2004 Focus Zetec

Hello all, I am currently looking at buying a 2.0L 2004 FORD FOCUS LR Zetec(MY2003), Australian model. The car is a dealer demo model and therefore has only around 5000km on it and is available with the
remainder of the factory warranty. I was just wondering what you guys thought of them, I suppose if there are expert opinions this is where they would be found! Are there any typical problems with them that I should be looking out for? Anyway, any info or advice you guys could offer would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers,
Rob Brown.
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I have a 2004 ZX5 (USA model), haven't had any problems with it at all, but mine has the 2.3 engine. I did have a 2.0 Zetec in the Ford Escape that I had, and it was a good engine, pretty peppy even with the added weight of the Escape. That was with the manual transmission. So, to answer your question the best I can, the 2004 Focus is holding up well and the 2.0 litre Zetec that I had held up well.
Good luck!
John
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The 2.0L Zetec in my 2003 ZX3 has been trouble free for over 218,000 miles (350,838 km).
I rented a almost new 2004 4 door Focus with a 2.0L Zetec for a couple of weeks when my ZX3 was in the body being repaired after a rear ender. The fuel economy of the automatic transmission was not as good as fuel economy of the manual transmission in my ZX3.
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My advise is to vax it often, then it should give good service. Otherwise you will end up with a pile of rust. /per
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I've got a 2003 Focus Zetec (Australian model) with 45K kms. No dramas so far. It's having the 45K service this week.
The press here bagged the Focus - especially the 1.8 version (due to an ECU problem with the ones that were first delivered to Aus). These were the ones tested by motoring journalists so it can be hard to find a good Australias review. The fact that the Focus was the world's best selling car for a year or two has got to say something.
Have a look here on the Australian Ford Forums http://www.fordforums.com.au/forumdisplay.php?fw for some more user opinions on the Focus.
Given that the new model is out you should be getting a pretty good price on the superseeded model. You might be able to get them to throw in some superseeded Focus accessories too since they may wish to clear the shelves of these items. Maybe get them to throw in a 5 year / 175K km extended warranty to give you added peace of mind when buying an ex-demo and get them to do a service / oil change on it now (for free) rather than waiting till the first scheduled service at 12 months / 15 000.
Is it the "Zetec R" with the extra bodykit and 17" wheels - they're a nice looking car.
Good luck in your bargaining.
MK

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MK wrote:

Yep, its the 4 door Zetec R and I agree, they are a really nice looking car. I reckon it represents a pretty good deal to as a demo model for around the $22k mark. I certainly do plan on trying to get as much out of them as I can too! Thanks for the link, I'll have a look now. Thankyou for all the advice guys, nice to hear no real criticisms of the car anyway. You cant beat impartial advice from people that know the product!
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