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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,006 miles

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2005 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 022014

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


We bought this car used, after we got it we noticed the fuel gauge was broke, there's something wrong with the brakes, and there are numerous other problems that worry me. We have small children to think about so the safety of this vehicle is very important. It has a good battery, but it's always dying after being driven. We have taken it to the dealer several times but they have yet to fix it. I don't know that there is anything you can do about this, but I'm desperate to try anything and anyone for help.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #12

Jun 062011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
So idk every [xxx] year! for the last few years! it goes good then she starts acting funny boom battery light comes on. I use the voltmeter and everything's fine full charge same with the alternator. A week or so passed then the starter went out replaced 7/3/13!! wtf! fried put a new one in. Now my[xxx] clutch feels different don't know what it's not slipping but it's really smooth.2 days go by and boom acts like the battery is dead..nope take key out get voltmeter it's at 12.5 so I try again seems ok doesn't turn over. Again turn key all lights on seems ok nothing.... ok 1 more turn key struggles like starter then lights flicker dash wacks out boom dead nothing!!!!! get out still 12.5volts. I don't know try 1 more time I pumped the clutch ad it hesitated to turn over and boom it works!!!! get home. Turn it off all is well acts like nothing is wrong! 4 to 6 days again this time it did it 2 him just's the kicker!!!!! it's fine fully charged all lights ok all volts ok he pulls out ( ha ha pulls out!) then she idles irregularly like a loop higher loop get it home and keeps looping. So I remember this from like 5 yrs ago it was something with the maf or ecg I believe so I look for answers.... now he goes out 4 hrs later nothing dead won't turn over won't do nothing!!!!! I hate this car!!!!! I swear I will find the [xxx] problem to this [xxx]!!!!! I can't believe this [xxx] car! she was so good now she's a lil [xxx]! I know it's something stupid as [xxx] and watch just like last year in August the [xxx[ clutch is going to go out again! I loved this car but from reading constantly I've decided this is a serious Ford issue!!!! I have spent thousands on this! if I didn't have lifetime warranties on the alternator etc I could only imagine the cost!! through all this horror I've also had to replace O2 sensors maf sensor all engine mounts 3 times!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jan 092011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


2005 Ford Focus will not start when the weather turns cold or will start but for no apparent resin just stops running no fuel pressure and fuel pump does not run when the problem arises when the weather turns worm the car starts and runs fine does not display any engine fault coeds. From what I have read this seems to be a Ford problem that doesn't won┐T to except.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #9

Dec 012010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Gas pedal sticks in cold weather when first putting car in gear and stepping on gas pedal. If you pump the gas pedal a few times after starting the car, the problem seems to disappear for the length of time you drive the vehicle. This problem could cause an accident if the above procedure is not taken.

- Leamington, 00, USA

problem #8

Aug 012010


  • 52,000 miles
Fuel gauge sticks. The fuel gauge indicates that the tank is half full and then will drop immediately to empty and the emergency fuel low indicator turns on.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 032009


  • 38,000 miles


I was driving home with my three boys when our 2005 Ford Focus started jerking and sputtering, lost power, and died on some railroad tracks. My husband and I had it towed to Goodyear where they said the fuel pump fuse blew. They replaced the fuse and sent us on our way. Not even a half hour later the fuse blew again. We had it towed back to Goodyear where they replaced the fuel pump and filter. Not even a week later the fuse blew again. We let the car sit for a few days trying to figure out what to do. My husband decided to replace the fuse himself and drive it to see what it would do. Well, the car lost power and shut down completely over another set of railroad tracks. We called Goodyear to bring it back, and they refused; so we had it towed to another mechanic. This mechanic has again replaced the fuel pump and told us the system was filthy! the fuel pump jerked dramatically when he'd start it, which is why he replaced it again. The computer is still saying the module is bad; so he ordered a new one from Ford, who at first claimed they didn't know what he was talking about. They wouldn't even tell him where it was located; so when he receives the part, he'll have to figure it out. We don't know how much this is going to cost now. With Goodyear it already cost us $600, which they refuse to reimburse. I've called Ford, and they refuse to help saying there's no recall on this model. I've looked this specific problem up, and the fuel pump and system has been recalled on all Ford focuses from 2000-2004. My car was built in 2004! somebody please help us! if we didn't owe money on it, we'd junk it. Thank god we were not on the freeway when this happened! and thank god my kids are big enough to help us push it off the railroad tracks!

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 112008


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact noticed that the vehicle was leaking fuel while being driven 5 mph out of the driveway. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the mechanic stated that one of the clamps for the fuel line detached. The manufacturer was called and stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The current and failure mileages were 65,000.

- Carlotta, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012007


  • 50,000 miles
With less then a 1/4 tank of fuel the car will stall when changing lanes, making left hand turns. The fuel pump is making grinding noises.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 102008


  • 300 miles
Vehicle would stall without warning while in motion on average 5 times monthly. The car spent a total of 1 month in the shop at a Ford dealer and the service department and Ford corporate could not determine a cause.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 012007


  • miles


2005 Ford Focus with fuel filter failure. Consumer states that the fuel line was coming off of the filter. Consumer was informed of a recall for the fuel filter. The consumer was charged for reconnecting the hose, but not the filter. The consumer stated there was a problem with the wheel rims rusting.

- Hiram, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 212006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When fueling gas tank, pump keeps shutting off. First reported 6-30-05 today took into maita Ford, auiburn and received information of a report: Oasis ssm 18938 with no new information to fix problem.. why?

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 192005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
I bought this car brand new and it gets the worse gas mileage I have ever seen. I never get better than 25 mpg highway. I bought this car with the Ford dealer telling how great it was on gas. That I would average 32 mpg. I complained to my dealer when I bought it and they said I was averaging 31.7 mpg according to there computer. That is not true! then they said it needs a break in time of 5000 miles. I have 15000 miles on the car and I drive on the highway every day. Many other Focus owners have complained but Ford ignores us.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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