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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
47,224 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace control arms, swing arms (1 reports)
2004 Ford Focus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 082009

Focus ZX5 2.0L Zetec

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,224 miles


I was warned before I bought a Focus that 'you'll have to replace the whole rear end in it". I've worked for Ford...sold Focus' so I wasn't too concerned.

I have a 2004 Focus ZX5 hatchback with only 85,000kms on it now. I've got to replace every damn arm in the rear end, and unlike most cars with 2 control arms, these suckers have about 6 different arms and they're all interconnected. Multi-link rear suspension makes for great handling......GIANT pain in the ass when you have to replace the parts! I'm looking at over $1000 for all the parts, then the labor which involves moving the brake lines among other things.

So far, I've replaced both end links in the front, the O2 sensor, alternator & battery and now the rear end suspension issues. I think I got the lemon to go with the color!

Car also has that all too common idle 'stumble' but think I've found the answer to that on the Focus forums, which is an easy fix is so.

- , Halifax, NS, Canada

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