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Top Flight Car - If Modified
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By svt_owner
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2003 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


Review

Test drove an Acura RSX-S and SVT. RSX felt cramped with poor outward vision poor and didn't come "loaded" as the SVT - which had everything but traction control. Driving position, outward vision and ergonomics all superior to RSX, as are brakes. Body roll excessive and gear linkage slow. Worst feature is the dual mass flywheel, which is supposed to dampen out ham fisted shifting, but merely retards revs, acceleration, and obviates engine braking. Noisy car with practically no sound insulation, although it comes with a good sound system. MPG on the poor side, especially in mixed traffic, (22-23).


Best Features

A great car to develop, but frustrating out of the box because of compromises the engineers built in for people who cannot drive well. If you don't like fiddling with cars, buy a hi performance Subaru or Mazda, because this car is underpowered for its weight (2810 lbs.). Great outward vision and brakes. Seems a lot more roomy on the inside, at least up front, than it looks from the outside. Back seats next to useless, it should have been designed without them for more cargo space. Build quality good to above average, uses no oil (now at 93K) and no major repairs except alternator at 85K - which will cost you $800 at a Dealer.


Worst Features

I had the following parts replaced or added: Sound insulation, Springs, Anti-Roll Bars, Rotors, Struts & Shocks (Koni Yellow), Clutch/Flywheel, Rear Engine Mount, End Links, K&N intake system, CFM throttle body and Hi-Flow Cat Converter (easily passed Illinois EPA). Replaced all suspension bushings with OEM at 90K. All mature modifications, no kid stuff. Transformed car's handling and performance into pocket rocket platform stable at 90mph and above. If you can find a clean example of this car and afford putting about $5-$8K (parts & labor) of modifications into it, you can run rings around anybody and will have all sorts of people chasing after you because after all, its only a Focus!


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2003 Competition Orange SVT 2 door hatch
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Marc Ceniceros
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2003 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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Love the Comp. Orange color, always the only 1 in a parking lot. The car is about balance. Adequate acceleration, good grip, excellent handling, fantastic brakes. I don't trust my Ford dealer so have not had the clutch knocking fixed but it continues to function otherwise so I'll wait to repair it. Euro package brings nice accessories, but body treatment adds useless weight to a car already weak on torque. I'd trade 15/20 Bhp for 5/10 more lbs./ft. Base car weighs less than SVT! Wrong. I'm 70" tall and my hair rubs the sunroof. Wish it had 16" wheels for improved ride/comfort without diminishing the turn in. 45 series rubber is ridiculous off track. Car is noisy on many surfaces.


Best Features

The brakes! The handling. The balance. HID headlights. Competition orange color. Routinely get 30 mpg. Exclusivity. But ultimately the essence of this car is balance.


Worst Features

When down, the windows rattle when closing the door. Makes the car seem cheap. The Recaros are nice but sit higher in the car than the base car's seats. Wrong! In a performance car a lower center of gravity should be expected. Door pockets could be deeper so stuff doesn't fall in the street. Quieter, please!


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I love this car!
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By SVT1105
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2003 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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Well, I have only had this car for a week now, but I love this car! It's so fun to drive and its peppy! I have had so many people say they love it! I really don't think I have had any issues or complaints about the vehicle! I would recommend this car to everyone who wants a sporty, fun car to drive with decent gas mileage!


Best Features

Color, 6 speed manual, 17' Alloys, red and black matching seats, white faced guages and the handling!


Worst Features

None!


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Fun to drive, bang for buck
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By black euro
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2003 Ford Focus SVT SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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This car is a blast to drive fast and aggresive, but is also good for just cruising and driving for better gas mileage. The car is compact yet has very useful, roomy interior, for a car this size. The brakes and handling are superb. The exhaust note is like a well tuned performance car, not loud and buzzy. The engine has a wide power band and it will pull all the way to its 7200 redline. Itís hard to find a better bang for your buck. I have seen so many other compact and b segment cars priced well above what these cars sell for. And most don't even come close to the performance, value and fun factor of this car. The car has been problem free since I owned it and I drive it daily, and enthusiastically.


Best Features

Heated recaro seats, hidden headlights, euro appearance package. Gertrage 6 speed. Audio system.


Worst Features

Factory ecu programming is horrible. (for emissions purpose) could use some more power (super or turbocharger)a limited slip differential would have been nice. And rear or all wheel drive also would have been nice. Oh well cant have it all and be cheap too.


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I love my Focus SVT
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By SunGirlAmber
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2003 Ford Focus SVT SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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I bought this car used, I am so glad I purchased the extended warranty though. Over all the car is great and fun but repairs and parts are pricey.


Best Features

It's very roomy inside and looks awesome inside and out. Premium sound system really rocks. I constantly get compliments. It's fun to peel out of a light and leaving a unexpecting Civic or Scion in my dust.


Worst Features

I cant think of anything that would improve this car, it's great.


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