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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,172 miles

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2010 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #15

Mar 232015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 55,767 miles


While driving late at night 12:30 a.M.from work on mn hwy 169 N I was exiting onto mn hwy 62 w, slowing down to 20 miles hr. Car slows down to 5 miles per hr., wrench light comes on. Car stalls rpms won't go beyond 2. car sputters & will not go forward. Pulled over in a safe place by exit ramp. Turned off car & restarted car is fine. Looked up on-line and saw similar complaints involving the throttle body malfunction. Called my Ford dealership. They had heard of this compliant. They repaired the problem for $837.19. On 03/24/15. I believe Ford Motor Company owes us a recall. Luckily there was no traffic. The incident could a potentially dangerous. I hope you can help me. Thank you for your help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #14

Aug 072014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 30,526 miles
Similar to man of the complaints on this vehicle; it ended up being the throttle body issue. My mother-in-law was driving and it suddenly wouldn't accelerate. A car almost rear-ended her. She was able to coast to the side of the road. She noticed that the "wrench" light was on. She started it up and "limped" to the Ford dealer. About $700 later, the throttle body was changed. There is only 30,000 miles on the vehicle and she bought it brand new. She is quite upset about having to pay for the repair, and I don't blame her. This should be part of the power train, or under the extended warranty coverage that was applied to some of the other Ford and Mercury vehicles that had the same throttle body issue. How many incidents or complaints does it need to take to have Ford apply the same coverage to the Focus" do they have to wait till people get badly hurt" this is ridiculous. Please take care of it.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #13

Jul 162014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power cut off suddenly, and car had to be restarted multiple times to "limp home." The dealer diagnosed a problem with the throttle body and replaced it, but it was not covered under warranty. I understand from the internet that several other models have been given an extended warranty by Ford for this problem, but not the Focus yet.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #12

Oct 182012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


I first started to notice a problem about 2 years after owning this car. Bought it brand new from the dealership. One day after an oil change I was sitting at a stop light and the car felt like it was about to sputter and die out. I revved the engine and once I started to move it didn't seem to be an issue. I took it into Ford and they told me it was the A/C unit circling on and that this was normal. I thought it was weird since this was not something that happened since day one, but instead started happening after 2 years of owning the car. I went back and forth with the dealership that there was definitely something wrong with the car. The guy that was working on my car told me at that point that he thought it was the throttle body and at that point it was still covered under my warranty but that if he were to replace it and there was nothing wrong with the one that came out of my car, I would be charged for it. So, being someone that doesn't have an extra $700 laying around, and believing the dealership, I chose to go on driving my car as it was. Today was the most recent incident. I was driving down a very busy highway, going close to 60 when my car decided to turn off today. This has now happened 5, yes 5 times. The first time it happened I was slowly turning a corner and my car just died. Completely died. Check engine light came on, wrench light came on, and oil light came on. I pulled over to the side of the road and started my car again. How many complaints need to be filed before action is taken"???? there is obviously a problem not only with the Focus models but with all of Ford throttle bodies! is this going to be another Chrysler monstrosity"

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #11

Oct 052013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
This has been a re occurring problem that the throttle body sticks causing my vehicle to go into "limp mode" causing the car to almost loose power. This has had several close calls now, it does get better when cleaned but is needing cleaned more and more often.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 072014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I drive approximately 1 hour each way to work and back. During this trip I am spend a lot of time on two lane major access roadways with speeds of 55 mph. Driving at a steady 60 mph throughout most of my trip, I had a sudden loss of power in heavy traffic and the orange wrench that signifies "limp home mode" came on. Since half of my trip is on roads that are rural in amenities, I was unable to limp to the nearest Ford dealership or auto parts place the offer testing services. I coasted to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle which could be done under a roll as it is a 5spd. The car restarted immediately and ran perfect the rest of the way home (about 25 miles). This vehicle ran fine for three more weeks and then began doing the same thing again. One of the things I noticed the most is that it does not seem to do this over 60 mph as one day a week I am traveling at more highway speeds (70 ish) and it has never done this under that type of load. This had been an off and on occurrence since April, yet has become more common. I borrowed a scan tool from my neighbor, drove the car with it plugged in, and today came up with two codes in less than 11 miles of driving. P2135 and P2111 which when I contacted my Ford service technician came out to be throttle body codes. To date it has happened 27 times while driving, has not left me stranded, yet, but has caused rapid deceleration in some heavy traffic. Car does reset itself and runs fine for a while right after, however I am concerned that this could become much more of a hazard as time goes on. Currently has 74,500 miles on car.

- Gilford, NH, USA

problem #9

Mar 302014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


My wife was driving on the freeway, and the car stopped responding to the gas pedal suddenly. The light with the wrench image came on also at that time. Somehow she was able to pull over safely on the shoulder. She turned the car off and after she turned the car back on the warning wrench light was gone. And the vehicle responded to the gas pedal fine. She had to drive in the right lane cautiously with the emergency lights on...

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #8

Feb 212014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 81,227 miles
Driving on the freeway is most left lane and completely lost accelerator power, check engine light came on. Had to cross about 3 lanes to get to the shoulder before complete loss of momentum.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 022014


  • 82,000 miles
Experiencing rough idle and complete loss of power at normal speed, engine check and wrench light comes on at time of issue. Had a diagnostic check at advance auto and error code P2135 throttle position sensor/switch A/B voltage correlation and also error code P2111 throttle actuator control system stuck open. I believe this to be a safety issue due to complete lose of power at normal driving speed and just enough time to pull over or almost getting hit from behind.

- Williamson, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 152013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 13,711 miles
I drove with several friends for over an hour to a football game. As we were approaching the stadium going 35-40 mph, the car suddenly lost acceleration and a wrench light and check engine light came on. We pulled over, turned the car off and on again and were able to go about a half mile before the same thing happened again. I had it towed to a Ford dealer where they found that the throttle body had failed. I was very grateful this happened on a residential street and not on the very busy highway I had been driving on for the last hour! from looking online, I found that this is a common issue with late model Ford and that an investigation had been opened by the NHTSA at least for Ford escape and Fusion.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 042013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


It's not just the Mercury Milan and Ford escape having the throttle body sensor/assembly issue. I was driving down the 694 interstate in Minnesota when my car went into limp mode and the wrench warning light appeared on my dash. I was able to find some shoulder and pull over, turn my car off and restart it and make it home. I brought it to automation in white bear lake, mn. The following day and spent $800 for the replacement of the throttle body in my Ford Focus ses. Had it gone out 8500 miles sooner, it would have been covered under warranty. Three days later, the same part on my wife's 2010 Mercury Milan premier went out and is being replaced today. Luckily she purchased an extended warranty so all we have to pay for that one is $100, but what a coincidence, eh? I think not! I know you are investigating some Ford autos from 2010 for this problem, but I think you better open it up to all Ford products from 2010. Thank you!

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #4

Feb 142013


  • 30,100 miles
On several occasions I have smelled very strong gas fumes inside the automobile. The smell was so strong that I have checked for leaking hoses, etc.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 232012

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,670 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that when the door latch button was depressed the button would immediately release, causing the doors to remain unlocked. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,670 and the current mileage was 48,889. Updated 09/05/12 the consumer also stated the RPM fluctuated at idle. Also, the vehicle was consuming an excessive amount of gas. Updated 09/10/12

- Loas Angeles , CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 45,580 miles
Electronic throttle body light comes and 2010 Ford Focus just loses power..this seems to be a on going issue....

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 242010


  • miles
Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) I am wondering what action I can take next. I own a brand new 2010 Ford Focus purchased in Feb 2010. The car has a terrible smell on the inside, I have taken it back to the dealer where I purchased it and all they did was spray something in the car and send us home. The smell is so bad that all I can do is back the car out of my garage open the doors and windows and after doing that for several hours a day I drive it back into my garage to sit. I can't drive my brand new Ford anywhere because I get so sick from the smell. I have contacted the Ford Motor Company about my problem and they sent me to tousley Ford. Tousley had my vehicle for a few days and believe the problem is the plastic parts inside the car, and claim they can't do anything about my "toxic" car. I am wondering who I can talk to get an answer and some help getting my vehicle replace by another 2010 Ford Focus that doesn't have a very bad smell in it. My husband and I get sick every time we get in the car to drive it down the road. The hotter the inside of the car gets the worse the smell. The dealership even took the carpet in the truck out to see but found nothing but a terrible smell. Ford has admitted that they don't want to spray anything more inside the car because it will "mask" the smell it already has L. how many months does it take owning a vehicle that you can only drive out of your garage to air it out and can't drive it down the road cause you get sick. [xxx]

- Forest Lake, MN, USA

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