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Ford Focus Hatchback 1.6 Ghia 5d (01) (2004/04)

Ford Focus Hatchback 1.6 Ghia 5d (01) (2004/04) - Owner Review

Despite having 120,000 miles showing when we bought it, it has been ultra reliable and there is no sign of the traditional Ford issue of rust. Does 40mpg easily on a run.
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Ford Focus Hatchback (98-04)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not sure really, it is a normal car.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They like it.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, but would go for a bigger engine version next time due to the 1.6 being a touch underpowered.

What are you likely to buy next?
Already have an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Buying experience

5 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Independent

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£1,100

When did you buy the car?
May 2014

Did you get a good deal and why?
Yes, the car had a dent in the rear door so we managed to get a good discount. I managed to find a replacement door on ebay in the same colour for £30.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
We were looking for a cheap, reliable and economical second car.

What was the dealer like?
Pretty good.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Handles and rides very well. The 1.6 engine option is underpowered, especially when the car is loaded up. The car struggles to maintain 70mph on the motorway if the road has any form of incline, so you need to drop down to 4th gear to maintain speed. On country roads it also struggles with hills, and overtaking takes careful planning.

What's it like to park?
Pretty good, light steering and good visibility.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Needed a new battery, a few other wear and tear items needed replacing such as tyres and brake discs.

What's most practical about your car?
Despite having 120,000 miles showing when we bought it, it has been ultra reliable and there is no sign of the traditional Ford issue of rust. Does 40mpg easily on a run.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Heated front screen, the rest is pretty normal stuff.

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