Vehicle Overview

Introduced for the 2000 model year, the European-designed Focus quickly displaced the Escort as Ford’s top-selling passenger car. Reworked as an early 2005 model, the front-wheel-drive compact has a simplified group of model designations in four body styles. They include a ZX3 three-door hatchback, ZX5 five-door hatchback, ZX4 sedan and ZXW wagon. Trim levels include the entry-level S, midrange SE and upscale SES.

Ford dropped the high-performance SVT Focus as the 2004 model year began. For 2005, a new ZX4 ST sedan rides on a performance-oriented suspension that borrows components from both the SVT Focus and the European Focus ST170. The ZX4 ST’s new 151-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder is said to be twice as clean as the standard for Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles.

In regular Focus models, a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 136 hp replaces both the base 110-hp and optional 130-hp versions of 2004. In five states with strict emissions requirements, a 130-hp, 20E version of this engine is installed.

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    Manifolds, exhaust and emission control systems
    All models utilise a light alloy inlet manifold which on carburettor models is coolant heated to improve the atomisation of the fuel/air mixture. The exhaust manifold is of cast iron construction ...

    Electric exterior mirrors
    Electric exterior mirrors Left-hand mirror A Off B Right-hand mirror C The switch is located in the trim panel of the driver’s door. Mirror tilting positions On some models, the door mirror ...

    Folding down second row seats
    1. Remove the second row head restraint. See Second row adjustable head restraints in this chapter. Note: Place the head restraint underneath the back of the front seat for storage. 2. Pull the ...