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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the hose (2 reports)
2003 Ford Focus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 182010

Focus 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Why is part of the radiator housing a plastic that really isn't all that hard. Cheap, Cheap, Cheap, the part store knew what piece to sell me from the frequency and mechanics. can't believe ford made a part such as this.....

- , Chicago Heights, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 102009

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Oct. 10, 2009; I'm sitting at a light and the car made a big WHOOSH! sound and smoke started flowing from under the hood. The radiator hose busted and anti-freeze went everywhere. Solution: Luckily it was a minor problem and no need for a shop or maintenence, but I'm curious what next month will bring. AARRGGHHH!!!!! Now I strongly believe what they say about FORD! Found On Road Dead! This is just the most recent, after 4 months straight of problems.

- , Columbia, SC, USA

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