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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,808 miles

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2001 Ford Focus suspension problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #20

Mar 212008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,899 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 25 mph and approaching a traffic light, the battery light illuminated. The contact noticed smoke coming from the hood and then flames appeared. She stopped and exited the vehicle when it became completely engulfed in flames. The police and fire departments arrived and a report was filed. The VIN, engine size, and powertrain were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 52,899. Updated 04/11/08 the dealer stated consumer had vehicle in a pinch bolt torqued and a zetec engine cable routing. The dealer also replaced both front coil springs. Updated 04/11/08

- Jaffrey , NH, USA

problem #19

Mar 202008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Coil springs. Left front coil spring broke with out reason. Thankfully the spring did not blow off of retaining area. If it had while I ws driving this could have potentially caused my steering to lock up blow a tire or who else know what. And the outcome from any of these could have been life threatening.

- Lonaconing, MD, USA

problem #18

Dec 062007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Noticed a creaky sound coming from the front of the car. When mechanic looked at it, the left front coil spring was broken. Car has 72,000 miles. Replaces both front springs. Have never known coil springs to just break on a car. And judging from the other complaints filed here and elsewhere on the internet for this year car, it is a fairly common problem. Shame on Ford for not following up on this.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #17

Nov 032007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with <55,000 miles has been found to have both from springs broken. At the time of discovery neither spring had worked lose from the perch, however with additional time the springs would be able to move and potentially puncture a tire.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #16

Jul 162007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Passenger side front coil spring fractured. Loud crunch noise when turning right or left. No accident or injuries. I am going to have the spring replaced this week, 07/18/07.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #15

Mar 282007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,900 miles
I drive a 2001 Ford Focus. My car was parked overnight, and as I went to back out of my parking space to go to work, I heard a loud clunking noise and my car struggled to back up. I left my car parked as I thought it was a problem with the brakes. I drove the car to work the next morning (going 65 on the freeway), and the noise continued to worsen and I started to smell burning rubber. I brought the car to a repair shop. The next day they said I was very lucky the tire did not blow because the spring had broken and was rubbing against the tire. This is a problem I know Ford is well aware of. I don't know what I would have done had anything happened to me and my family as a result of this gross negligence by Ford. Repairs ended up costing $570 to replace both front springs, struts, and mounts.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #14

Feb 242007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 85,700 miles

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

Strange noise when turning and/or hitting bumps. Both front springs were broken with the left spring broken in two places. Had to replace both springs and struts and have front end alignment done.

- Wallkill, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 272007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
Both front coil springs broke within 7 days of each other, causing the car to sag and drive abnormally.

- Williamsburg, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 152006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Broken coil springs.

- Union Beach, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 262005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The front right coil spring snapped without any warning or previous issue indicating a problem. The failure resulted in the breakage of the right front strut leading to replacement of both front coil springs and struts on the vehicle. I had the exact same part break on my Ford Windstar van but Ford declines responsibility.

- Utica, OH, USA

problem #10

Sep 262005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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

The front right coil spring snapped without any warning or previous issue indicating a problem. The failure resulted in the breakage of the right front strut leading to replacement of both front coil springs and struts on the vehicle. I had the exact same part break on my Ford Windstar van but Ford declines responsibility.

- Utica, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 212005

Focus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The left front coil spring of my 2001 Ford Focus station wagon broke.

- Villa Grove, IL, USA

problem #8

Jun 252004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ford Focus 2001 recall received after repair of front coil spring. Ford only reimbursed the consumer $150 out of the $470 the consumer paid to have the repair work done. The consumer wants reimbursement for the strut and the damage rim that the coil spring caused.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #7

May 252004

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
Right passenger coil spring had broken and went through the right front tire.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 162004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2001 Ford Focus wagon on a normal paved road when the right front coil spring snapped in half. The car has 52000 miles on it. I had to pay to have it fixed because the warranty had expired.

- Fiskdale, MA, USA

problem #5

Jun 222004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
While driving on the nys thruway, for no apparent reason, there was a loud clunk from the front of the car. There were no immediate ill effects but within a few days I began to notice a shimmy. Within a few weeks my tires were showing excessive wear. My mechanic found that a front coil spring broke. Both front springs had to be replaced, the front and back had to be realigned, and I had to rotate my worn tires all as a result of this spring failure. A friend informed me that this model auto had been recalled for this problem. Upon investigation of the recall I found that the model year before had been recalled but not my model year. Same problem. No recall.

- Naples, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 102002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,970 miles
I was driving in my 2001 Ford Focus when I heard a huge bang and my front end of my vehicle began to make a strange noise. The tire was rubbing up against the top of the wheel well. The vehicle was brought to a dealership and I was told that the front spring coil had snapped in half and it needed to be replaced. The two front spring coils were replaced in the vehicle.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving my Ford Focus, the right front coil spring pushed itself past the lower stop above the strut and rested there. Had it gone further, the front end would have collapsed.

- Berkley, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 162004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Both front coil springs broke when my wife was driving kids to school. The Ford Focus (2001) front end dropped to the ground when this happened. This could have caused an accident.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 142003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,700 miles
My 2001 Ford Focus ZX3's coil springs broke, causing me to have to replace the coil springs, struts, and get an alignment done. I noticed that the 2000 Focus has a recall for the coil springs, but the 2001 does not. I have noticed multiple complaints about the 2001 Focus as well as the 2000 during an internet search. I would like reimbursement for the items listed above from Ford due to the defective coil springs.

- Westford, VT, USA

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