$14,820 - $17,280
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SE Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,820 - $17,280
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25-27 City / 31-36 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L (121) DOHC MPI 16-valve I4 Zetec engine
  • 2.0L (121) SOHC MPI I4 engine
  • Electronic ignition
  • Engine block heater *Std & only available on non-fleet vehicles in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI, & WY*
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery saver (interior lights switch off after 20 minutes)
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Independent control blade SLA rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bar
  • P195/60R15 all-season SBR BSW tires
  • Mini-spare tire
  • 15" 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 13.2 gallon fuel tank *14.0 gallon fuel tank in the states of CA, MA & NY*

Exterior Features

  • Luggage rack
  • Color-keyed bumpers
  • Color-keyed body-side protection moldings
  • Dual black pwr mirrors
  • Solar tinted glass
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper/washer

Interior Features

  • Cloth low-back front bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
  • Driver seat manual height adjuster
  • Single front seat-mounted map pocket
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat w/flip-up seat cushion
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Full-length center console-inc: 2-front/1-rear cup holders, storage area
  • Front center armrest w/storage
  • Warning indicators-inc: low fuel warning light, headlamp-on warning chime
  • Pwr windows w/driver-side one-touch down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/panic button, 2-key fobs
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • ETR AM/FM stereo radio w/CD/MP3 player-inc: (4) speakers
  • Instrument panel-inc: auxiliary pwr point, storage trays, coin storage
  • Driver/passenger-side visor vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Front courtesy light w/theater dimming
  • Front/rear grab handles
  • Cargo area cover *Fleet only w/valid FIN code*

Safety Features

  • Driver & front passenger Second Generation airbags
  • Front manual shoulder belt system w/adjustable D-ring, pretensioners
  • Rear outboard manual lap/shoulder seat belts w/3-point center lap belt
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Child safety seat anchors/tethers (rear outboard seats)
  • Interior emergency trunk release
  • Interior emergency tailgate release

2003 Ford Focus Owner Reviews

188 Reviews
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2003 Ford focus. Extremely reliable and affordable.

2003 Ford Focus SE

A solid car. Reliable even into the higher mileage with regular maintenance. The biggest issue has been the brakes. For some reason they need to repaired or replaced more often than other vehicles that I have owned. It is a very lite and compact which makes it easy to park in tight spaces. It would be nicer if it had a little bit more horsepower but it is peppy enough. I have had a couple of problems with the power window mechanisms breaking as well as the radio shorting out. The seats in the front and back are very comfortable considering the smaller size of the vehicle. The gas mileage is very good for the year and it does not take a ton of money to fill the tank. It seems to do well with tire ware even though I purchase mid grade tires. Since I live in New York we get a bunch of snow and this car does very well except for severe icy conditions. The heating and air conditioning has had some issues but not until owning it for quite a while. I definitely would recommend this specific vehicle if you can find a used mid mild version.

- Sean E

2004 red ford focus reliable, gas efficient, easy to drive.

2003 Ford Focus SE

My vehicle is a 4 door sedan. It runs very well and is very good on gas, I like that it comes with a CD player and the radio is up to date and you can change the bass and treble as well as other things. This car is not spacious and if you are going on a long trip I don't recommend having more than 2 people in the backseat. The front driver seat is hard to move and is mostly impossible to get it where you can be comfortable, I have not had any major problems with this car except that the headlights randomly shut off causing me to have to turn my brights on in order to drive at night. This would be a great first car for someone. This car is reliable and is good on gas as long as you keep the oil changed and keep it tuned up.

- angela T

Ford focus an economical and reliable vehicle.

2003 Ford Focus SE

My vehicle one main issue. The main issue is the ignition. The pins in the ignition get gummed up which prevents the key from turning the car on. The ignition issue is a well known issue with ford focuses. Additionally, the abs and anti traction lights are on which is most likely sensors that need to be replaced. Finally, the emergency brake no longer works however, it does not have any effect on the car. I have owned this vehicle since 2011 and thus far it has been reliable and is an economical vehicle.

- Tina G

2003 Ford Focus: Comfortable, Safe, and Easy to Drive.

2003 Ford Focus SE

The Ford Focus is a very comfortable, safe, and easy-to-drive vehicle. It gets up to 27 miles per gallon in the city and up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway. The Focus seats up to 5 people comfortably. It includes heating and air conditioning, and AM/FM stereo and cassette player. The Focus also has front and rear cup holders, front seat back storage, front door pockets, dual vanity mirrors, and power steering.

- Judy L

I am to be able to pack a lot of stuff in there for when I need it.

2003 Ford Focus SE

It sits pretty low to the ground and doesn't have a lot of horsepower, but it can get up to past 100 mph. The driver's seat is very comfortable. The back seats are pretty crowded. The trunk is super spacious which comes in handy. There is unfortunately no aux inputs, but if you want to play your own music, it's easy to get a cigarette lighter input from the store and it is Bluetooth.

- Emma S

White Ford Focus SE 2003 cloth interior gray

2003 Ford Focus SE

It's a white 2003 Ford Focus SE. Pretty old car but is reliable. Bought it used for $1300. Only problems it had when I bought it was; it shook when driving, the tires weren't that good, the radio was crappy and the breaks were crappy too. But I got it all fixed and it drives perfectly fine. Haven't had an engine issues or oil leaks

- Yasmin A

You don't want a Ford Focus

2003 Ford Focus SE

No air conditioner.it's got a lot of. Mileage on it and the paint is starting to peel. Rattles when you hit any bump-and has had every kind of problem u can imagine. Don't get very good gas mileage..but good thing is I don't drive it very far..there are no perks to this old car it was a plain Jane when we first got to.

- Tracey C

Perfect car for anyone learning to drive.

2003 Ford Focus SE

The 2003 ford focus se is the perfect size. It can comfortably fit 4 people. It rides like a larger vehicle but has the great feature of being small enough to navigate efficiently and safely. I have had my vehicle for almost 10 years and have only had to replace 2 parts. It is very reliable. I love my little car!

- Hannah S

Good, reliable car. I would recommend this car to anyone.

2003 Ford Focus SE

No problems at all, I have had this car since 2003. The only problem is normal wear and tear of daily use. New tires, timing belt, battery, car is cheap on gas too. Car is also a daily driver. I would recommend this car to anyone. If I had to buy another car like this, I wouldn't think twice about it.

- Leann H

Car performance is excellent.

2003 Ford Focus SE

Other than usual maintenance and replacements of certain parts from wear, I have had no major problems.. The car is getting already and has several vibrations, squeaks and rattles. It has performed well over the years. And would probably purchase the same model if it was still being made.

- Linda B

Good car, but not incredibly reliable.

2003 Ford Focus SE

The car is incredibly comfortable. The visibility is good, I like the features in the vehicle (adjustable headlights, 8 speeds on windshield wipers). Gets decent gas mileage, good gas capacity. It does need to be serviced much more than other cars, ford reputation holds true here.

- Kay J

Great gas mileage. Drives smoothly. Very quiet.

2003 Ford Focus SE

Comfortable, reliable, it's a nice vehicle. Good car for a small family. It's great on gas. I really like my car. It is a good travel vehicle. It rides smoothly. Lots of safety. It's not very good for tall people my dad has a hard time getting in and out of it and he is 6' tall.

- Crystal W

Ford focus review! Getting a ford will be the best choice you have ever made!

2003 Ford Focus SE

I have had my ford focus for over 4 years now and it has been a reliable car. Of course it is a car, so things do happen (battery dies, pop a tire,etc.) I have taken my car for long distance trips when I went to visit family in Houston (I am in Dallas) and it held up nicely.

- Melanie L

Ford still rolling strongish

2003 Ford Focus SE

My car currently has no AC unit with the hot California Sun it is almost unbearable, there's no sunroof it's stuck and the car rattles and shakes when I hit about 60 mph but it does have almost 300,000 miles and it's still going despite those minor problems.

- Carrie T

It's fast and low on gas.

2003 Ford Focus SE

Car runs ok it has low miles but still runs like it has so many. The hose wire under it fell for no reason after being put back. It's good on gasbags reliable. It's the perfect to and from car, it would be better if the back seat area was deeper and bigger

- Diamond W

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