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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 4
Average Mileage:
38,750 miles

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2001 Ford Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #25

Mar 022005

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles

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

Both springs failed in the consuemr's 2001 Ford Focus.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #24

Aug 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
The fuel filter gets clogged which blocks the flow of fuel to the engine, causing stalling. This is the third time that the fuel filter had to be replaced. A recall was issued regarding this problem. Recall campaign # 03V482000. There was brake pulsation, the front end creaks really bad and the vehicle would have no power and or stall while going 40-45 mph.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #23

Feb 152003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I have had several repairs for this car. In regards to steering, wheel, tire as well the suspension. As the car was under 18000 mile I had so much problem with mentioned above problems. I could not control my car when it rained or when ever the road was not in perfect shape.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #22

Dec 152003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

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

My daughter slammed on the brakes at 40mph and the vehicle steering wheel jerked to the right and she felt a drop in the left front side of the car, the car started sliding and hit a curb. When the car came to a stop the front left wheel was broke off. A tow truck took it to the Ford dealership. They said it needed a control arm; hub assembly; tie rod end; tire & wheel; axle; brake line; brake pads & rotor; trans pan and inner tie rod. They concluded it was in an accident and it was her fault and the cost would be $2,387.77 just for the mechanical only. She purchased the car September of 2002, putting over $8,000 down on the day of purchase with a remaining balance of $6,000. At the time of the accident she had no insurance. I beleive there was a problem with car to cause it to go out of control, and feel Ford needs to address it.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #21

Aug 152003

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Right rear lower control arm/rear trailer arm broke in half, near the rear right wheel, of my Ford Focus 2001 after driving on sandy road during a rain shower.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #20

Feb 032004

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving consumer's wife made a left turn and front wheels locked. Then, vehicle drifted and hit the curb and a pole. Both, consumer and wife had their seat belts on, but sustained back and leg injuries. Also, a recall was issued on the fuel lines. Insurance company had the vehicle towed, and was told by the insurance company that vehicle was totaled.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 032003

Focus

  • miles

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

While driving and making a left vehicle makes noise and is hard to control the steering. Dealer notified.

- Elka Park, NY, USA

problem #18

Jul 022003

Focus

  • miles
While driving and turning to the left steering wheel makes noise. Dealer inspected several times and could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Elka Park, NY, USA

problem #17

Aug 142002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
The car starting having problems at 7000 miles. Front end jumping. I had a tire go bad and replaced it. Had the tire rotated and the front end lined up. Then, the noise and the car still did not feel right. I took it back to Ford and the rim is bent. Replaced that. So far I am out $250 for the tire and $298 for the rim/. the problem continued, but by 15000 miles the car was jumping, front end problems. Had the tires rotated and the car lined up again. I have the problems still. ( I was told(way I drive, curves, the way I take the corners, ) well, # one I am 43 yrs old and this is not my first car. I have had mustangs before and never rotated the tires or changed my driving habits. ( what ever). At 15000 the brakes started to squeak all the time (wet, cold, moisture, dry). Per the manual this will happened. I was told that it is common with Focus. I had a escort for over 4 yrs and they never did what this car has. With the front and back the recall 02S42/01B85 was done finally in March. This recall stated pinch bolt that retains the steering knuckle to the lower ball joint on your vehicle may not have the proper torque. ****** ( this condition exists, your vehicle may experience vibration or noise... this could eventually lead to ball joint separation with a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash, ) this is what I was told Ford dealership was wrong with the car since August. I feel that the recall came to late and now my tires are destroyed. One tire is worst than the others. Remember that one tire is brand new ( 7000 less miles).... the brake pedal is still making a noise when I release it at the park mode or stop turn around stop at light or whenever. They have adjusted it 3-4 times. And with in mins. Of them adjusting it, it is back to the same thing. This is a on going problem, wasted time and troubles. I do not want everybody to notice when I have my daughter in the car or I get hurt in an accident. This is important your reply help debra.w.

- Tega Cay, SC, USA

problem #16

Aug 142002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
While applying the brakes there was a squeaking noise coming from the front/rear of the vehicle. The pedal had gone down and made a squeak noise. The front end bounced and vibrated due to the pinch bolt that retained the steering knuckled to the lower ball joint. (may not have the proper torque) there was a problem with the front end and rear. The wheel was replaced, the flat tire was balanced and the beam worked okay. The vehicle made noise when released from park mode, stop, and was intermittent. (has been adjust 3-4 times but would go back to the same thing)

- Tega Cay, SC, USA

problem #15

Jan 132003

Focus

  • 14,012 miles

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

The vehicle hit a ditch in the road and front suspension failed completely..................

- Burlington, WI, USA

problem #14

Sep 012002

Focus 1-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
My new 2001 vehicle in less than a year started making clucking noise loud vibration. The complete axle shaft had to be replaced and new tires the bearings failed and Ford would not help. Even though it usually takes six years before they go they confirmed the bearings needed to be replaced. I spent over $300 dollars with another mechanic who said they should pay.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #13

Feb 152001

Focus

  • miles
Consumer states that the left front would make a grinding noise when speed dropped down to 30 mph. Vehicle been to the dealer on three occasions and the problem still reoccurring. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #12

Oct 012002

Focus

  • miles
While applying the brakes there is a grinding noise coming from the rear wheel. The dealership is aware of the problem. Nlm

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #11

Feb 012002

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states there is a vibration in vehicle and steering wheel at speeds over 55 mph. Vehicle sways back and forth, also vibration when braking. Dealer has replaced and balanced tires. Vehicle has been taken to dealer 6 times could not remedy problem.*akthe spindal was stripped affecting brakes and causing vibration and pulsation. It was stated that the spindal appeared to be defective from the manufacturer. The engine stalls.

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #10

May 182001

Focus

  • miles
While driving vehicle will pull to the left. Checked over 6 times. Still caus eof problem unknown.

- Crestline, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 262002

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle would shimmy at 45 mph or more. Vehicle was at the dealer, and problem was reoccurring. Feel free to provide any futher information.

- Minocqua, WI, USA

problem #8

May 262002

Focus

  • miles
Vehicle delivered on 6/14/01. Shortly after I started experiencing problems with the vehicle. The steering gear was not stable. The car and steering wheel would shake when the speed would hit up to approximately 60 mph. Vehicle was taken into the dealership for front end repairs on two occasions 8/16/01 & 2/14/02. Shortly before 5/26/02 I noticed that there was a great deal of vibration on the steering column and the car was shaking. I lost control of the car and hit the median on the expressway. My vehicle was totaled.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 022002

Focus

  • miles
When driving at speed bumps there is a loud noise that comes from front of vehiicle. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Comona, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 022002

Focus

  • miles
While driving over 50 mph extreme vibrations occurs within steering wheel, causing loss of vehicle control. Cause unknown. Dealer has been notified.

- Corbettsville, NY, USA

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