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10.0

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

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #14

Jun 152001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When idling vehicle will start to shake intermittantly, beginning at engine and working it's way back towards rear of vehicle.. dealer cannot find a problem. Nlm

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Apr 142002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states his auto cuts off on him all the time, it started around June of last year. He states the mechanic told him that they could not find out exactly what the problem is. Nlm

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #12

Mar 142002

Focus

  • miles
3/07/02 engine failure at 35 mph -- 3/14/02 engine failure at 65 mph on interstate 95. Fuel pump replaced after 3/07 failure -- returned to dealer after 3/14 event -- dealer states 'could not verfy cust concern at this time' -- have seen other concerns on your site -- please look into this before someone is seriously injured or dies.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 102002

Focus

  • miles

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

My car began having problems at 2,500 miles. I have had it 8 months and it has broken down 5 times. The car dies while driving posing a serious risk of crash, injury and death. The defect remains unresolved. There is no warning that the car is about to go dead other than sputtering then dead. The car has an erratic idle, dies while driving at any speed, dies in park, dies at stop signs and at red lights. I have filed formal complaints to my dealer prior to filing here. No one will help me or take me seriously. Put it like this, the car can either be repurchased and Ford lose $17,000 or me and my child get killed and my husband sue Ford for millions, and he would win. I have a small child and I don't want her to be harmed or myself or other motorist for that matter. I have had my car repaired four times and this time makes the fifth. I fear for my safety and will no longer drive the car. I am currently pursuing action under the "lemon law" rights. I have read other complaints with cars just like mine. My heart dropped when I saw so many other people having the same problem as me and saw that their problem was going unresolved as well. I pray that you will give us all help. It is rediclous that someone has to get seriously injured or killed before the motor companies will admit there is something wrong. I don't know how they sleep at night.

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

problem #10

Nov 032001

Focus

  • miles
Manual transmission makes clattering noise at idle speed. Transmission difficult to shift and grinds gears. When coming to a stop, engine sputters as if it is going to stall. Instrument lights flicker due to low alternator RPM. Idle then increases.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #9

May 122001

Focus

  • miles
When coming to a stop or slowing down vehicle will stall. Consumer loses all power. Contacted dealer, but no result.

- Remington, VA, USA

problem #8

Oct 132001

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles

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

Sudden engine stall while driving at 65 mph. Unable to restart car for 5 minutes. Then car started and have had no recurrence of problem. Dealer was unable to find cause.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012001

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle would shutdown without warning while driving. Vehicle been todealer shop on three occasions, and still unable to resolve problem. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 142001

Focus

  • miles
Engine stalls while driving first time at 35 mph and second time at 70 mph. Dealer can find nothing wrong.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 172001

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
While driving 60mph at night lost all power. Currently, vehicle acts as though it is out of gas.vehicle will just stop running with no prior warning. Please add VIN.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102001

(reported on)

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While traveling at highway speeds vehicle would suddenly stall out for no reason in the middle of traffic. Problem of stalling could happen while at a stop light or sign. Whenever trying to restart vehcle, it would be flooded. Not able to restart after 24 hrs. Later, problem was intermittent. Vehicle has been towed 7 times after stalling. At dealership mechanic could not locate cause of stalling. Was even test driven, but stalling did not occur.

- St Augustine, FL, USA

problem #3

May 292001

Focus

  • miles
Water in the engine, technician could not find any mecahnical reason for it to get in there, need a brand new engine, warranty will not cover it, estimate is $4000.

- Oceano, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 082001

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On two occasions vehicle had cut off while parked and idling. Dealer was notified, and informed consumer that it was due to engine being broken in.

- Bangor, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 292001

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
Engine experiencing several problems, vehicle is stalling and then not starting, oil is leaking, the engine races, and vehicle runs hard.

- Pomona, NY, USA

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