2003 Ford Focus SVT User Reviews

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 4 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Fun — Very fun car to drive. It's like driving a go-kart. The SVT has just enough high end features to make it not feel like an econo-box

    Pros: Quick.  Fun. Sporty. Good looking.  Great fuel mileage

    Cons: Needs a better stereo. Needs an armrest.  I have an aftermarket, but it gets in the way of the seat controls.

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Front Wheel Drive With Oversteer, How Fun Is That?! — 170hp 2.0L engine designed with help of the Cosworth magicians. Excellent torque, for an I4, that comes on strong @ 2200 and stays flat all the way up to 6000, and then the fun starts. Due to variable valve timing and intake runner length (yes i just said that) this mild mannered little car becomes rubber burning, torque steering little monster. Thank goodness for the optional traction control. Braking is sublime, in spite of the single pot calipers, with nearly no fade and eye-popping power. Imagine ripping abound a into a tight l/h turn in third gear (somewhere above the posted speed limit) and you realize you might be a bit to fast for a front wheel drive... All the sudden the tail steps out, tightens your line up, and stays there. You gotta try it some time.

    Pros: Great chassis, Good Engine, Boy Racer exhaust note, Concerned Mommy
    gas milage!

    Cons: Some phantom interior electrical problems.

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 4 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Take It To A Track-meet. — acceleration is a bit modest, but flat and pulls really well thansk to the 6speed gearbox. but the handling, oh man, couple it with sweet tyres, and man it takes you through the roundabouts at 75mph.

    Pros: Handling, performance, Engine sound!

    Cons: Rust

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Its Awesome! — stock with nice 17" rims, 170 hp ,140 tq. 6 speed. nice racing style seats. great sound system. nice stock body kit.

    Pros: fast, stiff suspension, comfortable.

    Cons: weak first gear.

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    So Close And Yet So Far — a) they needed to offer a 200+hp super-charged version like all the -other- SVT vehicles they sold. b) Ford's overall build quality is horrid and the car rattled itself to death.

    Pros: super cute, super fun, amazing cornering and acceleration

    Cons: lacked enough top end, can't turn off traction control below 20mph

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Quick, Not Fast...fun On The Track Not Straight — I like the car for a fun track day but it leaves something to be desired still. A little more speed off the line and at the top end would be nice. It has some surprising acceleration in 2nd through 4th gear.

    Pros: handling, 6 speed, recaro seats, hid lights, gas mileage

    Cons: could look better to some, lots of little quirks that get annoying to get used to or fix

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    Only Buy If You Already Have A Daily Driver. This One Is For Weekend Fun. — acceleration is good but it's not a drag car. braking is insane, huge disks in front will stop the car in a hurry. handles like it's on rails. build quality is good, not great. it has it's issues. Like any high performance cars they are built to high tolerances and must be taken care of. cost of ownership depends on how long you have the car. is the clutch, master cylinder, water pump, timing belt new or old? Gas milage is good. mid 20s average. low 30-32 highway. fun factor is WAY high! carving corners is what this thing loves and BEGS you to do. Great little car.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: FUN

    Cons: maintenance costs can get to you

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD HatchbackReview
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    The Red Euro Svtf. — This is my SVT Focus, and I love it. I've done a number of interior mods, including EDM parts shipped here from the UK. It's also supercharged with a ported head and custom 3" exhaust, and has some subtle exterior mods like Focus RS upper grille and rear spoiler, antenna delete, and the not-so-subtle Focus Central fiberglass hood.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Incredible handling, unique styling.

    Cons: Noisy suspension, needs boost.

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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback Review
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    Best natural aspirated 2.0L 170 HP Ford has ever made. It pulls like a freight train through all the gears. I have owned this car since it was brand new and now has 57,000 miles. I just replaced the alternator and battery. Not bad for a 14 yr old car.
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    2003 Ford Focus SVT 2 Dr STD Hatchback winning categories:
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    Handling Ranked 2003 Ford Focus worse.
    "The suspension is set up specific for handling and performance. Ford hit the balance between the front and rear perfectly. This car is extremely nimble and hugs the corners very well."
    Value Ranked 2003 Ford Focus worse.
    "My car is a 2003 SVT SONIC BLUE. They only made 180 Sonic Blue SVT Foci. The car feels sturdier and more planted to the pavement than a regular Focus."
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    2004 Ford Focus SVT Reviews

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    Black Demon By jnunez011

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    2002 Ford Focus SVT Reviews

    Great Fun To Have. By Jay

    Special Vehicles Team (SVT) built the 4 cyl. car with great features into this small car, 6 speed manual transmission, lots of fun to drive, great gas mileage, has some power to it and has great looks... Read More

    9 Out Of 10, I Love Mine. By Robert

    For a basic compact car, the SVT Focus is definitly a great competitor. The performance is great on top end, highway monster. The appearance is one off and trendy. The car is amazing to drive. The bui... Read More

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