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7.2

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,909 miles

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #11

May 182009

Focus

  • 65,000 miles

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

Driving down the highway our children rolled down the back power windows and they would not go back up - swerved into other lane trying to contain the situation because of the noise from the traffic has to exit the highway immediately to note that the windows would no longer go up - had to manually push them up to keep them up - although while driving they will go back down - which cause a jump in reflexes. To temporarily fix the problem we have applied duct tape. Also when it rains there is now water accumulating on the passenger floor board and spreads to the back seat floor board - has door seals checked and will replace although this is a real health concern because of rust and mold.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 202003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Water leaks into passenger floor when it rains I have had to dealer twice still not fixed now warranty has run out.

- Hot Springs, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012003

Focus

  • miles
Ford Focus 2001, excessive rocking of the engine, replaced motor mount. When the consumer went to the dealer the third time, new bushings were put on the front of the vehicle. When the consumer applied the brake at a very low speed, the wheel vibrated and the body of the vehicle appeared to stop at a slightly slower speed than the wheel and there was a jerking a reaction. The mechanic believed there was a problem with the rear center motor mount and the lack of an a frame brace, which was causing the problems with the wheels.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #8

Oct 252003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

The first problem that I started to have with my 2001 Ford Focus began less than a year after I bought it. The left rear window went out first, then about a week later the right rear window went out. I think the gears were faultily manufactured. When at a Ford dealership for a recall, I was told I would have to pay about $350 per window to fix the problem, money I do not have because I have to save up to fix another problem with this car. The second problem is concerning the electrical system. Everything in my car powered by electricity flickers on and off. When I try to roll up my remaining windows or turn on the A/C, the radio will go static, the headlights flicker, the ABS light pops on, etc. I have talked to numerous Focus owners who have had similar problems. They have been told by Ford dealers that it is this or that and paid a lot of money to fix the problems, but the problems never went away. I am just waiting for my ignition to go out, that is another common problem I have heard of with this lemon of a car. The Ford focuses need to be recalled, we should all get our money back! how many people is Ford going to rip off and kill before they are finally held accountable" I cannot afford to fix all the problems I am having and will have in the future, especially since my warranty was conveniently up just a month before I started having these problems. I would like to be E-mailed back with some information on what I can do. Can I declare this car a lemon and make them buy it back from me" I have corresponded with Ford via E-mail and it has gotten me nowhere. Please help us!!!

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 152002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
There is just to much paperwork to copy out, but would like to mail copies. I am going to pick up car this afternoon just had second fuel pump fitted and new gas tank. To date no recall info received by post. However I have been drenched with gas on more than one occassion while filling car. I have nearly been killed when car cut out at 55mph on highway narrowly missed by two other motorists. Vehicle has 38,000 miles & has had the following repairs. 1/countless engine sensors 2/four new tyres 3/new front brake pads 4/new front brake rotas 5/new front wheel bearings 6/two fuel pumps 7/one fuel tank 8/waiting for third set of a frame plastic covers 9/three stereo players 10/tracklink reset three times 11/still have realy noisy brakes 12/engine sounds like 10 year old car 13/rear passenger window works when feels like it 14/right hand door speaker sounds as if broken 15/new tires fitted showing signs of odd wear 16/tail gate leakes water 17/ thought Lincoln/Mercury dealer might give better results no just longer wait.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 092003

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
Sun rays were reflected from the top of the dashboard and onto the windshield. Model zxe.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 132003

(reported on)

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles

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

2001 Ford Focus displaying problems with transmission due to several leaks, cruise control, and trunk of vehicle. Water leaked onto the floorboard of the trunk which was only adjusted(problem repeated), the cruise control worked intermittently(new switch was ordered, the drivers side window squeaked and was fixed, the transmission leaked and was replaced but the service dealer was unable to determine the cause, water leaked in the front passenger side (problem repeated) then the R & L cowl grid was replaced to remedy the problem but didn't, coolant leaked from the upper radiator and the hose clamp was replaced, the trunk did not shut properly and the latch was replaced but did not fix the problem, the vehicle was taken in due to the parts being recalled, the real wheel bearings were replaced, the second recalled part was the pinch bolt torque and battery cable routing which was replaced, and the mechanics found that the brakes had worn out in the front and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken in for warranty repairs on 10 separate occasions and six attempt for the leaks, the problem in the front of the vehicle persisted. In addition, the entire transmission had to be replaced because of several leaks, several circuit and switches have broken down on the cruise control. The consumer was also concerned with the gas mileage which had consistently fallen and did not act as the promoted dealers sticker. The consumer requested a full refund for the purchase price.

- Oakland , CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 072002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Front passenger floor fills with water when it rains.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #3

Apr 092003

(reported on)

Focus

  • 1,000 miles
The driver side front tire had blown out. The passenger side tire was found worn on the inside along with an exposed wire. (these two tires were not of the same manufacturer) other problem were as followed: The button on the cassette player had broken, the adjuster button for the side view mirror on the passenger side had popped off, while driving the over drive light flashed and the vehicle jumped in/out of over drive (transmission problem-per mechanic), the battery light came on, there were no fuses in the wires under the passenger seat, trunk lock popped off, A/C button light on the dash came on when the heat was on, the brakes squealed(since purchase), there was a blind spot on the passenger side mirror, and when the headlights were on, the driver was unable to see other vehicle's due to the seats being too high. Mr scc

- Uknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Oct 252001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After washing the car noticed water in the floor board 2 to 3 inches deep, on the passenger side. It came through the firewall. Start home an half an hour later, made a sudden stop and the car went out of control very sparodic and would not stop. Vehicle crossed five lanes of traffic hit the divider concrete wall and bounced off, crossed three lanes spun around crossed the same three lanes and came to a stop on the left shoulder, the computer is located in the fire wall where the water leaked detected.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that there is water leaking from under the dashboard that will flow into the vehicle and get the interior wet and produces mildew. This is the second vehicle that this has happened to the first vehicle was a Ford Focus 2000 coop. Dealer unable to fix problem. Nlm

- Arlington, VA, USA

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