2003 Ford Focus User Reviews

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    2003 Ford Focus Review
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    Good To Haul And Travel With — Acceleration is sometimes hard to control but braking and handling is great. After 6 years of having vehicle finally neded new transmission. Exterior is solid green while interior has tan cloth seats and all electric. Gets okay gas for a truck and not high mantenance. Fun to drive and looks great

    Pros: Great to travel with and easy to drive

    Cons: None

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    Ok For Some, Not For Others — i think the car is very cute, even for a sedan and the color is nice too, although the paint quality of awful and chips away if you so much as bump your bumper with the shopping cart a little too hard while loading up groceries. i got this car when my daughter was just too tall for me to get her out of the carseat in the back of my little 2 door saturn coupe. i wish i would have thought ahead more, because now that i have TWO kids its a pain. it simply isnt big enough for a double stroller and there is no way to fit one of the carseats in the middle (where its safest) and still be able to fasten in the carseat by the door or completely block your vision in your review. it does get great gas mileage (although still not as good as my old saturn)and would make a great family car for someone without very small children or for a teenager and friends. it rides very low and is very easy to curb check or hit something in and your talking major under damage if you do. i slid on ice and hit a rock and from far away you can see a giant dent underneath, although you cant see it up close. overall, cute car, cheaply made.

    Pros: cute, nice colors, rides well

    Cons: cheaply made interior, cheap paint, too small for carseats

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    2003 Ford Focus ZX5 Review
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    I Love This Car — The Focus is built like a tank. I wrapped my first Focus around a tree and walked away without any bumps or bruises. I like the Focus cuz it's a fun little car to drive. Responds really well. I put a short ram air intake, short throw shifter, lights, and a sub box and stereo. More mods comming soon (hopefully). And the best thing, amazing on gas!!!!

    Pros: Gas mileage, quality, fun to drive, responsive

    Cons: hard to find performance parts cuz it's not an import HAHA

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Ford Focus Review
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    Focus Rs — my car is a focus rs turbo its the car ive always wanted its a great car with good acceleration and excellent handling the downsides are the fuel costs and insurnance costs its great to drive and would recommend it to anyone just make sure your loaded!

    Pros: fast and fat!

    Cons: running costs

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Awesome Little Car — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, building materials were adequate, typically what you would expect with a pricetag of about $13,000, these cars are very sharp looking and there's a huge aftermarket for customizing it to better suit your style. Great gas mileage, I averaged about 28 mpg city/highway combined, could've gotten better, but I always had my foot on the gas peddle, hahaha. Overall, a great car, the only complaint I had was the lack of power.

    Pros: handing, appearance, gas mileage, feels very solid in any driving conditions

    Cons: horsepower

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Tains Focus — it laks power in the bottom end, millage is not bad 37 mpg hiway and thats crusin at 120 plus... i would get bettr milage if you didnt have to push it as hard to pass.. and in town the milage is not relly great but it gets me around ..

    Pros: not bad on gas

    Cons: not a hole lot of power in bottom end

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    Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec 5dr — Although it only has the 1.6 Zetec SE engine with 99BHP it is surprisingly swift, provided you do not change up too soon - 4th Gear is needed below about 55mph on a flat road. This is down to the unusual combination of low weight and highish gearing. Braking is about average - antilock is standard with EBD. Handling is excellent with good steering feel. The trade-off is a firmish ride and some roll-rock at very low speeds (the zetec version has stiffer suspension). The car has done 83,000 miles and has been very reliable. The only unscheduled items that needed replacing were the brake discs, the starter motor (under warranty) and the driver's window regulator. I judge build quality to be above average with no major problems and only minor trim creaks - the electrics could be better though. It is easy to forget that when the MkI Focus emerged in 1998 it had radical styling - its very familiarity makes it difficult to criticise. I personally think the shape has mellowed into something restrained but still eye-catching. The interior is less successful from an aesthetic point of view, although there is no denying its ergonomic excellence and space-efficiency. Front-seat comfort is poor for taller drivers, though. Ownership costs are reasonable for the class of car - servicing and repairs are cheaper than average and I am currently getting 42.4mpg (British) on a diet of A/B roads and town driving. Overall, it is great fun to drive but also very forgiving. Like many modern cars with independent rear suspension, road noise is an issue at higher speeds. I would recommend it to anyone - except those who want to stand out from the crowd!

    Pros: Handling, Reliability, Cheap to run, Practical.

    Cons: Road noise, lack of equipment

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    2003 Ford Focus ZX3 Review
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    Lots Of Potential For This Li'l Hatchback — Performance - The ZX3 gets up to speed at a decent rate and stops when I need it to. It handles like a dream even at high speeds. Hoping to put a 2.3Duratec w/6spd trans which will improve acceleration and overall power. Build is great no problems there. Looked too plain when I bought it so I've modified it a little. Cheap parts. Great on gas (about 32-33 MPG when I'm cruising 25-28 MPG when i'm running it hard). Very low maintenance aside from keeping it clean. Any car is fun to drive if it goes 100+. The ZX3 does... but shuts off @ 110.

    Pros: cheap parts

    Cons: not fast enough stock tuned

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    Ford Focus Rs — I bought this car in 2003, was one of the first ones (limited edition 4500 units for Europe) available. It was amazing, the handling, braking, overall performance... May just need 4 wheel drive to be able to compete with an Impreza or a Lancer Evo? May have been nice to be able to choose the colour though...

    Pros: almost everything

    Cons: consumption, tyres price

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    2003 Ford Focus SE Review
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    Ford Focus 03' — Even though you see more and more Focuses everyday, it goes to show that they are great little cars. They run well, affordable. My focus is 5 year old and I have never had any problems. It runs smoothly accelerates at a descent pace. I have had no major problems.

    Pros: runs well

    Cons: an ecomomy car that is nothing special

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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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