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Reliable Vehicle For its Class
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By John
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2003 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased my 2003 Focus Wagon used with just over 60,000 miles in June 2011 when the car was about 8 years old. In the 7 years I have owned the car I have added 120,000 miles for a total of just over 180,000 miles on the original equipment. Given my propensity for clocking what many would call excessive miles per year, it is only understandable I have had a higher maintenance cost. For example, in October 2015, I changed the timing belt at just under 120K. In less than 2-1/2 years I added another 60K, or a little over 26K per year. For me, that's easy. Where I live, everything is a long-distance commute. I don't know what the previous owner did to the vehicle; I bought it as-is and immediately had necessary but normal maintenance items performed. Other than regular oil changes, fuel filters, air filter, struts and an alternator -- all normal wear and tear items - I have experienced no unexpected hard part failures. The original engine and transmission have served well over the last 7 years, though at 180K the engine has sprung a leak. Having previously lived in a climate with extremes of cold and hot temps, I am not surprised that the motor mounts have begun to crack, increasing engine vibration. To be honest, there are some things about this car I do not like, chiefly poor fuel economy (compared to yesteryear's Japanese imports), poor sound insulation from road noise, the front-end turn signal lights are too much in the center, and an instrumentation cluster that does not provide any useful and preventative information concerning the vehicles day-by-day condition. Also, it's acceleration is not as quick as I would like, but for a vehicle in its class, I think it does well enough. But this is an economy car, not an F-18 fighter jet, and while I may yet wish for many gauges and a Heads-Up-Display with Infrared to see through snow, I am aware of the reality that you get what you pay for; with that in mind, I like my Focus. In fact, I like the wagon so much so, I am willing to repair my oil leak not by fixing the leak itself ($2k) and leaving the old engine and transmission in place, but by pro-actively installing a brand new OEM engine, remanufactured transmission, cross-members, struts, hub assemblies, alternator, water pump, power steering pump, radiator, new wires, and a few other items for $12K -- rather than scrap the car and buy someone else's problem. Some people, I am certain, will think I am certifiably insane. Did I mention I like my wagon?


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Run the other way
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By melanie moore
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2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This by far is one of the worst cars I have ever owned. It seems like every time I turn around something needs to be done repair wise. And it just broke 100,000 miles on it.


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My Focus is my best friend.
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By Marie
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2003 Ford Focus SE 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I've had my car for 15 months. Purchased it with 275.900 miles on it. I knew I was only going to be using it around town but I actually have used it for longer distances. So far I replaced motor mount , put new front brakes and 2 new front tires. She runs and drives like a champ.


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3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Ash Harrin
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2003 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Its a good car but when it breaks its something big.


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fun to drive
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By Shane Paradis
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2003 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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fun to drive, just be sure to buy the one with the ztec engine. the spi is slow and unreliable


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