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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,149 miles

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2001 Ford Focus engine problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #34

Jun 132002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle intermittently stalls while slowing for a stop resulting in the vehicle loosing all power, the vehicle will restart but will continue to stall, Ford was contacted and replaced fuel pump, but problem still exists.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #33

May 012002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The vehicle stalled out when driving at high speeds. The vehicle has stalled out several times, most often when coming off of a right turn ramp.

- Bricktown, NJ, USA

problem #32

May 182002

Focus

  • miles
At 75 mph engine light come on, and then vehicle started to stall. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Nothwood, OH, USA

problem #31

Jun 072002

Focus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle will either stall or come close, fluctuating between 700rpm and 230rpm. Has happened in this manner since purchase and have had it to dealer on four separate occasions, they could not duplicate the concern or fix it. My vehicle is equipped with a manual trans and installing aftermarket intake and PCM programing have had no effect on my concern. I am a member of an organization called focaljet and have heard concern from approximately 80-90 percent of owners with the same issue most were equiped with manuals but not all.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #30

Oct 102001

Focus

  • miles
Car stalled while on highway on 2 different occasions. Also was getting poor gas mileage. Brought in for service problem solved after second service.

- Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

problem #29

Jun 092002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The problem is that the car always shakes when its in park or at a stop light and it stalled 2 time. Have taken it to dealer numerous times and still cant find the problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 152002

Focus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car has stalled out on three separate occasions for no apparent reason. Dealer(s) could not identify problem. Car still sputters frequently. May or may not be related to problem experienced with transmission over memorial day weekend when "check transmission" light came on; that was fixed by dealer. Last incident was Friday, June 7, 2002 when car stalled out.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #27

Jun 052002

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle first started to "chug" for several days of driving and finally stopped while driving at 65 mph about a week later.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #26

Aug 152001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls at various speeds, taken to dealer 3 times. Dealer cannot find cause.

- Bell Center, OH, USA

problem #25

Feb 012002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has stalled twice at 65 mph. Dealer has replaced computer chip and fuel pump. Both times cruise was on, but not set.

- Lorranie, OH, USA

problem #24

Oct 152001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle stalled 4 times, always when slowing down to come to a stop. Dealer cannot find cause.

- Spring Lake Park, MN, USA

problem #23

Jun 022002

Focus

  • miles
While driving 35-40 mph vehicle completely shutsdown without warning, cause unknown. Dealer cannot identify cause.

- Ovido, FL, USA

problem #22

May 292002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway, vehicle just stalled out without any warning. The vehicle stalled as if it had run out of gasoline with an almost full tank. After letting the engine sit for a few minutes, the vehicle would restart.this has occurred several times within a few days and at various speeds from 15 to 65 mph, causing loss of control of vehicle.

- Belle Ville, IL, USA

problem #21

Apr 242001

Focus

  • miles
My vehicle has just been turned into our dealership this morning, for the same repeated problem of engine check light coming on while driving vehicle. This is our 5th visit, and we are on our 4th egr valve. Same complaint, the car drives sluggishly, shutters and about 2 months ago shut off while driving. This happened while my 14 year old daughter were driving the vehicle traveling through a major intersection at night. We were in the process of a left hand turn, at this particular intersection, 2 lanes of traffic are turning left at the same time. We were on the inside lane, making our turn and the Focus shut off. We were nearly rear ended, and barely avoided a large intersection accident with traffic behind us quickly braking and swerving into the other lane. It was terrifying! we have had the fuel pump replaced, and each time of our complaint, the dealer cannot diagnosis the direct problem. I have read numerous articles regarding other Ford Focus vehicles having similar problems. Just recently have read about the paint chipping off from the inside of the gas tank, causing a blockage, so that fuel cannot flow through into the pump. There is a definite problem. How many other Focus owners are experiencing these same repeated difficulties? I purchased this vehicle for a good reliable car for my 16 year daughter to eventually have, and considering the experiences I have had with shuttering, shut offs..do not want to put her behind the wheel of this car for safety reasons. Our paperwork from the dealership seems to accumulating, with no direct answers.

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #20

May 202002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states when driving if vehicle hits a bump the rear end of vehicle goes from side to side like its loosing traction of the road. Cause is unknown. Jbconsumer further states the vehicle used to give them 300 miles when the fuel tank is full to empty. Now the vehicle gives them 180 miles. The vehicle also has trouble changing gears and has been stalling. The dealer says there is nothing wrong.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #19

May 202002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the steering mechanism is getting looser the more consumer drives, the looser steering wheel gets. Consumer states there is a lot of play in steering and that makes it very hard to steer the vehicle. The vehicle's mileage is decreasing from 300 miles to 200 miles and then to 180 miles for a full tank of fuel. The vehicle also experiences stalling and changing gears has been difficult.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #18

Dec 172001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, insured noticed smoke coming from the floor of the vehicle, and then smoke began coming from under the hood, and eventually the vehicle caught on fire. (claim#11-3852-491)

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #17

Apr 292002

Focus

  • miles
While driving my 2001 Focus wagon on interstate off ramps it starts to stall and hesitate. The rpms drop out with absolutly no power. This has happened numerous times and is really scary. The last time it happened was yesterday while iwas merging from a ramp and my car died out infront of a semi trying to get onto the ramp.I pulled over as far as I could to get out of his way he locked up his brakes. I take this same ramp all the time since its onmy way home from work. This problem starts if I let the gas get below a 1/2 tank. I been to the dealer and they can't find anything wrong. I am bringing it back tomorrow again to have they find the problem. I am at my wits end with this. I told my family about the problem and said if I get killed in an accident on a ramp it because of the problem of it dying. And to go after Ford for this. My family has been in the car when this happens so they know what I am talking about. I went over your other complaints about this vehiscle/ it is unreal the amount of problems that I have in common with them, it worrys me. I was going to give this car to my daughter to drive she 16 but not now. I want her to come home in one piece. I have had a water noise in the dash they cant find, sticking gas pedal now fix for noe after 2 times in the shop. The oil smell in the car. Leaking oil I see in in the driveway but can't seem to find where its comming from. I wish I knew more about the lemon law a couple of months ago. It doesn't apply to me now because of my mileage. I drive about 100 miles a day. If you have any question please contact me. Thank you.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #16

Apr 292002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
Car has cut off 5 times in last year at speeds of 55mph without warning. The last time caused my daughter to lose control and run over a medium. She was lucky that she did not cross it and kill herself and someone else. Ford knows there is a problem but refuses to fix it as "they cannot recreate the problem." When will the NHTSA do something" after several people are killed"

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #15

Dec 172001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving, insured noticed smoke coming from the floor of the vehicle, and then smoke began coming from under the hood, and eventually the vehicle caught on fire. (claim#11-3852-491)

- Duluth, GA, USA

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