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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
28,048 miles

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2001 Ford Focus engine problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Aug 212002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While backing vehicle into the driveway, the engine surged and the vehicle shot back toward the house hitting it. The vehicle then shot forward bending a metal fence. Consumer suffered injuries to the neck, also, in the accident the front seat broke, putting consumer into a 45 degree angle.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #21

Sep 192002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The vehicle surges while in 3rd and 4th gear, around 35-40mph. It has stalled out three times. We have taken it to a dealer to be repaired after telling them on several occasions that something was wrong and the problem has never been completely resolved.

- Holly Hill, SC, USA

problem #20

Sep 132002

Focus

  • miles
While driving the vehicle started accelerating by itself to the point where consumer had to pull over, out of the highway.dealer was notified.

- Seagoville, TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 102002

Focus

  • miles

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

Car hesitates while at steady throttle and stalls while idle unless I turn off air conditioner and stereo (sometimes stalls anyway). Dealer has been non responsive to the problem, stating it needs routine main tenance flushes, which have cost hundreds of dollars with less than 25, 000 miles on the car. The problem only continues to get worse. The stalling makes me fear for my safety. Also, the dealer cannot service my vehicle in less than two. Weeks when I call for an appointment. I had the vehicle looked at today by anot her mechanic who told me in his opinion, these flushes had not ever been done and that the car was badly in need of such. I have the invoice from the dealer stating that they performed the fuel injector cleaning and the throttlebody combustion chamber cleaning (at my expense) at 25,482miles. On several occasions, the car has not started immediately in the morning as well.

- Washington, NJ, USA

problem #18

Aug 212002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When returning from being out owner was backing vehicle into driveway when it suddenly accelerated rearward. Vehicle struck the wall, and then bounced back into street, hitting a pole. Driver's seatback collapsed in the process.

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #17

May 032001

Focus

  • miles
While attempting to park, the vehicle took off and accelerated without any warning. The vehicle took off going through the back wall of the garage. The air bags did deploy. On another occasion, the vehicle was serviced for check engine light which was on. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and a chip was replaced. However, while driving, the vehicle accelerated out of control again up to 100 miles per hour. Consumer was able to stop the vehicle by turning off the engine. Dealer found throttle was stuck wide open.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #16

Jul 312002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving on highway engine started to accelerate without warning. Consumer almost had an accident. Vehicle repaired by dealer, who determined that map sensor failed. On 08/05/02, engine accelerated without warning again. Vehicle taken back to dealer, who installed a flt recorder in car to detect where problem existed. On 08/09/02, engine accelerated without warning again. Consumer was very concerned about family safety in vehicle.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 132002

(reported on)

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is subject to stalling/stop, lunge forward or hesitate with no warning while in motion. Dealership has had vehicle several times with no change in condition. Owner also stated that she had some sort of fluctuation with the RPM gauge, sporaticully.

- Edgerton, KS, USA

problem #14

Jul 252002

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle loses power while accelerating up hills, and at any speed.

- Hopwood, PA, USA

problem #13

Jul 262002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle has a tendency to jump/lunge or hesitate and stall completely. Dealership unable to detect failure, even with vehicle repaired 15 inconsecutive days.

- Orleans, IN, USA

problem #12

Jul 182002

Focus

  • miles

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

Was driving home from work last Thursday (10 minutes on the interstate, 97 degrees, full ac), when the car started to lose power followed by transmission lurching and engine trying to die. Pulled the remaining block into my apts and opened hood expecting to find overheated engine, and ended up see a bunch of flame and signing my thumb. Got fire extinguisher and put it out, and called fire dept. No work was done to engine other than a new air filter 4000 miles ago. So far the Ford dealer wants to write it off as complete loss and leave it to my insurance. Took out my air intake, melted battery, melted battery wires, ruined hood, scroched headlight, smoked interior, and who knows what got sucked into engine through the intake. Dealer wouldn't tow because "warranty tows have to be called in through Ford customer service". photos are up at www.geocities.com/archangel_jjn. contact me for more information.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #11

Dec 122001

Focus

  • miles
Three times I have had the throttle stick even though I have let off the gas. Once when I had less than 5,000 and again at the end of last year. Once when I parked the car and once while I was stopping at a light. Both times I had to shut-off the vehicle and re-start it to cure the failure. I did not report it to the dealership but it did it again last week while I was driving.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #10

Nov 012001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph consumer applied brake, vehicle did not slow down. Consumer had to shut off engine to stop vehicle. This happened 4 times. Dealer replaced servo speed control.

- Lorraine, OH, USA

problem #9

Mar 012002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 60 mph using the cruise control, all of a sudden vehicle lost power and stalled out with all lights in instrument panel coming on. Contacted dealer, and the dealer could not find the problem.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 252002

Focus

  • miles
While driving engine check light would come on and show vehicle surging forward. Dealer was not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Vancover, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 082002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking, vehicle suddenly accelerated and hit a brick wall. Dealer and manufacturer weere notified.

- Perkins, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 312001

Focus

  • miles
When engine was started and gear shift was put into drive position vehicle started rolling backwards unexpectedly. Dealership examined vehicle for this problem, and replaced throttle. After dealership made these repairs and drove on highway brakes failed to stop vehicle when pressure was put on brake pedal. Driver for tow truck examined vehicle and determined there was no brake fluid in the vehicle (this diagnosis was confirmed by the dealership. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Amherst, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 312001

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The car veered to the left on its own and began to accelerate with foot of gas and when the brake was applied the car began to slide and roll over a total of three times brfore coming to a stop.

- East St. Louis, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 312001

Focus

  • miles
I was traveling northbound on ga hwy 400 at 7:30 a.M. traffic was lighter than normal, so I decided to use my cruise control. I set the cruise at 70 mph & drove it for approx 5 miles. When I approached my exit, I pressed on the brake to disengage the cruise. The cruise light went off, but the cruise did not disengage. I fought it all the way up the ramp. I was very fortunate that the light was green & there were no cars ahead of me (normally extremely busy intersection). I exited at a high rate of speed as I continued to pump the brake. I got the car off to the side of the road, put it in neutral & once it was almost stopped, put it in park & turned it off. Every time I turned it back on, the engine revved back up like it was trying to reach the 70 mph speed in park. I had it towed to the dealer, where it was diagnosed as a bad servo. This could have been potentially fatal to me & others, had the normal traffic backup been at the off ramp. I could have slammed into one or more other cars trying to get mine stopped. I understand there are recalls on the 2000 Focus cars, due to defective cruise controls, but have seen nothing on the 2001 vehicles. Needless to say, although I paid extra for cruise control, I will never be able to trust it enough to use it again.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 312001

Focus

  • miles
I was traveling northbound on ga hwy 400 at 7:30 a.M. traffic was lighter than normal, so I decided to use my cruise control. I set the cruise at 70 mph & drove it for approx 5 miles. When I approached my exit, I pressed on the brake to disengage the cruise. The cruise light went off, but the cruise did not disengage. I fought it all the way up the ramp. I was very fortunate that the light was green & there were no cars ahead of me (normally extremely busy intersection). I exited at a high rate of speed as I continued to pump the brake. I got the car off to the side of the road, put it in neutral & once it was almost stopped, put it in park & turned it off. Every time I turned it back on, the engine revved back up like it was trying to reach the 70 mph speed in park. I had it towed to the dealer, where it was diagnosed as a bad servo. This could have been potentially fatal to me & others, had the normal traffic backup been at the off ramp. I could have slammed into one or more other cars trying to get mine stopped. I understand there are recalls on the 2000 Focus cars, due to defective cruise controls, but have seen nothing on the 2001 vehicles. Needless to say, although I paid extra for cruise control, I will never be able to trust it enough to use it again.

- Norcross, GA, USA

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