Ride & Handling

The Focus' firm ride quality is common among small cars. You'll feel bumps and cracks in the road, but the Focus isn't quite as sensitive to them as a Civic.

The payoff for this firmer ride comes in the corners, where the Focus' resistance to body roll encourages you to drive it quickly. It may not have the moves of a Mazda3, but it's still willing to play a little when you encounter curves. It's a nimble little car.

On the highway, the Focus is a comfortable cruiser. It feels stable, and that's thanks in large part to the car's steering. There's no play in the wheel and the power-steering assistance isn't excessive, which gives the wheel a heavier feel than a Mazda3's wheel. There is a notable amount of wind noise in the coupe at 65 mph, though.

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    Front suspension lower arm - removal, overhaul and refitting
    Note: A balljoint separator tool will be required for this operation. Removal 1 To improve access, raise the front of the vehicle on ramps. Do not jack the vehicle up at this stage. Apply the han ...

    Bumper components - removal and refitting
    Bumper overriders Removal 1 On pre-1986 models the overrider is held to the bumper by a clamp screw. Find this screw on the underside of the bumper and release it - the overrider can then be with ...

    Rear parcel shelf - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Open the tailgate fully and disengage the parcel shelf lifting strap loops from the tailgate retaining knobs. 2 Lift out the parcel shelf pivot pins from their notches in the support br ...