2001 Ford Focus User Reviews

2001 Ford Focus Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 47 reviews
"ride" 34 reviews
"power" 29 reviews
"handling" 21 reviews
"speed" 13 reviews
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"power" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"small power" 3 reviews

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2001 Ford Focus SE Review
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4

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Handling, Interior Room, Int/Ext Stying, Trunk Space, Economy

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Power a bit lacking

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Great First, Commuter, Or Small Family Car — Bought the car in March of 2001. It now has 200,224 miles on it. It still gets 29mpg in the stop & go daily commute, and 35mpg on the open highway. Kept up with the standard maintenance schedule, and it still runs and handles great. Acceleration is ho-hum, but at 130HP what do you expect? There were a couple of recalls & TSBs early on, but they were handled by the dealer. So far the only major component to fail that was not covered was the alternator at about 130,000 miles. The 5 speed shifter base is made from a plastic/composite material and is prone to breaking. I'm on my 3rd. Easily swapped in the driveway in less than an hour. Body/panel integrity is still solid, which is odd for a 12 year old car in the northeast. Interior holding up well, no split stitching or other tears. Front seats were pedestrian to start with, but no noticeable deterioration in the seat foam or springs. First clutch & brake jobs were performed at ~145K miles, per dealer inspection. All in all, it's been a great car. Economical and fun ride for a small sedan.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Toletgo1234 writes:
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Other then the ease of maintenance I don't really have any pros for the split port sohc 2.0

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At 106544 the vehicle with fresh oil dropped a valve and blew a piston, left me stranded an hour from home

Toletgo1234
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Sohc Engine Is Junk And Should Have Been Recalled — Had no way to know anything was happening, it sputtered and blew up, not something i had expected to have happen, and the automatic transmission shift solenoids go out frequently. No hope for these vehicles and I would never own another with that engine in it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ian writes:
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This car is fun to drive, It handles well and very good on the gas.

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The Alternator on this car is a pain to replace since it is located on the rear of the engine.

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Fun To Drive. — Very fun car to drive with excellent braking and handling and can fit a family of five. It accelerate smoothly and very good and the gas. If you like to work on cars yourself this car is great to perform most of the maintenance yourself, like changing spark plugs, air filter, and changing fluids.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Daniel writes:
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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good on gas

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Fix Or Repair Daily

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Buy A Honda — The performance of this car is satisfactory due to the fact that it is on a sport suspension and the 5 speed manual transmission helps improve engine respnse pretty well. the build quality is alright. so far it hasnt fallen apart or broke down altogether. the appearance is pretty shaky. its got its bumps and dents but its holding out. the cost of ownership is super low. gas lasts forever and parts arent terribly expensive. fun factor. this car couldnt race much of anything but its somewhat entertaining to drive being a manual and the sport suspension.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2001 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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all dark blue paint, tinted windows, alloy wheels, everything works, including AC

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fuel pressure regulator went out, Ford has none in stock, get used one from recycle yard. Plastic window guide rail broke, another cheap fix from junkyard if you have mechanical talent

cobra147
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Cool, Dependable , Fast Enough — As a Ford fan I like this one a lot, got it for a great price from friend, plenty of cargo room when seats are folded down, easy over 30MPG when doing highway speeds, but goes to mid 20's when running around town. I should be driving this one for quite awhile, its definitely not for sale, I like it too much.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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anyname writes:
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good fuel economy

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locks

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Great 2nd Car — Great 2nd car, Ztech motor is awsome, put a timing belt on and good to go. When I bought it the rockers were completely gone so I found some trim from a Taurus and cut it down and it looks great. I'll post some pics when I can

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2001 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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Euro style sport handling, high MPG, good rear passenger space, generous cargo space, comfortable seats, smooth manual transmission

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moderate noise from wind and road, less heat and ac for rear passengers, suspension squeaks and rattles at slow speeds.  

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A Versatile And Efficient Design — This car has given reliable performance and consistent gas mileage (26 city / 35hwy) over 126,000 miles of ownership. Focus SE wagon has sport handling with nice manual shift. A very dog friendly cargo space that also has adapted easily for camping and other recreational use. The roof rack can also support luggage, snowboards, etc. adding to convenience on long trips. Interior trim has retained a clean, uncracked finish. Tires seemed to wear out more often, especially when failing to do regular rotation. When car is fully loaded the engine power is fine for flat interstates and modest grades, but challenged for steep mountain roads which require downshifting. No major problems after 10 years, only the usual replacements of tires, batteries, shocks.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Thomas3232 writes:
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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5 speed, easy to park

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ford badges

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My Ford Focus — I like the sporty nature of my car, ease of parking, and overall driveability. I get mediocre gas mileage compared to other sub-compacts. This is a cheap car to maintain. The color gets so many compliments: Its like a copper/gold/bronze. I wish I had money to customize! i love my car

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Alexander writes:
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aero-dynamic, good bit of pep to it, gas milage

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the shape that gives it it's aero-dynamics, and it's namesake.

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Not My First Choice By Far..but Good Car Nonetheless — Now, im not a fan of Ford cars by ANY means.. except maybe the higher trim mustangs (Cobra, Mach1 anyone?) and this thing looks like a big rollerskate with tires.. but i'll be damned if it doesn't have a nice lil burst of speed when the pedal is punched, and handles corners like a champ..you can have some cheapo, hard as nails, wal-mart tires on there and it'll hug the road, and gas effecient..who'd figure?

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Hilary writes:
2001 Ford Focus SE Review
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Great handling, good engine, plenty of space, good stereo system, great AC

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Coil springs break easily, dents easily, window problems, light problems

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Pretty Good Car — Handles great, but I have had a few problems. It has a great interior and an awesome stereo system. There is plenty of space for such a small car.

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2000 Ford Focus Reviews

Great Car, Owned It For 8 Years And Never Left Me Stranded By Toletgo1234

Car has 233,000 miles + and seems to still be running great, has had a small loss in power but nothing to fret over. Have ran the crap out of this vehicle and it has treated me well. Great car And wou... Read More

Love The Car, Overall I Never Have Regret Purchasing The Vehicle By Toletgo1234

i like the price, they are fairly cheap. Cheap on gas, and cheap to insure and register. The vehicle has a fair amount of space for smaller needs. Dislike the electrical problems and wheel bearing pro... Read More

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2002 Ford Focus Reviews

Great Commuter By mjte43

Overall, a great inexpensive car to own and operate, just turned 163000 miles and it keeps on going. Not bad for 2 adults, but it struggles with 4 people inside. Great gas mileage, I average approxima... Read More

'02 Zx3 Hatchback By SirPerseus

Good over all, my car has problems that need to be fixed so i cant complain until i fix the problems and then judge. the Car length is nice and small so you are able to fit into tighter spaces. The ca... Read More

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2003 Ford Focus Reviews

Most Reliable Little Wagon In The World. By Molovesroe

I love everything about my ford wagon. I've had her for over two years and she's been so reliable and wonderful. There is so much cargo room and the seats are very comfortable. Her transmission is gor... Read More

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Great car for commuting and maintenance cost is very low. I drive it daily for college and drive it like a grandma. The car has loved me back as much as I have loved it. Would recommend getting a focu... Read More

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