Eddie said:Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've been on here, so hope everyone is well.
After having a terrible Rover 200 that fell apart straight away, I got a Focus which has caused no problems whatsoever, and is a very nice car.
However, circumstances have changed and my wife is expecting our first baby in the next few days, and she says I have t get a 5 door (the Focus is 3)
Anyway, as I want a bit more space than a 25, I was thinkiing of getting a 45 1.6 and wanted to know your opinions of the car. What's it like to drive? The Focus is quite a sporty drive, and I've heard that the 45 was set up with soft springs (leaving the ZS with the sporty suspension
The 45 is stiffer than the 400, and the 2003 onward models have much better handling and ride. Quite firm but superbly damped, as well as lighter 'quicker' steering. I would say 90% of the ZS' handling without the stiff ride!
I did a mini review of my 45 here:-