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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.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.


Best Features

Nothing


Worst Features

Performance, fit and finish


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avg bang for avg buck
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


Best 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)


Worst Features

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
3 of 3 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


Best 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??


Worst Features

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
4 of 4 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


Best Features

Handing, steering, reliability, styling


Worst Features

120hp should be minimum, better rear seat lighting


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