2003 Ford Focus ZX3 2.0L Zetec from North America


Not a car you want to buy


Water pump (twice).

Head gasket leak.

Oil pan leak.

Rear wheel bearings.


Battery went out twice.

Broken seat levers.

So far... it hasn't even been a year -__-

General Comments:

This car is an OK looking hatchback. I got mine in November of 2015. It's September 2016 now.

Something you might want to consider is that the car is slow. Very... slow. Mine goes 0-60 in 19s. With a proper launch maybe 15s.

Gas mileage is really good. You can fill this thing up with 20 bucks. My problem is that the car is only about 8000 miles in and all these things have gone bad. I don't recommend this car to anyone, unless you just really need a car with good gas mileage; other than that, I don't like it.

Engine sounds pretty cool though...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th September, 2016

14th Sep 2016, 12:33

Used Car Buying 101: when you buy an older, high mileage car, expect to have to have to do repairs that a new or late model low mileage car would not require.

And you're not "8000 miles in", you're 134,000 miles in LOL.

14th Sep 2016, 15:15

Amazing. The first owner may have glowing remarks during their ownership. Even with that someone with over zealous maintenance could get remarkable results from a new vehicle deemed trouble prone and one to avoid. Lack of maintenance is never really addressed through a single car review. Best to read several.

Lastly, some love cheap. That's great, but is it really fun on a trip to drive and own. Some ride and bounce. Poor sound deadening. Boring to own. To me that's time to step up and have better quality of life. That's the mark of true value with new ownership.

2003 Ford Focus Futura 1.6i from Romania


Great maneuvrability, a true driver's car; but with nagging electrical problems


The engine burns over 1 liter of oil per 10000 kms - apparently this is a common problem for this type. Thankfully, engine performance and fuel consumption are not affected.

Then there's some electrical faults: when I bought it, the (original) alternator died, taking with it the main instrument cluster. Front low beam bulbs fail every 2-3 months. Rear fog lamp stopped working. Otherwise, it's a very good ride.

General Comments:

Fun to drive on twisting roads. Chuck it into the corners, and it will eagerly take them. Suspension and feedback are great, and revving the engine is a pleasure; it's very responsive.

Economical on highways and open roads, with decent fuel consumption (6.5l/100km). There's adequate space for people in the back; and with the rear seats folded, a lot of cargo space.

The heated windscreen is a blessing in winter; it will de-fog it in 1 minute, and melt ice in 2-3 minutes. A must have, in hard winter areas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2013

2003 Ford Focus SE from North America




Horrible cooling problem.

Plastic thermostat housing corroded at about 86,000. VERY NOTORIOUS FOR THIS.

Plastic heater core hose splitter crumbled at about 90,000.

Driver's seat latch broke.

Left light behind gauges doesn't work.

Blower motor resistor always goes bad; it's on its 3rd one.

General Comments:

Good gas mileage.

Terrible ride.

Very noisy; vibrates a lot just idling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2013

2003 Ford Focus ZTW 2.0 Zetec from North America


Would have bought another, but Ford stopped making a wagon!


Winter package included heated mirrors, which stopped working in the first year. Heated seats overheated and were fixed under warranty. No problem thereafter.

Third different Ford to need a new fuel pump under 150,000kms. Excuse from the dealer is these new-fangled high pressure pumps don't like near empty gas tanks. Kept mine above 1/4 full after that.

ABS went after 200,000kms. No effect on braking, so didn't bother fixing.

Went through two starters and three alternators in 6 1/2 years of ownership. First replacement, I was stranded in mid-January, snow storm, late at night on a highway frequented by logging trucks. The charge light never came on; the car just died!

Ford claimed no maintenance for 200,000kms. Finally replaced timing belt after 230,000kms.

General Comments:

Used this vehicle for 6 years travel over every back road Western Canada created, and some that were just mud tracks to oil pumps. Worked much better in reverse to get through deep snow and slop. Was easily looking forward to accumulating 400,000kms, when it was totalled at low speed by a F250 4x4.

Curse Ford for discontinuing the wagon. Moved a lot of stuff in that thing. Great height and length.

Curse Ford for dumping the Zetec 2.0L. It was a great motor.

Leather seats were comfortable and durable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2012

10th Feb 2013, 10:50

I've had an SE wagon for over a year and love it. It now has 133,000 miles on it and runs sweet. The only needed maintenance was a leaky thermostat housing, but that's a common, easy flaw.

I'd buy another in a heartbeat