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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,227 miles

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2001 Ford Focus accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Jun 012014


  • 108,900 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the rear passenger door latch failed to latch and remained opened. The door was forced closed by the use of ropes and a seat belt. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rear door latch needed to be replaced. The technician informed the contact of NHTSA campaign number: 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 108,900.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #33

Dec 042009


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. She stated that her door handle came off since the latch was not locking or unlocking all four of the doors. Recall number 05V030000, latches locks linkages, doors latch is related to the failure. The dealer repaired the latches but are not required to repair the handle. The contact wants the dealer to also replace the handle. The Ford manufacturer stated that they would not replace the door handles. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- St Claire, MO, USA

problem #32

Nov 012009


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. She received a recall notice for the rear door handles which were repaired at the manufacturer's expense (see NHTSA campaign id 05V030000). The front passenger door came open due to a defective door handle while the contact was driving. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her to take the vehicle to the dealer where they would further investigate the defect. Repairs to the passenger door were scheduled with the dealer at the owner's expense. She also stated that the engine failed and was replaced per the extended warranty. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 97,000 and the current mileage was 124,000.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #31

Mar 122008


  • miles


2001 Ford Focus electronic door lock failure. Consumer states that the driver side electronic door lock failed, causing the door not to be opened with a key or keyless entry. The dealer stated driver door latch and right rear door lock actuator were frozen, which caused the central security module to short out.

- Worth, IL, USA

problem #30

Dec 272007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,800 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at various speeds, the rear door latch malfunctioned. The rear latch light illuminated to indicate that the door was ajar. The contact also experienced difficulty closing the rear latch. Within the last sixty days, the malfunction occurred approximately twenty times. The vehicle was previously repaired in 2005 for NHTSA campaign id number 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 54,143 and failure mileage was approximately 53,800.

- Tumont, NJ, USA

problem #29

Nov 272007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,250 miles
Brought 2001 Ford Focus in for recall on rear door latch, campaign id: 05V030000. Dealer at enfeild, ct Ford would not honor recall for the rear latch door which had the same failure and failed open while at highway speeds. They claimed the recall only covered the rear passenger doors and not the rear hatch of a wagon.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #28

Aug 152007


  • miles


Passenger and driverside doors on the 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 have quit opening from the outside of the vehicle. Doors have lost the ability to be opened and I was informed by the dealership that the locking mechanisms we "frozen". to this date I have not been able to get the doors fixed must leave window down to reach to the inside to open the doors in that fashion.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #27

Sep 122006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 135,000 miles
: the contact stated the doors were inoperable from both inside and outside. To get into or out of the vehicle the door must be left ajar. The dealership determined the door latches must be replaced.

- Lima, NY, USA

problem #26

Jun 202006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,240 miles
Door handles on both front door failed and do not open the car doors. Failed within 2 weeks of each other.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #25

Feb 092005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Every single door on my 2001 Focus has given me problems. There is only one door on my car that is currently operating correctly, which probably won't last long. My two front doors do not open from the outside. My rear passenger door does not close. I have also had problems with the rear drivers side door not closing. On several occasions I have not been able to open the drivers door from the inside. Ford has made a terrible product and I imagine many people are out of a lot of money due to Ford's carelessness. I will never buy another Ford as long as I am driving and I will encourage others to do the same. I consider the Ford company to be careless business people. Their first concerns should be safety and quality. If my son were to ever get hurt because of their lack of concern, it would become an extreme issue. I would like Ford to either fix the problem with my car or buy it back because I simply do not want it.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #24

Jan 162006


  • 130,841 miles


The passenger side rear door of the consumer 2001 Focus opened while driving. This is the third door the consumer has experienced problems with. The first door was replaced under recall. The second door (driver's door) had a similar problem with the latch and handle. The consumer paid for that repair. The consumer called the manufacturer to request that they pay for a new latch for the rear door but the refused.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #23

Jun 212005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Contact states: The dealer first said it was their responsibility to fix the latch, and then reversed the decision. The dealer did offer to provide a rental car, but he refused.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #22

May 312005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Driver's side electrical door lock failed in the locked position and could not open the door. Consumer had to open manually. If one needed to exit the car in an emergency fashion he would have to crawl over something to get to another door. The other doors did work. The owner has already notified the dealer and the manufacturer. The latch had been replaced. They were prior problems with the lock. The door locked the wife inside, and she had to crawl over the seat to get out of the passenger door.

- Fruitport, MI, USA

problem #21

Mar 032005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When opening the trunk the latch will not lock the trunk. The light on the dash stays on all of the time, and I consumer to go out and play with the trunk to get it to close.

- Imperial, PA, USA

problem #20

Mar 282005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Company name is prime health medical, Inc./ vialine coleman. Got recall letter on May 6, 2005 on part she has already fixed, and was denied reimbursement because she did not take it to a dealer, the part failed before she received recall letter. Called dealer, and was told they had on parts. Paid $148.58 for rear door latch that was in the recall. Was told recall part was not available until middle of May 2005, and needed to replace parts as soon as possible because of business and safety reasons.

- Atco, NJ, USA

problem #19

Mar 282005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The right side doors failed to open or close on its own. Driver tried to open the door while existing and was not able to do so. But was able to exit on the driver's side door. Driver took vehicle vehicle to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the door mechanism needed to be replaced.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #18

Feb 222005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The consumer is experiencing a problem with the rear door latch. It will not close or latch safely. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was given an estimate of the repair. The vehicle is no longer under warranty. Provide further details.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #17

Jan 272005


  • 22,000 miles
Complaint received via E-mail. Rear passenger latch on my wife's car broke after opening the door, only 15 times. I am good with my cars, and some elbow grease corrected the problem. However the front and rear driver's side latch broke. The problem seemed to be that the spring that dropped the tumbler down onto the latch pin fixed to the cars body did not engage when the door was shut as it normally should.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #16

Jan 182005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
I bought my Focus brand new in 2001. After about a year I noticed the two back doors were difficult to open and close. There was minimal use of the back doors until about one year ago. I began to use them frequently noticing the interior light remaining on while driving and the doors slightly open. On a couple occasions, a door would swing open while driving. I was able to open them when they were locked B/C they never were shut completely. I went to the dealership to have them look at them and they said if was $300 a door to have the latches replaced. I bungeed the doors shut and refuse to fork over the money to replace the latches. I have put so much money into this car since the warranty has been up and feel that Ford should recall this item so I can drive safely in their Focus.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 122005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles
So many problems don't know where to start, ok lets talk about the doors. We bought the car new in 2001 and almost immediately started experiencing difficulties. The trunk wouldn't latch and the door light would be on or it would latch but wouldn't come open we complained to the dealer they would "adjust"it. However, the problem would be back in a day or two, and it was getting worse. The doors started to jam, and fly open while moving. Took it to the dealer and they told us to call Ford company complaint line and they said it was a mileage problem, and they explicitly said they would not help. We have called the dealer and the Ford Motor Co. Many times and they are no longer helping, even though the mechanic at the dealer said the doors had internal damage. Please understand this has been an on-going problem and the last time our 9 yr.old would have fallen out of the car had he not been wearing his seatbelt. Oh, yes then there is the seatbelts, brake lines, door knobs, brake rotors, fuel pump, wheel bearings the list goes on we have a lemon please contact us to help.

- Belle Center , OH, USA

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