pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
68,713 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. don't buy a Ford Focus (6 reports)
  2. save your money and buy a Toyota! (2 reports)
  3. replace both rotors and brake pads together (1 reports)
  4. replace master cylinder (1 reports)
2001 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 262010

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,129 miles


Ever had your brakes fail in the middle of city traffic? How about twice? Master cylinder had to be replaced twice in one year! Ford Focus is crap!!! Found On Road Dead really applies here!

- , Sintaluta, Saskatchewan, canada

problem #9

Nov 012009

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

My mom swears it's because I am hard on my brakes. The brake says it the car. I say never again will I purchase a damn ford.

- , Laramie, WY, USA

problem #8

Jun 252009

Focus ZTS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

The brakes all of a sudden had a shaky feeling with a grinding noise and the brake pedal was pulsating as I applied the brakes. At first I thought I needed to replace the brake pads. but when I inspected them. The brake pads were thick enough. So I had to do something so I purchased new front brake pads. and when I took them off I notice the inner side of the disc rotor had wear spots that were like divited areas. Both sides werer like this. So I replaced both rotors and brake pads and now it brakes like butter. For a little more money I bought the gold series brakes instead of the silver. and I was worth it. smother quieter braking. It feels like a new car.

- , Covington, KY, USA

problem #7

Jan 012002

Focus SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


Ever since I bought my Focus back in 2001, I've had constant problems with my brakes. When I take the car into the dealership for repair, I just get a shrug and "That's what a Focus is like." So, I haven't been able to get this repaired for 7 years and it has gotten so bad, I basically have to floor my pedal to stop my car (just going as slow as 15mph).

- , Waltham, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012008

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Rear break locks up. It's the second time. First time occurred about 2 years, 20000miles ago. and cost 600$ to fix up. It's the same this time..... really bad.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My mom has had this car since 2001, and of course when I inherit it, all the problems have to start. For the first time in 6 years the brakes had to be replaced and stupid me went to Brake Masters. The car wasn't stopping properly, there was a grinding noise etc. Well, they didn't fix the problem. 7 times we went back and seven times they told us something different. We finally took the car to the dealership where they admitted to the problem with the brakes on this particular model but promised it would be fixed esp. after over $1900 to replace everything. Ford had the car in August, and the car is at 76000 miles now because of where I work, and unfortunately, the brake light for the emergency brake has come on, its grinding again, pulses sometimes when I stop, and sometimes doesn't want to stop at all! This is retarded! Where I work at, this car will end up having the brakes done every year! I can't afford this! I miss my Civic! I never had problems with my Honda! I WILL NEVER BUY A FORD! Mom is mad, but she knows it is not because of how I drive, she now knows that it is a problem with the car!

- , Albuquerque, NM, US

problem #4

Mar 282007

(reported on)

Focus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


I have had this stupid car over 5 years. The problems started 3 days after i bought the car brand new. I have replaced the entire brake system 3 times. I have to get new pads and shoes every 20 to 40 thousand miles.

- , Magalia, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 122006

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles

I replace my brakes about once every two years, which is ridiculous! I will never buy another Ford. Not only do my front brakes wear out too quickly, but my rear brakes don't work at all. The rear braking pads don't even touch to rotors. There is absolutely no wear in the back because they don't touch....

- , Caldwell, ID, USA

problem #2

Apr 142006

(reported on)

Focus LE

  • 57,000 miles

My brakes were squeaking so I took it to my local Midas to get the brakes done as they were having a special. After the getting the car back the brakes still squeaked. I went to the same mechanic that looked at it the first time and he went back and told me that he had to replace the entire rotor and the bearings, which he even admitted that a car with so few miles (this was a few years ago) having to change out the rotor AND the bearings. He said the bearings were made of plastic and were already worn down. Any more and I could have had a serious problem on my hands. Not only did he have to order a FORD part, which was terribly expensive, he was having difficulty getting the FORD part to fit as the first one did so he had to make it fit... not forcefully, but shape it properly. All in all, I was out of a car for over a week trying to get my brakes fixed and it cost me over $300. It would have cost me more, but the mechanic felt bad for me since the car wasn't that old and the brake thing is NOT covered under warranty. So he didn't charge me for his extra time working on the rotors and bearings. He was determined to get it fixed. That was the ONLY positive experience about it.

- , Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #1

Dec 032003

(reported on)


  • 29,000 miles

Ford focus brakes wear out every 12000 miles. Rotors have to be replaced, they can't be cut. Dealer says its a common problem but ford ignores it and says it normal. I have 50,000 miles on my focus and brakes have been done 4 times. Ford says that's NORMAL. Believe me it's not the way I drive. My other vehicle gets brakes every 50000 if not more. THAT TO ME IS NORMAL. Don't buy a FOCUS!

- , Schaumburg, IL, USA

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