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5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,107 miles

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2003 Ford Focus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012006

Focus

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The transmission slipped out of gear while driving 25 mph. The steering column also needs to be replaced since it can be turned 360 degrees. The manufacturer could not identify the cause of the failures. The current mileage was 120,000. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #5

Nov 242005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Purchased this car in 11-05 with 32600 miles on it from creditable dealer. 6 days after purchase, car was towed back to dealer who had to have car taken to Ford dealer to have entire transmission and clutch replaced. Dealer tried to lay the blame on the driver as "abuse" - in 6 days!!!! 2 days ago, the check engine light has come on, but has since gone out. Had I known what I know now about this Ford 2003 svt, I would have never purchased it. I am afraid it is turning out to be a complete and total failure and lemon (even though still covered under factory warranty) and I will fight tooth and nail to have Ford pay for repairs.

- Selinsgrove, PA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Oct 222003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 7,894 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 svt Ford Focus: Flywheel, pressure plate, clutch assembly failure. Multiple cases have been submitted to dealers. Vehicle has been in shop for 15 business days with no end in sight. I have also heard of bellhousing cracking however I'm not sure if this was a case with my car, no information about that from dealer.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 052003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,024 miles
Replaced the axle and transmission and was picked up on 8/26/03. It had exactly 725 miles. On 9/5/03 it broke down again with the transmission getting stuck in a forward gear. It had exactly 1024 miles. Remains in the shop to this day. 9/12/03.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 262003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 725 miles
I bought a 2003 Ford Focus LX on 7/23/03. It broke down on 8/18/03 in springgold, ga. With a broken axle and a broken transmission. Sale Ford replaced the axle and transmission and was picked up on 8/26/03. It had exactly 725 miles. On 9/5/03 it broke down again with the transmission getting stuck in a forward gear. It had exactly 1024 miles. Remains in the shop to this day. 9/12/03.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

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