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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
94,250 miles
Total Complaints:
72 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (32 reports)
  2. replaced ignition (20 reports)
  3. hit key while in ignition (6 reports)
  4. Ford should recall the ignitions (5 reports)
  5. call a locksmith (3 reports)
  6. pop out ignition lock & give it a deep cleaning (2 reports)
2001 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Oct 062017

Focus ZX3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


Ford knows about this issue of the key not turning in the ignition and won’t fix it or provide a fix for it. That is wrong and creates a clear safety issue with this car. They should warn people that this is an issue and help us fix it instead of being corporate buttheads and acting like the issue doesn’t exist. They created the issue by using defective parts and passing them off as safe. I did not know of this issue until it happened and I researched it online.

- Jerome T., Sylmar, US

problem #71

Jul 262015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

Should have been a recall because there have been so many failures.

- Kyle B., Seattle, WA, US

problem #70

Jan 032014

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

This is another shining example of the poor quality Ford has sunk to. Its a shame they can't even own up to it and fix this mess.

- David S., Stanley, NC, US

problem #69

Jun 102010

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


Same rant as before, different day, had to pay to get it fixed.

- mapaketsk, Eureka, IL, US

problem #68

Apr 272012

Focus ZX3 2.0L Dohc Zetec

  • Manual transmission
  • 148,218 miles

After some research on the problem, it sounds like the issue is very well known, and pretty common. Why hasn't Ford issued a recall on this? I shouldn't have to leave the key in my ignition or bang on it to start my car. That is ridiculous. And Ford wants to charge me $500 to replace it?

- Benjamin F., Columbus, OH, US

problem #67

Mar 032011

Focus ZX3

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,687 miles

Well My Kid got this POS and has had nothing but issues.. Most due to her being a teenager.. Bad clutch,brakes, and general maintenance.

Then out of no where this $500 dollar ignition crap. Ford knows of these issues. I have been to dealer and several mechanics.( Friends) tell me its a on going thing. So why won't Ford repair the problem. Cause then they're admitting they made a error. God forbid that.. we buy their cars,trucks,and SUVs and all we get in return after our warranty is a big repair bill for something that isn't suppose to happen.. I would be OK with this if I hadn't found several 100 post with same problem.

So therefor I say we all start getting loud the right way.. Please write the Attorney General your state and file a complaint As Well As with Ford, and make sure to have all the info that Car-complaint asked for and maybe, just maybe, Ford will stand up and do the right thing before it gets way out of control..

Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center P.O. Box 6248 Dearborn, MI 48126

- Shane G., Kittrell, NC, US

problem #66

Jun 172013

Focus LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


This is a real problem because I work out of state and when it is Thursday night and time to go home I can't start the car. After reading forums and blogs about this issue, I am not sure how to proceed since many have said that even after they replaced the ignition cylinder, the same problem continued. I can't afford to continually repair something over and over again. FORD needs to recall and fix it once and for all. I am sorry I bought this used Ford Focus. My in-laws swear that they love the Ford Focus but with this happening, they might change their mind too.

- Mike S., Saratoga Springs, UT, US

problem #65

Sep 122012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

WTF isnt there a class action suit about this bull? if we all joined in what would Ford do? this is f in stupid that there isn't a recall about it in 11 damn years. lets make them recall this f in problem........ hmmmmmm maybe ford loves everybody paying lots of extra cash for them................... sorry for my lil cursing were all grown ups sure looks like every one else is just as pissed as me?????

- bblugnutz, Eveleth, MN, US

problem #64

Jun 242013

Focus ZX3 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,000 miles

I jumped into my car and started it up and went to the neighborhood store, it's about 3 blocks away. I jump back in my car to leave and the key won't work. It's as if I am using the wrong key. I jiggled, smacked, moved the steering wheel up and down. Then I cussed and fussed after about 4 hours I had to call a wrecker tow my car that I have only had 2 wks. 50$ a fu%# key for one of these mother f@#$% is 60.00 dollars at walmart and the local dealer around here was going to charge me 312.00 to install it. There has been numerous complaints about this same problem. Ford knows it they should be held responsible if something terrible happens because of it. From my understanding it is only on the cars from 2000-2003. Ford should recall the ignition for a free fix.

- chill bill, Wilmington, OH, US

problem #63

Jan 202013


  • Manual transmission
  • 134,000 miles

I was at the store with my Son (12 years old) and my grandson (3 years old), when we went to leave the key would not turn and the steering wheel was locked up. It was very cold outside, after about an hour I got a hold of someone to come pick us up. When I got home I did some internet research and found out this is a common issue and No recall? No car, can’t pick my daughter up at her friend’s house (she is stranded), can’t take my Grandson home and have to figure out a way to work tomorrow. This is a major safety issue leaving people stranded without warning. Especially if there are health issues or children involved. My dad is 73 and loves Ford, he is a true Ford man and he was surprised and disappointed about this also. What is Ford thinking?.. Greed and money.

- Melissa C., Harrisonville, MO, US

problem #62

Feb 102005

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,817 miles


Extremely annoying when you're away from home and your key won't start your car! Has happened hundreds of times, have to keep putting key in and taking it out and eventually it will turn ignition! Why isn't Ford recalling this vehicle? There is so many things wrong with it and it is not only mine - ask anyone who has one - same complaints.

- brenda-shane, Sintaluta, Saskatchewan, canada

problem #61

Nov 052012

Focus LX 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 193,000 miles

I am 45min from work and am an only income family. Now i am screwed. This needs to be fixed. Hope the lawsuit in CA, comes to something useful.

- William P., Dayton, TX, US

problem #60

Apr 102004

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I was at a rest stop with my little one, had turned the car off to go in. When I came out to turn the car back on, the key wouldn't turn. Very scary bc we were alone and far from home. I waited a few minutes and tried it again and it turned!

A couple months later, I was out the door to class to turn in a paper and once again my key would not turn. I called ford and they were not helpful. It took several tries before it would turn and I was late.

I brought it in to get it looked at and they made me pay 50$ to replace it when it was their bad design! It locked up twice after the replacement and I got rid of the damn thing.

- Amanda L., High Ridge, MO, US

problem #59

Aug 102012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Apparently this happens to the Ford Focus a lot. Dealership didn't acknowledge that a problem DOES exist with the focus.

- marycfl, Boynton Beach, FL, US

problem #58

May 202012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I have a 2001 Ford Focus and am experiencing the "key won"t start the ignition" problem. This is the second time this has happened!!!. I have had it with this car. Am not going to buy a FORD ever again!!! As soon as I am able to move my car (if I ever do), I am purchasing another car and it won't be a FORD. I'm through!!!!

- bennettj, Rock Hill, SC, US

problem #57

Feb 232012

Focus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

2001 Ford Focus ignition locked up and key will NOT turn. This is incredibly frustrating especially after reading the hundreds of identical problems people have posted about this already. Ford get your heads out of your butts and do something about it.

- Craig H., Battle Creek, MI, US

problem #56

Oct 312011

Focus 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

The ignition sticking has been an ongoing problem since the purchase of this car. Now we are told it is going to cost between 350-400 for them to replace the ignition switch. From what I have been reading from others this is a common problem and why isn't there a recall on the ignition switch. If Ford knows about this problem are they afraid it will cost them some money to correct it or would they prefer to lose customers and new car sales. That would really hurt their pocket book. Not only did the car have to be towed time was lost from work due to being stranded and then waiting on the tow. It is time for FORD to open their eyes and correct this. If this is their way of business my new car purchases will be made with others.

- Joyce P., Bluff City, TN, US

problem #55

Dec 062011

Focus ZX3

  • Manual transmission
  • 89,000 miles

According to online complaints, quickly wearing out ignition starter components are common on Ford Foci. My keys starting sticking yesterday and today i can't get the key into the ignition. Can't turn on car - now it's just sitting there unusable. Unacceptable that this is wearing after so little usage - car only has 89000 miles.

- gitnick, Alexandria, VA, US

problem #54

Jul 312011

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,200 miles

Pulled into the membership club only gas pump at the local store, filled up and found that my ignition key would not turn. Retried it, moved the wheel back and forth, removed the key, reinserted the key. Told the person behind me that I could not start my car and they might want to try another pump. This went on for about 6 or 7 minutes before the key turned for no apparent reason just as it had just stopped turning for no apparent reason.

I will say that the key has in the past locked up before and has refused to come out of the ignition before, but never to this degree. I thought it was a lubrication issue or I was just being absent minded and trying to pull it out from the wrong position or had done something dumb. This was not me this time and apparently not me the other times.

This car has had nothing but issues from the day I drove it off the lot and actually spent almost a month back at the dealership when new because I refused to drive it until every problem I found was resolved.

- gbogart, Merrick, NY, US

problem #53

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Why name it a "Focus" and clearly it can't concentrate. I have read all of the complaints, so I won't go into detail about being stranded, or my daughter who is 8 months pregnant being stranded late at night in a dark shopping center parking lot in the freezing cold because the of the key and ignition problem. I had it repaired once already, $400 dollars, not to mention all of the motors blew in every window except the front passenger window. The Ford company are F#$%in con artists and the dealers are just as guilty because they are aware and continue selling this piece of crap!!!!!!

- Michelle W., Springfield, OH, US

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