good set of tires can cure any road noise issues you may have.
2000 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
Fuel Mileage, Steering Ratio, Shifter, Headroom, Trunk space
Stock stereo is weak, stock suspension(needs double wishbone), needs rear disc brakes standard
My 2000 Ford Focus — When the Focus first came to America after being out in Europe for a year, I was impressed by the bang-for-buck quality it had. After one test drive, I was in love with it after considering a Toyota Celica GTS. The aftermarket for parts took a while to get going, but once it did, it was relatively easy to change the things I wanted to. There were quite a few recalls in the first year or two, as can be expected with a car new to America. Since then, I have been thrilled with the reliabilty and gas mileage. The performance of the car is unmatched for cars in its category.
2000 Ford Focus ZTS Review
quicker than you think if driven properly
only does 134. standard brakes are pants
2000 Ford Focus Review
Interior space, handling
It's a Ford, interior style
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