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5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,917 miles

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2001 Ford Focus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 212009

Focus

  • 82,000 miles

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

I was driving, and wanted to shift to lower gear (from 5th to 4th - manual transmission) for braking. The transmission was stuck in the 5th gear. I used the clutch to coast to a safe stop and had the car towed to a service location. The mechanic diagnosed it due the broken cables from the shifter to the transmission. The mechanic replaced these cables and the car is ok. We did not save the cables.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #11

Jun 132007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contacts son owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving 55 mph, the contacts son noticed smoke rising from under the hood, followed by flames. Approximately one minute later, there was an explosion. The fire investigator stated that the fire may have been caused by the transmission. The fire destroyed the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. Updated 09/12/07

- Camden, DE, USA

problem #10

Jul 282002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 51,000 miles
My transmission in my 2001 Ford Focus blew up before that I went and checked my fluid in it and there was nothing in it its a 5 speed and I never tampered with it so I put fluid in it that Ford recommended after telling me its not Ford fault there was no fluid in my car and after I put the fluid in it it blew up no gears nothin just grinding

- Sharpsburg, MD, USA

problem #9

Mar 122003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

I had my car in the shop five times for transmission problems. The fourth time they replaced the transmission. When I got it home the fluid was all over the place. So I took it back the mechanic, and now I have to wait for another transmission.

- Corning, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 172002

Focus

  • miles
Have there been any reported problems with rack/pinion, transmission and alternators on this vehicle since mileage has been so low yet so many problems with the car.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 212002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
The gear box cracked. The consumer could not drive the vehicle in reverse, and could barely drive the vehicle forward.

- Joshua, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 302002

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles

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

The reverse gear takes effort to put it into its component.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #5

May 192002

Focus

  • miles
Started to notice that the transimission would clatter at any speed. Clatter became pronounced and took the car in and it had a bad bearing. This problem seems to be a common one. While the car has 60K on it all the miles are highway as I drive it 100 miles round trip per day.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #4

Sep 012001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Whenever the manual transmission is engaged (clutch pedal not depressed), and the gear selection is in neutral, a loud, vibrating, and metalic sound is audible coming from the manual transmission housing. Occasionally, the noise continues while in gear, through approximately 30-40 M.P.H. of speed.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 032001

Focus

  • miles
Manual transmission makes clattering noise at idle speed. Transmission difficult to shift and grinds gears. When coming to a stop, engine sputters as if it is going to stall. Instrument lights flicker due to low alternator RPM. Idle then increases.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 292001

(reported on)

Focus

  • miles
Transmission is slipping.

- Pomona, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 172001

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Manual transmission is loud and coarse. Gear clatter prominant at all speeds. Occasionally difficult to shift into gear.

- Fraser, MI, USA

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