I recently had a complete brake job done on my 2000 wagon at about the
50,000 km mark.
I've been dealing with the same brake shop for years, and have come to trust
their opinions. They told me the Focus, like many other small cars, comes
equipped with thin rotors and drums, and light duty calipers and pads. They
speculate this is to keep vehicle weight to a minimum, so it can meet higher
fuel economy standards. That sounds plausible, but who knows?
At the suggestion of my mechanics, I went with Wagner rotors and Reybestos
pads instead of Ford parts. In each case the new parts appeared much more
substantial than the factory parts they were replacing. I haven't noticed
any change in performance, and that's a good thing, as short and predictable
braking has always been a Focus strength. I'm hoping to, also, benefit from
longer brake life.
I could have, by the way, had the job done cheaper at a Ford dealer, as I'm
covered by an extended warranty, but, as I said, I have great faith in my
long-time brake mechanics, and would rather spend a little more money for
the added peace of mind.