Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2005 Ford Focus?
Bought a 2005 ST dealer certified pre-owned and have had very little problems with it.
Had to replace the alternator at 65K and now the stereo initializes by itself every few days. Trying to figure out what the low battery message on the stereo means.
Put some strut braces on and handling was improved, but still needs to be lowered about an inch or so. Overall, an excellent little car that is fun to drive. Have taken it on quite a few long road trips and seats are surprisingly comfortable on long drive times.
The young kids with their tricked out Hondas and Toyotas are quite surprised when I scratch the tires in second gear!! Nice power range and good handling for a factory stock.
Keep your standard maintenance up and you shouldn't have very many problems.
Cons: How would you improve your 2005 Ford Focus?
Trunk lid doesn't pop enough with the electronic lock, have to click and pull up at the same time.
Does wear out tires and have to keep it perfectly balanced and aligned constantly.
Needs a better clutch, I notice a bit of lag from third to fourth under hard acceleration.
The fuel pump is very loud when I first turn the key and the fuel pressure doesn't build up for almost a second. Looking to replace that as soon as possible.
Had to replace the rear brakes after only 20K miles, have never had to do that before. My mechanic said the factory rear pads were made with very cheap materials.
2005 Ford Focus Review:
Overall, in my opinion, an excellent little sports sedan that is fun to drive and sturdy enough to be an everyday driver.
Nice looks and just different enough from the standard Foci to get a notice. Have to admit that I love the exhaust note with the standard aluminium exhaust. Can definitely tell that it's not a standard Focus! The red ST badge looks cool too!
Comfortable interior and excellent stereo sound. All electrics and mechanicals work fine and surprisingly don't require very much attention. The factory parts do wear out pretty quick, but with good replacement parts things work fine. The handling is actually great for a boxy little sedan.
Again, overall a great little car!
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