definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,725 miles

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2003 Ford Focus exhaust system problems

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 242008

Focus 4-cyl

  • 0 miles


2003 Ford Focus car has (2) different type spark plugs installed at factory causing car not to run normal. Ford Motor Co. Does not have a answer for problem.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #3

Mar 132007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the engine made a very loud noise when she started the vehicle. A mechanic stated that the exhaust pipe separated, but the vehicle could still be driven. The contact stated that there was no difference in the vehicle, other than it sounding like a harley davidson motorcycle. The repair would cost approximately $900. The VIN and purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 80,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 132006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,900 miles
: the contact stated when the vehicle was accelerated to 35 mph; the egr tube came loose from the manifold for the second time, made a loud noise, and allowed escaping exhaust fumes to enter the passenger compartment. The service dealer and the manufacturer were notified. Updated 01/30/07.

- Browns Summit, NC, USA

problem #1

May 012005

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Vehicle had fumes coming in. It smelled as if something was burning. Dealer checked the vehicle and could not find any defects. Consumer stated while driving still smell burning inside, it is pretty scary and wish something would be done about it.

- Fort Thomas, KY, USA

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