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2003 Ford Focus LX
227,588 Miles | Edmonds, WA
$2,499
est. $45/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE
71,309 Miles | Mount Juliet, TN
$6,450
est. $116/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE
135,357 Miles | Grand Junction, CO
$3,494
est. $63/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZTS
215,970 Miles | Tremont, IL
$2,200
est. $40/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX5
136,245 Miles | Tacoma, WA
$3,995
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE Comfort
91,652 Miles | Winner, SD
$5,497
est. $99/mo

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2003 Ford Focus LX
131,840 Miles | Portland, OR
$3,995
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE
50,509 Miles | Newburgh, NY
$5,295
est. $95/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE
93,433 Miles | Salem, MA
$4,995
est. $90/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX5
56,658 Miles | Union, NJ
$5,495
est. $99/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZTS
120,908 Miles | Colorado Springs, CO
$3,795
est. $68/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZTW
97,249 Miles | Garden Grove, CA
$5,990
est. $108/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE Comfort
88,787 Miles | Crest Hill, IL
$3,995
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3
152,773 Miles | Faribault, MN
$1,750
est. $31/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3
105,697 Miles | Salem, MA
$3,995
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus SE
68,043 Miles | South Hackensack, NJ
$3,995
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3
103,908 Miles | Raleigh, NC
$4,990
est. $90/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX3
177,395 Miles | Salt Lake City, UT
$2,499
est. $45/mo

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2003 Ford Focus LX
230,533 Miles | Nampa, ID
$4,000
est. $72/mo

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2003 Ford Focus ZX5
267,293 Miles | Saint Marys, OH
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2003 Ford Focus Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2003 Ford Focus - Reliable first car

SK
Medina, Ohio
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
Overall, the Ford Focus was a reliable car. It still drove fine after 180,000 miles on it. However, it was not the best in adverse weather conditions. The car was poor in handling snow and rain. The dashboard would constantly rattle as if screws were out of place unless I hit the top of the dashboard to make it stop. The undercarriage heat shield was an issue and constantly dragged or came loose until I ripped it off. The car was efficient though. It never broke down and the gas mileage was good. It had decent acceleration and turning radius. The brakes were not as decent, I just had to make sure to brake earlier than normal. The car was great for road trips. The back seat was comfortable for three people and the trunk was large enough for many suitcases and travel gear.
Story
This car was the main travel car for me and my friends. It never broke down and was easy to maneuver. It was our main transportation for camping, going to concerts, going to the beach, and going on road trips.
Pros
The Ford Focus is a great first car owner's vehicle. It lasted for over 10 years with close to 200,000 miles. It had the most perfect alignment I have ever experienced with a car.
Cons
The control of the car in adverse weather conditions were very poor. I did not feel safe driving in this car when it was icy outside or the roads were slick from rain. The truck latch broke and could only be closed very carefully.

2003 Ford Focus - Decent car

AA
Bixby, Oklahoma
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
The '03 Ford Focus is a decent car. The engine has been very reliable for me. It does not leak oil at all. I have 136,000 miles on it so other things are starting to fall apart. I am lucky that I have the know how to fix the problems myself, so the cost of repairs is low. So far, over the 4 years that I have had it, I have replaced the engine mounts, blower motor, radiator fan resistor, master clutch cylinder, alternator, thermostat housing, and the distributor cap. This would have been expensive if I took the car to a mechanic to get this issues fixed though. Nothing inside the engine has gone bad though, and I hope to keep the car running for a few more years.
Story
The most memorable thing about this car is that it hasn't let me down. I have never become stranded while I was traveling in this car.
Pros
I have had no engine problems. The car gets good gas mileage on the highway. It's fun to drive. There are a few forums dedicated to the Focus which can help identify problems.
Cons
It is getting to an age where more and more consumables need to be replaced or things just start breaking down. This includes things like the timing belt, light bulbs, spark plugs, and fuel filters. The engineers of this car tried to get away with making as many things as possible made out of plastic to make it cheaper. This means that some things don't last as long. The air conditioner has a leak and needs to be recharged every once in a while.