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Old 11-21-2004, 12:38 PM   #11
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Thanks a lot, guys.... We took a couple of them out for test drives yesterday, but she decided to go with a traded-in 2003 Cavalier for a little more money, and 4 years left on the factory warranty. I liked the feel of the focus wagon, but I do have to admit the cav felt a little tighter and a LOT quieter on the road, and I like the factory warranty situation.

But the focus has better fuel economy and a TON more room for wheelchair/cargo space. She fell in love with the blue one (the cav)..... sheesh....

Once again an enthusiast forum debunks the scare stories from all the "reputable" consumer review websites...lol
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:16 PM   #12
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If you wanted reliable, the Cavalier is the worst way to go. These are arguably the cheapest, poorly built heaps on the road. You'd been better off with a 5 year old Toyota for reliability.

Seriously, the Consumer Reports website is very accurate, they are non-profit and working from warranty claim data. Don't rely on forum opinions, everyone just hypes their particular car. And alot of forum guys work for Ford.

Recall and warranty repairs do not cover all issues: take a look at this site:

http://www.fordfocusbrakeproblems.com/

I have 22K on my 02, the rotors are shot. My civic rotors lasted to 70K. To have any one person say, "I have no problems" means nothing, it's a matter of statistics and whether you will likely end up with a problem. I like my Focus, but I would not recommend it for reliability.

BTW pocket, Ford does not recommend turning the rotors, they can warp.
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:58 PM   #13
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Yeah, you didn't tell us the options were '01 Focus or a cavalier....yipes.

I didn't jump in here sooner, but for all of you that said you have no problems with your brakes, it's because you dont have an '01 focus. Also, aftermarket pads and rotors don't fix the situation...it's a caliper issue.

for any future researches reading this....DON'T BUY A '01 FOCUS. That's my informed advice. All the other years are great cars...

PS..never heard of engine fires, though
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:01 PM   #14
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There are several problems with 00-01s, but I can't find any reference to engine fires.
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