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Ford Focus MK1 Owner's Manual

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Ford Focus MK1 Owner's Manual

The first Ford Focus hatchback was introduced in 1998. The model replaced the outdated Ford Escort. After restyling in 2002, which affected, among other things, the appearance, a variety of body variants are available: sedan, hatchback (three- and five-door) and station wagon. Equipment of the model depends on the equipment, which can differ depending on the country of assembly.

Price and Competitors

A used Ford Focus MK1 with mileage up to 336 thousand kilometers can currently be purchased for $7,995.

The main competitors of the model in its class are Opel Astra G and Volkswagen Golf MK4.


The rapid appearance of the car corresponds to the design concept of the “New Edge” style, in which sharp angles are harmoniously combined with smooth curves. The main features of the memorable appearance: triangular headlights, sloping hood, high roof line and trunk, relief rear bumper.

The basic configuration includes fog lights integrated into the neat front bumper, rear window wiper (for station wagon and hatchback), 15-inch aluminum wheels.

According to the European classification, the first generation Ford Focus belongs to the C-class, but the overall dimensions of the car for the American market will be different.


Despite the compactness, the car is spacious and ergonomic inside, has a capacious luggage compartment (365 liters for sedan, 520 liters for other body types). Interior finishing is qualitative with the use of inexpensive, but good materials. The design and layout of the instrument panel is original. The basic equipment includes a simple stereo. The minuses of the model are poor noise insulation and limited legroom for passengers in the back.

Ford Focus MK1 Technical characteristics

All cars Ford Focus of the first generation for the North American market have front-wheel drive and gasoline engines of 2.0 liters and 2.3 liters, among which are reliable Zetec and Duratec units. Motors are completed with a 4-band automatic, or a 5-speed manual garbox.

The car has independent suspension on both axles: lever-telescopic MacPherson in the front, multilever Control Blade in the rear.

Safety system

Standard features include front airbags, seat belts, and door beams. Side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and traction control (AdvanceTrac) are optional.

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Common reasons that the Ford Focus MK1 will not start are a dead battery, a starter or alternator malfunction.

1) The simplest one can be seen on the windshield on the driver's side - at the very bottom.
2) The Vin number is also stamped in the front passenger floor under the trim.
These are the most common places where you can see the VIN code of a Ford. If you can't find the Ford Focus MK1 VIN number, look in the owner's manual.

Every Ford Focus MK1 requires maintenance at least once a year or approximately every 10,000 miles, you can find out exactly in the owner's manual for your car.

Your Ford Focus MK1 should have tires replaced approximately every 4 years or approximately 30,000 miles, and it is recommended that tires be checked periodically for wear and damage.

Batteries wear out for many reasons, there is no ideal time frame, but on average, replace the battery in your Ford Focus MK1 every 4 years.

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