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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 082001

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles


Malfunction of fuel filter. Was replaced on two different occassions. Malfunction of steering assembly. Was replaced twice on two different occassions. Malfunction of braking system. Was replaced on two different occassions. All within a 16 month period after purchasing the automobile in may of 2001. It is a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

May 262002


  • miles
Vehicle delivered on 6/1/01. Soon after I started experiencing problems with the steering gear not being stable. The car and steering wheel would shake once I would begin picking up speed at approximately 60 mph. The vehicle was taken into the dealership for repairs on two occasions for front end repairs on 8/16/01 & 2/14/02. On 5/26/02 I loss control of the vehicle and had an accident on the expressway, hit the median and totaled the vehicle. Prior to the accident I noticed a great deal of vibration on the steering wheel/column and the car was shaking.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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