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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,045 miles

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2007 Ford Focus electrical problems

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2007 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Dec 272012


  • 38,460 miles


Dashboard and running lights going out. Replaced blown fuse and then fuse blows again. Opening and closing the hatchback the lights came on and then off again and the replaced fuse was blown. Located a bundle of wires within a rubber hose that runs from the interior roof headline outer rim of the vehicle across to the interior top of the hatchback. We pulled down this rubber protector to find to our complete amazement that the bundle of wires that run to the hatchback brake light and the hatchback windshield wiper was broken and burnt. Thought that there was a possible loose connection that just needed to be snapped back together, but only to find a bundle of broken and burnt wires wrapped tightly together, plus there was no black wiring tape around the wires for extra protection. Just the wires tightly bound together. Little to none flexibility for the bending or movement for these wires. These wires are located in an area where there would be movement due to opening and closing the hatchback. Contacted the local dealership and spoke with the service manager. He stated that the wire bundle have been made short in some vehicles. Our concern:potential fire hazard and still maybe until fixed; concern are for other individuals who may own this type of vehicle that may be transporting passengers (to include children in car seats) in the back seat (which there is no back side passenger doors) that could have a difficult time exiting this vehicle should it go on fire due to these bundle of wires possibly catching on fire and igniting the interior roof headliner of the vehicle. We have not taken our vehicle into the dealership as we are waiting on a response from Ford Motor Company. Additionally, the dealership stated that we would have to pay a portion to repair (what we believe to be a faulty design and defect) to correct this problem. Pictures available. ## VIN failed ##

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #39

Dec 182012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
My 2007 Ford Focus rear passenger door lock will not lock. This is a real safety issue because I have children who can pull on the door and open it while I am driving down the road. I can not even "child lock" it. In addition, on Tuesday night I was robbed of all my christmas presents that were in the trunk of my car because the door will not lock and someone accessed my car through the rear door and popped the trunk. They also stole my usps rain gear and important paperwork I had in my car ( I am a union representative). There is several complaints about this issue and we should not wait until a child dies from falling out on the freeway to recall these vehicles.

- Salina, CA, USA

problem #38

Mar 182012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 41,833 miles
At 41,833 I was driving on the freeway at 60 mph. The ABS warning light went on, the radio went off and 60 seconds later I lost all power. Speedometer went from 0 to 60. Towed car. Replaced alternator. At 45, 296 miles the same thing happened-lost power within 60 seconds of ABS light going on the freeway. Towed car. The shop said that the previous alternator had been installed incorrectly and also the PCM had burned out. Replaced alternator and PCM. At 45, 536 red charging light came on. Took car in, replaced alternator. At 45, 641 red charging light came on. Took car in. Replaced alternator. All repairs done at Ford dealers.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #37

Jul 182010


  • 72,610 miles


Alternator went out on way home from Missouri to norman, ok. Replaced it in joplin, mo. Alternator went out again 7/17/12 on my way home from mo. Took it to Ford dealership in norman, ok and got it replaced on 7/25. Cost over $500. Battery light started coming on again 8/3 and I took it back in. Ford dealershio stated they couldn't find an alternator within 3 hour drive and would call me when they got one. The guy at Ford indicated maybe there was a problem with them since he couldn't find one. Got it replaced again 8/7/12.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #36

Jun 222012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle decelerated to 40mph and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the alternator was defective and needed to be replaced. The failure recurred a week later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who verified the alternator had become defective again and added that the shift solenoid needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The contact was referred to NHTSA. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 78,000....updated 09/12/12 updated 09/18/2012

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #35

Jul 212012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The driver side rear door will not lock. Did not realize this until I was with a friend and his son driving down our street and my friends son open the rear door on the drivers side when it should of locked with the rest of the doors. Can't get the door to lock now.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #34

Mar 022012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 30,630 miles


While driving on the interstate the car had total failure of its electrical system. All dashboard functions failed, lights, radio, anything electrical. Within 5 minutes the car stalled and would not started again. The car was towed to a local Ford dealership. Tests indicated that the alternator was defective. Prior to this incident there was absolutely no warning indicating a problem with the charging system. The car is 5 years old and only has 30,630 miles on it.

- Brookhaven, PA, USA

problem #33

Jan 052012


  • 74,000 miles
Passanger rear door lock will not lock with manual operation or the remote. This is a safety issue because our kids can just open the rear door because you have no ability to lock the door with the child safety lock feature. The lock is jammed in the unlock position. There is a recall on the 2005 Focus door locks but not the 2007? the latch lock assembly is the same from 2000-2007 Ford model years. There are a lot of people reporting this issue all over the web. I hope people start reporting this more on this site. The dealer wants to charge me $500 to replace the jammed unlocked door latch that requires the complete latch assembly to be replaced. I'm also not happy that anyone can get at my child by just pulling on the door handle. If you can't lock the rear door it makes it real easy for someone to harm our children. I also can't imagine our children unknowingly pulling on the handle and falling out of the car because I was not able to lock the rear door. I can't afford the $500 bucks-- our children are at risk. Ford should be ashamed of themselves for not recalling this issue and will suffer dearly from the lawsuits that come their way. Last Ford I ever buy period!!! protect the consumer Ford!!!

- St. Ann, MO, USA

problem #32

Jan 042012


  • 58,120 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the radio and all of the lights on the instrument panel began to operate intermittently. The vehicle then stalled. The vehicle coasted to the shoulder and was towed to an auto body shop. The auto body shop stated that the alternator needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred once and the vehicle would not start. The dealer was not made aware of the second occurrence. The vehicle was not taken back for additional repairs. The failure mileage was 58,120 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #31

Dec 192011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Auto door lock does not function. I can hear what sounds like something happening or electric motor running when I push the button but nothing happens.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #30

Aug 032011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 37,000 miles


While traveling on interstate 24 East between nashville and chattanooga, I had an electrical problem that caused my engine to shut down while my car was still traveling at 65 mph. The first sign of a problem was when my radio shut off unexpectedly. There were no warning lights on the dashboard to indicate that my engine was about to shut down. After traveling another 3 to 5 miles, all the warning lights illuminated on my dashboard and a few seconds later my engine shut down. I was still traveling at approximately 60 mph and was able to stop the car in the emergency lane. After stopping the car, the engine would not start. Me and my family were stuck on the side of the highway until we could have the vehicle towed to the nearest Ford dealer. The Ford dealer ran electrical tests and discovered the battery had failed. The dealership replaced the battery and the car drove fine. On December 1, 2011, only four months later, I was traveling trough the city when my radio shut off and a few miles later the engine died and would not restart. The battery was tested and found to have failed again. Both batteries that failed were motorcraft 1bxt. Since this problem occurs while driving with no apparent warning lights, and causes the engine to shut down, it needs to be investigated.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #29

Oct 192011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 86,939 miles
Alternator failed without prior warning, please note that the charging system failure never once was indicated by the illumination of the battery idiot light before the vehicle stalled at 15 mph and in a drive thru at a mcdonald's... the vehicle could not be restarted due to depleted battery charge level..... note battery passed testing phase after alternator replacement.... please note that the battery idiot light does illuminate during the key on engine off prestart system check.....once the battery was sufficiently jump charged the vehicle restarted and ran without any apparent problem from any system (no idiot lights illuminated and no check engine light). However when a charging system check was performed, the test revealed the alternator had failed and was not maintaining a voltage output sufficient to sustain vehicle operation. Please note that this alternator failure also caused the whole electrical system to shut down including all lights..... does this or does this not present a sever safety problem caused by the stalling of the vehicle at any speed and or traffic condition since the circuit that should activate the idiot light when the charging system begins to fail and/or fails completely does not illuminate said idiot light system....

- Clio, MI, USA

problem #28

Sep 022011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 28,100 miles
Our alternator failed in our Ford Focus ZX3 2007 today while driving - got the car to Ford service station with spare battery and jumper cables and did some on-line research only to find out that several other folks have experienced the same problem: alternators shouldn't fail this often on a car with less than 30K miles. Ford should recall and reimburse. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #27

Aug 312011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 37,023 miles
The airbag light on the instrument cluster of my 2007 Ford Focus came on for the first time August 31, 2011. The car has 37,023 miles and has had all the dealer maintenance performed since the car was purchased. I was told by the longmont Ford dealer that the on board diagnostic computer indicated a loss of communication and that the airbag safety system was not engaged when the light was on. I returned to the dealer the next day to have a complete diagnostic to determine what had caused the light to activate. I was told that the instrument cluster had failed and that the entire cluster must be replaced. This electronic failure represents a serious safety issue if not replaced at a cost of ~$800. I am deeply concerned that other drivers of this car may not understand that the safety system is completely inactive when the instrument cluster fails in this way. Ford does not offer to replace this as part of the safety warranty program. I think this is wrong and represents a safety hazard for drivers who may not understand the failure or who cannot afford to make such a repair and choose to drive the care without the safety feature operable.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #26

Jun 302011


  • 90,000 miles
Alternator failure.

- Galion, OH, USA

problem #25

Jun 282011


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. While driving 50 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileage was 41,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #24

May 242011


  • 56,000 miles
2007 Ford Focus....alternator and battery replacement...if you check into this, you will notice how many people have had to replace these items in under 50K miles on car.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #23

Apr 022011


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus station wagon. The contact was driving 45 mph when he noticed that the tail lights and marker lights were no longer illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who informed him that the wiring harness was chafe and had a short circuit. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer advised that there were no recalls for the failure however, there was a technical service bulletin under NHTSA item number: 10023297 (electrical system: Wiring). The contact did not order the service bulletin for additional information. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Lancaster, VA, USA

problem #22

Apr 152011


  • 38,600 miles
All of the lights in the instrument cluster lit up and all of the gauges stopped working and then the car shut off in the middle of traffic. It happened yesterday and I had the battery changed but the problem resurfaced the next day and again the car shut off in the middle of traffic and I had to have it towed. I had the car towed to a mechanic to see what is causing the problem but the mechanic has not been able to find the problem yet. This is a dangerous situation due to the car stalling in the middle of traffic.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 122011


  • 25,530 miles
Car shutdown completely in the middle of the road, it started with ABS light coming on. Found out alternator had died and killed my battery.

- Houston, TX, USA

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