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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,782 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 222007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I bought the vehicle new, it has 58,000 miles since purchased the vehicle I changed the tires 4 times. It makes a noise in the back axle, it broke twice already. I took it to the dealer alot of times they said that there was nothing wrong. The noise is still there. The noise is loud.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 032004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,565 miles
Ford Focus 2003 loud crackling noise was heard when driving... next car dropped and bared to the road tried to get vehicle under control, as a result the car veered to the left towards on coming traffic..vehicle and car, in oncoming traffic collided.. sending vehicle back to the right and into a guard rail..... complaint: The axle broke landing car on fender, while driving, newly purchased car on September 24, accident occurred on October 3, 2004.. attorney contacted said they need proof of the axle braking before accident... the damage to the car clearly indicates what happened...the front passenger tire that came off still has the axle attached to it with little damage to the tire it was picked up off the side of the road after accident...I received a ticket for failure to maintain lane..which really was no fault of my own..

- Lithonia, GA, USA

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