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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,181 miles

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 142007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,100 miles


I own a Ford Focus 2001, ZX3 for 59,000. The check engine light came on 6 times now! 2 for a dpfe sensor out, 2 for egr presser valve. Also started to stall, buck and surge at 35,000 miles, and found out the FDM had to be replaced. That lasted for a short time which the symptoms came back, and the FDM was replaced again. I have had to deal with inconvenience and the last repair which was dpfe sensor which Ford picked up 50% of cost but this car is a lemon! I also had to replace the ignition switch when the key would no longer go the check engine light is on yet again and I have to go back to bob baker Ford.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 142005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,444 miles
My car has 29,500 miles on it. I bought it used about 3 weeks ago. Following symptoms: 1 - car stumbles/hesitates/loses power at around 2-3K RPM...regardless of speed...but stumbling/hesitation is best felt on the freeway. 2 - car has had some type of recall work and dpfe sensor replaced at: 17500 miles. Not sure if fuel pump recall has been performed...Ford dealers have been very reluctant to tell me without making me spend $150+ on a stupid diagnosis...that's called good business. 3 - dpfe sensor replaced prior to me picking up the car at: 28440 miles. 4 - 1000 miles later...I have the stumbling. 5 - things I've done to the car: A - replaced air filter B - replaced fuel filter C - replaced PCV valve D - replaced plugs (using Bosch platinum 2) so far I've done all changes myself because no Ford dealership seems to care to offer advice or a helping hand. The consequences are that I've almost been hit from the rear due to stumbling/hesitation.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152001


  • miles
Purchased car in December 2000 within days brakes squealing and grinding..called dealer said to let wear in..problem persisted..engine light came on..took car to nearest D January 2001..brakes shoes back and pads on front replaced. Oxygen sensor, and parking brake replaced..brakes still had problem engine light still on..took to dealership where purchased..kept 12 days..brakes adjusted and computor and ignition were replaced..light off..brakes still trouble..took back numerous times..for 16,000 told brakes need to be replaced in front and tires where all worn away on inside of tire..bald!!..manufactor and dealer would not pay for..replaced all four tires, alignment, and new brakes put on front still not right with brakes..shaking violently of car while braking at any speed. Or going downhill.took back to dealership rotors were no good as well as front brakes. They replaced..inner tires already wearing out...brakes still giving noise and grinding..took back within month..they said fine..took back again when oil changed..brakes where said to be fine..brakes noisy and grinding as usual..3 weeks later brakes failed..had car towed to dealership....they state needs new brakes on front and backshoes cracked and need new rotors...they keep saying its the way we drive way..never had this much problem with any brakes in any car we have is very unsafe and made with inferior products.. (tiresize: 15)

- Middletown, CA, USA

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