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Ford = Fix. Or. Repair. Daily.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By jaym83
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2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is a nightmare. Every other focus owner ive talked to hates this car too. Never buy this vehicle. Even the ford mechanics at the dealerships ive been to tell me this car is nothing but a bag of issues. I have had this car for less than six years and put less than 40,000miles on it and have had so many issues. This car eats tires and rear brakes like candy. So far, new ignition cylinder after six months of ownership, new motor mounts, new fog lights, new throttle cable, more new tires, more new brakes, rear defroster repair, new alternator, driver seat broke (spot welds that hold the seat up right broke), manual window crank broke off, ECU repair, and none of this is covered by Ford.


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Small parking size


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Read my review.


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As good as the Japanese
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By connemara
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2003 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have a 2003 focus that just passed 160 kilometers and other than regular maintenance like tires, brakes, oil changes I have only had to replace the trunk opening latch ($150). It has the smallest engine (2.0 twin port), manual trans and I put 16 inch wheels and a hogher aspect than stock tires on it to maximize mileage. Even with this high gearing it still has reasonable torque to pass in high gear. Best steering and handing in a North American car and you sit up high not like sitting in a hole like a Honda. Styling is still fresh after all these years, going to keep for at least another 5 years. Hey it long been paid for


Best Features

Handing, steering, reliability, styling


Worst Features

120hp should be minimum, better rear seat lighting


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Very Satisfied and Impressed with my Focus
9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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By auto_engineer
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2003 Ford Focus ZTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I owned my 2003 Focus ZTS for 6 months now. Im shocked but its performance for its affordable price. The steering is tight and feels very sporty and handles the corners very well. Gas mileage I get is at least 32 MPG Highway and 26 City. It has a nice stereo system with good bass It also has CD/MP3 player along with Traffic Reports and the and News Reports. Many Focus for this year has different Radio Units, This particular one is my favorite. Seats are Very soft and very easy to clean. Rides very stable at high speeds. The rear spolier gives it enough down force for better handling as well. Low Profile Tires give it a good look. DOHC engine has some pep.I would recommand this car to anyone


Best Features

1. The DOHC 16 Valve 4 cylinder is one of my most favorites. Its faster then most naturally aspirated 4 cylinders out there now. 2. The Exterior Sport Design gives it a nice slick look to it along with the interior design to match the exterior. The Grey sport gagues makes it feels like your riding in a racing car 3. The handling and feel of the car. The car handles great around corners and handles bumps in the road pretty well. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a sports car look to it and feels like a luxury car 4. The gas mileage is good. the car is very quiet. the engine is very smooth and responsive and still has passing power at 70mph. 5. MOST IMPORTANT: Very Very Reliable


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1.Would of liked it if they made Advance Traction Control standard on all ZTS models. 2. Heat seats would also be great if it was standard on all ZTS models instead of it being on a few ZTS models. 3. Could use a rear dome light for the rear passengers. 4. Very Very Cold A/C which is a good thing but the blower motor could be a little more quieter other wise thats not a major issuse.


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2003 Focus ZX3, Duratech 23 = AWESOME!!!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By metalwych
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2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Power Premium 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I got my 2003 Focus with the DuraTech 23 engine (2.3 liter) for less than $6000.
It had 59000 miles on it.
This car is awesome.
I needed a car that gets good gas mileage (I also have a Lincoln and a 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, so I needed a car that gets better than 25mpg).
This little car has a lot of get up and go.
Its quick and gets excellent gas mileage (when I go from San Diego to L.A., I average 46mpg...which is awesome).
And its a fun car to drive.
Now, it doesn't have the power of my powerhouse V-8's, but for a 4 cylinder, it really moves.


The way this car handles is superb.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this car can corner.


Awesome fun car to drive!


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DuraTech 23 engine has plenty of power. Its faster than the stupid hondas and toyotas around me. And its just fun to drive. Add a kick a$$ stereo system, and this car has great acoustics too! Worth every penny I spent (less than $6000 and less than 59000 miles). Gas mileage is awesome too!


Worst Features

More Power! Cheaper after market parts.


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awsome! then you have the paint...
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By devyn_hogan
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2003 Ford Focus ZTW 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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this car has been great to me, i bought it used with 30.000 miles. the guy put a K&N and loud exhaust... sounded great, until i got caught with it (illegal in my state). the only problem with it was the alternator. except it was not, it was a fuse in between the alternator and the motor.

Then the paint peeled, spotted, bubbled, and cracked on the bumper. the paint peel happened on the hatchback. right above the light. the BLACK car now had WHITE spots on the back. and the rear bumper is full of very small cracks. None of this is because of lack of care, i and very ocd on apperance.


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LOVE the stero, one of the best ive had in a long time good performance in the summer, does burnouts when i want it to and goes through a corner stuck like glue. starts in any weather. -40 a little while ago, started like a dream then jumped wifes car with it


Worst Features

get rid of altenator fuse!!!!! its stupid and useless


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