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Old 09-10-2004, 01:18 AM   #1
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03' SVT problems...

I am looking at buying a 03' Focus and I was wondering if there is anything I need to know.

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Old 09-10-2004, 01:55 AM   #2
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Re: 03' SVT problems...

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I am looking at buying a 03' Focus and I was wondering if there is anything I need to know.

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The only thing you need to know is that the SVT rocks. As far as problems, I've never experienced anything when driving my friends, nor have I heard of anything going too wrong that wasn't covered by the warrenty. If you want a problems, you should buy a 2000 Foci. ;)
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Don't buy one they are nothing but trouble, get the dodge srt-4.
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Old 09-10-2004, 06:10 AM   #4
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I am looking at buying a 03' Focus and I was wondering if there is anything I need to know.

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Having bought my new '03 SVT less than a week ago (actually took "official" delivery of it yesterday - thanks to weather, that was the first day they could clean it up, remove the window stickers, all that) I'm obviously going to be biased in favor of getting one. I'm going to pass 500 miles today, and I'm doing the first oil change (old habit). I'm tickled with my decision, thus far.

I did two things. First, I made sure mine had the ECU reflash. It did, as their SVT tech had done this while it sat on the lot - and my salesperson was able to get me a printout of the service record.

Second, I got the dealer to give me a copy of both TSB 04-8-1 TSB 4-12-2. Specific language was placed into the sales contract that if I had any issues related to either the original or second TSB dealing with the clutch/pressure plate/flywheel, it was to be covered under warranty.

If you're buying used, make sure you do due dilligence in regards to the condition of the vehichle.

As for needing to know anything? How about knowing how to have fun?

The SVT is a blast to drive. I can't wait to get mine fully broken in so I can wind her out through some curves.

I say go for it.
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If you really want a fun car to drive this is your car but be awake that it has its share of problems. If you're looking for reliability i would go with something like the acura rsx - or others. Like others have said this car is fun as hell to drive but you will definetly get ur share of problems. I have the 03 svt and i bought mine brand new in october of 03 it hasn't been an year yet but these are the problems ive had

New Engine - 2200miles
New Clutch . flywheel , pressure plate , - 7000miles
New Transmission - 12,300miles

Did get the reflash but car still continues to get the battery light and shuts off at times.. im not suggesting that you will have these exact same problems but this is just an idea of what to expect. Anyways good luck with what you purchase.
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Bad idea.

Check my thread "Problems, should I give up?" for my experiences in the first year. I really doubt you will have the trouble I've had but even a fraction of that can seriously damage your new car experience. You might be able to get one very cheaply due to the fact that 1. Ford has discontinued the SVT focus and has no intention on building anything like it again and 2. Ford has redesigned the focus for 2005, making your (future?) SVT look out of date.

I bought mine because I wanted a zippy car that got good mileage had lots of room (for bicycles & stuff) that was also small on the outside. I would have lemon law'ed the damn thing but I can't think of a suitable replacement.

There are other, better, cars available, the golf GTI (if you're not too tall) the RSX -S (if you don't need the rear seat room) the SI (if you can cope with the center console) the Celica (if you don't mind an old model) even the Mazda 3 is a contender, the aforementioned SRT-4. I don't think that Ford is building good cars anymore and aren't paying enough to the mechanics for warranty repairs.

Ultimately the choice is yours, drive them all and ALWAYS remember, there are LOTS of cars but only one of your money.

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Don't buy one they are nothing but trouble, get the dodge srt-4.
Your answer to getting rid of trouble is to buy a NEON?!?!?

Anyways, as long as you get 2003 or 2004 you should be fine. You might have the odd problem, but overall the car is great! The 2004 was a consumer best buy in two categories (the regular focus in best compact car and the SVT in most fun to drive). I have a 2004 and I haven't had a single problem yet...[knock on wood]!

There is always people that will have major problems with a vehicle, but that is unavoidable...visit any forum and you will find common problems and issues...

Anyways...GO FOR IT!
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^^^WHAT HE SAID.

The SRT-4 is plagued with numerous problems already itself. Just stop in at the SRT forums and you'd be amazed. No different than the SVTF. Most testers agree that Ford quality is far superior to Dodge.

I love my SVTF more every day and no problems for me yet, although I am still under 2K miles. But the (now) fellow SVTF folks here helped talk me into going for mine. But I was like you, skeptical of all the problem stories.
Just respect your car a little bit, whatever you decide to get. Chances are it wont let you down. I'd be willing to bet that the people having excessive problems with their cars are beating on them. They are only machines afterall.
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Chances are it wont let you down. I'd be willing to bet that the people having excessive problems with their cars are beating on them. They are only machines afterall.
Lately I keep seeing people saying this on here. Ummm... okay, maybe some of the problems you hear about are from people who treat their car like crap, but there are plenty of people like myself who take good care of our cars and don't abuse them and still have problems. I've been to the dealer twice this year for the DSI cable and a throttle cable that got stuck at WOT on the freeway. Despite alignments, the car wants to track to the right unless I hold the steering wheel to the left about 10-15 degrees. And the big ones: I think I have the brake problem that has been mentioned before, where the pedal goes soft under constant foot pressure (possibly a bad master cylinder at 19,000 friggen miles!), AND I have the rattle in the tranny - and the dealer experience is usually so unpleasant (they refuse to admit that the car may have problems and essentially just go through the motions, pat me on the head and tell me to run along little boy) that I'm putting off a visit to the dealer about those problems.

I wouldn't get a Neon, but if I had it to do over again I think I would have thought a little harder before making the decision to get the Focus. The fun factor from when you first drive the car starts to wear off after the first few dealer visits...
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^^^well apologies, and I stand corrected on that general statement I made there.
I suppose I am in denial about all these problems being so common, and just hoping that it doesnt start to happen to mine. I can only imagine the dealer experiences being bad. Luckily, my dealer is supposedly rated #1 in the country for satisfaction.......we'll see I guess.
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