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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,292 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.

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2003 Ford Focus exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 152006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


My purpose in submitting this letter is to notify the NHTSA that there is an emission problem with my vehicle. There is a problem with my 2003 Ford Focus ztw vehicle. Emissions from the engine area are getting into the passenger area. These emissions are causing me respiratory problems. I have problems breathing. To minimize the affects I have to drive with my moon roof and windows open. I have had the exhaust system checked by a national firm and the mechanic said the system was okay. There were no leaks. I have brought my car to my local Ford dealer three times and their mechanics could not find the problem. Something is wrong with this vehicle.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 282005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,377 miles
Caller's vehicle had a defective egr tube. The welding came off, and the fumes got into the vehicle. Dealer said it was not covered by the warranty. Caller will have to pay for its replacement. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Updated 1/16/2007 -

- Brown Summit, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 272003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
While driving home from a doctor's appointment my 2003 Ford Focus stalled and would not restart. After 3 tries the car finally restarted and I drove it to the dealership to have it repaired. They said the mass air flow system was bad and would have to be replaced. The car only has 1500 miles on it and is less than 2 months old.

- North Providence, RI, USA

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