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Owner of three LR Focus’
There are Four cars of this model in the family with nearly 850000 kilometers between them. 2x ST170’s (280 and 125k) 1x Zetec Manual(130k) and 1x LX Auto (290k)(my nephews). They drive superbly and have been super reliable. These cars would suit anyone looking drive in varied conditions and who enjoy fantastic handling. They are very easy to work on and most parts are available. If you source parts look at UK and US suppliers, you will get better parts a lot cheaper. The only time this didn’t work for me was when I ordered an A/C compressor fr...om the USA, the lines are are different for left hand drive. I plan to keep driving my cars and may convert to in wheel electric drive if the components are cheaper in the future. The ST170’s aren’t super quick but they are a joy to drive, just clicked over 280k in my daily driver and still going strong. I service every 5-7500 k’s and drive 7-800 k’s per week. Buy filters and oil when they are on sale. Using Ryco ST632Z? and Nulon 5-30w European. You can get rotors from DBA and brembo pads from Brakes Direct in QLD. ST breakers in the UK can supply used trim parts etc. Jegs, Summit racing, CFM and FXwerks supply excellent parts that will be cheaper than the auto stores in Australia. I have a new RTS single mass clutch to fit in the 125k ST170. I plan to fit stiffer anti-roll bars and new shocks. Everything has Goodyears, tough, grippy Assurance Triple max for the LX 15” and Eagle F1 for the ST170’s have used both directional and assymetric, great tyres and tough. Pilot sports are nearly double the price and I don’t trust them on dirt roads. The brakes and tyres pull the car up very abruptly. A taller driver can fit in it, the visibility is excellent as are the headlights on normal globes. They don’t miss features, the ST170’s even have stability control. ST Dashes have a common fault where the back lights flicker this is intermittent and can be managed by adjusting the dimmer. Getting a P1518 code for the camshaft seloniod, it can be cleaned out but my retaining bracket is warped so it sonetimes plays up when cold or revved to redline. Reconditioned CD stackers can by purchased from the UK for a pittance and other fords use the same 6006 unit. The full workshop manual is available of you join ford forums. There are also plenty of videos on youtube for most jobs. I love my Focus’ and my high K car deserves a full engine rebuild but I need it on the road.
Purchased in April 2018 for $4,500.00.
transmission clutch shudder
Have car back into dealer this week as slipping in gear then not being able to get reverse gear. This will be the 7th or 8th time the same problem has been fixed and quite frankly I'm am over it. I travel on my own a lot and never know if or when this problem will happen again it's quite frightening. Car manufactured December 2012 and I purchased it in June 2013. I love a lot of thing about it except for gearbox.
Purchased in June 2013 for $21,000.00.
- LZ (Hatchback) Sport (2015-2018)
Lemon broken faulty Car from new that has cost me thousands in "Attempted repairs"
Daily light commuting and light use serviced by the authorised Ford dealerships and by the book service. The car has been well maintained and is almost like in a as new showroom condition. Thats the comment I always used to get " is the car new" A shame that the car has been an unreliable lemon from day 1.
From the very first few months of ownership the Engine light kept coming on. Numerous Ford Dealers and repair attempts. But alas no dealer could fix it. The bills were shocking, running from 1000 to 2000 dollars including basic service w...hich averaged around 300 to 400 dollar book service. The Ford dealers never fixed the problem and all that they were doing was clearing the faulty code. In one case they replaced the barometric sensor. That still did not fix the problem despite another 2000 dollar bill and the car sitting idle while I was on holiday! I complained to Ford customer care, and they appear sincerely interested. Ford experts" were involved and even they could not fix this lemon of a car! Then one dealer after the service changed the PCM module and with 1 week of driving the vehicle and having the car serviced the light came on. The dealer did not even have the service manager did not even have the decency to call me back while i was trying to get him to look at it immediately. The engine warning light kept coming on. Took it to a Ford dealer who did a scan and cleared the code. This time the light did not come on for about 8 months. Thats when I took it in for a basic service thinking that its fixed. How wrong was I. Did the basic service drove home and let the car sit over xmas break. Went back to work, started the car and the engine light came on. Called the dealer "Ford experts involved" They said the system contaminated. So to replace a barometric sense(cheap part) and spray some cleaner into the inlet manifold they charge me just under 1800 dollars. You would think such a huge repair bill would fix this Ford Australia Lemon Focus Car. But nah, the engine light came on again. This time I contacted Ford Customer care who seemed concerned and said they would tried to help me. The dealer manager contacted me and asked if I was making a claim. Ford played tango with regular contact calls. In the End the claim was rejected for the Ford Focus LZ lemon car. Even the dealer agreed that I had bought a lemon and seem very cold hearted and blunt while almost mockingly agreeing that I bought a lemon from their dealership. He further stated that I can take "other legal options" But really after losing thousands in repairs bills in trying to fix Fords Lemon focus car who can afford to engage a lawyer? The while episode has been a financial disaster for me and my family and to think that every year of ownership has cost me 2000 dollars in repair bills. Now this car is like new because we had no confidence in using going anywhere because we were afraid of engine damage, breakdowns etc etc. The worst part about Ford Customer care and the rotten dealer who stuffed up the car is that on ever service invoice it mentions the problems and their incompetent attempts at fixing it. I jumped online and got access to the USA Ford dealer repair database. The repair cost on hundreds of these cares averaged to 300 dollars with complete success. And here in Australia not even the "Ford Experts" could fix this car. Its even worst when one of their mechanics claimed that "he was no familiar with the product since its not a popular to seller" I guess they only employ mechanics who can change oil and run up huge repair costs for something that they cant fix. End result is now I have to try and find someone who can really fix this problem or I have to write the car off. If Ford cant fix the PCM and this fault I doubt I will find a specialist who can. I bought a 30,000 dollar Ford Focus lemon that has ruined me financially. Ford are really good at walking away from their failed car models that are lemons and likewise their dealers. But its sad when my car was damaged by the dealer and Ford wont even help by recognising that one of their incompetent dealers ruined my car.
Purchased in December 2015 for $33,000.00.
A Fabulous Advertisement for Ford's Competitors
Went car shopping in 2010. The Ford Focus XR-5 had a fantastic motor - Volvo's 5 pot 2.5 litre turbo and really supportive comfortable seats by Ricardo so it felt GREAT to drive at the dealers. I bought it new but within 3 weeks the problems started. Too many to remember but here's a summary:
1. Regularly just failed to start. Dead. You had to wait up to 20 minutes for it's electrics to decide they'd wake up.
2. It was a 6 speed manual. Several times I found I was locked out of anything higher than 4th due to the 'tone wheel' (sends pulses to d...
Melon of a car
Ford Focus 2014.. purchased 2016 demo of dealership with one year of manufacture warranty..paid some extra insurance (harrier warranty) for piece of mind but after that the problems started.
nothing was covered under it regularly serviced at Springwood Ford..
Despite regular logbook servicing started with small stuff the boot door then some water tank having a hole,, then passenger door not latching and now the air con stoped working was told by Ford it some part under the dash with another price to pay in the thousands.. (payed 92 dollars f...or them to tell me the info) did not go with it just had a mobile aircon re gas it and put dye for $150 so far it’s working if it holds up I’ll know the service division are crooks won’t be taking the car to Ford for servicing neither.. all in all poorly built car regretful purchase might be only good for a bon fire
Purchased in September 2016.
Perfect Small Car if you’re in the Market!
We bought the car in 2013 brand new, a 2013 Focus Titanium with the Sports Executive Pack petrol and its been a terrific car throughout the 150,000kms we’ve thrown at it. It’s really a drivers car and handles beautifully, and it has lots of tech including Adaptive Cruise control which takes a bit of stress out of freeway driving. The only thing is the smaller screen which hasn’t been too much of an issue, it’s really simple to use despite all the buttons you’re inundated with! 10/10! Will definitely be buying another Ford Focus!
Purchased in March 2013 for $34,000.00.
I purchased my 2012 LW Ford focus 6 months ago, the car has travelled 58,000 kilometers, it's a 5 speed Manual and the electric power steering Assist has failed twice and once while driving almost causing an Accident. it now needs a new power steering rack that will cost well over 2,000 dollars to replace and get fitted. the check engine light has come on twice also. I'm getting it fixed and will be looking at trading it in for something else.
Poor Quality Vehicle
In September 2020, I purchased a "courtesy car" Focus Active from Metro Ford Newstead (Brisbane). Vehicle had 5600 km on odometer and was in as-new condition. After a thorough test drive, salesman agreed to have wheel alignment checked to correct wandering, steering faults, tramlining etc. This did not happen so I took JAX Northlakes, a very reliable company I have used for 4-5 years - cost $69. This improved the situation but the maladies prevail. Tried adjusting tyre pressures which did not improve the situation. Commentators elsewhere sugges...t that Hungarian sourced Hankook tyres are inferior to those made in Korea and that I should replace with quality road tyres (eg. Continental; Pirelli; Michelin). Can't afford this and should not have to consider. Currently, vehicle handles like a barge, is dangerous at even moderate speeds, on these tyres. JAX man swears by Hankooks and claims to use successfully on his own vehicles. On tyres made where? Spent $325 on window tinting which helps reduce headlight glare from following vehicles. The "automatic" rear view mirror dimmer does not work! Focus is roomy front and rear, seats are adequate and boot is large for a small hatch (due partly to semi-useless space-saver spare). Cruise control is difficult to use and turns itself on and off - speed increases downhill (dangerous) and slows when climbing. Many things work well though unlockable fuel filler cap is an invitation to vandals to add foreign fluids to the fuel system. My 6 yo phone does not recharge wirelessly though there are 2x USB ports and also 2 cigar lighters (seriously??) and no ashtray. Manual gear paddles work well and very useable though occasionally self activate. Good sound system though have spent money and lots of time on converting CDs to USBs - love DAB. Large centred digital speedo is very readable though doesn't mirror speed of too-small uncentred analog. Too many buttons and scrolls and most are too small to find especially at night. Cavities for 5 cups/bottles in front for two people and two in the rear for 3 people doesn't make sense. Removing the centre holders enlarging the door cavities to take 1 bottle and 1 coffee cup each would allow current tiny unlit buttons moved there - visible and useable. Ford may think it has made a good car but it hasn't. My Ruby Red is a beautiful looking car inside and out but it does not drive as it looks. I test drove a Mazda3 bn SP25 hatch this week - a real drivers' car with much more supportive seats, easy to use controls though a little more road noise than Focus. If I can do a straight swap I will do so. If you must buy a Focus hatch, choose an alternative to the Active, though none of the others have IRS. Happy Driving!
Purchased in September 2020 for $27,000.00.
Loved the car BUT dual clutch went at 60,000 km, Ford uninterested, then again at 69,000 km!
Being retired we use the car for local trips or longer road trips. Car used 4-5 times a week and is regularly serviced by Ford or NRMA Motorserve who replaced the clutch at 60,000 at our expense. We wrote to Ford Australia and they told us "out of guarantee" The dual clutch went again on a country trip at 68,000 km. Assessed by Ford service centre as having "failed". Told it would be replaced under guarantee by Ford for Free. Waiting for 2 weeks....
Purchased in March 2013 for $25,000.00.
Ford Focus SA ST-Line Hatchback
Perfect first car with all the safety features and modern goodies. One of the best cars to drive, sticking to the corners even when giving it a boot full from the Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. Can’t complain about the noise from the 3 pot either, very sporty after all it is the ST-Line Model. Can’t wait to soak up the open road and clock those kilometres up as I’m sure it will be very reliable unlike the troublesome LW model with the Powershift transmission.
Purchased in June 2020.
Best Car I’ve ever Owned!
Bought a 2011 Focus Trend Sedan Powershift used July 2018. Been an awesome car ever since. Very fuel efficient, really fun to drive, loves the corners. The boot has good space and is spring loaded so you just press the key and open it goes. 10/10. Onto the next Focus now!
Purchased in July 2018.
Very unreliable car.
2013 model purchased from a dealership for $10k in 2020.
Automatic transmission failed.
Unknowingly had 2 recalls.
Ford didn't even send a letter/email/call about the recalls.
Rung Ford and they couldn't book it in for over a month. So do I just keep paying for this car while it sits for over a month and pay even more to hire a car to use while I wait. Poor effort from Ford, both with their products and service.
Purchased in January 2020.
DO NOT!! I REPEAT DO NOT BUY ONE!
My 17 year old daughter saved up 8k to buy a decent car! She bought a 2012 Ford Focus less than a year ago and had so far spent over $5k!! It’s a piece of absolute crap! I feel so sorry for her! And don’t even get me started on the recall!!! Steer well clear! She could have bought a brand new Kia with 7 year warranty! But only just learning that now!!
Purchased in July 2019 for $80,000.00.
Refined and sporty
The latest (2020) version of the Focus has just about everything right.
Overall it's a very comfortable and reassuring drive, with good handling and power - but it also has good functional technology that's a little better refined than earlier models. Plus it looks good, but I'm not personally concerned with that (sorry Ford styling guys/gals).
Gone are the mechanical gear lever and park brake; thats all on a cute ratating knob and pushbutton now - so less intrusive and no doubt cheaper. Loads of little extras like lights on wing mirrors to ill...
I have just sold my 2017 LZ auto hatchback. In my 2 and a half years of ownership I found it to be well built with few discernible rattles or squeaks, the structure was very rigid. The rear view camera is large & clear. The controls are simple to use and it had a good heater and cool air conditioning. Over 18,000 km I averaged 8.8 L/100 km, with 90% of the km's being city/metro driving. It's initial acceleration was not overly brisk but once at 40 km/h and above its mid range performance was strong. At 110 km/h its revs were 2,000 rpm. The ride was a bit firm around town, dropping the tyre pressures from the recommended value helped improve the ride. Overall I was happy with the car and had no problems.
Purchased in November 2017 for $22,500.00.
Zippy car with plenty of features
I have had my 2019 SA focus now for 3 months and it has been a fantastic car. I love the drivability of the 1.5 turbo engine and the 3cyl engine has a great note. Average 6 litres in city driving and have had as low as 5.0 on the open highway.
Impressed by the build quality and functionality of the interior it is a clean but basic layout. Everything is easy to access and the 8inch infotainment system is easy to use and nice and clear. This model has an 8 speed conventional transmission so no problems like the dual clutch of a few years ago,...but does occasionally struggle to find the right gear at low speeds. It sticks to the road when giving it a squirt on the windy roads, a great handling car. I have the optional drivers assist pack which ads a couple of extra safety features and folding mirrors with light on the bottom of the mirrors which helps at night When fumbling for the house keys. Only Minor negatives for me is that the trend model doesn’t have keyless start and I find the halogen headlights are average on the highway. I am sure other owners have had issues with this model focus but so far I have nothing but positive things to say about it.
Purchased in February 2020.
A Great Car
The LZ Focus is fantastic, so I hope potential buyers don't label the LZ with the LW's problems (the LW before the LZ had a major problem with the transmission but I believe that's been fixed now, if you're thinking of buying an LW). The LZ has a great 6-speed auto with an S mode to drive it like a manual with overdrive, and an ecoboost 1.5L engine with as much power as we need on standard unleaded petrol. Great fuel economy: 7.6L/100km stop-start around the suburbs with 2 adults and often 3 grandchildren (child locks help with younger kids). 6....0L/100km on a trip with 2 adults loaded up from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour and back via the coast road at the speed limits. The sedan boot holds 2 large suitcases if you need them, plus lots more stuff. (The salesperson thought we were paying with cash when we tested the boot size with the two large suitcases!) Cruise control is a dream, and the interior is so quiet. Steering and braking are fabulous. Tech is excellent -- phone integration is perfect, and the stereo is great. It's very easy to park: the rear sensors and camera are great. The large display with maps, music tracks and am/fm radio is really good. Our Red Candy colour is easy to see (safe) and looks spectacular. All the interior controls are within easy reach. We added the convenience pack, 6 year warranty and Protektiv Complete Vinyl Kit. We have it serviced at Etheridge Ford, Ringwood, VIC, because it's not expensive and they know what they're doing and include RACV; they also have terrific service staff!! All in all, a great investment worth test driving first and last.
Purchased in April 2017 at Etheridge Ringwood for $27,000.00.
So impressed - better than I imagined.
Very happy with my Focus sport, great handling especially on winding roads - sticks to the road, so easy to handle and so responsive. Great acceleration -I beat everyone off the lights even the most powerful cars.
Comfortable drivers seat. Plenty of oomph to overtake on highways.Everyone who has driven my car is impressed - a delight to drive.
Purchased in January 2019 at Ford Dealers for $25,300.00.
2014 Ford Focus lemon
I purchased a Ford Focus 2014 model.
59,000kms only 5 months out of warranty and my steering rack has failed. There was a recall for the 2014 Ford Focus manufactured in August between the 8th and the 15th for steering gears incorrectly placed. Mine was built on the 15th of August 2015 but yet no recall was accompanied with my vin. I nearly had an accident when it failed. Ford have declined to fix this under good will even though it’s a manufacturer fault.
This is happening too often. Accidents, failures. It’s a joke. We should all come together and actually take these issues to the media. Out them and show Australia how crap there vehicles are.
Purchased in February 2020.
Good enough that I traded it in for another Focus
Bought it at 50000km, traded it in at 260000km, by which time it was admittedly a bit tired (burning oil and pinging a bit, probably due to valve seals, clearcoat suffering from a dozen years of sunlight).
- engine smooth and quiet (certainly compared to the ZZE122 Corolla it replaced). Did have to wind the lacky up to get the most out of the engine though.
- audio system was reasonable for a stock system. Too much to expect bluetooth in 2005 I suppose.
- reasonable fuel economy (averaged 7.2l/100km).
- fold-flat rear seats
Thumbs ...down: - alternator failure. I read somewhere that proximity to hot parts of the engine is often a contributing factor. To be fair, I did have plenty of warning of this failure (whining noise, both audible and electrical). Amongst other things, I discovered power steering becomes unhappy in the presence of power supply problems.
Purchased for $17,000.00.
Questions & Answers
anyone had issues with this model? looking to buy one as long as it's not a lemon ,and it is manual
Hi Peter, I probably can't make a comment on a manual MK1 but trust me if you think of buying an auto, my advise would be to RUN as fast as you can away from it. I have had nothing but trouble with the gearbox in mine and have just had it fixed for the 9th time, so fingers crossed they got it this time. Good luck but buy another brand.
Hi I have a 61plate ford focus titanium I have a heating problem it works in all areas but to my feet why what could it be ?
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 L||52 L||52 L||52 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany||Germany||Germany||Germany|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018|
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