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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had to replace the trans axle (2 reports)
2003 Ford Focus drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 202008

Focus LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Problem with Transaxle failure went on for about 3 months before the mechanic found the problem. Went into the shop 3 times for 2 days each time as they tried to identify problem. They did not want to replace parts that didn't need to be replaced.

- , Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032008

Focus 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Service department at Harper Motors is rude and very hard to get them to do repairs without a fight. Even harder is getting them to pay for a rental car. Seems they do not wish to honor the warranty and act like "oh no it is that guy again" They sold me this car. They sold me the extended warranty also. They charge me a $100.00 deductible for the trans axle, but I did not need a trans axle...The same day I picked up the car with a new trans axle the transmission failed and I brought in back to Harper Ford for my 3rd transmission. The transmission before this one lasted only 12,000 miles.

- , Humboldt, CA, USA

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