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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 2
Average Mileage:
35,320 miles

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2000 Ford Focus suspension problems

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2000 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Sep 182007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,250 miles

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

The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. The ABS light illuminated when the vehicle was started. While driving, the contact heard a sound, which resembled scraping metal. The dealer stated that the wheel bearing failed and they repaired the failure. The powertrain, speed, and dealer information were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 96,250.

- Atlanta , GA, USA

problem #61

Apr 132007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving 25 mph the vehicle began making a clunking noise, vibrating, and the right wheel began to make a grinding noise. The dealer stated that the wheel bearing separated from the hub. The vehicle was repaired. On November 2001 repairs related to recall#00V303000 was performed on the left wheel of the vehicle. The failure mileage was 94000, and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Sharon Hill, PA, USA

problem #60

Apr 102007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Ford Focus. While driving 40 mph the rear driver's side tire began to wobble and produced noises. The contact smelled something burning and pulled the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the mechanic shop. The mechanic determined that the wheel bearing detached from the wheel. The dealer was contacted. The contact searched online and entered the VIN. The system stated that the VIN was included in recall # 00V303000. The current and failure mileage were 100,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #59

Jul 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

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

: the contact stated there was a whizzing noise heard when the vehicle was driven 5 mph and faster and when the vehicle was turned to either direction. The noise increased over time. The service dealer inspected the vehicle, and determined the problem was the wheel bearings in both front wheels. The manufacturer was notified after the contact received tsb # 630347 (01B85) about the suspension: Front: Wheel bearing.

- Lithonia, GA, USA

problem #58

Oct 252000

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 275 miles
The consumer stated there were multiple problems with the vehicle. The brakes make noises and pulsated when the pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer where the brake light switch and ignition cylinder switches were replaced. The dealer also turned the drums, replaced the brake pads and resurfaced the front rotors. There was a vibration in the front end when braking. The lower ball joint, right wheel bearings, right front sway bar link, bone socket, steering rack column and tie rod ends were replaced in an attempt to remedy the problem. The tail light covers retained moisture and condensation built up. The dealer replaced the tail light covers and fuses that were blown due to the moisture. Lastly, the contact noticed the rear seat was loose and upon inspection the dealer discovered an anchor and hinge problem. The back hinge and pillar were replaced.

- Windsor , VT, USA

problem #57

Dec 302005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
My 2000 Ford Focus began making a very loud rumbling noise along with a grinding noise while driving down the road. I took it into my mechanic and he said that both rear wheel bearings were totally shot and the rear wheels of the car were about to fall off. I called Ford customer care and they said that since the car was out of warranty there was nothing they were willing to do. This was in spite of the fact that the car had been previously recalled for this problem. I feel that this is a serious and life threatening safety defect.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #56

Dec 112005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

: the contact stated while driving at 70 to 75 mph the vehicle started to sway. When he checked the vehicle to see what was wrong he found the rear wheel was loose. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. They said the rear wheel bearing and wheel shaft wore out and needed to be replaced. There was NHTSA recall campaign 00V303000 in 2003 concerning the rear wheel bearing, and the remedy repairs were performed. The manufacturer was contacted, and the vehicle has been repaired.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #55

Oct 232005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Mine is a Ford Focus 2000 SE. The rear wheel bearing on the left side has gone bad and needs to be replaced on my vehicle. It is causing a loud rumbling noise at speeds higher than 20 mile/hr and wobble at speeds higher than 50 mile/hr. Apparently this is a common problem and can lead to the wheel coming off during motion. It seems like there was a service campaign by the Ford company (NHTSA campaign id 01I017000) to address this issue. I also noted NHTSA action number PE 02016 for this same problem. I contacted the company to be told that my particular vehicle (according to the VIN number) was not supposed to be having this problem and thus not part of any service campaign or recall. It is very unfortunate that the company does not take responsibility of a common safety problem with their vehicle, just because in their assessment it is not their fault. I was wondering if I can take advantage of the above mentioned service campaign or the nhsta action number.

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #54

Mar 032005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,101 miles
Wheel bearings in my 2000 Ford Focus have been replaced 8 times already. All parts have been Ford factory parts. Recall from 2000 on the wheel bearings had been performed in 2001 but problem has persisted. Ford Motor Co. Has been contacted repeatedly in regards to this but no action has been taken. Dealership has also been contacted but the keep referring back to Ford. Copies of all repair bills is available. It appears that wheel bearing #9 is about to go also. Breakdown as follows: Right rear 3 times left rear 2 times right front 2 times left front 1 time in addition, rear drums have been replaced 3 times already (on the average of every 18-20 months). Most recent replacement of wheel bearing on 3/4/05 can you please help!

- Bethel, VT, USA

problem #53

Aug 092005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
The right front wheel bearing gave out. This is a known problem and one of the top 3 problems that people have been asking for a recall on this vehicle along with the ignition lock breaking. The rear wheel bearing was recalled, but Ford won't recall the front. I have never had, nor ever known anyone who ever had a wheel bearing give out on a car, and certainly not one only 5 years old.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #52

Aug 052005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles

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

2000, Ford, Focus. Contact states the wheel bearing was howling. The vehicle only had 47,000 miles on it. Heard this noise for one month. He thought it was the tires, but it was not the tires. Took vehicle to an an independent shop, and they told him it was the rear wheel bearings, and showed him a service bulletin regarding the rear wheel bearings which did did not apply to this vehicle.

- Jacskonville, FL, USA

problem #51

May 012005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
I have had the inside front wheel bearing replaced at 50000 miles. I am at 61000 now and the soem thng needs to be done again. I think the same problem that was recalled on the rear wheel bearings is affecting the front wheel bearings. The seal corrodes and and the bearings go bad. I have also had both outside wheel bearings replaced at 50000 miles. I have had them done outside of Ford at my own mechanic due to price. The inside whell bearing was a Ford part and was difficult to come by, my mechanic need my VIN number to get the part. I have not had anything dangerous occur because of this but it makes a really loud humming sound while in motion.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #50

Sep 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
From what I can understand about recalls on Ford Focus models, there has been a recall on the issues of wheel bearings. The last time I visited a Ford dealership for service this recall was not mentioned as needing to be done or as taken care of on the service ticket, so I assumed that the problem was taken care of. However, on a visit to my local mechanic, he told me that I would need new wheel bearings in the near future. So from this I can only assume that the problem was taken care of once and now has to be taken care of again. And this is on a vehicle with only 73,000 miles. The vehicle is 2000 Focus ZX3 5 speed. Also the vehicle was bought used in Dec. 2003 with 49,000 miles on the odom. Thank you for your time.

- Towson , MD, USA

problem #49

Feb 032005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
In 2000 I brought my Ford Focus 2000 in for a recall on the left rear wheel bearing. The dealer supposedly fixed the problem. In 2001, my right rear wheel almost completely separated from my vehicle, and the car fishtailed when driven. I brought the car into a Ford dealer who diagnosed the problem as a bad bearing in the right rear wheel. They replaced the bearing, ABS sensor, and spindle under warranty. On Feb 3, 2005, my ABS light came on, followed by loud metallic popping and grinding noises when braking or accelerating. The car did not seem safe to drive, so I immediately brought the car into the nearest Ford dealer. The problem was again diagnosed as a faulty bearing in the left rear wheel, the very same that was replaced in 2000. This caused the ABS sensor to go bad and notched large chunks of metal out of the spindle, and potentially could have caused failure of the breaks or complete separation of the wheel from the vehicle. The dealer claimed there was nothing wrong with the design or the bearings being put in, and it was just coincidence that I had to bring it in 3 times for problems with 3 identical bearings. They obviously have not solved the problem identified in the 2000 recall, but have gotten around it with 12 month warranty periods, forcing customers to replace the bearings spending over $650 a pop every year or so.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #48

Jan 182005

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Vehicle is losing its front bearings. There is a noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer, who confirmed this defect. Vehicle is no longer under warranty, and dealership is asking for $700 to do repairs.

- Mercer Island, WA, USA

problem #47

Jan 012005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
Rear wheel bearings failed, resulting in rear whell wobble.. this failure mad eit hard to control vehicle. Owner notified manufacturer.

- Sumner, WA, USA

problem #46

Dec 082004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Fatality vehicle fire, Dec. 8 2004. My husband is the original owner of a 2000 Ford Focus, subject to numerous service visits to bill brown Ford, livonia mi for: Ignition, steering column, wheel bearing, brake, rear window control, seat belt &trunk latches, overhead light and engine light. The vacuum line & fuel pump & valve assembly were replaced 2/03, followed by stalling. In 6/03, A/C compressor & manifold line replaced. Fuel line & pump failure in 8/03, resulted in gasoline spill on residential street minutes after parking. Bogging followed repairs, PCM reprogrammed & leaking pvc tube replaced 1/04. Fuel pump again replaced. In 8/04, our 24 year old son took ownership of this problematic car. We are uncertain as to whether vehicle malfunction caused a 35 mph collision with a fire hydrant. An immediate engine explosion and fuel fed fire trapped my son and his passenger. Described by police as a relatively minor crash which would not be expected to claim lives, the subsequent unexplained engine fire claimed two young lives. A malfunctioning driver's airbag was also detected. This incident was originally reported to NHTSA by my husband (#10104088). I am supplying these additional facts for your clarification. Please correct your posting of "0" injuries as there were 2 fatalities. Please take effective action to save lives, as these trouble plagued vehicles seem to become more lethal as they age. Confirmation of receipt of this information is requested.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #45

Dec 102004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Ford extended their warranty on rear wheel bearings on the 2000 Ford Focus, beacuse of problems and safety issues which could lead to ball joiont separation with loss of steering control. My vehicle is now experiencing rear wheel bearing problems, but Ford refuses to have the problem fixed at their expense, because the extended warranty period has expired.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #44

Sep 072004

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 475,000 miles
Vehicle makes a loud noise when driving. The left driver side tire is wore out. Consumer found a recall on lugs an bolts. Dealer stated wheel bearings wore outprematurely.

- Radcliff, KY, USA

problem #43

Sep 212004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed consumer heard a loud noise like air plane. Vehicle was taken to the dealership, and mechanic determined wheel bearing needed to be replaced. Consumer indicated she was still waiting for dealership to replace the wheel bearing.

- Herndon, PA, USA

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