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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
49,532 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2001 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012009

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


I don't smoke so I only noticed it when I tried using it to plug the mp3 player into it.

- , Laramie, WY, USA

problem #3

Apr 012009

Focus ZX3 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

The Cigarette lighter doesnt work anymore, and right before it died, when you tried to use the lighter it just popped out when done.

Too much of a pita to pay to have it fixed - but also a pain when my phone charger doesnt work, and this car doesnt have the second port like some of the other cars.

- , Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 152001

Focus LX 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130 miles

When using the cig lighter, once it got hot, it would just literally shoot out of te slot and on to whatever and try to burn something!

- , Medford, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 302006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

I admit I am a cigarette smoker and it is a fairly convenient thing to have a lighter in your car instead of having to reach for one from your purse or pocket. One day I popped the lighter in to warm up, and it never popped out. It won't work to charge a cell phone nothing. I it is completely dead! Ive been told it'll cost about $300 to replace and find the problem! Talk about ridiculous! I HATE THIS CAR!

- , Albuquerque, NM, USA

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