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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 232006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Brake line failure, bracket fell off and wore brake line in two no warning. Brakes failed on freeway at 70 mph. No previous indication of problem, total brake loss. 2001 Ford Focus 120000 miles. I could have been killed or killed someone else due to this failure.

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 152005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
My wife called me at work and said she had no brakes and ran through a stop sign. She was able to go to my job. After looking for the problem, I noticed that the driver's side front wheel well had been rubbing on the front brake line. It had worn itself into the wheel well about a 1/4 inch. It finally cracked the brake line, causing fluid and loss of pressure. I am in the process of ordering a new brake line to install, and have a very hard time finding this part.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 122002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
While at a stop with foot on the brake, consumer stated that brake pedal suddenly went to the floor and the consumers vehicle hit another vehicle. Upon inspection the consumer noticed that brake fluid was all over the ground.

- E. Orange, NJ, USA

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