2003 Ford Focus Sedan - Consumer Reviews

Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display

Average Consumer Rating 135 Total Reviews
Write a review

View reviews for a specific Focus model:
Sort by:
5 of 10 people found this review helpful
Absolute piece of garbage
By invisiblekid87 on 04/03/13 11:45 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought the car back in 2011, used, about 65,000 miles on it. I should be able to get some life out of it, right? Wrong. About 4 months later, the alternator had to be changed. Figured that was normal - took it for inspection in June of 2012 - needed a tune-up. Then - the ignition started sticking, got to the point where I was coming out of a hair appointment and the car would not start. Had to call a mechanic - $400 dollars to get the ignition fixed! Now - the battery's drained and my transmission is sticking. I have no clue how much it's gonna be, but the car has been sitting in the driveway for about 3 months and I refuse to put another dime into it. Good riddance.
Read the full review


Underpowered, boring, but reliable.
By njoosse on 01/04/13 09:41 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

We owned this car for a little over 5 years. It gave us very little trouble, and was very economical. We got rid of it with 100,000 miles. At that point it was a very rattly annoying car to drive. Also very underpowered, passing someone had to be all planned out. Awesome on fuel, but I think a Civic or a Mazda would have been a lot more fun.
Read the full review


avg bang for avg buck
By midlevelbuyer on 12/18/12 14:09 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Whaddya expect... you're buying a used car! Granted I bought it 40km and am now past 130k, but its been a great car for the buck. ( had a Toyota dealer ask 10k for the used price at first though? what the..!!) But reading through these reviews its obvious too many poor quality parts were used given how many similarities in repairs: trunk latch has been replaced 3x now and still doesn't latch all the time. Door handles. Ignition locked up. Battery is being drained by something, replaced once already. Sway bar/bushings. But be realistic. Otherwise its been a great little mid level car.
Read the full review


Focus for average people
By connemara on 11/29/12 10:47 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Cheap to buy used, good solid reliability, few issues, good mileage, fun to drive, very easy to service
Read the full review


1 of 1 people found this review helpful
As good as the Japanese
By connemara on 09/18/12 16:45 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I have a 2003 focus that just passed 160 kilometers and other than regular maintenance like tires, brakes, oil changes I have only had to replace the trunk opening latch ($150). It has the smallest engine (2.0 twin port), manual trans and I put 16 inch wheels and a hogher aspect than stock tires on it to maximize mileage. Even with this high gearing it still has reasonable torque to pass in high gear. Best steering and handing in a North American car and you sit up high not like sitting in a hole like a Honda. Styling is still fresh after all these years, going to keep for at least another 5 years. Hey it long been paid for
Read the full review


6 of 11 people found this review helpful
Very Satisfied and Impressed with my Focus
By auto_engineer on 03/28/12 22:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I owned my 2003 Focus ZTS for 6 months now. Im shocked but its performance for its affordable price. The steering is tight and feels very sporty and handles the corners very well. Gas mileage I get is at least 32 MPG Highway and 26 City. It has a nice stereo system with good bass It also has CD/MP3 player along with Traffic Reports and the and News Reports. Many Focus for this year has different Radio Units, This particular one is my favorite. Seats are Very soft and very easy to clean. Rides very stable at high speeds. The rear spolier gives it enough down force for better handling as well. Low Profile Tires give it a good look. DOHC engine has some pep.I would recommand this car to anyone
Read the full review


2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Got ripped off what people say is true about the focus
By kyle710 on 01/09/12 14:20 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought it 6 months ago its a 2003 with 96000 miles I got a bad deal on it since it was a buy here pay here deal 8500$ but still. In the 6 months its been on a tow truck 3 times first the alternator that happen 20 min after I bought it! But they thought it was the battery so they fixed that for me then The check engine light was on brought it to my mechanic and they said it needed a thermostat and new hoses. 610$ later. Then the ac compressor went out and had that towed because it LOCKED the whole car up and wouldnt start. Now my check engine lights on again and also the "check gas cap" light and the gas cap is on... I never thought a car could be so buggy. Giving it back when taxes come back
Read the full review


not my fav car but she saved my life.
By brit6 on 11/04/11 17:06 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

for the most part i like this car.. not my fav car i've had but i was recently re-ended in my focus and she did exactly what she was designed to do. adjuster said there is a impact bar behind the bumper. when the guy in the jeep that rear ended me it bent and bounced him back off of me and destroyed his front end but looked like it didn't do a thing to my rear ended besides looking like it got tapped a lil. it hurt.. i will be honest about that but if i was in a different vehicle the outcome would of been different and a lot worse. did about 2300 dollars in damage but is not totaled. for the price.. i will never complain again for my money. does have it's issues but what ford doesn't??
Read the full review


Wow ! Love it !
By antho14 on 10/05/11 17:25 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE Comfort 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

The 2003 Ford Focus Se Comfort is my first car.I bought it used on July 2010 for the sum of $ 3,200 from a dealer.The rust was starting on the bottom but I paint it completely and give it back a fresh brand-new look.The flexible part of the mufler' pipe juste broke.The oil seal broke too. I replaced 2 door locks. The suspension is very smooth, love it!The acceleration is poor but the car itself is maid to economize fuel and I like it. Great body look, unique one !After 78 000Mi in 9 years, the car looks new.The interior is simple but I love it that way.Hard plastic make noise but, the great 4 speakers sound system make me forget them. In overall, a great car but the body is fragile and rust.
Read the full review


1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Laundry List of Problems!!!
By rlsid21 on 09/14/11 08:33 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE Comfort 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

My 2003 Ford Focus SE (Automatic) was my first car I ever purchased, little did I know that I should have done my homework before making the commitment. I bought it pre-owned through the Ford Dealership. I should have inspected it at first sight. It had two torn tires, the roof interior was covered completely in ketchup! I let that one go. Over the years, the ignition locked up, had to get that replaced, the engine gasket broke, the transmission went out completely, got that replaced $4,000 later (in March 2011), the sway bar started squeaking, now the having engine problems, the timing belt broke off, and valves need to be replaced (Sept. 2011) Mechanics quoted $2,000 for repairs.
Read the full review


ADVERTISEMENT
Nearby Inventory Zip Code UPDATE
 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT