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TERRIBLE
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By poohbealov
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2003 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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bought this at 81,000 miles was good until about 85,000. New motor mount, then a new engine, then a huge exhaust leak, then the engine was misfiring, then had to take it back to ford to get the lifters replaced, now i am waiting on it in the shop because they had to replace the instrument cluster. a total of about 5,000 in repairs in just a year. It's rediculous! i spend more time without a car then i do with one. I just barely hit 97k miles!


Favorite Features

Nothing really, the seats i feel are comfertable some people complain about them the trunk is nicely sized too.


Suggested Improvements

try learning to build a car ford. one that doesn't break down every month.


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Took the crash well
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By Tom
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2003 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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My wife bought this car new. In the time she had it there was very little maintenance done on it. Had to replace a tail light that had melted to the plastic holder. Had to drill the old one out. Car ran smooth. A couple of weeks ago another driver pulled out in front of her and my wife and 9 month baby hit them head on at over 45 MPH. The good news is they both walked away. Minor injuries. Insurance did not give is much money for it but they car crumbled and not my family. Other problems with the car was the radio stopped working but could not be turned off. It just blinked, and the tailgate release button was not working had to use the keypad.


Favorite Features

Lots of room. Very safe car.


Suggested Improvements

Fix taillights to not melt where you can not change them. Better radio. Air conditioner did not reach the back seat of car.


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Awful
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By Richard
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2003 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Picked this up just over a year ago with 38,000 miles on it & over a year of original powertrain warranty left. Since then, it's been into the shop many times. I've spent over $3,000 repairing this vehicle, replacing the a/c compressor, the a/c condenser, the alternator, the tensioner pulley, & the front sway bars amongst other things. None of the repairs were covered by the warranty. The car now has 47,300 miles on it, & I can't wait to trade it in. In my opinion, I think that overall, it's a good idea poorly executed, put together with poor quality parts.


Favorite Features

Appearance, ride, handling - it got me into the dealership, & I was impressed with the test drive


Suggested Improvements

Quality


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Nice Wagon
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Deb
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2003 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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This is a great little wagon with exceptional gas mileage. Right now has 100,000 on it an still running nicely. The ignition lock froze up around 70,000 and had to be replaced and the shift solenoid in the tranny was just done last week. Other than that, just general maintenance. Have driven this car all over the country and it's always started and run nicely. I do not go to dealerships for upkeep on my car, I go to Firestone so haven't had problems with recurrent brake issues, etc.


Favorite Features

Cargo space, gas mileage, comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the problem with the frozen ignitions.


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Great Car!
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By FocusFan
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2003 Ford Focus Wagon SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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This is my first car and so far it has been great. We've had it for a year and it hasn't had so much as a battery problem-Extremely reliable. The car is easy and fun to drive with tight steering and a lot of zip to it. Both the interior and exterior have a really cool design. I do a have some complaints; The interior-actually the whole car- has an overuse of cheap plastic and the brakes squeak, but only in very cold, rainy, or snowy weather. If you're looking for a reliable car you can't go wrong with the Focus.


Favorite Features

Reliable, fun to drive, easy to drive and great mpg.


Suggested Improvements

Make the interior a little less cheap, no more plastic door handles, fix the brakes!


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