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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    Wynton Mcclain
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    Engine Swap

    I want to do an engine swap for my 2003 ford focus zx3. I was thinking of trying to get a svt engine. Im not familiar with how engine swaps work. Is it possible for me to switch to a v8 engine? Ho...

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    Donna1949
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    Why Won't My Max Air Button Come On?

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    Laurie Anzurez
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    2003 Focas Wont Start In The Morning Without Jump

    My car won't start in the am without jump. Went to Amelia yesterday and was in traffic for a while and car died 3 times help.

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    CAO1980
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    2003 Ford Focus Se

    My 2003 Ford Focus SE has had the radiator fans and thermostat replaced. I, also, had a radiator transfusion. The mechanic tested for a cracked gasket head and air in the cooling system- all came ba...

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    MacMorrigan
    30

    Need Help With Electrical Problem

    I will try to make this as detailed as I can. I’m driving down the freeway at 40 mph in a bad snow storm. I turn on my lights and I loose my entire dashboard. Odometer, speedometer, gas gauge, ever...

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