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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
122,182 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace the reinforcer (1 reports)
2001 Ford Focus accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 152013

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,421 miles


First the driver's side rear door locked and won't open, from inside or out about a year ago, and now the passenger side rear door has locked and won't unlock or open from inside or out! The driver's side front door does open but you have to pull the door handle at least twice before it will open. The only door that opens properly is the front passenger door! Considering we are a family of three this means that someone always has to climb over the front seat to get into the back which I'm thinking isn't safe if we were ever to get in an accident! The person in the back can't get out!! This car is a piece of sh*t and if Ford doesn't start taking some responsibility they should be extremely ashamed!!! I have actually written them a complaint and the answer I was given was basically "I'm sorry" Can you believe it? Well, if all my doors lock and I can't get into my car I am going to tow it to the nearest Ford dealership and spray paint a big yellow lemon on it and they can have their f---ing piece of crap back! I'm the sorry one for buying Ford junk. You know the old saying: Found On Road Dead!

- , Sintaluta, Saskatchewan, canada

problem #3

Sep 012010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 183,305 miles

First the front driver door would not close. had to hold it shut as I drove it to the be WD40'd?? Yea coulda done that at home on my own? 2nd a yr later the rear pass door would fly open...Made my 4 yr old son a little nervous...was part of recall - had replaced the latch. then fine until last year the passenger side door, outside handle stopped working out of the blue for no reason? Then the rear window somehow detached and does not stay up without a wedge now just the other day the driver side door is not opening from the outside like the passenger. The doors are just a pain in the arse!

- , Brampton, Ontario, canada

problem #2

Sep 122007

(reported on)

Focus ZTS 2.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

you have to replace the reinforcer as Ford calls it, basically the actual assembly that the door handle and the door lock attaches to. It is a real pain in the ass to do this it took me three hours to completely solve this problem; the dealer will have to order this part and should be there the next day in Georgia at least. The design of the entire system is bullshit, all that is probably wrong is that there is a small piece of metal that looks link zinc in the door. God forbid that cars would actually have metal in it. Anyway you need beer to do this job and take your time because you will find yourself repeating yourself a lot because you find that there is only one way to do this, and here is a hint - attach the little yellow clip at the top of the rod and make sure you hollow out the clip where the piece of metal fits in. You only need to do this a little.

- , Griffin, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152006

(reported on)

Focus ZX3

  • 84,000 miles

This is absolutely embarassing. Both of my car doors will not open with the handle. I have to leave a window cracked so I can reach in and open the door from the inside. This is a pain in the ass when it rains, because I either have to throw plastic over the window or roll it up and get in through the rear hatch. I have yet to fix it cause it is $310 and I am wondering if I should just get rid of it and not spend any more on it!

- , Cleveland, TN, USA

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