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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,095 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 082007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,190 miles


Gentlemen my problem is two fold, first I am really disappointed that the NHTSA is not provding all the information on all the complaints, recalls, and safety investigations that it use to. Now I am hoping that a rep will either write me or call me and tell me this is the way its always been. This is B.S..... mr NHTSA why isnt there a archive where we can go back 3 months, 6,12 or more. Why have you romoved this option"??" it use to be there!!! now for my complaint I have a Ford Focus, 2004 and the axle just broke, 34000 miles and its at the dealer ship hopefully getting fixed, now there was no forwarning, no snap, pop, bang or anything, I backed out of a parking space and put it in drive, it moved about six feet and stopped. Now if this would have been in the middle of an intersection or trying to move out of the way of on coming traffic it could have been a bad thing, fortunatly I was in a parking lot. When I reviewed yuour entries on this matter you only have one. Give me break I want to see the history. I have been wrench pulling for a few years and there I no way in hell your going to convince me this all you have. Hell even the dealerships say its nothing out of the ordinary. Its under warrenty but the fact still ramians this should be a safety issue at the very least. Waiting to hear from you mr NHTSA

- North Pole, AK, USA

problem #1

Apr 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Focus belt tensioner broke and battery failed. The front door had to be aligned and the door seal was replaced. The throttle cable had to be re-routed due to the cable binding. The front wheel bearings were replaced. The left rear motor assembly was replaced, the 3rd brake light lens and right side cv axle was replaced. The transmission started shifting erratically. The consumer attempted to make a turn, and the transmission would shift from 1st to 2nd gear until the engine revved up past 6000 RPM. The consumer was told there was a problem with the servo pistons. The transmission was eventually repaired. The battery failed 5 times.

- Gun Barrel City, TX, USA

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