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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback

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Great Car
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By 2112Rush
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This Focus has been the most reliable and fun car that we have had so far. It's is great with gas. Only big problem that we've had with it is something with the timing belts. But overall it has been a great car, very, very reliable. And the price isn't bad either.


Favorite Features

Nice sound system and great handling


Suggested Improvements

Improve the interior


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Swaying Impressions
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By WrstPirateever
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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For a 2 door, this thing is fun to drive. Pretty good acceleration, and plenty of trunk space once the back seat is folded down. I couldnt believe it when I fit my new 42 inch TV in there and noone else could either! The back seat is useless for passengers unless they have no legs. Very tight quarters back there. Now for the bad. I've never had so much trouble with traction especially on wet roads. I also have less than 60,000 miles and I've already had to have a brand new transmission put in (luckily covered under warranty) and new tie rod ends. Now I'm having issues with what I believe is the air intake control. Finally, this thing eats through tires like crazy


Favorite Features

Trunk space, passanger space, great gas mileage (until it eats up the tires)


Suggested Improvements

Improved traction/cornering, better attention to transmission, severe overhaul of the suspension is needed


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A great car for the money
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By Anonymous
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I love my Ford Focus! The brakes do squeal, which I've heard many times is normal in a Focus. Had them replaced at about 15,000 miles, and haven't been a problem since then. Also, had a problem with the tie-rod, as well as a rough idle. But, once these problems were fixed, the car has been great! I drive my wife's Toyota Camry too, and my car is so much nicer! It's at the just right comfort level, so I don't fall asleep on long road trips. Also, it speeds up nicely. Has a couple dings, but I love my car, and will run it into the ground. Bought it new, and been driving it for 5 years now. I love the fact that I get 5 more mpg on highways than my wife, so we regularly take my car to Washington


Favorite Features

34 MPG on freeways. Just the right comfort level so I don't fall asleep. Speeds up quickly. Lots of trunk space. Not too many problems with general running of car


Suggested Improvements

Brakes squealing is a tad bit annoying. Stinks that I don't have air conditioning. Could use some plate armor to reduce tendency to ding up. Also, in place of windshields, could use that material used to hold the whale in Star Trek IV. Then it wouldn't crack


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2.3 PZEV ZX3 Focus 5 speed
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By shopwrd
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car has been great. 63,000 miles (owned since new) and the engine has yet to sputter with hesitation. Average low 30's mpg and the highest I've got so far is 41mpg from San Diego to San Jose. More than adequate power and it has never had one problem!


Favorite Features

It can haul a lot of cargo inside, quiet and smooth engine, decently quick acceleration, great MPG, and so far perfectly reliable, all with the PZEV rating!


Suggested Improvements

The shift indicator light is annoying. I know when to shift. ABS as standard would be nice.


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The Ambiguous Focus
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By Zetec
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2003 Ford Focus Hatchback ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I loved this car from the start and began to modify it. Lowered racing suspension and rims with high qaulity tires made it handle great, best car I ever had, good power but not great, its not really a sports car after all. Replaced front wheel bearings at 60k after some vibration. After that at 72k i turned on the AC and the blower motor caught fire under the dash and burned the interior pretty badly before it was put out, as I was driving it was considered a car accident not a auto fire and I wasn't covered, total loss. I am however getting a new Focus. I'll roll down the windows


Favorite Features

Good looks and style in interior. Nice handling before modification. Nice power with my auto at 130hp. Loved the mpg around 33 highway for me.


Suggested Improvements

Dunno if fire was a fluke, hear fires are not uncommon. Ford needs to look at that. Wheel bearings needing replaced also common from what I hear. Beefier bearing could fix this. Interior plastic seemed a little cheap.


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