2003 Ford Focus User Reviews

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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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4

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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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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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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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4

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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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Richard writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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5

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Interior Size, Cargo Room. Speaker Layout and size (5x7's), Good Heater, Drivetrain layout, made it quite good in deep snow.  Good Passing Power, Fuel Economy was decent 23-30 50/50 Mixed Highway/City

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Thin metal, Crappy Factory paint and clearcoat. Transmissions seem to slip FOREVERRR on these without dying.

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A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start. decently comfortable. Had thought it was the 2.3 Duratec. but in fact is the 2.0 Zetec i believe. Makes decent power. Highway speeds it has decent passing power for a small 4cyl. went through a winter with a set of new Winterforce Snowtires, in some baddd weather. and it never failed me. Rust has taken it's toll. however... The rockers are both non existant, on both sides, the rear trailing arms seem like their rotted or broken. and overall. it's just getting too rusty. i replaced the drivers rear door early on due to it rotting out at the corner. Did the two tone Paint to hide the rust as best I could. but it's now too far to save. for $500. this 2003 Focus SE Wagon was about the most reliable car I ever owned. I moved friends with it, Furniture, Motorcycles, a Quad minus hubs/wheels/bars, Cabinets. My sisters entire college dorm, for 2 years. It's been an excellent beater. Would love to have one with a 5spd, and the 2.3

Primary Use: Family transportation

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