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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    Rear End Of 03 Focus

    I have an 03 focus that the rear end slides around like crazy when it's just slightly icey out. It's not the tires. Would it be rear suspension or stabilization? Thanks

    4 views with 2 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    What Do Replace

    I got in car crash and I turned off the car. Now the car doesn't want to turn on HELP!

    9 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)

    I Have A 2003 Ford Focus Auto That Suddenly Began To Sputter And Stall Out....

    I was able to make it home by shifting into neutral when it came time to stop in traffic and kept the rpm above 1000. At times it would power off when decelerating. However, each time it would star...

    6 views with no answers yet

    My Focus Has Started Shaking When In Idle And The Engine Stops...

    any ideas on what my problem could be? Im not very good at this sort of stuff. If i put it in neutral and rev the engine then it keeps running, but if i leave it in gear at a light or stop sign the ...

    16,617 views with 11 answers (last answer about a month ago)

    What Could Be The Problem

    my ford focus seems to act like my altenator is going. my lights dim out and my heater dies out and i've changed the altenator and no one seems to know what the problem is.

    690 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)