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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,862 miles

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2009 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 212014

Focus

  • 88,000 miles

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

Two tires, with only 20,000 miles on them, have both worn down on the outside of the tire. The tires that we took off previous to these did the same thing. Car has been aligned and tires are rotated on a regular basis.

- Rosalia, KS, USA

problem #12

May 012014

Focus

  • 19,000 miles
All of the hankook tires had tread separation. One was so bad that it separated all the way around the tire so that it was separated like a doughnut was on the surface. I always have the correct pressure but these tires were dangerous when they came apart. The tire repair person could not believe how bad they were. I kept the tires to show anyone about these hazards.

- Mt. Pleasant, IA, USA

problem #11

Nov 112013

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
I bought a set of tires at sears in Utah, the invoice said 75,000 miles/warranty. After 29,000 miles on my car I notice lost of tread. I communicate Goodyear by doing a complaint with BBB ( better business bureau ). Goodyear told that sears did a mistake, tires warranty in 65,000 miles. Goodyear agrees to reimburse part of new tires set and I disagree, my concern is that tires fabrication lot could have defects that could cause major consequences. I notice that Michelin tires had same problems and they did a recall. Information about those tires: Dunlop signature - 195 60/R15 88T M+S dot (1) mkrb 1xhr 2011 and (3) mkrb 1xhr 2111. Just in time, Goodyear authorized sears to do a tire inspection and sears notice and confirm lost of tread.

- South Salt Lake, UT, USA

problem #10

Jul 052011

Focus

  • 40,000 miles

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

The rear tires are wearing unevenly even with alignments. Rear suspension is now a problem. Three sets of tires in 50,000 miles.

- Philo, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 072013

Focus

  • 33,000 miles
Purchased vehicle less than a year ago, from a dealership. New tires were put on at that time. Mileage when purchased was 29000. While driving on snow and icy roads it would wobble and get squirrelly, which I attributed it to the lightness of the vehicle. There was no reason for me to suspect the tires as I have them rotated according to manufacturer specs, and no abnormalities have been mentioned to me by the dealer. However, last week I had an accident as a result of a worn out tire blowing out on a snowy road. Inspection determined that all the tires were unevenly worn, and that the cause was that the arms which maintain tire alignment were physically incapable of doing so. This is not a manufacturing defect, it is a *design flaw*, which resulted in personal injury (broken arm, facial contusions).

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #8

Aug 022012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I purchased a Ford Focus 2009 a yr ago from the Kia dealer ship in rapid city sd. The car had about 18,000 miles on the car. It was in excellent shape. I have had the car just over a yr and it has 28,000 miles on it. I was traveling to aberdeen sd, got an oil change and was told that all 4 tires were wore out. The mechanic stated that this is usual for the Ford Focus and they have had many problems with this vehicle. He told me that I have to align the car more often to avoid this happening again as it will happen again. Tires should last longer than this. I was traveling and could have wrecked my car as I was told that the tires would not need to be replaced until around 60,000 miles. I am lucky I did not crash when I was traveling. I did purchase tires for $600 and would like Ford to take responsibility for this defect on this vehicle.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #7

Sep 142011

Focus

  • 35,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. The vehicle was equipped with kumho solus KH16 tires, tire size 205/50/16 (N/a). The contact stated that the front driver side tire had significant tread separation and the steel belts were visible. The vehicle was taken to a tire center where the defective tire was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. The dot numbers were C0L7yp5M4508, C0L7yp5M4408, and C0L7yp5M4008.

- White Lake, WI, USA

problem #6

Jul 172011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
2009 Focus left rear tire has severe cupping after only 26000 miles. Suspension defect per discount tire mechanics. Had to replace all the tires because the fronts also worn down to the steel plies. Sbn: TB-21399, NHTSA item no. 10034585. Big problem!

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 062010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
Uneven tire wear, replaced tires at 20,000 miles at 34,000 miles I'm almost ready to replace them again. I took this Ford Focus in so many times, had 4 alignments. The last time it was in they said I must have had a accident since they noticed there was a scrap on my bumper. (a scrap and a impact are two different things isn't it?) well, I was told that before I bring the car in again I needed to take it to a body shop to check the frame. I took it in and they said there was no frame damage on this car. I called Ford again and they said they wanted to take the car to there body shop to have the frame checked. So, when that was finally done I ask the guy what is the verdict" he told me there was nothing wrong with the frame on the car and it was mechanically sound. I asked him "so what are we going to do about the tire wear"" he told me it was normal wear and tear since there is nothing wrong with the car and that I should rotate my tires and have alignments every 15,000 miles. This car is 2 years old and it has had 2 sets of tires, almost ready for a 3rd, 4 wheel alignments, sync replaced, PCM, replaced, motor mounts replaced, the transmission shifts hard at random times.

- Turlock, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 092010

Focus

  • miles
2009 Ford Focus. Consumer states problem with ticking noise the consumer stated there were engine/exhaust noise emitting from the vehicle after it was turned off. According to the dealer, some Ford vehicle may exhibit a ticking/pinging noise from the hot exhaust after the engine is turned off and the exhaust cools down, which is due to the exhaust system expanding and contracting during heating and cooling cycles. The ticking/pinging should be considered normal. The brake fluid light illuminated and it was determined the fluid was low. The tires were found to be out of round, the air bag light illuminated. The TPMS light illuminated due to low pressure in one of the tires. It was determined that one of the tires had a leak.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles

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

Pre mature tire wear, right rear tire wore out at 25,000 mi. Wore out in 3 areas diagonally across tire face. Excessive vibration at highway speeds. Tires have been balanced 3 different times. New tires rebalanced twice. 45,000 mi. On vehicle now.

- Beecher, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 112009

Focus

  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Focus. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the passenger rear tires blew out. The dealer stated that they would only replace two of the four tires and refused to inspect the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were approximately 14,000.

- Salisbury , MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 122010

Focus

  • 17,200 miles
Near miss. I bought a new 2009 Ford Focus 7 months ago; it had 25 miles on it. I have put 18,000 miles on it so far, mostly in the last 2 months. The back starts thumping at highway speeds about 1000 miles ago so today I take it in to bill knight Ford, where I bought the car (74133), and they tell me I need a rear end alignment and 2 new tires. Amazing enough, they don't have the tires in stock- I'm guessing cause everyone that traded in the clunkers 7 months ago (to buy a Focus), already beat me to the dealer ship. Is it just me or does the $17,000 car have problems?

- Okmulgee, OK, USA

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