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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    General information
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    Instrument panel components - removal and refitting
    Panel illumination and warning lamp bulbs Removal 1 Remove the instrument panel as described in Section 9. 2 Turn the bulbholders anti-clockwise and remove them from the rear of the instrument ...

    Compass zone adjustment
    1. Determine which magnetic zone you are in for your geographic location by referring to the zone map. 2. Turn ignition to the on position. 3. Start the engine. 4. Press the SETUP control to s ...