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Ford Focus Wagon



  • lenwicklenwick Posts: 23
    I have 11000 miles on mine now it hasn't used any oil in the last 5000.We have had no problems just oil changing.Its fun to drive and easy on gas.If they still made them i would buy it again
  • maryawmaryaw Posts: 22
    Greetings from Southern Iowa! Good to hear of someone else who drives a wagon for the purpose of filling it with dogs. We always have one car we call the "designated dog-hauling car" and it is currently an 8-year old Ford Escort wagon. When it dies, it will likely be replaced with a Focus wagon, which is why I'm reading this Forum. So far it sounds like the Focus has been a good reliable car for folks.

    My big question is LOADS. Sometimes I do overload my wagon a little bit. Our own dogs wear harnesses and seatbelts but sometimes I transport for the Humane Society which means stuffing the wagon as full of dog crates (and cat crates) as I possibly can. The back end has already had to have replacement springs once. How does the Focus do with occasional overloading?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Past tence.

    Lets all have a moment of silence to mark the passing of the Ford Focus Wagon, and for Station Wagons in general :(
  • scole1scole1 Posts: 4
    Well first off if you want a wagon know that they are not making them anymore I believe production stopped in the fall of 2006, so you will be restricted to what you can find on a lot.

    I would think you would have little trouble finding one but perhaps not with the options you want. I was adamant about side air bags (poor ratings without them for side impact) so that restricted me to one of the SES models as they were only available with that configuration. That also gave me heated leather seats etc.(great for my arthritic Golden.)

    The sticker on the door says 825 lb load is max. So that roughly 12 Golden retrievers and a driver(that sounds like fun). I can fit 2 medium sized dog flight kennels on the back seat. Interior cargo space with the back seat folded down in c 73 cubic feet. The shape of the back is very square so you can actually use most of the space. I had it loaded up with close to max with peat moss and dirt on the weekend it felt fine, it didn't bottom out or anything, but I was cautious.

    Springs are kind of floaty compared to my previous car makes for a nice cushion from bumps(for nervous cats) but I suspect would reduce the load the car can take?, seems like a lot of focus owners put stiffer ones in,(I am assuming perhaps incorrectly that one of the characteristics of performance springs would be greater load capacity) I would be tempted to do this.

    I use seat belt harnesses for the dogs and a cover like a big blanket that clips on to the front and rear headrests.

    For the dog owner the only negative would be that it could be a bit of a jump for an old dog to hop in as the seats are high. I read somewhere that the Honda Fit was voted most dog friendly in that regard.
    Super car so far.

    Cheers from sunny(hot) flood warning in effect BC
  • fomoconafomocona Posts: 19
    I can confirm that for the 2008 model year, there will not be a production Focus Wagon. The reasons behind the decision are numerous but we are still interested in your comments. If you would like to give feedback on any Ford product, current or future, please go to and type-in "Product Feedback". Thank you again for your loyalty.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Ford should have canned the sedan as it is an just another entry in a crowded segment. They should have kept the wagon - it is unique. The wagon has everything the sedan does plus better looks and much more room. It is a no brainer.
  • orcishorcish Posts: 9
    I don't know, the sedan was nice. I owned one before my wagon. I just needed the room. The sedan was a little quieter and the separate trunk was nice. I know that the cargo cover would help with that, but its not the same. What I would have done is stop the 5 door hatch. The 3door would still go for the sportier crowd that want a little extra cargo or at least a larger opening. I have seen a photo of a european focus that is like a cross over between a wagon and an suv. It looks nice and I would definitely check it out if it were available here.

    orc :)
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    Not saying the sedan isn't nice, but it has to compete against the Civic et al. The wagon is unique. Excellent handling and room.
  • carthellcarthell Posts: 124
    ....between a Focus and a Mazda3 Wagon? The Focus platform is a shared one, right?

    I rented a Focus waay back in 2001. It was a roomy ride, and had the length I was looking for in a compact wagon. The number of recalls, unfortunately, made me hesitant about buying the vehicle.

  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    They handle similarly, but the Focus has much more room being a true wagon. The Mazda is really a hatch. The Mazda does have a nicer interior in my opinion.
  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    The Mazda3 resides on the European Focus platform . The US well have to wait until the 2009 or 2010 model year to get it. Ford apparently thinks the Focus is selling well enough that they don't need the new platform here.

    The Volvos S40 also is on the same Mazda3/European Focus platform.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    the Euro Focus platform was never ment to come to us as a Focus, it is way to expensive.

    The next gen will come to us as the cost of the platform has amortized over the pass few years since it was introduced.

    Only the Focus and the Civic offer independant rear suspension in this size catagory (maybe the colbalt, not sure).

    Corolla and Sentra both have cheaper torshen beam rear suspensions

    With Fusions SEs buyable at $18k, Ford does not need $18k Focus.

  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    Are the fusions as good as the Focus?
  • 0311vn0311vn Posts: 48
    My '01 Focus wagon will be six years old in Sep. It now has 83K on it. Last year in my post titled 'Focus repairs at 60K' I noted that a radiator fan went out that required the entire fans unit to be replaced at a cost of $670. at Phil Long Ford in Colorado Springs as I was on my way back from Detroit to San Diego. The good news is that has been the only major repair I've had done to my Focus since buying it new in Detroit in Sep 01.

    On the highway the Focus still gets in the low 30s mpg; the best tankful I ever averaged was just under 34 mpg driving west to east with the wind at my back thru NM and TX.

    I recently rented a Ford Escape while visiting in Detroit and it made me somewhat glad that I bought a Focus wagon and not an Escape. I've read that a Focus wagon has more cubic feet of interior cargo space than an Escape; with the rear seat down in a Focus I can believe it.

    Overall I would give my Focus a B minus for its reliability, gas miliage, and its usable interior space with the rear seat down. For a non-luxury. quasi-ultilitarian car I believe a B minus after six years of use is a decent grade. I would probably not buy another Focus only because I would prefer a somewhat larger car with my next purchase.
  • This is very sad...

    I'm glad I got a Dark Red 2007 SES Wagon in Nov '06.

    The engineering and build quality are inferior (in varying degrees)to my wifes 2003 VW Jetta Wagon in every meaningful way with the exception of steering feel and roominess.

    But...I wanted to put my money where my mouth is and buy American. I'm very proud to drive a Ford built by the good folks at the Wayne, Michigan plant. I hope I can be a part of helping them keep their jobs with decent benefits.

    We must do what we can to save Ford!

    If they bring the next gen Focus here from Europe,and make it in the USA, then it will be my next car even if it cost more than a made-in-Mexico-Gen-X-tacky/shiny-tailight-the-h,e,double hockey sticks-with-the-American-worker Fusion!!!!!!!!!!

    Are you listening Ford????!!!!!!!

    You are listening. To the utter silence of most Americans who don't know or care where their cars are made as long as they can get leather and a nav system for $299/month.
  • scole1scole1 Posts: 4
    I would agree with the quality assessment. I was very close to buying a VW rabbit however for much less money I got leather interior etc in my 2007 SES wagon and yes better steering and a lot of extra room. A $370can after market Garwin GPS and $200 for Scangauge2 gave me all the navigation and trip computer features you could want.

    I just finished a long road trip and got ( 6.6L /100km) which I think is about 36.6 mpg us through serious mountains no less and the cars not even broken in yet and I am an enthusiastic driver. I found the car very comfortable with fewer rattles,less road and wind noise than the Corolla I tested before and super handling through the twisted mountain roads.

    Yes there were some poor assembly issues. The left passenger door required a strip of tape to remove a noise( I used the same tape that I noticed they used for the Rabbit doors) and some of the trim needed a little attention but I must say it's a friendly car. The Rabbit also had some assembly issues I might add.
  • Hi,

    My 2007 SES ZXW has developed a very slight knocking/rattle in the front end that I feel at low speeds. Almost like a VW Golf with 128,000 miles and bad upper strut bearings.
    Except my car has 8,000 miles.

    Anyone experience this?
  • smithj86smithj86 Posts: 1
    My wagon, with about 80,000 miles had a similar problem. It turned out to be a broken coil spring and strut assembly.
  • lenwicklenwick Posts: 23
    I thinking of pulling my boat about 30 miles and back.It is about 800lbs has anyone done this Thanks
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    what are you pulling it with?
    when I bought my 03 ZTW the salesguy said I could pull 1000
    pounds. I would think that would be on flat ground though.
    Don't know how it would be on hills.
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