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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,438 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 162008


  • 20,814 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and the contact pulled off the road. A nearby mechanic inspected the vehicle and discovered corrosion around the battery cables. He jumped the vehicle and drove to his residence. The following day, a local mechanic diagnosed the vehicle and stated that the alternator was overcharging the battery in the vehicle. When the mechanic called to order the part, he was informed that this was the fourth complaint regarding this particular component in the last four weeks. The driver has not notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was repaired on July 17, 2008 by a local mechanic. The failure mileage was 20,814 and current mileage was 20,862. Updated 09/16/08. Updated 09/17/08.

- Orange , MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 212005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated a light on the dashboard illuminated, the owner's manual stated it was a battery not charging properly light. Later in the day, the dashboard lights failed, and the vehicle lost all electrical power. The engine continued to run for approximately one minute. The vehicle was towed to the dealership. They found it was a problem with the alternator, and the alternator is being replaced.

- Sutter Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 302004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,500 miles
I purchased my vehicle in early November 2004. As the weather began getting colder and damper, my vehicle would not start properly. The engine would stumble and crank, but would not turn over. I would have to try 3-4 times before the car would actually start. I took the vehicle in for service in December 2004 and tsb 04-23-4 was performed. The vehicle correctly started for a while after that, but is having the same problem again now.

- Old Tappan, NJ, USA

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