2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus Overview

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon. (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower. Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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    Automatic Door Locking System

    My automatic door locking system has gone haywire. When the can is turned off, it will lock the doors, honk the horn briefly and continue this until I start or drive it for awhile. It is spuratic and ...

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    Fuel Issue

    Car will crank and run for a few seconds but then shuts off. I now have raw fuel running out of the exhaust pipe in rear. Also noticed a steady stream of fuel dumping in intake right below the thr...

    2 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 days ago)

    How To Disable Anti Theft System That Will Not Let Car Start

    Got a 2003 Ford Focus, the chip in the picture below was plugged in under steering column and it was kicked. Does not start whatsoever. Company that made it is no longer in existence and no one wi...

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    Air Conditioner

    High pressure shader valve was bad replaced it puld a vacuum how much oil should I put in it if any ?

    1 view with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)

    Car Overheating

    About a week ago, I noticed the thermostat gauge in my car fluctuates when I drive, it goes all the way up to red and then back to the middle. I booked an appointment with a mechanic today but befo...

    31 views with 4 answers (last answer about a week ago)