Warped front brake rotors may cause the steering wheel to shimmy when the brakes are applied. Our technicians tell us the brake rotors and pads should be replaced to correct this concern.
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2003 Ford Focus Recalls (Recent)
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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2005 Focus vehicles in states that use road salt because corrosion may build up at the pawl pivot area of the rear door latch. This may prevent the door from latching properly. If this occurs, an occupant could fall out of the vehicle. Dealers will install a lower rocker seal to the door to prevent corrosive material from entering and will evaluate the rear door latches, which will either be lubricated or replaced.
2003 Ford Focus Questions and Answers
My heater use to blow cold air just when I was stopped at stop lights, or just idling. Now, it blows cold air all the time. I took it to a mechanic, but they "could not duplicate problem.&qu...
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When the car is started and is still cold, the car sounds loud, its sounds like its running rough but it doesnt run rough just sounds louder than normal. It almost sounds like theres a hole in the ...
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2003 Ford Focus Reviews
Bought the car with 104K on it. I do my own repairs and replaced the steering rack and did the belts and waterpump. changed all fluids. A previous owner (2) used the car to haul chicken mash or something so rear springs were weak and one front spring had issues. Got the camber/toe set front and rear and have gotten 20K out of it so far. Now have issues with the fog lights and rear wiper not working.
As the car is set up it handles well...is quiet...has a good sound system.
I have a 2003 Focus. I love my car. It only has 68,000 miles on it as I don't travel a lot. I have had only one problem. The ignition switch locked and I had to have a locksmith remove a small part inside the cylinder. That was not expensive. I found out what to do from checking the internet. Lots of luck to the rest of my fellow Focus owners. I hope you are as happy with your car as I am.
I have a 2003 ford focus zx3 and bought it brand new. I would not recommend this car to anybody, ford made these cars cheaply and they are severely flawed. My car is almost 8 years old and only has 81,252 miles on it because i cant keep it running long to put very many miles on it. and repairs are costly. Not and ideal car for some one looking for something cost efficiant. My list of repairs are below.
20k airconditioner leaking freon
23k radio/cd player broke
28k igniton had to be replaced/ altenator had to be replaced
29k trunk release but quit working
34k air conditioner broke again
36k new tires
71k evaporator core leak in the a/c
72k Door handle will no longer opent door have to leave window rolled down open from passenger side.
72k window lever broke
74k new water pump and pump housing
75k missing very bad
75k new spark plugs and wires and new ignition coil
75k blown fuses & all but 1 light went out so had to replace bulbs
76k gas & temp gauges were inaccurate and hung up.
81k water pump adaptor cracked
81k rough start and alot of vibration and noise when in park/reverse usually stops when the car warms up
81k makes a grinding noise whenever you run over a bump in the road
81k when in reverse with your wheels turned makes an extreamly loud and embarassing squealing noise
Lots of body noise, several electrical issues, transmission amd air-conditioning unit replaced (thank god it was while still under waRRANTY.
what ? (smile) its a good car I just want to stay ahead of the game