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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,580 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 242006


  • miles


I had my car in the garage for a fuel problem which was solved by a computer update and while it was there, I had the dealer do an oil change. For some reason they checked the brakes and found that my left front brakes where gone. They replaced the front rotors and pads and I told them to put the old parts in my car. Upon my own inspection of the old parts, 3 of the pads still had about 1/4 inch of pad left while the inner driver side pad had nothing left to it. The driver side rotor also had significant wear to it while the passenger side still looked and felt fine.

- Bartonsville, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 282005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,850 miles
Brakes failed on our 2004 Ford Focus ZX5 4 door hatchback as my wife went to stop at a stop sign leaving our development and was broadsided by a truck. This resulted in a total loss of vehicle and injuries sustained to my wife. Police and medical personnel were on the scene. She was transported to hospital.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side wheel made a loud grinding noise when applying the brakes. When taken vehicle to dealer for service the front left brake pad wore out faster than all other three. The cause of why this was happening was undetermined.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Feb 162005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,478 miles


Car was purchased new 6/15/04 with 317 miles. There has been over $1500 worth of factory work done on this vehicle from brake pads, rotors, sensor being replaced on transmission. Now the car is constantly jerking when accelerating at 20 mph and stalling. On February 16th, my car wouldn't start and was jerking. I had it towed to my home. On Friday, February 18th the radio came on without the key being placed in the ignition. I have filed the lemon law and suggest others do it as well if there problems aren't resolved. I was told my car has an electrical shortage, but don't want it back. I have a small child and am afraid something terrible will happen.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202004

Focus 4-cyl

  • 150 miles
About 1 month after I bought my car the brakes started to squeak every time I would apply they brakes. It has continuted to do so up until even this morning. The rotors now have grooves in them, and the brake pads still have well over 50% of the pad remaining. So far nothing has been done other than to say "it must be moisture."

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042004


  • 5,000 miles
When braking at any speed consumer heard a squeaking noise coming from brake rotors/pads. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Sanford, FL, USA

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