2003 Ford Focus User Reviews

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Reliable And Inexpensive, But Not Flashy. — Extremely reliable and normal replacement parts like tires, plugs, brake pads and filters are inexpensive. Never had any major issues or breakdowns with this car. Always worked, everyday. Gas mileage pretty good. Style and overall engine performance are lacking, but for the low price the reliability is worth it.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Cost to operate very low.
    Reliable everyday car.

    Cons: Style outdated and underemphasized.
    Acceleration and handling on the low end.

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    2003 Ford Focus LX Review
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    Foxy Ford Focus — Great Starter car for students or someone who wants to watch their fuel economy. Great gas Mileage. As the car gets a little older you have to be sure to do regular maintenance to be sure that it will not break down on you.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It gets me from point A to B...Great gas mileage!!!

    Cons: It does the Harlem Shake every time I stop at a light

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Wagon Review
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    Pretty Decent For A First Car. — I hate the look of it, but the seating and cargo capacity is very nice for loading things and people into it! Love the gas mileage I get, and I love the handling. It's a little loud but all things considered it's a pretty comfortable ride!

    Pros: Great gas mileage, very low price

    Cons: Goofy-looking for a young college kid.

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    2003 Ford Focus ZTS Review
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    Shes A Keeper — Lets see, the 2.0L Zetec is a fuel efficient engine that really can crank out the RPM's. I get about 26 MPG City and 34-36 Highway and really can't bad talk the car, she takes a beating and keeps the heating. I would have to say that this is a family car, if it was an automatic, but since it is a stick shes just asking to be beat around. This winter will certainly be fun. Haven't had any major issues other than the lock cylinder going out on me but I hear thats a common problem with these little buggers. Over all shes another strong point of why I LOVE Ford now.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Performance, Handling, and Maneuverability all in one.

    Cons: Lock Cylinder Issues

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Dependable ,economical, — Great for service use in city driving.I used it for service calls in down -town daily also 2k trips to the states and back six times per year it never broke down.I did run off the road ,on hwy# 81 in NY on a snowy January night.I got a ticket for speeding by state police as i was in the median in 2' of snow.I was winched out and on the road again ,without hurt to the 2 passengers or myself all in 1 hour or so .Later in the summer I noticed that the winching out had pulled the timing cover against the pulley and it scored it as i had my engine running the whole time to keep warm till help arrived.The scoring was not deep as the winching was gentle at an angle and the snow got heaped up under there.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: low maintenance cost,strong -withstands rough roads

    Cons: not enough waterproofing on electrical

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    2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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    Great Winter-beater. — Performance - could be better if the chassis was lighter Build Quality - this car is very well built, very few things to ever worry about when owning one Appearance - it definitely has a place in the design aspect of hatchback; nothing extraordinary but not ugly either Cost - fair cheap to maintain Fun - it has some fun elements when investing into modifications

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: It handles very well with a decent size 4 cylinder engine.

    Cons: The overall weight of the car is a bit much and the zetec engine is an underachiever.

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    2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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    Reliable And Economic First Car! — I love this little Ford Focus! It's a great car, especially for someone who's looking to get good gas mileage and have a reliable piece of metal. Smooth ride and has been a fun car to drive. The manual transmission and sunroof make the car seem sporty!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Comfortable front and back seats with plenty of leg room for a small car. Gets great gas mileage and has had only minor work needed. Sunroof is an awesome perk despite the car being fairly basic. Handles great and has a smooth ride.

    Cons: Road noise could be quieter. Has had problems with coil springs- which is typical for Fords.

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    Best Compact Car Of Its Time — The 1.6 engine feels slow. The estate has a sizeable boot. Watch out for rust as it's a major problem. Very good suspension, fun to drive and comfortable at the same time. Rear suspension isn't as durable as in some cars. Still looks good.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: handling, good looks

    Cons: rust

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Good Car — Great on gas milage makes a good family car a little pick up and go nothin major though but a perk is that its very vheap to maintain and hey I've even takin it off roading in texas you can do alot with it

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Family and Gas

    Cons: not a truck

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    Sucks But Will Get You Where You Need To Go — Bought this car in 2003 and still dont know why i bought it. It runs good, but no power but what to expect of a FORD. Its lasted a long time. current mileage is at 98K so will run for a long time if you are looking for a car to just drive.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: reliable

    Cons: Its a FORD

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Ford Focus Reviews

    A Very Smooth And Quiet Ride By Wilma50

    I like how it looks and handles. It is very quiet and very smooth, especially around corners and over pot holes. I am very impressed overall with both the feel and maintenance and would definitely re... Read More

    Great Car For The Money By LAREDOTECH1

    This is the first hatchback I have ever owned. This car handles pretty good and great fuel economy. I have always owned mustangs so it was very different owing this car. Over all this is a great car. ... Read More

    2013 Ford Focus Reviews

    Excellent Drivers Car By Ntfknrnd

    Best car I have ever owned. One of the most fun cars I have ever driven. Great compromise on price, performance and economy. very reliable, would definitely purchase the new RS focus on the heels of ... Read More

    Loved It Until My Grandchildren Out Grew The Back Seat By Bmhaas

    Loved the ride, the options and the gas mileage! The heated seats were very nice in the winter and the back up camera was a nice feature, even for parking, The car would be perfet for a small family... Read More

    2012 Ford Focus Reviews

    Great First Car By lastmermaid92

    Not a big fan of the blind spots in the back, or the lack of cargo space. Had great gas mileage, and was reliable in getting around. Not overly costly, but not flashy either. Would make a great car fo... Read More

    Loved The Car, But Transmission Was Problematic By Tedzinski

    Transmission failure twice in 60K miles. Paid for by ford, with rental so not so bad. Loved all else, except it was noisy on the highway. Probably tires as they still had about 25% wear left at 60K.... Read More

    2011 Ford Focus Reviews

    Fun To Drive By mditty23

    The SES model has some very nice features. What I like the best for winter driving is the heated mirrors, traction and stability control. would never be without them now. The gas mileage is excellent... Read More

    2011 Ford Focus Sel By NitaScottSellsCars

    I like the way the car looked inside and out. I drove it to Greenville, NC on a full tank of gas & filled up once I got there. I also took a trip to Dolly Wood in Pigeon Forge, TN both trips was comfo... Read More

    2010 Ford Focus Reviews

    Very Good Do Not Have Any Second Thoughts About Buying It By jake_50

    car is very practical for some one looking for a cheap car that will always start and get them to where they need to go with out having to cut back on styling or power. a very good all around car Read More

    Standard Car By Byron

    This is the benchmark by which all other cars are judged. This is standard car #123456. It will get you to point A and back to point B with minimal fuss, though it won't look pretty doing it. The buil... Read More

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