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6.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Focus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 292005

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles

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

2001 Ford Focus wore through an air conditioning hose. ** answer required*** the consumer stated the air conditioning hose was designed poorly. It hangs down between the front tires and if the tires come up against a curb, it smashes the hose into the alternator pulley. Not only that, if the hose breaks, it leaks oil and then a belt has to be replaced.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #5

Jul 302003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr tends to stall out after using the air conditioner. The stalling behaviour starts after the A/C has been on for a while and continues after the A/C is turned off. The engine sputters and will stall while driving at highway speeds.

- Decatur, MS, USA

problem #4

Sep 212002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The vehicle has been serviced for the air conditioning twice. Nothing can be found that is causing the problems or the leaks. The consumer states that the freon leaks for no reason. There was smoke coming from the dash inside of the vehicle. (the consumer guessed that it was freon escaping from the air conditioner, since there was no smoke coming from under the hood.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 282001

Focus

  • miles

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

A/C tends to have smoke and very bad smell coming from vents, brakes constantly squeal and grind, vehicle doesn't always want to start, no pickup or stalling when stopped at lights, etc. Engine makes loud grinding noices, engine also makes loud reving noises like it can't get into gear. Front passanger seatbelt tightens and locks for no reason. Ford manufactor notified via certified letter twice, no contact to date. Waldorf Ford refuses to fix saying, "if we can't find the problem, we can't fix it." Both refuse to fix anymore. In last year in shop 10 times, for over 45 days, and no resolution.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 282001

Focus

  • miles
A/C tends to have smoke and very bad smell coming from vents, brakes constantly squeal and grind, vehicle doesn't always want to start, no pickup or stalling when stopped at lights, etc. Engine makes loud grinding noices, engine also makes loud reving noises like it can't get into gear. Front passanger seatbelt tightens and locks for no reason. Ford manufactor notified via certified letter twice, no contact to date. Waldorf Ford refuses to fix saying, "if we can't find the problem, we can't fix it." Both refuse to fix anymore. In last year in shop 10 times, for over 45 days, and no resolution.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 302001

Focus

  • miles
Purchased 4-30-2001. Upon driving vehicle home, noticed oil/gasoline burning odor from air conditioning vents and loud thump and groaning noises from front suspension/brake areas.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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