This Ford Focus is a 4 door yet sporty model .. Great on gas because it is manual transmission (esp if u buy from Costco!) this sharp looking car has air conditioning, radio, CD player ,. Sun roof.. Large truck for size of car. The interior has seen better days, but the seats are comfy. The exterior has many small dings. Price is inclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges. Sweet little car to get you here, there and everywhere on Maui.
The fuel injection takes some time to kick in, so listen for it and don't rush.... THIS IS MAUI! LOL.. Then she starts fine.. Try Wait... as we say here.. Then turn the key. This is a manual transmission.. Push down on the stick to get it into reverse. All is well. Always with Aloha, Sarah
2005 Ford FocusSarah's Ford "Paele"154.532
Sarah was great, super flexible with timings and really lovely in general. The car was fab, it ran really well and was great on gas - perfect for exploring the island :)
Sarah was wonderful. My father got some kind of infection and was unable to drive, so had to leave the car on the other side of the island. Sarah not only retrieved the car and fixed the flat tire, but also kept in touch with me to update me on which hospital my parents were in and their progress.
Pros: Sarah was very friendly and her car was a great companion for a week on Maui! She's an old girl but did the trick. Nice little stick shift to drive on Hana highway. Great gas mileage too.
Cons: I paid for the $20 airport pickup fee but we had to drop Sarah off in the opposite direction we were going. Not a big deal, but I thought paying the airport pickup fee meant leaving directly from the airport. At night there are tiny cockroaches that come out but I guess that's part of living in the tropics.
Sarah picked me up from the airport, was easy to communicate with and had the charm of a real local. I should know, I used to be one. Her little ford focus was perfect. Great gas mileage, zippy, and blended into the island like a real Maui cruiser. This is important to me as a returning local to not have a car that screams 'tourist'. For me, it was like being home again and Sarah was just a sweet long-time friend letting me borrow her car while I was back visiting. I especially feel good about giving my money to someone living on island. So often car rental money doesn't stay on island. Anytime I can help out my Maui ohana I will and you should too!
Everything was amazing. Don't let the look of the car scare you, it drives great! Driving on the island serpentine roads with a stick shift is a separate adventure by itself. Full control of the vehicle and so much fun! You'll be surprised. Very recommended! :) Thank you, Sarah!
Originally, I was going to stay at the Grand Wailea and rent a convertible, but when I saw it would be dark and pouring the entire 3 days I'd be in Maui, I cancelled both reservations as I was boarding the flight to Kahului from Honolulu. Luckily, Sarah's stick shift Ford was available an hour after I landed. When she arrived to pick me up from the airport, I wasn't expecting the car to be so worn out inside. Sarah was very personable and completely made me forget about the interior I was sitting in with her conversation. After dropping her off, I headed for Lahaina and realized its condition was absolutely what I needed and remembered why I cancelled the reservations in the first place. The rainy weather required improvisation, so improvise I did. I knew I'd be getting dirty and it was nice not having to panic about getting a little sand on the carpet. Of course, I tried my best to keep from adding dirt, but when walking through mud to get my acai bowl from Mo Ono was inevitable, I got to enjoy my treat in the car while watching the rain pour, instead of having a fret about messing up the interior of a convertible.
It's worthy to note that the first night when I stopped for poke at Foodland and returned to the car, it wouldn't start. As soon as I notified Sarah about it, she was on her way with a new battery with no complaints regarding the fact I was 30 miles away. Luckily, I was right next to a shopping center, and time flew by quickly. I don't think I could say the same about her journey as she probably encountered the same traffic I did on the way. After she changed the battery, the car had absolutely no other problems.
I got to blast my house music via USB. The AC kept me chill when it got warm. The stick shift kept me excited around the twists and turns all over the island.
The hostel Sarah recommended was no Grand Wailea, but there were bikes, surfboards, and kayaks all free to use, and not mention, a ton of new friends to make as we shared rooms, cooked in the same kitchen and dined on the same table. Ultimately, this was not the trip I expected. But just like Sarah's car, it was perfectly imperfect!
Sarah's Ford Focus was a perfect size for the two of us and all of our stuff. Sarah was so sweet and easy to work with. The car was great on gas and perfect for the Road to Hana except when it would rain or drizzle. It was a little hard to see. It was nice to drive around like a local rather than a rented car from another service.
Hassle free experience! Sarah is easy to work with! The car was as expected for the price, but it got the job done. Interior And exterior have seen much much better days: many scratches, a/c vents broken, many interior and exterior plastic parts broken, no driver sun visor, not the cleanest interior, but hey it runs! Sarah picked me up at the airport and I was also able to drop off the car at the airport.
Our trip was made great with a local car that was very reliable and rough around the edges. If you are looking for a new car in perfect shape, look somewhere else... Sarah's Focus was great for beach days, nights out and the drive to Hana etc... A few minor things like the windshield washer not working, and only one manual key(no fob or remote entry) but I am sure she will get that fixed! Air conditioning worked fantastic for those hot humid days.
She met us at the airport on time both ways and was easy to communicate with.
Thanks Sarah, looking forward to next time.
My wife and I rented Sarah's car during the Christmas holidays, when all the regular rental places were charging about $50/day more than Sarah's car, so we were grateful for the good deal. Sarah provided excellent, quick communication, which was very helpful. Unfortunately, because of an unexpected family issue, Sarah was not on the island when we had booked the car, but she arranged for her friend to coordinate the pick-up and drop-off, which worked out perfectly. We were picked up and dropped off at the Kahului airport at curbside, without the hassle of the rental car shuttles and lines. The car was reliable and an easy-to-drive 5-speed manual transmission.
With all those positives in mind, just remember that this car has 130,000 miles on it, and is showing its age a bit. The interior is well-worn, and the engine is sluggish on start-up. We never felt unsafe, but we also knew we were in an older vehicle . . . which is to be expected for the price. It's up to you whether you want a cleaner, more cushy ride all the way to Hana, or a few more Mai Tais with the money you'll save.
This car really helped us on our trip, it worked well and got us everywhere we needed to go! We went on a few road trips with it up to mount Haleakala, all around Hana and beyond, and also did the whole west and north coasts of Maui. It was reliable and Sarah is a very nice lady to rent from, I am very glad we rented her car.