Funnily enough I've just come on here to report a similar problem.
I have a '99 Focus 2.0 ghia with around 96k on the clock and after recently having it serviced at one of those "In 'n' Out" places I've noticed that whilst cruising or lifting off I have a slight pause and judder when stepping back on the gas. It doesn't matter if I accelerate gently or put my foot down the lag is always there.
When I had the service done they changed the air filter and told me the one fitted was the wrong one as it was too small. Other than that it's been fine and regularly serviced from new.
Do you think that a diagnostic will find the cause of the problem?
Many thanks in advance for any suggestions