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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback

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7 yr review: a reliable car overall
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By randy
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Just reaching the 140,000 mile mark, car has been very dependable and easy to maintain, and much MUCH cheaper to maintain than the 99 Civic i had before. My Focus has been used as a commuter car, sees a mix of highway and city miles and all four seasons (cold brutal winters) Had a few minor problems along the way, but it never left me stranded or cost a fortune to fix. I would recommend this car, it would be a great vehicle for a student because its reliable and economical.


Favorite Features

Handling, shifter feel, seating position, reliability, cost of ownership.


Suggested Improvements

A bit more power would be nice, more powerful seat heaters, and i never did like the dash design.


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PZEV only lasted 98,826 miles!
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By Mirox
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Quite funny to get a car that is designed to be maintenance FREE for 15 years or 150,000 when in reality it does not make it to 100,000 ! The 2.3 L engine with Timing Chain supposed to be an improvement over the 2.0 L with timing belt! Except when the plastic slippers wear out it jumps timing and bends all valves - hence a JUNK! Now at to that clutch that lasted only 36,000 miles, Audio system that had to be replaced 5 times, Steering wheel that just locks and can not be unlocked again without replacing the key switch, RIGHT engine mounts that break, and host of other things like worn out Front Struts at 78,000. This vehicle has problems that YUGO never had! Simply a BAD CAR


Favorite Features

Lot of engine power but poor fuel economy our Crown Vic got better mileage on Highway trips!


Suggested Improvements

Simply a BAD design, best improvement would be to stop manufacturing it!


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Good ride for the $$$
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By VS
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had my 2.3L 5SPD ZX5 for about 3 months now. Overall it's a VERY well equiped car for the money with Ford's rebates ($3K.) One of the very few 5 doors hatchbacks on the market it offers a lot of cargo space with the back seats (which fold virtually flat) down. One major gripe is the driver's seat. Don't know who designed it but the shape is HORRIBLE. I'm average hight and build and cannot make it comfortable... tried all possible adjustments.


Favorite Features

* Telescoping steering column. * MP3 stereo. * Heated seats and mirrors. * Nice handling for an "economy" car. * Thick, contoured, leather stering wheel. * Good rear seat room for the car of it's size. * 2.3L engine provides reasonably good acceleration. * PRICE!!!


Suggested Improvements

* Redesign driver's seat * 5 Speed -- rubbery linkage and very long throws. * The cargo space with back seats up is a bit small. * Turn signal clicking sound is VERY annoing. * Add express UP feature to the drivers window


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Great Little Vehicle
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By Mr. Clean
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had my Focus about a month now and like it better every day. Handling is great - surprisingly comfortable and more room than might be expected from this sharp looking small vehicle. The mileage hasen't gotten up yet but I know it will. Planning on a fairly long trip with this car shortly and really looking forward to it.


Favorite Features

Killer sound system with the 6 disc changer and rear woofer - did I mention the great way it handles


Suggested Improvements

Dashboard readouts hard to see in the daytime. Needs more contrast. Another power outlet in the rear, and, oh yes, another cup holder in the rear also


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bellissima macchina!
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By vaccamucca
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX5 Premium 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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i bought the zx5 in late july and have just over 600 mi. i love it! i had a honda accord and a nissan sentra but this is the best by far. it seems so sporty and refined


Favorite Features

sunroof,handeling with the manual trans, looks, inter, exter


Suggested Improvements

nothing, i will let you know


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