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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,983 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 242015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 204,500 miles


As I was coming from dr's appt. With daughter and mom a roaring sound started in the rear. It kept getting louder and louder, car's rear would sway to the right side a little. But as I was driving down the street trying to at least get us all home safe. The rear driver side wheel came off and just rolled down the street about a half-A-block. A man came out noticing the tire roll pass him, helped me retrieve it and get it back to my car. Looked at the wheel and car axle I guess that's what you call it, and told me my wheel bearings were gone.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Nov 102014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Brakes replaced at 48,763 miles we are now at 77,000. For the last 2-3,000 miles if feels like air in the line when you step on the brake peddle it does not immediately engage, there is a gap before the brakes engage & the gap is growing a potential safety issue. There is no noise associated with the brake actions.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 282014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 10,900 miles
Was driving my car at 55 mph at 11:20 pm on way home from work car made jerk lost all power no brakes no steering black smoke coming through vents to inside of car and flames coming from under hood car fully engulfed in flames blew up.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

Mar 262014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Bought vehicle 2nd hand, cash, everything worked fine. Now, I have no brake lights, & my door locks no longer work on the remote, or the "all lock/unlock" button, & now my trunk latch is not working correctly. The door locks are self locking (meaning that they lock at any given time whenever they please.) the brake switch has been replaced, all bulbs have been checked & replaced, fuses keep getting blown. Cannot locate fuse for the door locks. Ford has a campaign for the year 2000 for a door latch issue, campaign #05S27 NHTSA id# 05V-030. Also, campaign #05S50 NHTSA id #00V-411 for a tail lamp issue. There are no recalls on this yet after doing weeks of research I am finding that it is an issue with the Ford Focus from 2000 to current. After calling several dealers, none of them would tell me anything, & that "they didn't recall any problems before from anyone else". how is it that I can find this issue on the internet but the dealers "never heard of it"" why is there no change in the indicated issue of the wiring harness to the rear tail light assembly? wouldn't this be a hazard" I didn't know they weren't working until I got pulled over by law enforcement. So, this issue happens while the vehicle is being driven!!! therefore, a diligent owner who checks their lights regularly will not know it happens until (a) said person gets hit from behind, or (B) gets pulled over by law enforcement. Here are a few links for your reference: Link: link:"S=2146E9390be4cc339ae4F6438baf3812&T=104972. Link: Link: Link: Link:"T=206427

- Attica, NY, USA

problem #2

May 032013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
Before I finalized the purchase of the car, it was examined thoroughly by a mechanic. The 2001 Ford Focus' title was transferred to me a week and a half prior to the accident. On the day of the crash, it was a misty day and there was a fair amount of traffic. I slowed down when I saw an accident on the side of the road. While in the process of coming to a stop, the brakes failed and I crashed into the car in front of me that had come to a sudden stop. There would have been enough space for me to stop safely, but I slid. The airbags deployed when the collision occurred, which smashed the windshield. Shortly afterward, the person from whom I purchased the vehicle had mentioned she hadn't liked the performance of the brakes, even when the car was new.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 262013

Focus 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
I was driving to work and I turned on my cruise control, I had to barely brake for a caution when a car was coming in my lane, once I went around them...I left the cruise control off....but the car sped up on its own...approximately 65-70 miles an hour. My brakes were working just fine. I called my dad to see what he wanted me to do....I drove on to work (approx 20 more miles) and didn't have my foot on the gas pedal the whole time....the cruise was off...the pedal was stuck and the car continued going 60 miles per hour....once I came to my exit, I took it out of 5th gear (manual transmission) and the car revved up horribly...I pulled into work and shut it off. Restarted it and it was doing the same thing. These cars need recalled!!!!

- Jackson, OH, USA

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