Only a hobby car
By gukin on
Vehicle2003 Ford Focus SVT 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
ReviewThe car has been nothing but trouble since I bought it. SVT improved a few things but introduced so many more problems it made an already poor car, the Focus, worse. This car should only be considered as a hobby car. Its abysmal reliability, poor design, and engineering take it out of the realm of a daily driver. Fiddle with it for three weekends, drive it the fourth. This car is in the same category as an exotic Italian vehicle (as long as that vehicle is a Fiat.) It can be a fun car but the flaws, poor design, and engineering blunders render it an extreme source of cost and frustration.
Best FeaturesGood looking car, great stereo, Recaro seats, fun handling, peppy engine, remarkably good fuel economy.
Worst FeaturesExploding clutch pressure plate, leaky plastic thermostat housings, chronic oil leaks, jamming ignition switch, detaching shift linkages, engine stalling (with stock tune.), short-lived brakes, tires, difficult to obtain parts, too tall, difficult to shift transmission.
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