2003 Ford Focus Consumer Review: Fun to drive, bang for buck

2003 Ford Focus - Consumer Review

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SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive, bang for buck
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2003 Ford Focus SVT 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


This car is a blast to drive fast and aggresive, but is also good for just cruising and driving for better gas mileage. The car is compact yet has very useful, roomy interior, for a car this size. The brakes and handling are superb. The exhaust note is like a well tuned performance car, not loud and buzzy. The engine has a wide power band and it will pull all the way to its 7200 redline. It’s hard to find a better bang for your buck. I have seen so many other compact and b segment cars priced well above what these cars sell for. And most don't even come close to the performance, value and fun factor of this car. The car has been problem free since I owned it and I drive it daily, and enthusiastically.

Best Features

Heated recaro seats, hidden headlights, euro appearance package. Gertrage 6 speed. Audio system.

Worst Features

Factory ecu programming is horrible. (for emissions purpose) could use some more power (super or turbocharger)a limited slip differential would have been nice. And rear or all wheel drive also would have been nice. Oh well cant have it all and be cheap too.
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