Going & Stopping

One place the Focus won't win accolades is in the performance department. The 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine isn't peppy and doesn't induce much confidence off the line. It manages to pass at highway speeds only with a harsh downshift and limited power afterward. When cruising, though, the Focus is steady. The four-speed automatic shifts upward smoothly enough ... when you're not lead-footing it. The benefit of less oomph is better mileage: EPA figures are rated at a very respectable 24/35 mpg city/highway. In comparison, the 2008 Honda Civic gets 26/36 mpg.

The brakes, too, offer little reassurance. The pedal needs a thorough push to bring a response, making you feel as if you're trying to slow a full-size SUV rather than a small economy car.

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    Pistons and connecting rods - removal and refitting
    Note: New connecting rod bolts and a new oil pick-up pipe gasket must be used on refitting. Removal 1 Remove the sump and the cylinder head. 2 Unscrew the two securing bolts, and remove the oil p ...

    Disarming the alarm
    Disarm and silence the alarm by unlocking either of the front doors or luggage compartment with the key. ...

    Using the parking aid
    Switching the parking aid on and off Note: The parking aid switches off automatically when you start the engine or when you exceed 16 km/h (10 mph). Note: The front and rear sensors are always a ...