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4 of 8 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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1 of 4 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
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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??
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Very safe and reliable car
By malongal on 04/24/11 21:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Bought this car brand new and owned for 8 years. Drove sparingly with only 45,000 miles when she got totaled. I have been in 4 major accidents with this car (none of them my fault) and every time had no injuries and no interior damage to the car. Nothing ever had to be replaced except spark plugs and only issues were check engine light coming on for no reason and gauges flickering sometimes when the car was turned off. I enjoyed driving it, not the most comfortable for long periods of time but a very smooth ride. I am sad to see this car go, would have kept it for a very long time.
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful
car from hell
By nel7 on 03/19/11 21:54 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

I bought a Ford Focus 2003 (automatic) from a private party, used. Only after owning and driving regularly, I noticed how poor the suspension was. It is the stiffest suspension one can imagine. It is so bad that I bought heel support/shock absorber for my feet to heal my right heel, which is soar from all the suspension-related "beatings". My back hurts from longer drives as well. The seat is a horror-trap, despite added pillows. The mileage per gallon is rather poor: about 23 at the most in the city, and about 32 on the freeway. For a 2.0 engine, this is rather weak. And it has the classic Ford engine noise. Uncomfortable, weak mileage, noisy, and undesirable. Don't buy a Ford Focus.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Money Pit
By u2 on 08/01/10 20:01 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

Been towed to repair shops about a dozen times over the past 6 years. I would not buy a ford focus again.
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