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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,019 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Focus lights problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 072005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,400 miles


Contact states a local service dealer said the insulation on wires from the trunk lid to the inside has been scraped off in the factory. This did caused a short in the wires, leading to the loss of abrake lights.

- Eag Harbor, WI, USA

problem #3

Dec 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
I have had more repairs incidences with 2001 Ford Focus than is normal on any car. If most of the repairs had been in the first 18 months I could have easily declared a lemon. Unfortunatley they have been since that time. Most recently I have had the rear wheel bearings replaced for the second time on a 3 year old car and am in the process of having the steering column replaced for the second time. I went through over 3 full sets of tire in less than a year and a half. And less than a year ago I got pulled over by the police because I had absolutely no lights in the back of my vehicle. Ford dealer charged me to replace the rear light housing and some wire that had shorted out.

- Laura, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 082003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,675 miles
2001 Ford Focus sw right rear brake light quit working. Tried to follow the procedure in the owner's manual to replace bulb. Took the opportunity to try to replace left bulb. Neither bulb socket would come out of their respective lamp assemblies. Accidently broke-off the bulb holder from the left socket. The bulb and its holder fell into the lamp assembly. This exposed the lamp assembly fitting to view. It was melted. Therefore, it is impossible to change a burnt bulb because the lamp assembly was too distorted from melting to free the socket. The lights were subject to normal use. The terms socket and lamp assembly are as used in the owner's manual.

- Severn, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 202001


  • miles
Consumer states that the brake lights on the vehicle have stopped working. Contacted dealer and the dealer cannot figure out why it stopped working. Nlm

- Middlebury, IN, USA

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