2003 Ford Focus SVT User Reviews

2003 Ford Focus SVT Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 18 reviews

  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 9 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Peter writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Speed, handling and the smile it always puts on your face.

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It's a Ford.

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Two Thumbs Up. — Performance: Hauls ass. Hard. Best part is, it reaches 75% of it's torque potential at 2200rpm. 6spd manual. Build Quality: No problems yet, apart from a flickering 'check engine' light. Appearance: Mean, and deceptive. Looks quite similar to the regular ZX3, but with many subtle changes. Cost of Ownership: Gets about 20-22mpg, and easy to maintain. Fun Factor: Awesome car. Highly recommend it if you want a small, peppy hot-hatch.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeremy writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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5

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Everything!

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Have to use premium gas.

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03 Focus Svt — I just bought this car and so far I love it to death. It's a real reliable car and it has better gas mileage than my other vehicles so driving this is lots of fun. a a a a a

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mark writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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4

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Handling, Brakes

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Little low-RPM power

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Autocross Beast — Excellent suspension, brakes, gear ratios, Recaro leather racing seats, high-RPM performance. So-so turning radius, low-RPM power, gas mileage. Very fun car to drive, perfect for autocross and weekend track days. Decently reliable, have only had to fix a few things at 110,000 miles.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kyle writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Fun to drive

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Does not have forced induction

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Great Year Round Car That Is Fun To Drive — Performance- acceleration is fantastic for a naturally Aspirated 2.0. Evidently it was the fastest 2.0L FWD Naturally Aspirated car in north America in 2003. Braking is 10 out of 10, and handling is through the roof. Quality is been about a 9 out of 10 Appearance is spectacular both inside and out Ownership has been wonderful with good gas milage around 30-29 mpg, and virtually now maintenance until now when I installed a new clutch at 80,000 miles. Fun Factor= extremely fun to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andy writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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FUN

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maintenance costs can get to you

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Only Buy If You Already Have A Daily Driver. This One Is For Weekend Fun. — acceleration is good but it's not a drag car. braking is insane, huge disks in front will stop the car in a hurry. handles like it's on rails. build quality is good, not great. it has it's issues. Like any high performance cars they are built to high tolerances and must be taken care of. cost of ownership depends on how long you have the car. is the clutch, master cylinder, water pump, timing belt new or old? Gas milage is good. mid 20s average. low 30-32 highway. fun factor is WAY high! carving corners is what this thing loves and BEGS you to do. Great little car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Brenton writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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corners likea madman, especailly when lowered

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if you want massive power, look elsewhere

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Dont Knock It Till You Drive It. — looks better out of the box than most tuner cars do. its just a bit short on power, but it's got handling down to a science. this car is fun to blast around back roads and track days in. and the insurance wont kill you.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Cory writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Cornering, exhaust note, stereo

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Not good for cold climates or bad roads

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Good For Warm Climates When You're 23. — Loved driving it, loved the power across the rpm range because of the variable intake, and the best factory stereo I've ever heard (Audiophile system). HATED replacing at least one wheel every winter, and outgrew it. That's why I took a 30 horsepower cut with the Lancer.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Chris writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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you like great handling cars and modification.

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If you like primer painted body kits, huge wings, and autozone mufflers. Please if that souns like you buy a civic.

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If You Like Motorsports And Autox You Will Not Be Disapoined. — This Car kicks ass and handles incredibly in the corners. It is very upgradeable, looks awesome. The engine can take up to 19lbs of boost safely bringing it to about 320WHP without having to upgrade the engine and it will still be reliable. if you also like the focus please check out: www.focusfanatics.com

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Weston writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 4 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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Handling

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Only 170 HP

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Great — I am really happy with this car. It was priced nice and handles very good. I wish it was a little faster but who doesn't. Very comfortable, nice looks, Good sound system. Overall I am very happy with it. Good gas mileage. Fun to drive. Decent engine performance. Built well.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kyle writes:
2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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fast

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91 octane

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03 Focus Svt — i love it!!! great looking,has a really seat warmers, the exhaust sounds nice, nice looking on the inside,love the factory 6 cd changer and subwoofer, wish it didnt have to have 91 octane, but the car is a ball to drive i will admit and im a chevy guy at heart

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2004 Ford Focus SVT Reviews

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2002 Ford Focus SVT Reviews

Great Fun To Have. By Jay

Special Vehicles Team (SVT) built the 4 cyl. car with great features into this small car, 6 speed manual transmission, lots of fun to drive, great gas mileage, has some power to it and has great looks... Read More

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