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The Worst Car I've Ever Owned
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By William Sparrow
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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The Instrument cluster died first, that alone was around six hundred dollars. Three sensors were defective and it failed inspection. A vacuum switch was followed by a major transmission malfunction. The trunk can be problematic at times. The visors are poor and the ignition switch is faulty. I have put 21000 gentle miles on this sedan. I drive like an old man and have this car serviced regularly (when it is not being repaired). I am a teacher and find myself struggling financially as a result of this purchase. The repair costs have far outweighed the fuel savings. I believe that Ford is negligent beyond reason. Ford should be ashamed of this abysmal car!


Best Features

The windshield wipers because they work! It is one of the few parts that I have not replaced.


Worst Features

Spend more time working out the kinks and potential defects of a product before placing on the market. This product (2003 Focus) is not ergonomically sound.


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Tire Hungry
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By Arlie Rauch
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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We bought the car because of crisp handling and because of high consumer ratings. But, it eats tires. At just about every oil change it needs either a wheel alignment or the tires balanced--they are virtually always vibrating, and the rear end is noisy at any speed. We have had to replace the trunk latch--it quit locking. The car handled miserably on winter roads, of which we have some here in Montana. I eventually solved that by buying another set of wheels on which we mounted studded snow tires (we never had that problem with a VW Rabbit we owned for years). This car has been a disappointment, and we are strongly looking at getting something different. Its gas mileage is also poor.


Best Features

Turning radius and cornering ability.


Worst Features

Whatever it takes to smooth out the ride and achieve normal tire wear.


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Won't buy a Ford again
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By Dissatisfied Owner
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought my car new and was fine until after I passed the "Lemon Law" limit. I only have 61000 miles on my car. I've had nothing but problems with my car! In the shop constantly. Transmission went out, had radio replaced 6 times, now have an after market radio paid for by Ford, alternator and cellunoid went out, blower motor went out, mold in my A/C x 2 and getting poorer gas mileage. It makes the weirdest noises that my local dealer can't always find the cure for. Never did get the gas mileage it claimed to get. I purchased the extended warranty and was so glad I did! I'd be in the "Poor House" now if I hadn't.


Best Features

It is rather fun to drive, otherwise.


Worst Features

Better quality control. Engineers from Detroit were supposed to have checked out my radio issue and couldn't find a problem


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Rear Springs
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By Stanton6xx
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Four years of driving and my wife loves the car. Easy for her to handle. Gas milage going down over the years. Main item is rear coil springs. Both needed replacement. $615.00 resolution. Both sprins broke in the lower spring cup. One spring broke the second time. Micro-crack and mechanical break.


Best Features

More features than I expected for a low priced Ford


Worst Features

Air circulation, windshield fogs up in misty damp weather. Need a/c to resolve reducing mileage.


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Good First Car
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By Equinox
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2003 Ford Focus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought it with 48,000 miles on it. Apart from regular oil changes and one bad heater coil ($100) it has run quite well. Fun to drive in summer but need to be careful in winter.


Best Features

Fun to drive, good pickup off the line, big trunk.


Worst Features

Better dynamics in bad weather, more efficient AC.


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