I have just joined and I would describe this car as the worst I have ever owned, and I have owned cars since 1963. It has done just over 105,000 miles and already has needed new alternator, starter motor, exhaust gas recirculation valve, anti rollbar joints, front discs, flywheel, clutch, clutch slave cylinder & release bearing (idiotically combined into one unit), gearbox bearings, and the bonnet release mechanism has failed but I have simply removed it and made a tool to open it with. When loading in the back with the seats folded up the seat locking mechanisms project as points into the load space, causing serious damage to things. The entire design concept seems to have been to install as many seriously over-complicated and unnecessary devices as possible in the certain knowledge that most of them will fail and generate many times the original purchase price in revenue for Ford's spare parts division. Why should a Focus alternator cost 5 times as much as a Transit one? The components seem to have been deliberately designed to be difficult to remove/install, unserviceable, and impossible to understand because Ford actively withhold information about their design and construction. I had to pay £70 to take the car to a main dealer for them to attach it to a computer to 'reprogram' the clock so that it could be set manually - its automatic setting routine having failed permanently.
2004 2.0 TDCI Ghia