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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
47,299 miles

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2000 Ford Focus fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2000 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

Nov 152011

Focus

  • 103,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The vehicle stalled while the contact was driving approximately 40 mph. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the failure recurred intermittently whenever the fuel tank was one quarter of a tank fuel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 103,000.

- New Windsor, MD, USA

problem #91

Feb 052012

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
Stalled then would not crank over. Mechanic said they would need to replace the fuel pump.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #90

Aug 152011

Focus

  • 37,750 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the mechanic advised that the fuel pump had malfunctioned would need to be replaced. The contact stated called the manufacturer regarding the fuel pump and the manufacturer stated that there was nothing they could do to assist because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The failure mileage was 37,750.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #89

Aug 012011

Focus

  • 153,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving various speeds the vehicle would hesitate and fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance since the vehicle was over the statute of limitation on NHTSA recall campaign number: 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 153,000.

- Morongo Valley , CA, USA

problem #88

Sep 012010

Focus

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact was attempting to add fuel to the vehicle, when he noticed that the fuel tank had detached from the vehicle and fell to the ground with a full tank of gasoline. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic who replaced the straps. The contact did not in inform the dealer nor was the manufacturer aware of the failure. The current mileage was 99,944. The failure mileage was approximately 97,000.

- East Boothbay, ME, USA

problem #87

Feb 122011

Focus

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 30-35 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to jerk abnormally as the speedometer failed. The vehicle later stalled yet the contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken to an authorized dealer. The dealer performed a diagnostic and advised that the fuel delivery modular would need replacing. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline) and was advised by the dealer that the recall had expired. She called the manufacturer and was advised that the recall was only effective for ten years and the vehicle was outside of the ten year limitation. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 165,000 and the current mileage was 167,913.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #86

Nov 302010

Focus

  • 38,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The vehicle was unable to be restarted. The vehicle was inspected by a mechanic who stated that the failure seemed to be identical to recall 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle had not been repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 38,500.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #85

Jul 162010

Focus

  • 110,000 miles
2000 Ford Focus. After pumping gas and then starting the engine. The car starts and then dies. The RPM. Goes just under 2 and then drops down to nothing and the engine stalls. I have taken it to my mechanic several time and he can't figure it out. So then I took it to a mechanic that deals just in engines, and he doesn't know what's going on with it. The problem is that it only does it after you pump fuel. It starts fine every other time. The only other difference is that I am noticing that I go through fuel faster now and I am getting less mileage.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #84

Jul 172010

Focus

  • 90,500 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle would hesitate, stall and lose power while moving uphill and occasionally on a level surface. He had to restart the vehicle for it to function properly. The contact replaced and checked all components within the fuel system except for the fuel pump; however, the problem continued. The vehicle had not inspected or repaired. The contact called the manufacturer in reference to recall 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline) and was informed that the vehicle was not included. The current mileage was approximately 91,000. The failure mileage was approximately 90,500.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #83

Aug 302010

Focus

  • 170,000 miles
My 2000 Ford Focus stalls whenever I come to a stop, it occurs everyday and at times my car has shut off right in the middle of traffic almost causing collisions. Nothing has been done to correct the failure, Ford has not contacted me in regards to the recall nor have they return any of my attempts to get the problem solved.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #82

Jul 062010

Focus

  • 127,090 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I noticed slight hesitation in my 2000 Ford Focus in June of 2009, and requested that my local Ford dealership consider replacing the fuel sender and pump because this was a known internal Ford campaign replacement part issue. They indicated because it was not a severe hesitation, they could not perform that work under the replacement campaign. This hesitation continued but very intermittently. Then in July 2010, I was driving with my wife and daughter in the above car, and attempted to get on interstate 95. The car began to have severe hesitation issues when I gassed it, and I was unable to get the car above ~ 35 mph as cars swerved past me honking because I could not achieve highway speeds. I drove in the breakdown lane with flashers on and got off at the next exit and returned home via local roads with the symptoms still showing (severe hesitation). I brought the car to my local Ford dealer. They diagnosed it as having the fuel sender and pump problem of the recall, but also indicated the cost was no longer covered by Ford because Ford had a ten year limit on replacement ! I would like to point out the dealership refused to change this faulty fuel assembly a year earlier (when it was still covered), yet now acknowledged the issue but required me to pay for repairing the problem, after having subjected my family to several near-accidents on the interstate due to this known severe safety issue. They indicated I could write to Ford hq concerning the issue. I had the work done by the dealership because it had to be done. The problem now no longer occurs. I wrote to Ford's customer relation center on Aug 17, 2010, describing the above situation. I received a letter dated Sept. 1, 2010, indicating that Ford agreed with the dealership's decision, and would not cover the repairs because "limits must be placed on those efforts" to resolve such problems. I am angry they exposed my family to such danger yet refused to allow replacement prior to the issue and refuses to pay.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #81

Aug 152010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 104,360 miles
Normal driving when accelerating or going on ramps onto the hwy. Also it happens when making left turns onto street etc. Car stalls, or the power gets caught off. This problem led to oncoming traffic car hit my car as the car stalled when I was making left hand turn. It occurs often when below 1/3 fuel tank of fuel. Ford had issued extended warranty on the fuel delivery module 10 years only since initial purchase date.

- Mississauga, 00, USA

problem #80

May 112010

Focus

  • 111,512 miles
Everytime I try to merge into traffic my car loses power and sometimes dies. I have tried to keep my gas tank above half a tank bc it seems to run better when it is. But I cant always do that and as soon as it hits around a fourth of a tank it struts to mess up bad.. it feels kinda like a miss. It will start messing up and eventually start losing power. It has jerking movements when I push on the accelerator. I have tried to figure out why it has been doing this.. at first I thought it was the plus so I got those change and the plug wires that didn't help so the next guess was the catalytic converter got that taken off and checked it wasn't that.. I research and research and then discovered this website.

- Van Buren, AR, USA

problem #79

May 162010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 108,200 miles
Driving down the road in a subdivision at about 20 mph, turned, and heard a cracking sound from left front tire. Stopped and got out to look = left front spring coil was broken. I drive a 2000 Ford Focus. Have also had trouble with the ignition system - key not turning in tumbler - and with the fuel pump module. Last contacted recall from Ford dealership was for "wiper motor in 2001."

- Deforest, WI, USA

problem #78

Apr 232010

Focus

  • 93,000 miles
Engine hesitation, loss of power and surging. I lost power and was escorted off the highway by a sheriff deputy.

- Fordyce, AR, USA

problem #77

Mar 182010

Focus

  • miles
I bought the car in 2008 since then the car has stalled out on numerous occassions. I have replaced the wires and plugs twice, had the fuel injectors flushed out and have been without my car for many days having to leave it with the mechanic to try and solve this mystery. It wasn't until last week that we became aware that the fuel system was recalled. I had to replace the entire fuel modular system, pump and filter. So far this has resolved the issue. Needless to say over the past year of having this problem, I have spent close to $2000 in repairs for just this issue. I have also had 2 wheels fall off of the car due to the lower arm control snapping only to find out when I had those replaced that the other 2 would be doing the same thing within a matter of months so of course I had to replace those as well. Next is my brakes to be replaced due to the squealing noise they are making everytime I stop the car. I have put so much money into this car and I think it is absolutely ridiculous that these are not safety recalls. Having the car shut off while on the highway on quite a few occassions and wheels falling off of the car is very dangerous, I'm lucky to be alive and then I have to pay for all of these repairs out of my pocket which is just insult to injury. If there is a way to be reimburst for some of my expensives that I've paid just to feel safe in this car I'd like to know how to go about doing so.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #76

Nov 222009

Focus

  • 43,224 miles
2000 Ford Focus in excellent condition and less than 50,000 miles failed to start due to no fuel pressure with fuel in the vehicle.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #75

Dec 122003

Focus

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle hesitated. The failure occurred intermittently and without warning. The vehicle stalled on two separate occasions. The fuel filter, spark plugs, and wiring were replaced. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three or four separate occasions for identical failures, but they could not duplicate the failure. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline), although the failures were identical. The failure mileage was 60,000 and current mileage was 93,000.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #74

Mar 172009

Focus

  • 145,150 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving between 55-60 mph, the vehicle hesitated and stalled. The contact pulled over and opened the gas cap, which was difficult to open. When the cap was finally opened, there was a popping sound coming from the gas tank. The contact noticed that the temperature in the vehicle was warmer than normal. Ford stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline). The current mileage was 146,000 and failure mileage was 145,150.

- Florence, CO, USA

problem #73

May 162007

Focus

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled and the failure was worsening by the day. The vehicle would completely shut off or surge before shutting off. It would restart immediately 80% of the time and have to be jumpstarted the remaining 20%. the vehicle would stall even when the vehicle was initially started. The failure occurred at all speeds. The contact would only make turns when no other vehicles were around in fear that the failure would recur. The dealer stated that they would not repair the vehicle according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline) and would charge $86 for a diagnostic. The manufacturer was not notified. The current mileage was approximately 101,000 and failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Seffner, FL, USA

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