Ford Focus 2004
This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Ford Focus: Wide range of body-styles , Generally reliable drivetrains, Good handling
The 2004 Ford Focus carries a braked towing capacity of up to 800 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Ford Focus 2004 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Focus 2004 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Ford Focus 2004: Can the engine from a 2000 Focus fit in it?
Your question is a bit confusing Geniel, because the Ford Focus wasn’t released in Australia until September 2002. Which is to say, there wouldn’t be any 2000 model-year Focus engines lying around waiting to be fitted to another Focus. However, the original Focus was launched in Europe in 1998 and that car was broadly the same structurally as the version sold right up to 2005 in Australia.
The catch, of course, is that the Focus was sold with both a 1.8 and a 2.0-litre engine here, so you’d need to make sure that you were trying to fit exactly the same engine in exactly the same specification to ensure that everything from the fuel lines to the wiring loom and the cooling system to the gearbox matched up and fitted properly.
If, by some chance, you’ve found an imported Focus engine, be very wary of fitting that as it may not have the appropriate pollution equipment fitted to be legally registered in Australia. And don’t forget, whenever you swap an engine you need to inform the registration authorities and your insurance company of the new engine number.Show more
Ford Focus 2004: Temperature sensor causing problems
I had a similar situation on another car, not a Focus. There was a problem with the temperature sensor that switched the cooling fan on and off. I would watch the temperature gauge rise to the point it was almost at boiling point when I was stuck in slow moving or stationary traffic, but it would drop again when I was able to get moving and pick up even a little speed. The problem was that the fan wasn't kicking in to keep the engine cool when it was needed, but the airflow was enough once the car was moving to do the job. The answer in my case was to run with the air-conditioning on all the time, because that way the fan was always running. I have never had the problem again. Mind you there is still a problem with the sensor, all I have done is circumvent the issue. I would suggest you try driving with the air-con switched on and see if the problem persists. If it doesn't you can be sure it's a problem with the temperature sensor that controls the cooling fan, if it does persist it could be the fan itself.Show more
Ask Smithy Xtra Ford Focus Acceleration
First find another one and compare the performance so you know if yours really is gutless or it’s on a par with others. If it is proven to lack performance, as you suspect, have a mechanic check it and make sure things like the fuel pressure is correct, the plugs, coils, leads etc. are in good condition, and the fuel filter and air cleaner aren’t clogged.Show more
Ford Focus: Fitting snow chains
WE CONTACTED Ford to check the assertion you can't fit snow chains to a new Focus and the company confirms that they don't recommend it because there isn't enough clearance between the tyre and suspension components. Anyone wanting to visit the snow often should check that the car they intend buying can take snow chains before they pay for it. Reader Daniel Stevens says to buy a set of German-made RUD Centrax chains. These are not secured to the inside sidewall of the tyres so clearance is not a concern. Ph: (07) 3274 3666.Show more
Ford Focus 2004 Price and Specs
|Ford Focus Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|CL||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$2,400||$4,070|
|CL||Hatchback||1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN||$2,200||$3,850|
|LX||Hatchback||2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$2,400||$4,070|
|LX||Hatchback||1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN||$2,200||$3,850|
|CL||Sedan||2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$2,400||$4,070|
|CL||Sedan||1.8L ULP 5 SP MAN||$2,200||$3,850|
|Ghia||Sedan||2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$2,400||$4,180|
|LX||Sedan||2.0L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$2,400||$4,070|