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2.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,236 miles

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2001 Ford Focus lights problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 262014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles

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

Bought vehicle 2nd hand, cash, everything worked fine. Now, I have no brake lights, & my door locks no longer work on the remote, or the "all lock/unlock" button, & now my trunk latch is not working correctly. The door locks are self locking (meaning that they lock at any given time whenever they please.) the brake switch has been replaced, all bulbs have been checked & replaced, fuses keep getting blown. Cannot locate fuse for the door locks. Ford has a campaign for the year 2000 for a door latch issue, campaign #05S27 NHTSA id# 05V-030. Also, campaign #05S50 NHTSA id #00V-411 for a tail lamp issue. There are no recalls on this yet after doing weeks of research I am finding that it is an issue with the Ford Focus from 2000 to current. After calling several dealers, none of them would tell me anything, & that "they didn't recall any problems before from anyone else". how is it that I can find this issue on the internet but the dealers "never heard of it"" why is there no change in the indicated issue of the wiring harness to the rear tail light assembly? wouldn't this be a hazard" I didn't know they weren't working until I got pulled over by law enforcement. So, this issue happens while the vehicle is being driven!!! therefore, a diligent owner who checks their lights regularly will not know it happens until (a) said person gets hit from behind, or (B) gets pulled over by law enforcement. Here are a few links for your reference: Link: www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T574_ds546293. link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"S=2146E9390be4cc339ae4F6438baf3812&T=104972. Link: www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?P=1250643. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=149053. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=268411. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"T=206427

- Attica, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 012012

Focus

  • 65,850 miles
Headlight failure. With engine running, when the headlight switch is turned on, the headlights (both) do not always go on. Also, after being on for a while (often within 10 minutes, almost always within 20 minutes), both headlights will suddenly turn off on their own. When headlights go off, dashboard lights, and other outside lights, remain on. When the switch is on, but headlights have gone off, if the high beams are toggled on and then off, the headlights will go on (for a while). This sequence occurs repeatedly. Unless it is dark (e.g. if in twilight or in daytime rain), or unless I can see the headlight reflections, I have no way of knowing the status of my headlights. Dealership initially replaced a relay, without solving problem. Dealership then replaced the "multi-function switch" controlling turn signals and high beams, with seeming success. I am in possession of the failed original-equipment "multi-function switch". dealership was understanding and helpful, but would not treat this intermittent, sudden, repeated headlight failure as a critical safety issue under warranty. This vehicle has been subject to gas pump failure, and to front suspension spring breakage, which were covered under warranty. [note also that car design does not allow headlights to turn on or stay on when engine is off - this may save accidental battery drain, but deprives operator of illumination or signaling ability that may be needed in emergency situations.]

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #5

Sep 282010

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,800 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph and making a left turn, he heard noises. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who stated that the left rear coil springs had fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that there was a problem with the headlight lenses which became foggy over time. The dealer stated that they had changed headlight manufacturers because of the problem. The failure mileage was approximately 81,800. Updated 1/19/2010 updated 03/25/11

- Pouthkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 202008

Focus

  • miles

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

My headlight fell out of the housing and melted the housing around it. It no longer works as a result of this.... there were no events leading up to the failure of this part. I would not know why the lamp it's self would just fall out of the housing. I have asked if there was a recall on this but was told no by the local Ford dealership but you can't trust what they say because they told me years ago there was no recall on my fuel pump and there was, they are just rude there.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 102004

Focus

  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the side view mirror on the vehicle was repaired and the transmission also slipped. After the repairs were complete, the vehicle did not drive the same. The dealer stated that the parts needed were not in stock and they kept the vehicle for one month. In addition, whenever the left turn signal was activated, the vehicle would shut off entirely. The lights were replaced; however, the vehicle continued to lose power whenever the signal lights, hazard lights, or air conditioning were activated. The headlights continued to short and, while driving at night, the high beams had to be activated. The seat belt in the rear driver's seat was inoperable and the driver's seat continued to move backwards from the steering wheel. She also stated that the key can be removed from the ignition while the vehicle is in motion and while the ignition is on. Finally, none of the warning lights on the instrument panel are functional. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 95,000.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 072007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalls and makes a thumping sound. All of the exterior lights flicker when they are activated. The dealer was unable to find any failures. The VIN, engine size, and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage was 40,003 and failure mileage was 37,000.

- Williamston, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 172003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The dealer changed the front and rear brake 3 times, the rotors. Twice, however the problem continued. Consumer indicated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. Multiple problems with vehicle.. the hub cap was loose and fell off, the clock spring was replaced, the turn and brake lights were inoperative, the exhaust system made a loud noise, the dealer replaced the pipe and gasket, the seat belt buckle was replaced, because the seat belt light failed to go out.

- Milton, WV, USA

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