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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
20,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2003 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

May 242005

Focus ZX3 Power Premium 2.0L Zetec

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles


Well, not long after putting a measly 20,000 or so miles on the Focus, I started hearing new interior rattles emanating from various locations, like so much WW2 bullets and bombs going off from the surrounding countryside. Anyway, I started to feel around and wiggle this and that and discovered the cover over the horn switch in the center of the steering wheel has a loose personality and likes to jiggle vertically up and down over washboards, road cracks, and other bits of road imperfections. The material under the cover is rubbing with the other parts of the steering wheel and makes a sort of squeaking/eeking sound, and when I hit washboards or the like, it makes a solid rattling sound as if the cover is dangling on some metal parts underneath. Quality stuff, I tell ya. That, and coming from the top-of-the-line "Power Premium" trim on the ZX3....power poopmium is more like it.

- , Rockford, MN, USA

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