2004 Ford Focus Overview

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2004 Ford Focus Overview

The 2004 Ford Focus continued to appeal to bargain hunters looking for low-priced family transportation. Variety was the name of the game for this cornerstone line, which targeted first-time buyers. Trims and body styles available were the LX four-door sedan, the SE four-door sedan and four-door compact wagon, and the performance-enhanced Z-line, featuring the two-door ZX3 and four-door ZX5 hatchbacks, four-door ZTS sedan, and four-door ZTW wagon.

Power was not the main selling point of the 04 Ford Focus. The LX and SE trims had a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter, 110 horsepower Zetec engine; the Z models featured an overhead-cam version of the Zetec with a 130-horsepower output. Also available as an option (standard in California, Massachusetts, and New York) was a 2.3 liter PZEV engine with an output of 145 horsepower.

PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) design, launched on a limited basis in the 2003 model year, represented an innovative effort by Ford to address upcoming changes in state and federal emissions standards. The PZEV engine reduced evaporative emissions, and brought the catalytic converter closer to the engine for increased efficiency. In addition to the environmental benefits, the PZEV engine offered improved gas mileage—up to 38 mpg highway.

Fuel economy was a strength of all the 2004 Focus models, with mileage ratings ranging from a low of 24 mpg city to a high of 38 mpg highway. The Focus offered a range of roadworthy, affordable compact cars with roomy interiors, ample cargo space, and nimble handling, and buyers flocked to the line. Perhaps the best news for drivers (and for Ford) was that the nagging quality problems of the recall-prone Focus seemed finally to have been ironed out by the 2004 model year.

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    dgpicker
    5

    Why Does My Battery Die As Soon As I Connect It?

    My daughter was driving, dash lights flashed, all lights went out, car died, battery dead. After fully charging, it dies on connection - ignition off.

    18 views with 4 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
    reservoirdog
    0

    What If Fuel Switch Needed To Be Reset Or What Symptons Do You Have

    when does the reset on fuel switch be used

    2,837 views with 10 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Woodbine123
    0

    Everytime I Turn The Car Hisses At Me And The Steering Feels Very Stiff

    Please people I need help I have a focus st170 04 plate and every time I turn the steering wheel hisses at me and the steering feels very stiff I I'm going fast it feels a little better but it only...

    8 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    Woodbine123
    0

    Everytime I Turn The Car Hisses At Me And The Steering Feels Very Stiff

    Please people I need help I have a focus st170 04 plate and every time I turn the steering wheel hisses at me and the steering feels very stiff I I'm going fast it feels a little better but it only...

    2 views with no answers yet
    godschld7777
    40

    Ford Focus Zts 2.3l With Auto Transmission

    My son has a 04 Ford Focus ZTS 2.3L with 90000 miles on it that the automatic transmission started going out two days after he bought it. We are trying to figure out for sure if it is something mechan...

    3,889 views with 9 answers (last answer about a month ago)