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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Focus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,000 miles


The consumer heard a grinding noise coming from the rear brake drums. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The rear drum brake pads were defective, parts and compound were missing, trim under the steering column was missing, the transmission was slipping in first, second and third gear, and the ignition was damaged.

- Hartford, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 072004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
Oil filter mounted at lowest point on undercarriage in front of car, I ran over something on the freeway, the only part of car hit was oil filter which lost oil and damaged engine.

- Sun City, CA, USA

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