definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,500 miles

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2003 Ford Focus body / paint problems

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 302016

Focus 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles


The sub frame broke while driving the car. Entire sub frame had to be replaced. Almost caused an accident. Struts had to be replaced. Caliper and rotor had to be replaced. Control arm had to be replaced. Just replaced the ignition switch tumblers after the switch locked up and refused to work. There are no recalls listed for this car. Service manager said that Focus are notorious for these problems. Car has 34,000 miles on it. The brake line running from the front of the car to the rear rusted out causing a lose of brakes. The car is dangerous.

- Breezewood, PA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jun 072004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
Oil filter mounted at lowest point on undercarriage in front of car, I ran over something on the freeway, the only part of car hit was oil filter which lost oil and damaged engine.

- Sun City, CA, USA

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