The Verdict

The Focus is one of the better-selling compact cars, and it's easy to see why car shoppers like it. It's an adept commuter car that gets good gas mileage but is still willing to have a little fun in the corners if you want. The cabin is comfortable for both the driver and passengers and has an eye-catching design. If you can overlook the flaws I've mentioned, maybe you'll be able to give it a full thumbs-up.

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    Pistons/connecting rods - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Remove the sump, as described in Section 8, and the cylinder head, as described in Section 7. 2 Check that the connecting rod and cap have adjacent numbers at their big-end to indicate ...

    Oil pump - dismantling, inspection and reassembly
    Dismantling 1 The oil pump can be dismantled for cleaning, but if any of the components are worn, the pump must be renewed as an assembly. 2 To dismantle the pump, proceed as follows. 3 Unscrew ...

    Refuelling
    CAUTION: Do not attempt to start the engine if you have filled the fuel tank with the incorrect fuel. This could damage the engine. Have the system checked by a properly trained technician immedi ...