Ford Focus (LS) 2005-2007 Review
Generally a reliable model but most models are made in South Africa and let down by minor faults due to parts and assembly quality issues.
2.0-litre engine has a timing chain. Common problems include oil leaks from the cylinder head cover, intake manifold solenoid and alternators that wear out sooner than on other cars.
Check for smooth gear changes on automatic models as harsh shifting means that a transmission overhaul may be required.
The XR5 model uses a 5 cylinder turbo engine shared with Volvo which are generally reliable and long-lasting. This engine uses a timing belt, but the replacement interval is every 180,000 km.
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