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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,274 miles

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2009 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Aug 012015

Focus

  • 44,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle idled and would not accelerate properly. The vehicle would operate only if the accelerator pedal was depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle would not accelerate past 15 mph. The contact stated that an unknown warning light illuminated. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle several times before the warning light dimmed. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,600.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #32

Jul 112016

Focus

  • 100,000 miles
Driving on highway in rush hour traffic at 65 miles an hour when suddenly losing throttle control down to 35 miles an hour the gas pedal would not respond. Yellow wrench light and wavy car warning lights appeared. Coasted to side of the road and sat for 10 minutes. Started car and tested pedal. Eased back on freeway. Scared to drive this car.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #31

Aug 102015

Focus

  • 88,000 miles
While driving down the interstate at 70 miles per hour, the car dropped out of cruise control and coasted to 5 miles per hour. Pressing the gas pedal had no result. We were lucky to avoid collision with nearby cars and coasted off the interstate into a park and ride lot. Car had to be towed to dealer repair. We were told by Ford dealer that the throttle body had died and had to be replaced. This Ford certified preowned car is still covered by powertrain warranty but this does not include throttle body. Numerous actions with Ford regarding faulty throttle bodies is widely reported and we believe this issue should be addressed in a formal recall for 2009 Ford Focus. Repair is $875 which we believe Ford should be covering.

- Marshalltown, IA, USA

problem #30

Jun 262015

Focus

  • 1,174 miles

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

Before taking a right out of the parking lot, I turned my blinker on (with my foot on the brake) and the car accelerated forward instead of turning. I kept my foot on the brake and the car speeded up even more. I finally crashed into a fence onto private property. Then I came to a full stop when I hit an SUV. This crash completely damaged the front of my 2009 Ford Focus.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #29

Jan 012015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Ever since we turned over sixty thousand miles on our Ford Focus SE 2009 we have started to experience a problem where our car's check engine light will go on and the gas pedal will stop working. When this happens, the only thing you can do is: Pull over, shift into park, turn the car off and start the car again. At this point the cel will go off and it will be like nothing happened. This is terrifying and extremely dangerous! the first time that the car stalled or went into limp mode was when the weather was damp, so we thought it was weather related. We decided to have the dealer look at the car. We brought the car into the dealership. We dropped the car off so that the mechanic could do a test drive. After an entire day of driving, they could not reproduce the problem, or pull a diagnostic code so they gave our keys back and said we cant do anything to help you. They then suggested that the next time our car stalls, idle the car to the dealership, but do not turn it off. Really!? the next time it happened we were taking a 500 mile road trip and experienced the car shutting down after about 250 miles. This happened twice, once in traveling to our destination and once coming home. The car shut down one time on the expressway going 70 mph, having to make a double lane change and pull over to avoid getting hit. The other while exiting the expressway slowing down to a stop and pulling onto a crossing road.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #28

Oct 172014

Focus

  • 104,634 miles
At 75 mph on the highway the vehicle all of the sudden sputtered and lost acceleration. The wrench lamp illuminated and then the check engine light came on. After pulling to the side of the 4 lane highway and nearly getting sideswiped, shutting down the vehicle and restarting reset the acceleration. This happened two more times in a 20 minute span. The check engine failure code acquired from advance auto was P2112 throttle body stuck open. Ford is well aware of the P2112 and P2111 failure codes and that they are an electronic defect with the electronic throttle body. This part has been recalled on 4 other models of fmc vehicles. Ford has refused to replace the part.

- Pittsfield , ME, USA

problem #27

Sep 162014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 77,142 miles

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

I was driving my 2009 Ford Focus coupe approx 70mph on interstate 10 in the California desert at 3pm when the car suddenly and rapidly decelerated. I was in the 2nd to the left-hand lane and the rapid deceleration very nearly caused a multi-car collision with the cars behind to my right and left as the car directly behind me swerved to avoid rear-ending me. I had the car towed to a Ford dealership which was unable to find any codes or duplicate the problem and returned the car to me as is. This car is highly unsafe to drive.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 172014

Focus

  • 39,596 miles
I was traveling at 60 mph when the car started slowing down even though I was depressing the accelerator. I thought the engine had died and I was coasting until I realized that it was still running but at an idle speed. I "coasted" for 10 miles afraid to turn it off and be stranded. I got it home and turned it off and restarted it and it acted as if nothing was wrong and had good acceleration. It did it again yesterday (07/18/2014) while traveling at 75 mph on the freeway. Scared me to death as I was surrounded by semi-trailers and had to move to the shoulder where there was large tire parts and ran over them. I stopped the car and restarted it with no issues with acceleration. I noticed after the "coasting" incident that my fuel mileage increased to 46 mpg. On the average. It was around 35 before.

- Cove, OR, USA

problem #25

Jun 282014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The car lost power on the highway at 65 mph. I pressed the accelerator and nothing happened. I had to coast to the side of the highway. The engine and the wrench light came on. The engine was idling but would not accelerate at all when I pressed the gas pedal. I turned the car off and let it rest for a minute. I turned it back on and was able to accelerate the car fine. This happened six times (losing power) on my way home. I was traveling to an event and had driven 200 miles when I had to turn around. This was a driving hazard - especially on a highway! Ford should recall these cars.

- Trumansburg, NY, USA

problem #24

May 292014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 39,800 miles
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 #23

Nov 152012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 57,800 miles

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

As reported by several others, my 2009 Ford Focus will unpredictably go into "limp" or failsafe mode, with power surges or hesitations and the wrench & check engine light. After then engine is re-started the car will run normally for various periods of time, sometimes miles, days or weeks. This first happened several times in November 2012, I brought the car into a Ford dealer, but because the wrench or engine lights were not on, they were unable to read any codes or otherwise diagnose. In May 2013, I again experienced several instances of the limp / failsafe mode with one or both of the wrench and check engine lights on. On May 11, 2013 car was delivered to a different Ford dealer with the wrench light on. This dealer ?cleaned? the throttle body even though as I now understand the throttle body is a sealed unit. Just over 4 weeks after the maintenance I again experienced the limp mode and wrench lights. At this time I started to keep track of each instance. For approximately 1 month the car experienced frequent power surges/hesitation and instances of limp mode. The car then went 1 month without any repeat of that experience. After several more instances of the problem in early September 2013, the issue disappeared for over 6 months, until April 2014. I now have a log documenting approx 25 " 30 instances of limp mode over a period of about 8 weeks. This happens when the car is both warm or cold, in any weather conditions, sometimes when the car is running for only 1 minute or after a long drive. Unfortunately I have had to shift into neutral and re-start at highway speeds. Again as others have commented, this is a dangerous situation and should be corrected by a recall. I have an appointment in the next few days at which time they will likely replace the throttle body for approx $600, after sticking about $300 to the 1st 2 service calls.... thank you

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #22

Apr 302014

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
Ford Focus 2009 April 25, 2014 I had appointment for a routine oil change and tune up. Was told there was oil in my spark plug wells and I needed a valve cover gasket replaced. Total bill $376.65 then 5 days later on April 30th, when I started my car it would not run correctly and was chugging and sputtering really bad. The throttle control/ transmission light came on and also the check engine light. I checked the miles I had driven and it was exactly 25 miles since the oil/tuneup/gasket change. I called the Ford service department and told them what was going on and they said to drive it over. It would hardly run so I had to have it towed. Then they called to tell me the throttle body was bad at an estimated $800 to fix it. They had to order the part and it would be a few days. May 5, 2014, dealership called to inform me the housing for the throttle body is also bad and it will be an additional $54 to replace that with the throttle body.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #21

Apr 222014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 62,340 miles
As I was traveling down the highway the throttle suddenly and unexpectedly stopped working.(thankfully I was not in heavy traffic at the time.) I coasted the car over to the side of the highway. The car remained idling, however I still had no throttle control. The wrench light was on. I turned the car off, waited a few minutes and restarted the car. The wrench light was off and I once again had throttle control. I eased the car back onto the highway but noticed the car had difficulty holding a constant and steady speed. There were intermittent subtle surges and pauses in the speed. Once I reached my destination I had a Ford dealership run a diagnostics on the car and they could not find any codes or problems with the car. I thoroughly researched this issue and found others were having similar problems and it was related to the throttle sensor. I had contacted a number of national parts suppliers and they could not sell me just the sensor but would have to sell me the entire throttle body. I contacted the Ford dealer and they had a throttle position sensor. Since replacing the throttle sensor I have put over 1200 miles on the vehicle and have had to this point no more problems with throttle control.

- Weston, WI, USA

problem #20

Apr 042014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Vehicle died in the middle of the road, while daughter was driving. Would not start. This has happened several times now. Took it to Ford and they say problem is with the throttle control.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #19

Mar 012013

Focus

  • 80,000 miles
I purchased my 2009 Ford Focus from the Ford dealership in stockton, ca. As I was driving home from work during rush hour in the fast lane, without warning, the car went in to (what my mechanic called) limp mode. The car instantly went from 70 mph to 15 mph - very scary! again, this happened while I was driving in very heavy commute traffic. Definitely a very dangerous scenario. I was able to move over into the slow lane and limp off the freeway, doing 15 mph for about a quarter of a mile. Quite honestly, I don't know how I did it without being slammed into by other vehicles. All I could do was coast. I came to a stop on the shoulder of the exit ramp. The car idled very rough. I turned it off, waited for a few seconds, and then turned it back on. It started right up as if nothing happened. I was able to get home without further incident. Our mechanic said there were no error codes in the computer. Apparently, they were cleared when the car was shut off. After this event occurred a few more times after driving the car for about an hour at high speeds, I decided to make it happen while I was close enough to home so my mechanic could come and check the car for codes while it was still running. It was like clock work. The car went into limp mode after being driven for close to one hour and my mechanic was able to pull the codes while the car was still running. The throttle body assembly was replaced (by our local mechanic) to the tune of about $600. Looks like there have been a lot of complaints about this issue. I think it's fair to say there have probably been fatalities associated with this problem, although we don't hear about them. A recall is in order!!!

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 212012

Focus

  • 36,500 miles
We own a 2009 Ford Focus. Right out of warranty in June of 2012 my husband was driving the car on the highway, approx. 70 miles per hour when the car decelerated down to about 40 and would not go beyond that. We took it to the dealership, they charged us full price for a throttle body replacement. I know that other makes in 2009 were extended on the warranty for throttle body problems. I wanted to report this so that we can get reimbursed.

- Dimondale, MI, USA

problem #17

Feb 022014

Focus

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the throttle had seized in the closed position. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 122013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate from a complete stop as the service sensor warning light illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the local dealer where he was informed that the defect was due to a faulty throttle body. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #15

May 042009

Focus 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
While driving at speed, driver loses all control of gas pedal and has to put car in neutral and shut ignition off in order to restart car to reset control of gas pedal. This situation has happened several times over the last 5 months. On Oct 2 it happened 5 times on the same drive that day. This is a very serious problem that could cause injury or death. It is lucky that we have been aware of this and it hasn't cause us an accident. But now we must get it repaired because fate will catch up to you at the wrong time. I have researched this on the internet and found other people have had similar experience with this. After research some people have been told it is the throttle body which has a non replaceable sensor on it that controls a signal to the gas pedal. To repair it the throttle body has to be replaced. Please please investigate this. I have called Ford dealership about this and they show no concern or interest in finding out if this is a national problem they may kill someone. Please investigate before someone dies that is not aware of this.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #14

May 252013

Focus

  • 54,000 miles
This happened on two separate occasions. The first occasion, my wife was driving the Focus at around 50 mph, when all of the sudden the car stopped accellerating (it didn't stall) and the wrench panel light came on. Luckily she wasn't in an accident, so she pulled over and restarted the car and it ran fine, and the light was off. Three weeks later we were driving on the highway at 75 mph when the exact same thing happened, the car just stopped accelerating, the wrench light came on, and again we were lucky we weren't in an accident and were able to pull off the road. We restarted the car and it was fine again. At this point I called Ford and they agreed to take a look at it and provide me a rental car. After a week, they said they thought it was a throttle body, but were unable to diagnose it because they needed to have it happen to them. I told them it was unreasonable because it happened three weeks apart, and the chances of it happening were slim within a week. I was trying to urge Ford to cover this since the car only had 54K miles on it, and it was dangerous to drive. They said since they couldn't diagnose it, they couldn't fix it, and even if they could diagnose it, it wouldn't be covered since its not under the powertrain warranty. I feel like this is a safety issue that they are very aware of, and the fact that they are 99.9% sure its a throttle body (the dealership employees told me they're getting tons of throttle body repairs coming in and the parts are on back order), they should be responsible to fix them for the safety of the consumer. There was no maintenance we could have done to prevent these dangerous situations from happening. Now I have to find a way to pay for this repair on my own so my wife can drive a safe vehicle. So Ford's defective part has already put my wife and I in danger, and now is costing me money I don't have!

- Waterford, MI, USA

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