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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,780 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2009 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 152016

Focus

  • 56,000 miles

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

Fuel tank rusted where the halves meet and leaks fuel. Cannot fill over half way. Started as a gas smell last year, discovered a drip this year. Tank needs to be replaced.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #10

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 #9

Aug 032015

Focus

  • 149,950 miles
Driving on freeway at steady 70mph, engine dropped to idle speed. No prior indication of trouble. Vehicle was slowing down. Wrench light was on. Accelerator pedal had no effect. I put in the clutch pedal, and coasted until I reached an area area where I could pull off to the side. This was in a tight construction area. Fortunately, I was in the right lane and not near other vehicles at the time of the incident. Otherwise the outcome might have been very different. When I was stopped, the engine continued to run, but accelerator had no effect. With no alternative, I shut off the engine. I then started the engine. Operation appeared normal with no wrench light on. I got off the freeway and checked connected my code reader. No diagnostic codes. During some subsequent driving, there have been no further events or indication of problems. I am getting a Ford oem throttle body to replace my existing. This is apparently a known Ford problem that has avoided a recall despite the potential dangers associated with this type of failure.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 102015

Focus

  • 120,000 miles

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

Freeway driving at 70 mph the indicator light for the throttle body/transmission light up and the car went into limp home mode. Very dangerous at these speeds. Same problem as the Ford escape that were under the warranty extention

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 012015

Focus

  • 57,000 miles
On cold start RPM's fluctuate several hundred RPM's. brought to dealership but no codes were present. Tech suspected dirty throttle body. Part not under warranty because no codes when scanned. Problem continues especially on cold start but occasionally while in drive at a stop.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Aug 202014

Focus

  • 87,000 miles

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

At any random moment, the car's wrench light comes on and the car either dies or begins to run horribly. This can happen in town or on the highway - accelerating or on cruise control - it doesn't matter. Turning the car off (if it didn't die) and turning it back on, the wrench light goes off and the car runs again. Code indicates a throttle body issue but after taking it to a mechanic twice, they have not been able to get a code or figure out the issue. This has been going on for over a year. This can really be a dangerous issue if it happens while passing or turning into an intersection. Etc.

- Rosalia, KS, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 222013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
Driving 65mph - middle lane of the freeway - the wrench light comes on and suddenly the max speed I could generate was 20 mph- made it to the pull over lane- had to change my underwear when I got home. The car sat - engine off for about 30 min ( waiting for road service who never showed) the car restarted and you would never know there was a problem it drove fine for several days. I would have written it off as bad gas except for info on the net that made me realize I may have a serious problem. You didn't ask and it may not be your area of but my extended warranty said it covered all electronic parts and fuel system, but gee whiz "we're sorry it covers all except the throttle body" that will be $900 please. They also managed to lose my call for roadside assistance.. someone should investigate the easy care co. If possible I would like to know if there were service bulletins issued to Ford dealers about this. Specifically I would like to know if this should have been repaired before I bought the car. The purchase was made Feb 2010. Thanks

- Tomball , TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 092013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
Gas pedal wants to stick.

- Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #1

Oct 252012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Traveling on highway in passing lane with cruise control on, noticed vehicle slowing down. Applied pressure to gas pedal, no acceleration. I had to get off road quickly because car was coming to a stop;almost caused an accident in doing so. Vehicle idled rough and I had no control of acceleration. I shut off vehicle and was able to start it up again and had acceleration control again. Took vehicle to Ford dealer ship and they replaced throttle body. Service tech stated that they have been replacing several of these throttle bodies on Ford vehicles lately and they except a recall.my concern is that this could have easily caused an accident. Ford knows this issue exist, get it recalled before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

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