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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,703 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 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jul 012012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 163,000 miles


Driving on 4 lane highway, car sputters and stalls as if out of gas. Coasted off road, and after a few minutes car started and ran fine. Car has been doing this every few weeks. Changed coil, plugs, plug wires, oxygen sensor, fuel filter, cat converter and still stalls. This car is dangerous when it stalls in fast traffic. We only drive it now during daylight and short trips because it is not dependable.

- Ford City, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 092012


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle overheated without any warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000 and the current mileage was 93,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

May 022012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
My last oil change I was inform the front subframe is badly rusted, to the point the mechanic could push a screw driver through it in spots. He informed me that driving it was a major safety risk, as the frame could fail, causing an accident. He said Ford has not issued a recall. They must be waiting for a higher body count when the front end of the car fails while going down the interstate.

- Sheridan, IN, USA

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