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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,102 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.

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2003 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 292004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,102 miles


I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX5. Bought it brand new in 1/2004. Rear brakes have been squealing for 2 months now. I've taken it to a Ford dealer and a brake shop and both have said the brakes are fine. Now there is a definite spongy feel in the pedal and a loud creaking noise from the back, and finally yesterday when I depressed the pedal to stop, the brakes did not work at all for about 5 seconds. I nearly struck a pedestrian crossing in front of me.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

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