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2.3 PZEV ZX3 Focus 5 speed
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By shopwrd
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2003 Ford Focus 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!


Best 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!


Worst Features

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


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Rear Springs
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By Stanton6xx
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2003 Ford Focus 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 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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The Ambiguous Focus
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By Zetec
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2003 Ford Focus 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


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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Exceeds expectations
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By P K
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2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car at 1 yr/8k thinking I would sell it in a year or two. But it has been a great car for four years and now 50k miles. It has been reliable and drives pretty sporty for 130 hp. The premium stereo is amazing for a factory model. The interior is larger than you would expect for a car this size when the rear seat is down. I have only two gripes. The brakes have always been squeaky and the gas mileage of the automatic is not as good as you would expect from a small car. Small complaints compared to the value of this car. I have been very happy with this car.


Best Features

Stereo, cargo capacity, reliability


Worst Features

Better brakes


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