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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,183 miles

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2009 Ford Focus body / paint problems

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2009 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 042015

Focus

  • 78,000 miles

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

The rear passenger door latches have stopped working. My wife was driving home with my son in rear seat and the door came open around a turn. They are lubricated regularly and they will move properly but internally they will not latch, therefore they will not stay closed. I have a strap holding the doors closed. At first it happened once in a while. Now they don't work at all.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 312015

Focus

  • 86,000 miles
The rear door locks will become inoperative at any time. The real safety hazard is that the locks will not even manually operate. This will in effect trap any rear passenger in the car. In the event of an accident or fire this could prove to have catastrophic results. According to Ford the whole door lock actuator mechanism must be replaced.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 122010

Focus

  • miles
This car was purchased in 2010 for our daughter for college. After 6 months had to replace the tires. The mechanic replacing them warned us that on this car we would need to rotate them every so many miles because of the way they ware out. Then at about a year started having trouble with the doors not wanting to open got to be the drivers door not opening at all. So had the Ford dealership fix it was almost $600. Long story short we have had to replace tires 3 times now, and we have them rotated every 3000 miles. As for the doors the back doors will not open at all, have not fixed them. We have fixed the drivers door again and also the passenger door twice also. We purchased the car for the gas mileage. And yes all cars have their problems but not like this. She now has trouble the suspension, the ignition switch is going out and when the car was painted, the trunk was not primed so the paint is all peeling off. This is the most costly car we have ever bought. We will never by another Ford again.

- Linn, KS, USA

problem #3

May 292014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 39,800 miles

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

I was pulling into a parking space in a school lot and was attempting to pull into a parking spot with my foot on the brake. I was going less than 5 mph. For no reason with my foot still on the brake the cars engine unexplained raced causing the vehicle to go forward striking the back of a pickup. The vehicle bounced off that vehicle and I hit another parked vehicle sending it into another vehicle. All this time I had no control as the engine was still racing and my foot on the brake. My husband who was sitting in the front seat reached over and put the car into park. All the vehicles that were struck were parked at the time. However there were children walking into the school for an awards ceremony. There was several thousand dollars in damage to all the vehicles. In the fall of 2013 this happened to the engine as I was pulling into a ball field, again with children present. My husband had to reach over and turn the ignition off. There were no injuries or damage. Upon checking with Ford they stated that there weer no recall on this vehicle. Answer to the problem. Spray silicone to the throttle body!!! after the May 29th incident I found that there was a class action law suit against against the Ford Motor Corp. For this problem. In the suit a list of their makes and models were listed. In my case the Ford Focus years 2008-2010 was listed.. my claims adjuster was well aware of the problem and had the same print out. I asked if my insurance company would subrogate against Ford and he politely said no as it was a losing battle. I'am appalled that the Ford co. Had no recall, as of this date there are none for this year and failed to make it known to all these vehicle owners. I'am thankful that there were no personal injury to any children waling in the lot or ball field. Is there any recourse for me?

- Yorkville, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 012013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 101,300 miles
Inner door handle part on drivers side broke, with that being the only door with a key lock and no remote on this vehicle not allowing entry into vehicle (was extreme cold and left stranded outside being a serious hazard). Very small metal part that was engaged from plastic outer housing was cast metal and broke easily, this is documented has happening often on many online forums. This metal piece is under heavy strain, should have been designed from stamped/machined steel not cast metal. This is a major issue and Ford needs to recall this item.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 052010

Focus

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the driver, passenger and rear passenger doors could not be opened. The dealer diagnosed that all three new doors would need replacing. The manufacturer was contacted, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 50,892.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

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