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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    Exhaust system check (Every 6000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months)
    With the vehicle raised on a hoist or supported on axle stands, check the exhaust system for signs of leaks, corrosion or damage and check the rubber mountings for condition and security. Where da ...

    Keyless entry
    General information WARNING: The keyless entry system may not function if the key is close to metal objects or electronic devices such as mobile phones. Note: If the door handles are pulled rep ...

    Alternator drivebelt check (Every 6000 miles or 6 months)
    1 A conventional vee drivebelt is used to drive both the alternators and water pump pulleys on OHV and HCS engines, and the alternator pulley only on CVH engines, power being transmitted via a pul ...