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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,625 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 #4

Feb 062005


  • miles


2001 Ford Focus requires complete brake replacement (including rotors) every 20,000 miles.

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 102004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Ford Focus rear brakes squeals loud noise. Sound likes metal to metal, I replaces brakes pad had the creep and groan removed, lube job and etc. Ford brake shoes cost over $130, not affordable for customers. Squealing about to drive me crazy. Need a recall, my friends own 2001 - 2003 Focus's same problem. Something need to be done about the front and rear brake squealing and wearingr of pads and etc. Fast.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 222004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,500 miles
2001 Ford Focus 34500miles; automatic transmission unexpectedly drops out of gear at highway sppeds and under load. Also brakes and rotor shot at 345oo miles. Ford claims this is normal. Cannot believe it.

- Salem, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 152001


  • miles
Purchased car in December 2000 within days brakes squealing and grinding..called dealer said to let wear in..problem persisted..engine light came on..took car to nearest D January 2001..brakes shoes back and pads on front replaced. Oxygen sensor, and parking brake replaced..brakes still had problem engine light still on..took to dealership where purchased..kept 12 days..brakes adjusted and computor and ignition were replaced..light off..brakes still trouble..took back numerous times..for 16,000 told brakes need to be replaced in front and tires where all worn away on inside of tire..bald!!..manufactor and dealer would not pay for..replaced all four tires, alignment, and new brakes put on front still not right with brakes..shaking violently of car while braking at any speed. Or going downhill.took back to dealership rotors were no good as well as front brakes. They replaced..inner tires already wearing out...brakes still giving noise and grinding..took back within month..they said fine..took back again when oil changed..brakes where said to be fine..brakes noisy and grinding as usual..3 weeks later brakes failed..had car towed to dealership....they state needs new brakes on front and backshoes cracked and need new rotors...they keep saying its the way we drive way..never had this much problem with any brakes in any car we have is very unsafe and made with inferior products.. (tiresize: 15)

- Middletown, CA, USA

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