2003 Ford Focus Top Comparisons

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2003 Ford Focus SE WagonReview
Molovesroe writes:
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Most Reliable Little Wagon In The World. — I love everything about my ford wagon. I've had her for over two years and she's been so reliable and wonderful. There is so much cargo room and the seats are very comfortable. Her transmission is gorgeous and her 2.3 l dohc gives her so much more pep in her step than a regular old wagon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Drives more like a car than a station wagon! She has never let me down, I've driven her every day for two and a half years.

Cons: Need to replace the O2 censor.

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2003 Ford Focus ZTW WagonReview
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Clean And Handles Like A Charm — Great car for commuting and maintenance cost is very low. I drive it daily for college and drive it like a grandma. The car has loved me back as much as I have loved it. Would recommend getting a focus or a similar model.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Economy car for someone who needs space to haul things as well as carry people.

Cons: Not a lot of power or pickup.

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2003 Ford Focus SEReview
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Good Family Car — The ride and durability is great on the car. It make a good family car at the right size and the right price for them. They have a Mazda motor in them which makes it very peppy. This is why I recommend.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: They have a Mazda motor in them which makes it very peppy

Cons: It is a little noisy

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2003 Ford Focus ZX5Review
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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

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

Cons: noisy interior at highway speeds, needs 50 more horsepower

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2003 Ford Focus SEReview
scottybluz writes:
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It A Great Everyday Car — nothing really bad about the car it does have a ton of storage space that you wouldn't expect. I used this car to travel back and forth to play hockey and would often transport my friends and their equipment as well as mine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: good gas mileage and low fuel cost

Cons: not the coolest or fastest car

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3Review
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Great 1st Car — Like the forgiving shifting. Dislike the ignition sticking around 100k miles. I also broke off the driver's window lever clean off, haha now I have to replace the entire door assembly. And thank goodness I got the window rolled all the way up before it broke!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Being a stick shift, it is very forgiving and easy to go from gear to gear. My first car, it has been a trooper!

Cons: Small car, limited room for book bags and friends.

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3Review
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Good Model For The Year — Fun to drive and parking was easy due to it's size great performance 2.3 CYL driving and gas consumption was always good. Over all it was a great commuter for work, school, and a weekend trip to the bay area.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Economical, compact

Cons: Low Safety due to size

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2003 Ford Focus ZTSReview
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Dependable, Solid, Car Worth The Price — Maintenance cost were fair, fuel economy was great, and it was a very dependable car. The biggest issue was the lack of cargo space, even though it is a small sedan, you can't fit hardly anything past a large suitcase in it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great mechanically and dependable car

Cons: Awkward trunk and rear door shapes keep you from being able to move anything

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2003 Ford Focus SE WagonReview
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A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. —

Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start. decently comfortable. Had thought it was the 2.3 Duratec. but in fact is the 2.0 Zetec i believe. Makes decent power. Highway speeds it has decent passing power for a small 4cyl. went through a winter with a set of new Winterforce Snowtires, in some baddd weather. and it never failed me. Rust has taken it's toll. however... The rockers are both non existant, on both sides, the rear trailing arms seem like their rotted or broken. and overall. it's just getting too rusty. i replaced the drivers rear door early on due to it rotting out at the corner. Did the two tone Paint to hide the rust as best I could. but it's now too far to save. for $500. this 2003 Focus SE Wagon was about the most reliable car I ever owned. I moved friends with it, Furniture, Motorcycles, a Quad minus hubs/wheels/bars, Cabinets. My sisters entire college dorm, for 2 years. It's been an excellent beater. Would love to have one with a 5spd, and the 2.3

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Interior Size, Cargo Room. Speaker Layout and size (5x7's), Good Heater, Drivetrain layout, made it quite good in deep snow.  Good Passing Power, Fuel Economy was decent 23-30 50/50 Mixed Highway/City

Cons: Thin metal, Crappy Factory paint and clearcoat. Transmissions seem to slip FOREVERRR on these without dying.

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2003 Ford Focus LXReview
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Over All A Great Buy — i love this car got a great deal and have had very little problems i bought it new.drive car for everything and it has never let me down so good on gas helps with money issues and just have good things to say about it

Pros: great on gas

Cons: very small

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Car needs a rack and pinion according to the owner/dealer. This was not mentioned in the ad. Read More

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