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Old 02-25-2006, 10:08 AM   #1
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Question Buying an '03...

Hey y'all,

I'm looking very closely at buying a black 2003 ZTS...only 31,000 miles on the beast, pretty good shape...

I'm wondering if any of you out there own a 2003 ZTS and if so, what kind of reliability it's had...

I'm wondering this first because I want to know if I should get one or not, and second because if I do get it I'm wondering if I should get the extended warranty...5 years/till 75,000 miles...I've heard some sketchy AND some great things about some of these cars...but then again I would rather not be paying the extra $25/month just for that.

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Edit: I'm specifically wondering if any of you own a ZTS that has more than 31,000 miles on it...


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hi..what engine does it have..the 2.3 or 2.0? and those cars came with an extended drivetrain warranty from the factory..im pretty sure its transferable...someone can help me out here? but if so obviously i would pass on the warranty purchase. if its a duratec then 31k is just broken in. is the price reasonable?
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Since its an 03 in WI, it most likely is a 2.0 Zetec.

The 2003 models are really reliable, and at 31,000, its just getting started. I had a 2001 ZX3, and sold it at 30k, and it never gave me any issues.
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I don't own a ZTS but I do own a 03 ZX3 and mine has been really reliable to me. The only problem I have had has been the 6 disc CD changer that constantly jammed up on me.
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I have an 03 ZTS, 5spd... I bought it in oct 04 with 15000km on it and the first week I had it the alternator crapped, but fixed under warranty obviously. It now has about 90000km on it and has had no major problems, the only problem I have is with the wipers.. when you push them down they are suppose to do one swipe of the windsheild on their own, but they dont... just stop once I release it. Not really a big deal to me though, just hold it and release once its done! Still on the same brakes I had at 15000km also!
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I have a 04 with a zetec and have 20k on it with no probs yet..except 4 my cheap rotors that now look like a vynil record
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I don't own a ZTS but I do own a 03 ZX3 and mine has been really reliable to me. The only problem I have had has been the 6 disc CD changer that constantly jammed up on me.
Same with me, but after the 2nd time i learned how to unjam it. Only i had a problem with the altenator and sunroof. Otherwise it has been great and now that it sits for a month at a time it starts up like normal even though it has been still for a while. I have 27K on mine.
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It may have a 5/100k powertrain warranty, depending on the original date of purchase. It is transferable, for a fee. Well worth it.
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Old 02-25-2006, 07:18 PM   #9
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I didn't realize there was such a Focus following...and I thought people were big into their Hondas haha...

Well thanks, that'll help...I keep going back and forth about the warranty, but I'll chill out and make my mind up by Monday.

Yes, btw, it's a 2.0 Zetec. It is still under mfg warranty and my manager who used to work for the dealership I'm talking to said that it has a 100k engine warranty, don't know about drivetrain.

I like the car's setup. I've been driving civics for 7 years, so I'm used to them, but I figure it's time for a change--and I think the focus will be a nice change. One of the things I like most is that with the stickshift, the passenger can sit however he/she wants and it won't interfere with the shifting like it does in my civic. I'm diggin the 6-disc CD changer, plus the one I'm looking at has the built-in sub in the trunk (though I haven't heard it yet--it was out when I test-drove it).

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Same with me, but after the 2nd time i learned how to unjam it...
How DID you unjam it, for future reference?

Thanks again.

Oh yeah, forgot to answer a question--yeah, askin a reasonable price (it's a no haggle, no hassle dealership so the price on it is $10,900...)
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^^The warranty is 5year 100k miles powertrain warranty... so if your glovebox explodes.. it is your problem (once you pass the 36k miles)... but your engine or tranny blow up, you are still covered...


I say go for it

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