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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,000 miles

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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 accessories - exterior problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 132007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles


- the contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3. The contact purchased the vehicle, and two weeks later the heat stopped working. The contact stated that she took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs, and they did an incomplete repair job. The dealer got the heat to work but it only worked when the contact turned the heat on high. The contact stated that on a really bad snow day she smelled rubber burning and turned the heat off and opened the window. She had to shut the window and turn the heat back on, and when she did fumes began to gather in the vehicle, and the entire vehicl was filled with smoke. The contact continued to drive home when the car shut down entirely. Ford and Toyota gave her the run around concerning replacing the vehicle and a trade in. The contact was instructed to continue using the vehicle while a trade in was being negotiated. When the contact went to sign negotiation papers she was declined. The consumer stated after picking up the vehicle, all the lights illuminated, the consumer was told it was fixed. The salesman test drove the vehicle and it cut off in the middle of the steet. Updated 03/30/07.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 292001


  • miles
Dripping from pass. Side heat vent during A/C use or rain, severe rattling from transmission during acceleration or at idle with clutch out, when clutch is pressed the noise goes away, front end out of alignment, pulls to the right.

- Marysville, OH, USA

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