(4.0) 42 reviews
MSRP: $957$6,457
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 23-31
Engine: 110-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2003 Ford Focus

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Posted on 12/9/02 The European-designed Focus was introduced for the 2001 model year, and it quickly displaced the Escort as Ford’s top-selling passenger car. It is now second in sales among Ford vehicles, behind the midsize Taurus. An abundance of body styles is one attraction. The front-w... Read Full Report


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The left front wheel was out of alignment. It shimmied at high speeds. The steering wheel vibrated. We were tempted to return the 2003 Ford Focus SE sedan to the airport Hertz fleet. But we looked at the odometer. This rental car had been driven 25,000 miles before we picked it up. Later, we checked its vehicle identification number and manufacture date. Judging from that information, th... Read full review for the 2003 Ford Focus

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2003 Ford Focus LX with 317K WTF!!!

by copic from Beecher, Il on July 20, 2010

I bought this car used from my mother with 276K and she used it for work. She traveled back and forth from Chicago to Beecher. Everyday for 5 years. never gave up a fight. although things came apart i... Read Full Review

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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