2003 Ford Focus User Reviews

2003 Ford Focus Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 36 reviews
"ride" 33 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 23 reviews
"reliable car" 17 reviews
CONS
"power" 14 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews

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Ben writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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Acceleration, Handling, Comfort, Looks, Gas Usage.

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Paint

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Ford Focus 03' — I love this car. Best performance out of the cars that I've driven so far. Superb handling, great acceleration, not to mention great on gas. Upkeep is pretty cheap, costs about 40 to 45$ to fill the gas tank. Appearance is OK. Paint is starting to come off on the hood and other places.

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scottybluz writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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4

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good gas mileage and low fuel cost

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not the coolest or fastest car

scottybluz
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It A Great Everyday Car — nothing really bad about the car it does have a ton of storage space that you wouldn't expect. I used this car to travel back and forth to play hockey and would often transport my friends and their equipment as well as mine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dan writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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handling, reliability, fuel efficiency

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didn't get cruise control

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Ford Focus, Fun To Drive — This car handles like a go-cart. I have the five speed standard transmission, which is fun to drive and delivers great gas mileage. I have not had any trouble with it in the five years I have enjoyed driving it. I would recommend this car to anyone that loves to drive and dosen't need to spend a lot of money on fuel or repairs.

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hitemstiff writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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Bulletproof, perfect commuter, reliability, Car and Drivers 10 best in 2003, fuel economy

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noisy interior at highway speeds, needs 50 more horsepower

hitemstiff
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Perfect Daily Commuter — We bought this car brand new in 2003 on year end clearance. 183,000 miles later it has been the most reliable car we have ever owned. Fully independent suspension makes it very fun to drive despite lacking some power. Check engine light has never lit up yet. No issues whatsoever with this vehicle. Back seat is tight for adults, but seats fold down making lots of cargo room.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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wildman0611 writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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5

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They have a Mazda motor in them which makes it very peppy

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It is a little noisy

wildman0611
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Good Family Car — The ride and durability is great on the car. It make a good family car at the right size and the right price for them. They have a Mazda motor in them which makes it very peppy. This is why I recommend.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Poshhh writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZTW Wagon Review
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3

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Economy car for someone who needs space to haul things as well as carry people.

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Not a lot of power or pickup.

Poshhh
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Clean And Handles Like A Charm — Great car for commuting and maintenance cost is very low. I drive it daily for college and drive it like a grandma. The car has loved me back as much as I have loved it. Would recommend getting a focus or a similar model.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Molovesroe writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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Drives more like a car than a station wagon! She has never let me down, I've driven her every day for two and a half years.

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Need to replace the O2 censor.

Molovesroe
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Most Reliable Little Wagon In The World. — I love everything about my ford wagon. I've had her for over two years and she's been so reliable and wonderful. There is so much cargo room and the seats are very comfortable. Her transmission is gorgeous and her 2.3 l dohc gives her so much more pep in her step than a regular old wagon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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Reliable and fun to drive, ride quality is good and interior remains tight and no rattles

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Mine has no A/C or cruise so its hot in the summer and highway driving can be more tiring.

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Good Reliable Transportation — I have experienced only one flaw with the vehicle. The rear window defrost has not fully worked since I got the car but I got it used. I have had great success in reliability and enjoy the manual transaxle. It shifts solid and the clutch does not seem to slip at all. I have got has high as 35 mpg on the highway avg and as bad as 24 mpg for around town avg.

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Adam writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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accurate and responsive steering, maneuverable car, strong 2.0 engine, good suspension, big trunk, roof mounts for extra storage and carrying, fast transmission box

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noisy, no legroom for back seat passengers, weird A/C freon refill port

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A Great Start Up Car For A Family — car has 176,000 miles, runs like new, Preventive maintenance helps A LOT the car we own has a stick-shift transmission, the clutch was gone after 150k miles and basically thats the only major repair we have done to it.

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Romeo writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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nice

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none

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Good — great reliable car, goes anywhere and overtakes between and is good to take a trip into the montains or to the jbr residence. easy to park and to manevrate in tuns, and i also like the design, something interesting and alien

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1998 Ford Focus Reviews

Best Car In The World!!!! By Robert

perfmance is very good for a 1.8 great handling great fun drive braking is good it not to bad on fuel economy cheap for parts i would say it is a allrtound great car not had much wrong with it. Read More

good car cheap to run parts if needed are easy avalible cheap insurance ideal family car or just for comuting i have owned 2 focus's for 4 years both keep just flying throught the mot i think the 1.8 ... Read More

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1999 Ford Focus Reviews

Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By Robert

its very powerful has drilled and grooved discs all round for excellent braking handles like a dream havnt had to repair anything on it yet has great looks a bit thirsty but is a 2.0 with power mods c... Read More

Great Car For Driving, Not As Much For Owning By Kamil

Surprisingly great performance and pleasure of driving; it's a perfect handling car and provides lots of power, although costs of maintenance (Diesel engine equipment) are very high and unevitable. It... Read More

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2000 Ford Focus Reviews

Great Car, Owned It For 8 Years And Never Left Me Stranded By Toletgo1234

Car has 233,000 miles + and seems to still be running great, has had a small loss in power but nothing to fret over. Have ran the crap out of this vehicle and it has treated me well. Great car And wou... Read More

Love The Car, Overall I Never Have Regret Purchasing The Vehicle By Toletgo1234

i like the price, they are fairly cheap. Cheap on gas, and cheap to insure and register. The vehicle has a fair amount of space for smaller needs. Dislike the electrical problems and wheel bearing pro... Read More

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2001 Ford Focus Reviews

Sohc Engine Is Junk And Should Have Been Recalled By Toletgo1234

Had no way to know anything was happening, it sputtered and blew up, not something i had expected to have happen, and the automatic transmission shift solenoids go out frequently. No hope for these ve... Read More

Fun To Drive. By Ian

Very fun car to drive with excellent braking and handling and can fit a family of five. It accelerate smoothly and very good and the gas. If you like to work on cars yourself this car is great to perf... Read More

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2002 Ford Focus Reviews

Great Commuter By mjte43

Overall, a great inexpensive car to own and operate, just turned 163000 miles and it keeps on going. Not bad for 2 adults, but it struggles with 4 people inside. Great gas mileage, I average approxima... Read More

'02 Zx3 Hatchback By SirPerseus

Good over all, my car has problems that need to be fixed so i cant complain until i fix the problems and then judge. the Car length is nice and small so you are able to fit into tighter spaces. The ca... Read More

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