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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,092 miles

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Oct 062015

Focus

  • 35 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought my car from the original owner. I had to buy a re-furbished motor, the tires were splitting and the suspension and air conditioner all needed repairing. When I received the recall from dot, frank S. borris II, I immediately contacted tallahassee Ford. They denied there was a recall and I was mistaken. My VIN # was listed in the recall. I tried several times but Ford kept giving me a run-around and they lied. So now, I have apparently missed a deadline which was not listed on the original notice to me. I am a senior citizen and this has really stressed me out and it really makes me not to purchase another Ford from anyone. On ethics alone, I should be able to make them do what they basically refused by lying to me. It was in motion and went to the shop within two weeks after the notice.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #31

Mar 142015

Focus

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at 12 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently causing the vehicle to become difficult to slow down. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,000.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #30

Jul 152014

Focus

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact shifted the vehicle into the neutral position in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

- Palmerton, PA, USA

problem #29

Dec 012014

Focus

  • 59,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently and the vehicle swerved from side to side. As a result, the brake pedal required excessive force in order to control the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000.

- Pamerson, PA, USA

problem #28

Oct 222014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
During cold mornings and not every cold morning the accelerator will be stuck so you cannot accelerate. Once the car heats up it is fine. On 10/22/14 a cool morning (not cold) the accelerator got stuck while I was driving on the expressway at 65 mph. I had slowed down for a construction zone and could not re-accelerate due to the stuck pedal. My speed was rapidly decreasing and I had traffic behind me. Fortunately was able to get to shoulder (and not hit) where after putting my full body weight on the accelerator several times to finally get it working again. This is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed. Research online shows many owners with similar issue.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #27

Sep 172014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Sticking accelerator almost cause me a crash.

- Milton , NY, USA

problem #26

Jun 012007

Focus

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle hesitated to come to a stop. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle accelerated independently and would rev. The contact also stated that the tires were replaced on several occasions due to the failure. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Palmerton, PA, USA

problem #25

Jun 182013

Focus

  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the cruise control was activated and the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated up to 80 mph. The vehicle failed to reduce speed even though the brake pedal was engaged numerous times. The vehicle eventually slowed down when the gear was shifted into the neutral position. The engine was then turned off. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who disabled the cruise control wires. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000.

- Peori, AZ, USA

problem #24

Jun 102014

Focus

  • 154,163 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact shut off the engine and had the vehicle towed. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 154,163.

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #23

Feb 072014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 154,727 miles
The gas pedal gets stuck. My daughters just bought this car as there first car. It is not safe!!!! I am very upset that the throttle system of this car is not recalled by the mfg, when I see there are many other people complaining about the same problem.

- Stormville, NY, USA

problem #22

Dec 092013

Focus

  • 60,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased this car when it was only a year old and it has been a nightmare. First, all the door handles broke off making it impossible to get in and out of the car. Second, the accelerator stuck almost causing an accident and now the transmission went out while I was going through a busy intersection. Buyer beware, this car is not only junk but dangerous!!!

- Wheelersburg, OH, USA

problem #21

Dec 142013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 83,105 miles
When the weather gets cold, the accelerator pedal sticks. This time it took 25 min of the car running for it to move. You can push on the accelerator and nothing happens.

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #20

Oct 062013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
Since we received the car, we have noticed inconsistent acceleration and deceleration - both in town and on the highway. This particular incident was a simple slowing down for a stop light. I pressed on the brake gently to start coming to a full stop behind a few cars. As my car tried to slow down, I noticed it was fighting to slow down. I pressed on the break harder, but it wasn't going to be enough to stop without hitting the car in front of me. I tapped the accelerator, then back on the break, no change. Not knowing what else to do, I put the car into neutral. The engine did not stop revving up so I turned the car off. After waiting a minute, I turned the car back on and operated fine for the remainder of the day.

- Ellendale, ND, USA

problem #19

Nov 192011

Focus

  • miles
This is the second occurrence. The first occurrence was November 19,2011. I have a file complaint online with NHTSA. This occurrence occurred Saturday January 19,2013. While driving to work my accelerator pedal seems to be stuck. I had been driving 30 miles with no problem. I had to tap it to get it to release. I kept driving and had to tap it again to release. The car started to accelerate without my foot being on the accelerator and it was moving to 65 mph. I was on interstate 85 and it was moving to 75 mph. I went through the intersection at 85 mph. I braked hard to turn to my job. I was coming to a stop sign and was standing on by brakes and my car would not stop. While on the phone with my husband he yelled to put it in neutral. The car stopped abruptly and the engine revving. I put it in park and turned my car off. I had my car towed to the dealership. This is the second time I came close to having an accident or getting killed. I am now in the process of talking to someone from Ford corporation about my terrifying incident.

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #18

Oct 312011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Driving at high speeds the gas throttle sticks (app. 45-higher). The speed control also got stuck before. The car also has problems starting. In mornings and evenings, regardless of weather the car doesn't always start.

- Saint Thomas , PA, USA

problem #17

Sep 082008

Focus

  • miles
This occurred around 2008 I bought the car in 2007, when I drive the car on the freeway, or up a hill the gas paddle sticks, when I apply pressure to accelerate speed it doesn't move to give it more gas. It becomes frightening when I'm going uphill or on the freeway when cars are going 60 to 75 and on my tail my car slows down and I have to coast to the shoulder till it releases I have taken it in the Ford dealership they said it was going to cost me over $200. I feel this is a hazardous defeat and dangerous. 2010, I took my car in to a jiffy lube shop, and they lubricate the pulley it seems to help for awhile, but now it??S getting stuck again, at the mean time when it gets stuck I hit the speed control and it release the accelerator and increase the speed but putty soon that will not work. I have talk to a few other people that have a Ford Focus, they said they have had the same problems too, I have read about stuck accelerations and there are some cars that were recalled for the same hazardous problems..I haven't had an accident as of yet because of this but I'm afraid if someone gets anger with my slow down I will... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

problem #16

Jan 262012

Focus

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck and the contact crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle continued to accelerate and crashed into a sign post. The contact was able to exit the vehicle while it continued to accelerate. The vehicle was then towed to an auto shop. The technician stated that the vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #15

Feb 072008

Focus

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal was engaged and immediately became stuck in an depressed position. The accelerator pedal failed to release until repeated force was applied. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #14

Nov 192011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving approximately between 55-60 mph, the vehicle unintentionally increased in acceleration up to 90 mph. The contact drove through a red light and repeatedly applied force to the brake pedal; however the vehicle continued to accelerate. There was also a strong burning brake odor. The contact turned the vehicle off and it came to a stop. There were no injuries. The police stated the brakes failed and the vehicle was not a condition to be driven. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and was in the process of being diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 12/22/11 the consumer stated her mechanic informed her the PCV was blowing air in the a plastic tube of the accelerator cable. Updated 01/27/12

- Roxboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Nov 012010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The accelerator pedal becomes stuck and can not be depressed. Took the vehicle to Ford dealer in late 2010 and they did not diagnose a problem. Over the summer, the problem went away. Now that it is becoming cold again the problem has reappeared. Last night while driving at 70 mph, I lifted my foot off the gas. When I went to depress the gas pedal, I could not press it in. I had to tap it hard three or four times to get it to release, which took about 20 seconds and caused me to slow down to less than 50 mph before I was able to reaccelerate. Problem is occurring intermittently at various speeds. Usually I only have to tap it once or twice lightly to get it to release. Last night I tapped it hard enough I was concerned that I might cause something to break. Car is at dealership again for evaluation.

- Bettendorf, IA, USA

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