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Absolute piece of garbage
7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By invisiblekid87
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


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Underpowered, boring, but reliable.
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By njoosse
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Nothing


Suggested Improvements

Performance, fit and finish


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avg bang for avg buck
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By midlevelbuyer
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

moved a few times now, and it fits a surprisingly decent amount. Decent power given its not a high performance vehicle. Maneuvers well. Seats sit high, with adjustable steering level. (nice for us 5'2 peeps lol)


Suggested Improvements

Trunk needs to have the back seats fold down to allow for a bike. Seats do go down, but the permanent frame around the back of the seats doesnt let anything lay flat. Watch the cup holders. not full size which means I've stained the carpet around both front and back holders because I assumed they could hold the cups in a turn... they can't -_- fix the trunk latch!!!!!!! crappy door handles. more comfortable back support for the front seats. Different shape for the back door frames, very hard to fit large shopping items into the back. seat.


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Focus for average people
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By connemara
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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


Favorite Features

High seating position enables you to see well, don't get the feeling you are sitting on the floor like in a Honda Civic. Lots of headroom and seating room, large trunk for such a small car. I have over 200kms on my car and repairs other than the normal maintenance items such as brakes, tires, oil changes, plugs, serpintine belt and timing belt have been minimal. Wiring to trunk lid (brake light, electric trunk release) broke and shorted where it bends (poor plastic insulation on the wires not meant for colder climates I think) and anti-sway bar links are my only items needed. Plan to keep it until it dies - another 5 years or 500,000kms??


Suggested Improvements

Not much - poor interior lighting in the back seat, a little more sound insulation and a change to better wiring insulation to prevent the above issue. ALL Focus should come from the factory with front (optional now) mud guards to prevent sill rusting. A coating of gravel guard from the factory would also help


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As good as the Japanese
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By connemara
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Favorite Features

Handing, steering, reliability, styling


Suggested Improvements

120hp should be minimum, better rear seat lighting


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Very Satisfied and Impressed with my Focus
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By auto_engineer
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Favorite Features

1. The DOHC 16 Valve 4 cylinder is one of my most favorites. Its faster then most naturally aspirated 4 cylinders out there now. 2. The Exterior Sport Design gives it a nice slick look to it along with the interior design to match the exterior. The Grey sport gagues makes it feels like your riding in a racing car 3. The handling and feel of the car. The car handles great around corners and handles bumps in the road pretty well. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a sports car look to it and feels like a luxury car 4. The gas mileage is good. the car is very quiet. the engine is very smooth and responsive and still has passing power at 70mph. 5. MOST IMPORTANT: Very Very Reliable


Suggested Improvements

1.Would of liked it if they made Advance Traction Control standard on all ZTS models. 2. Heat seats would also be great if it was standard on all ZTS models instead of it being on a few ZTS models. 3. Could use a rear dome light for the rear passengers. 4. Very Very Cold A/C which is a good thing but the blower motor could be a little more quieter other wise thats not a major issuse.


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Got ripped off what people say is true about the focus
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By kyle710
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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


Favorite Features

Handling and radio. But can feel ever bump in the road and when its raining or road is wet the front shocks sound like a sweaky toy. But speakers are rather Impressive for 9 year old stalk speakers.


Suggested Improvements

Um I can only hope the new focus is better i think it just needed a all new redesign. Its just a cheap car that isnt so cheap to maintain. And btw its an auto trans which is starting to mess up which is sending the check engine light on and off sometimes my mechanic said. Sad even my own dealership after the fact said to me. "a Ford focus is like a bic lighter once it runs outta gas you throw it away." I agree completely! Dont know if id buy another ford again.


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not my fav car but she saved my life.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By brit6
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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??


Favorite Features

it's simple in every category. almost a idiot could drive it. definitely replace factory radio. i stuck with a blaupunkt.. factory sucked but i love my aftermarket cd player for sure.. i did have subs in the trunk and it sounded awesome in this little car. wish i had cruise control on mine for road trip but i love the fact that i have a hard time squeezing 35 bucks in the tank for almost empty. get decent gas millage. wish i was better in the city. brakes are great. has it's own issues but like i said. what ford doesn't?? but i can agree fords are tough.


Suggested Improvements

definitely needs more space overall


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Wow ! Love it !
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By antho14
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE Comfort 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

-Great look (inside and outside !) -Smooth suspension -Poor fuel consomation -Fun to drive -Comfortable seats -Engine fiability


Suggested Improvements

-The body rust easily...This is unfortunate because the look is great and we need to paint it again to fight the rust. -The reliability of some body parts.


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Laundry List of Problems!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By rlsid21
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE Comfort 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Little to none with this category. The interior was nice but there could be more room for my tall passengers.


Suggested Improvements

The Ford Focus was a complete disappointment. The interior was falling apart despite it's nice appearance. The screws were coming apart, the automatic trunk was clicking 3-4x every time I opened it (would get stuck almost every time!), ignition should NOT lock up to a point where the mechanic has to break it open to fix, the remote to open the driver door stopped working, mechanics were often frustrated trying to fix every little thing wrong with this car. How to improve? Get a Japanese made car.....


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