I'm hearing horror stories about the reliability of the car, especially in the cold (kind of a big deal in Minnesota!) but I realize most people only review stuff online to complain.
However, if the car really is as unreliable as people say, please be honest. I'm coming from a Civic which endured my abuse in my years learning to drive, so I'd like to know if I'm getting my hands full (not a good idea in college)
Re: Be honest with me - should I avoid an 03 focus?
I would say overall very good little cars. Like everything else can get some that have more problems than others based on vehicles history. I wouldn't say there are many major problems with them. My wife drives an 04 with 170k on it. I will say I don't care for the way it handles in the snow but it doesn't have the best brand tires on it. If it's clean and all checks out I wouldn't be afraid.
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