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Ford Focus Problems

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

In areas of high corrosion rear wheel bearings tend to fail. Ford agreed to replace these failed bearings at no cost. This program was to expire on December 31, 2002. Our technicians tell us it is unlikely Ford will replace any more of these failed bearings free of charge.

Miscellaneous -- tbone69 and 1 other

The rear driverside door would not stay shut. We tried everything but the latch would not latch. We ended up taking it to our mechanic and he had to replace the entire latch mechanism. This should never happen considering that this door is hardly used and the car only has 37000 miles on it.

Ford Focus Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 30, 2000

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Ford has recalled certain 2000 Focus vehicles because the interior trim panels at the headliner on the sides may not be able to absorb enough energy in a crash. Dealers will replace the A-pillar trim panels and revise the headliner in that area.

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Body, Interior & Misc., August 20, 2001

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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Excursion, Expedition, F150, F250, F350, Focus, Taurus, Mercury Sable, Lincoln Continental, Navigator, and Town Car vehicles due to a defect in the wiper motor gear case. The wiper motor could overheat and malfunction, which may cause the wipers to stop working as designed. Dealers will inspect the wiper motor and replace the gear case cover.

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Electrical & Lights, February 10, 2003

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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Focus vehicles because the battery cable insulation may become damaged. This may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate and the vehicle may fail to start. Dealers will secure the battery cables as necessary and verify proper routing. If insulation damage is present, the cable will be replaced.

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Engine, January 19, 2004

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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Focus vehicles because the filter in the fuel delivery module may be contaminated. This may cause reduced fuel pressure, which can lead to hesitation, loss of power, and surging. Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module.

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Suspension & Steering, February 10, 2003

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Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Focus vehicles because the lower control arm pinch bolts may be loose. In extreme cases, this can cause separation of the ball joint, which greatly increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the pinch bolts and torque them appropriately.

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Ford Focus Questions and Answers

omar609, 2000 Ford Focus, Buffalo, NY

is the transmision on a focus spi the same as the one on the ztec and can i change it from an automatic to standard

reese, 2000 Ford Focus, 2.0L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Chicago, IL

My car won't start check engine light is on it's making a knocking should I called a mechanic he said it would cost me 1700 for parts and labor what should I do and the engine has 50,000 ...

guinty, 2000 Ford Focus, 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Lees Summit, MO

Zetec engine, How difficult is it and what sequence do I remove parts to replace an alternator?

kpsniper2003, 2000 Ford Focus, 2.0L 4 Cylinder SOHC, Atlanta, GA

Is there away to get into the trunk through the back seats. The trunk release won't work and neither will the key.

SouthernOR, 2000 Ford Focus, 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Medford, OR

The rear right light will work (for braking and night time use) but will not blink!? Other lights & blinkers are working fine.

Has anyone had this problem or does anyone know how to fix this?

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Ford Focus Reviews

244,000 miles on my 2001 ford focus wagon and still going.

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 not working.

As the car is set up it handles well...is quiet...has a good sound system.

I would buy another Ford Focus. I have 105000 on this car and it need a crankshaft pulley replaced. This is my first repair other then tires and brakes.

I purchased this car new and loved how it drove and handled as well as the utility it offered (hatchback). There were too many recalls (7 or 9). The front suspension got noisy around 30K and was repaired under warranty - struts and links. One front spring broke and was replaced under a corrosion recall. The engine starved for fuel when the gas tank was under 1/4. There was a 10 year service program to replace the fuel pump but I did not do this in time and the fuel pump stopped working after the car sat a few months. By this time the car was 12 years old and was due for a timing belt replacement. It also had a leaky oil pan. I did not want to spend that much on a 12 year old car, so I junked it.

I drove it 111K miles and only spent $400 on repairs (rear wheel bearing, battery and front rotors). All other parts were original, even the brake pads! For this reason, I was not unhappy but feel there were too many recalls and quality issues.

Bought 2009 Focus in 2012; now has 59k miles. Traded in an F250 on it and now get 35mpg around rural area & over 40mpg on long interstate driving trips compared to 12mpg best of times on truck. Feels like I got a presidential bailout at gas pump. Excellent mountain-goat type of car for my mountainous area in any weather.

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