2003 Ford Focus Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Ford Focus

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2003 Ford Focus Problems

Worn Motor Mounts cause Vibration

As the motor mounts break down or wear, additional noise and vibration may be noted when the vehicle is at idle. Replacement of the motor mounts would be required to remedy this condition.

Warped Front Brake Rotors Can Cause Steering Wheel Shimmy

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 Questions

Has problem starting (1 answer)

It was in an accident,wont start now ,it was minor damage to hood and bumper,found fuel cut off switch and reset it ,it has a code that says keep alive voltage to low ,what could this be?

I have a fuel problem (1 answer)

The car wont start ,the fuel pump doesnt come on when i turn on ignition but if i use starting fluid it will start and keep running ,could this maybe be the crank sensor?

My heat shield over my muffler came loose and I had a mechanic tear it off until I can get a new one so it's not scraping on the pavement. (2 answers)

I am trying to find out if it will be fine to take the car on a 3 hour drive this weekend without the heat shield on.

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2003 Ford Focus Recalls

Ford Recalls 2000-2005 Focus Vehicles Due to Rear Door Latch Issues

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.

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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 no...
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 ar...

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