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2003 Ford Focus User Reviews

2003 Ford Focus Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 88 reviews

  • 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" 32 reviews
"handling" 25 reviews
"power" 23 reviews
"reliable car" 15 reviews
CONS
"power" 14 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"interior" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews

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Adam writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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5

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Gas mileage, quality, fun to drive, responsive

Cons

hard to find performance parts cuz it's not an import HAHA

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I Love This Car — The Focus is built like a tank. I wrapped my first Focus around a tree and walked away without any bumps or bruises. I like the Focus cuz it's a fun little car to drive. Responds really well. I put a short ram air intake, short throw shifter, lights, and a sub box and stereo. More mods comming soon (hopefully). And the best thing, amazing on gas!!!!

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Albert writes:
2003 Ford Focus Review
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4

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handling, good looks

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rust

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Best Compact Car Of Its Time — The 1.6 engine feels slow. The estate has a sizeable boot. Watch out for rust as it's a major problem. Very good suspension, fun to drive and comfortable at the same time. Rear suspension isn't as durable as in some cars. Still looks good.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ben writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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5

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Acceleration, Handling, Comfort, Looks, Gas Usage.

Cons

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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Chris writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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Easy and fun handling

Cons

Poor back seat and truck space

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Could Be More Fun If It Is An Awd Car, Competible To The Subaru Wrx (not Sti Version) — Acceleration & Brake pedals are quit sensitive. For a little car like the Focus, it has quit a bit acceleration power. What I love the most is the handling and turning range. I can get in the most impossible parking space or have fun at the back road corners.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Peter writes:
2003 Ford Focus Review
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Handling, Reliability, Cheap to run, Practical.

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Road noise, lack of equipment

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Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec 5dr — Although it only has the 1.6 Zetec SE engine with 99BHP it is surprisingly swift, provided you do not change up too soon - 4th Gear is needed below about 55mph on a flat road. This is down to the unusual combination of low weight and highish gearing. Braking is about average - antilock is standard with EBD. Handling is excellent with good steering feel. The trade-off is a firmish ride and some roll-rock at very low speeds (the zetec version has stiffer suspension). The car has done 83,000 miles and has been very reliable. The only unscheduled items that needed replacing were the brake discs, the starter motor (under warranty) and the driver's window regulator. I judge build quality to be above average with no major problems and only minor trim creaks - the electrics could be better though. It is easy to forget that when the MkI Focus emerged in 1998 it had radical styling - its very familiarity makes it difficult to criticise. I personally think the shape has mellowed into something restrained but still eye-catching. The interior is less successful from an aesthetic point of view, although there is no denying its ergonomic excellence and space-efficiency. Front-seat comfort is poor for taller drivers, though. Ownership costs are reasonable for the class of car - servicing and repairs are cheaper than average and I am currently getting 42.4mpg (British) on a diet of A/B roads and town driving. Overall, it is great fun to drive but also very forgiving. Like many modern cars with independent rear suspension, road noise is an issue at higher speeds. I would recommend it to anyone - except those who want to stand out from the crowd!

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Christian2022 writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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4

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Economy

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Performance

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Focus Fanatic — This was a great, peppy little car that ran GREAT! Where it lacked in performance it made up for in economy & versatility. It had more headroom & legroom than other small cars I've owned and was very dependable. This car looks great with custom wheels and a dropped suspension; I just didn't have it long enough to get that far.

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Michael writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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3

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Cheap.  Tonnes of cargo room.  It was blue like my favorite team the Oilers.

Cons

Ugly.  Not much head room.  Cheapest interior build quality on the planet.  It's Ford's attempt at being like VW.

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(ford) Found On Road Dead — I bought this car after my GTI because I needed the space to put my guitar stuff. I broke my driver seat with my Rivera Knucklehead in my GTI and it was rusting so I traded it for the Focus. Performance: Good enough to get you from A to B. Build quality: I didn't need to fix anything, but it was cheapy cheapy build quality inside and outside. It was only a matter of time before the "Found on Road Dead" kicked in. Appearance: Ugliest front-end of any car at the time, but I didn't mind the overall look. It reminded me a little of a Volkswagen. The interior cloth seats were the grey fuzz which is a trademark of most low-end Ford vehicles. Cost of ownership: Low. It took regular gas, had a small 4 cylinder engine. Fun Factor: 2/5. Nothing like the old arm-strong windows! I was happy that this car had AC, because my GTI didn't. The cool thing was all the gear I could put in it with the seats folded down. It fit 2 4X12 guitar speaker cabinets, a mini-fridge bass cabinet, 3 electric guitars, assorted cable boxes, and a merchandise bin! I even installed a hitch on it to pull a trailor for when Cassidy was going on tour! Good thing we didn't go through with it, because we probably would have died off a cliff when the brakes were to fail on the Coquahalla freeway in B.C. When I sold this car it was absolutely spotless, it didn't have a single scratch on it!

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Dan writes:
2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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5

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handling, reliability, fuel efficiency

Cons

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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jrAZ writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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Great...mostly! — I've enjoyed my focus for the first 98,000 miles. At that point, I had to have my engine replaced due to a faulty oil change. Since then, I've nothing but problems, but I think that is due to the technicians working on the car and not the engine itself.

Owner for 4 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:20

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hitemstiff writes:
2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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4

Pros

Bulletproof, perfect commuter, reliability, Car and Drivers 10 best in 2003, fuel economy

Cons

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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2012 Ford Focus Reviews

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2011 Ford Focus Reviews

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2010 Ford Focus Reviews

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