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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
79,790 miles
Total Complaints:
64 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. replace ignition (13 reports)
  3. hammer to key while turning it (10 reports)
  4. drill out and replace lock cylinder (8 reports)
  5. buy a new keylock (2 reports)
  6. 3-n-1 oil on key and a tap worked! (1 reports)
2004 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #4

Dec 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


It's not a small, "a couple of people have this issue" problem. It's massive and nationwide. Just search "Ford Focus Ignition Problems" on Google.

I felt my ignition starting to go bad and took care of it before it could. Got the CORRECT ignition brand and model replacement via mail order, and honestly? The process was VERY easy. Took 15 minutes total. This only works if the ignition hasn't totally frozen yet tho'. BTW, people are saying that locksmiths or whoever had to program new keys for their Focus... NOT true. My old keys worked just fine. If the locksmith you're getting the correct ignition from does it right, your old keys work fine.

Here's the site with comprehensive info and the mail order replacement service:

They use the proper ignition part for the vehicle, and explain the problem very well. I have to say I was pretty glad I took care of this before it froze completely. Easy install, no problems since.

Hope this helps someone...


- , Clairemont, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 022007

(reported on)

Focus ES 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Key doesn't turn in ignition.

Need to push (kick) hard to turn it

- , Germantown, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Looking around on the net it looks like others have had this issue and it cost them $500 to $600 bucks to fix it.

- , Sherman, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 082007

(reported on)

Focus SE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

This Appears To Be A Common Problem With The Focus, You Put Ignition Key In, Does Not Turn, The Only Solution Is To Have Repaired, This Repair Requires A Slide Hammer To Pull Out The Tumbler, Takes Some Know How, If Its Not Done Right You Will Need A New Steering Colum. How Much Did It Cost 592.00 !! At A Ford Dealer In Netcong NJ, Thats Right 592.00, What A Ripoff. I Bought A Ford Thinking I Was A Good American, You Know BUY American. Had A Honda Accord Before This, 90,000 Miles Never had A Problem, Looks Like My Next Car Will Be A Honda Or Toyota.

- , Hackettstown, NJ, USA

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