hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,468 miles

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Oct 272008


  • 116,200 miles


My daughter was driving on the freeway when her car just died, while driving. It started up again immediately, but it has happened several times in the last month. I went online to view recalls, and it stated that 2001 Ford Focus had a recall on this issue. I also found 2 other items that are happening to this vehicle that were also recalls. I made an appointment with the dealer to have these recalls fixed, but when they pulled up the VIN number, they said that there were no recalls for this particular car. The other recall I found was the electrical system, and battery failure. I have already burned up one battery because of this issue. The recall states that the cabes overheat and may melt. This vehicle did this as well. The other recall is where the latch on the back door begins to not latch properly, causing the door to come open while driving. The back door will not latch properly on this vehicle either and at times we have to open and close it several times in order to get it to latch. These 3 recalls are all things that have happened on 2001 Ford Focus vehicles, which our vehicle is, but because our VIN # doesn't match the recalls, they refuse to fix them. These are true safety issues. My daughter could be killed because of these issues. How can I have my vehicle added to these recalls? I am extremely upset and concerned that these items will not be addresses when Ford knows that they are a problem on other 2001 Focus vehicles. I will sue should something happen to my daughter due to this issue and Ford unwillingness to correct the problems.

- Corning, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 032008


  • 120,000 miles
My son & I got done eating I left the restaurant parking lot & thought I would stop by the next place when my rear passenger side door opened up out into traffic. Lucky no one was riding in the back. And no accident happen. After several attempts of playing with the lock I got it to close & haven't used that door since. I made several attempts in contacting Ford directly and all I got was a survey form which had nothing to do with my problem. Back in 2005 when they recalled my car for failure on door locks I had taken it to valley view Ford and had it serviced. Now three years later the problem exists and nobody wants to do anything about it. Maybe it takes someone to die and sue them. Very unhappy with Ford, I now will never buy another Ford again.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 222008


  • miles
I will start with the fact the car is on it's fourth battery. It has had the wiring harness replaced along with every sensor in the car some twice. There was a steering column recall done on it. The two back windows tracks have been broke a total of six times. The door handles brake three so far. The stereo is broke for the second time. I have had to do the brakes twice so far and all this and the car only has 63,498.8 miles.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 102002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


I own a 2001 Ford Focus. Problems started one month after purchase. Window wiper motor blew but was under warrenty. Then after warrenty expired everything started to go wrong. Trunk hood would not latch closed, then door latches started to stick, then had to climb into passenger seat to open drivers side door because it would not unlock and door handle plays games and opens door when it wants to. Fuel pump had a recall, thank god because I kept stalling on highway. Then while driving home from work the back passenger side door flew open on highway, almost caused accident. Then engine blew with only 123,000 miles on it. I have all oil change records to prove engine oil was changed every 3,000 miles give or take 20. Engine had to be replaced and that left me without a car for a week. Paid $1900 for an engine from a totaled Focus. Called Ford Motor Company and they told me to hold my engine receipt so that when and if they get any complaints maybe in 2 years or so I'll get a refund. Total money that I have put in car is over $4,000 and it's still not paid off yet. Now I need a new front axle because that is going bad. Why can't Ford help me when I have questions and why is it when I go to a dealer and they can't help and then I call company itself they go and call dealer I went to and they go by what dealer mechanic says and not customer. I will never buy another Ford again. And now the dealer I bought it from went of of business.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 042004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,855 miles
The ignition cylinder on my 2001 Ford Focus locked up last night and will not allow me to start the car. The steering wheel is locked, and the key will not turn. The dealership says I need to replace the lock cylinder. After doing some research on the internet, I can see that this is a very common problem happening to many people, and sometimes it happens more than once. If this is the case, Ford needs to offer a recall. Paying $300+, plus towing is not something I was planning on paying.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2001 Ford Focus and have always had problems with it. On 10/28/2004 I stopped for gas with my two small children. After re-fueling, we all got back into the car to leave and the key wouldn't turn. My whole stering column had locked up-the steering wheel wouldn't budge, the shifter was locked as well as the brake pedel. Although many strangers tried to help me start my car, me adn my children were stuck at the gas pump for over an hour. After having my car towed the driver told me that this was his seond Focus that day with the same problem and his company tows several a month.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Ford Focus 2001 SE will suddenly lock all the doors and I can't get back in. I bought the car 3 weeks ago and was only given one key. Now they want $78 for another key. I think if that is the only key that works, I should have 2. the doors will lock without me pushing the lock button.

- Gardiner, ME, USA

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