pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
57,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. attempted changing pads, cleaned out brake dust (4 reports)
2000 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2000 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 292008

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


I'm really surprised there are not more complaints with this.

THIS CAR was the biggest mistake ever. I've had nothing but problems and am very surprised it's still running. I've kept up with oil changes and probably poured about 6,000 dollars in repairs in the last 8 years plus my mother got royally screwed at the dealership for what she paid (for what she paid she could have gotten a honda that woulda lasted and worked)

ANYWAY. This car has had squealing brakes since day one (brand new) and there's no way to fix it according to the retarded FORD dealership (losers)!! It really sucks. It sounds like my car is a clunker with major issues, but it basically looks brand new and is in good exterior and interior condition!

One day I was at the burger king drive thru and heard squealing breaks and i was like hmm "is that me" but my car wasn't moving. It was the FORD FOCUS SE in front of me (that i didn't realize was there)!! HA HA

So SAD!!


- , Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 062007

(reported on)

Focus ZX3 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Brakes squeal when stopping about 80% of the time. Started with this car at about 50,000 mi and has been a consistent problem since. Changing pads and rotors has not corrected the problem.

- , Winslow, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 282003

(reported on)


  • 30,000 miles

The Ford dealers in North London tried telling me the noise coming from the brakes when braking was because modern cars no longer use asbestos! When I pointed out the minor defect in this logic - mainly that by that argument all modern cars should scream like stuck pigs they just looked blank. So, despite brake linings, pads etc being changed front & back as well as expensive cleaning the noise is till there. If it's ever resolved, I'll let you know.

- , London, England, UK

problem #1

Feb 162003

(reported on)

Focus ZTS

  • 45,000 miles

Wow, this is bad. I've had the car for about two years now and this is the only true compliant outside of the rear passenger side window failing. Everytime I apply the brakes (80% of the time at least) I get this high-pitched squeeling noise. It's worse in the rainy and warmer weather. I don't know how to honestly explain it.

I've had my brake pads changed - and when they were it was observed that the rotors were in good shape, but the pads were severely worn. This was, however, after 33,000 miles. I've now got it at 45,000 and the noise is still there - but the stopping power and such are STILL there. I've tried cleaning out my wheels in search of massive amounts of brake dust, no luck.


- , Columbia, IL, USA

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