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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,795 miles

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2001 Ford Focus electrical problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #49

Oct 252004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,200 miles


The ignition swith lock has seized. This makes it impossible to turn the ignition to start the car.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #48

Oct 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition switch locked up and I cannot start the car because the key wont turn this is the second time it has done this I was lucky the first time it came loose and allowed the car to start

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #47

Oct 182004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
2001 Ford Focus ignition lock cylinder will not turn. This has happened numerous times. It failed last year, and left my wife stranded. It then worked perfectly. About a year later, it failed again. I now have to beat the key into the cylinder to get it to start.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #46

Jul 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles


The ignition locked and the key became stuck, sometimes the ignition would not turn over at all.. the turn signals will not turn off.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #45

Oct 072004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While placing the key inside the ignition switch vehicle failed to start. When the key was removed from the ignition switch a loud noise was heard coming from the ignition. Consumer contacted a lock smith, and also will contact the dealer in the morning.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #44

Sep 142004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,089 miles
When attempting to brake, the consumer down shifted and the safety ignition switch malfunctioned and was caught under the clutch, causing the relay to slow down. The consumer pulled the emergency brake to stop the lurching, but it was too late and the consumer scraped another vehicle in a parking lot.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #43

Jan 012001


  • 696 miles


While driving and upon stepping on the brakes front wheels moved back three to four inches. The bushings were too small. Upon turning the steering wheel left one could see the front wheels moving back. Consumer stated vehicle had been to the dealer fifteen times. Dealer put replacement parts five times. Tires had to be changed between ten to thirteen thousand miles, and tires were under warranty for 30000 miles. Also, ignition switch had been changed twice, but problem recurred.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #42

Sep 142004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2001 Ford Focus - steering wheel locked & key won't turn.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #41

Sep 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Ignition switch a result, key was unable to turn the switch in order to start the vehicle.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #40

Aug 292004


  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Ignition key inter lock failed. As a result, consumer was unable to start the vehicle.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #39

Aug 282004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 48,000 miles


My 2001 Ford Focus ZX3's ignition switch failed. When you put the key into the ignition cylinder, it doesn't turn. I tried the usual things like jiggling the key while moving the steering wheel, and I tried a spare key.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #38

Sep 012004


  • 39,000 miles
Consumer was unable to turn the key in the ignition switch. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #37

Jul 072004


  • miles
I have driven my car for 3 years and about 45,000 miles. I attempted to start the car after having no issues, and the key would not turn in the ignition. After reviewing problems I have found this to be a common problem with the Focus. Currently the car is not corrected. I have to replace the ignition cylinder which will cost me between 285 and 350 dollars. This part is not able to be replaced by a unsed part.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #36

Sep 242003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,796 miles
Upon starting vehicle steering column locked up. Vehicle was towed the dealership, who replaced the ignition switch. This failure recurred twice, and the ignition switch was replaced twice.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

problem #35

Jun 282004


  • miles
Consumer looked at the internet and saw that there were recalls on the Ford Focus ignition key switch. His vehicle had one of those defective switches. The switch would not accept the key, so he had it repaired. Dealer claimed he had to reassemble the lock, and that cost him $286.

- Orange City, FL, USA

problem #34

Jun 042004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Key will not turn in ignition, steering wheel locked, brake petal locked, gear shift locked. Car out of warrenty. Ford emergency road service won't help because of expired warrenty. Called nearest Ford dealershop (tom holzer), gave me the phone number of their "towing" person, tried 12 times, got voice mail, no call was ever returned. (I was "stuck" in a bank parking lot.. and they were ready to close) the bank personel were kind enough to let me use their phone and provided a phone book, besides every male in the building individually tried anything they could think of to get my car to start... with no luck. After calling @ 6 lock smiths with 24 hour emergency road servie, I finally found one that knew exactly what I was talking about... he informed me that he gets a call on the same problem approx. Once a week on Ford Focus's. even he can't understand why there hasn't been a "recall" on this defective part"? he also told me what the dealership would have charged me to replace it... @$550!! fortunately for me there are still honest and kind people around, Ford did "nothing" to help me!! I can't imagine I'm the "only" person that has complained about this problem, why hasn't anything been done about it" when this happens, you're definately stranded!!

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #33

Jun 072004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
2001 Ford Focus ignition locks. Unable to start vehicle.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #32

May 242004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Upon starting the vehicle, the keys failed to turn in the ignition. The vehicle was towed to the dealership, who indicated that the ignition switch locked up. The dealership will have to drill the ignition switch out, to replace it. This was a widespread problem that Ford will not respond to.

- Moundsville, WV, USA

problem #31

May 042004


  • miles
Ignition cylinder is locked. Key wont turn it, but the key will unlock the door. Have heard of this happening oftent other people as well.

- Hillsboro , OR, USA

problem #30

Apr 142001


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,977 miles
I just bought a used 2001 Ford Focus and had to pay to replace the ignition cylinder. The car only has 40,000 miles and I think that a part this expensive should last longer. I searched for other people with the same problem and found many frustrated Focus owners who are having the same problem. I think this part should have a longer warranty.

- Fontana, CA, USA

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