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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,100 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.

2005 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 142008


  • 52,000 miles


I noticed that when I bought my 2005 Focus that the rotors already had grooves in them. The brake pads also wore out extremely quick. The other day I got home from work and went to get out of the car and the key wouldn't come out of the ignition. I have had to leave the key in the ignition over night. I am afraid to take it to get it fixed because I have seen how much others have paid and I just don't have that kind of money.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #4

Aug 152006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
While driving in the early morning or evenngs I notice that the ABS light and battery light glow on. They come on and go off. Last evening the car was sitting in my driveway with the doors locked and windows up. The dome light came on and went off several times. I looked into the car and found that the oil light and the door ajar light were on when the dome light was off. Also, when the door ajar and oil light are on, the wireless remotes do not work. I have taken the vehicle in for the ABS and battery light 2 times with no resolve. I took the vehicle in for service today with video of the dome light, oil light, and the door ajar light.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #3

Mar 142006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 15 mph around a sharp curve, the brakes failed. Also, there was a loss of steering control which resulted in the vehicle running onto a sidewalk. The vehicle was towed to a dealership, where it was determined the steering and the brakes were not defective. The dealership further determined the ball joints were fractured as a result of the accident and needed to be replaced. The contact believed ball joint failure led to the accident. Repairs were made to front and rear suspension, as well as a wheel alignment.

- Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #2

Feb 222006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Focus ZX5 with 19,000 miles on it that I purchases on 2-16-2006. I had not had any problems until 2-22-2006. My son was driving the car and his grandmother was in the car with him an he tried to stop at a stop light, when he hit the brakes the car did not slow down. He pumped the brakes 3-4 times and then jammed on them. When he jammed on them the car slip into the vehicle in front of him. When our car stopped the engine was racing. He turned the car off. We tried to start the car a couple of other times at the scene of the accident but the motor would still race until the police officer opened the hood. This caused front end damage to our Focus and damage to the vehicle he hit. The other vehicle also had a personal injury that was reported later. There has been not corrective action done to this point.

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 202005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
I was involved in a rear end collision near my home. The street was wet, and when I determined that I was not going to be able to stop, I applied full braking. My vehicle does have ABS, but my wheels fully locked. I rear ended a 1994 full size car at approximately 25 to 30 mph. My chief complaint is that the air bag did not deploy, and that the ABS braking was essentially non-effective. This accident was my fault, however, I did expect the safety equipment on my vehicle to work. The vehicle is currently being inspected for repair.

- Panama City, FL, USA

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