Driving Impressions

The European heritage of the Focus reveals itself mainly in the car's crisp cornering ability and its roomy, upright, ergonomically oriented interior. Hatchback models look sharper than the sedans.

The manual-shift ZX3 is frisky. It accelerates eagerly from a standstill and is quite spirited for passing and merging. Focus hatchbacks are highly maneuverable and fun to drive. Smooth clutch action and a gearbox that works fairly easily contribute to driving enjoyment.

Ride comfort is firm but above par, and the suspension deals competently with urban bumps. Despite thick pillars, the long side glass helps visibility in the hatchback. Front-seat headroom is huge.

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    Steering wheel - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Set the front wheels in the straight-ahead position. 2 Prise the trim insert from the centre of the steering wheel, and where applicable, disconnect the horn electrical lead(s) (see il ...

    Adding engine oil
    1. Check the engine oil. For instructions, refer to Checking the engine oil in this chapter. 2. If the engine oil level is not within the normal range, add only certified engine oil of the recommen ...

    Inlet manifold - removal and refitting
    Note: A new gasket will be required on refitting. Carburettor models Removal 1 Disconnect the battery negative lead. 2 Remove the air cleaner as described in Part A of this Chapter. 3 Refer to ...