hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 7
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,230 miles

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2001 Ford Focus electrical problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #82

Nov 102016


  • 94,500 miles


Ignition key gets stuck and will not turn. Ford has known of this problem should have to pay for repairs and reimbursement.

- Sellersburg, IN, USA

problem #81

May 132015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle started to jerk and the contact smelled smoke. The battery warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped on the side of the road and the ignition was turned to the off position as the contact exited the vehicle. The contact observed flames under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle restarted without being prompted and started rolling forward. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V288000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #80

Mar 022015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Brookings , SD, USA

problem #79

Dec 022014


  • 160,000 miles


It start with door busting all the time, then I switch it off..now it want crank, just bust.

- Mcbee, SC, USA

problem #78

Jul 292014


  • 162,600 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the warning indicators did not illuminate on the dashboard. The failure occurred numerous of times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and recommended the replacement of the faulty wiring. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate mileage was 162,600.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #77

Dec 212013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Key does not turn properly in ignition cylinder and door locks.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #76

Mar 262014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Bought vehicle 2nd hand, cash, everything worked fine. Now, I have no brake lights, & my door locks no longer work on the remote, or the "all lock/unlock" button, & now my trunk latch is not working correctly. The door locks are self locking (meaning that they lock at any given time whenever they please.) the brake switch has been replaced, all bulbs have been checked & replaced, fuses keep getting blown. Cannot locate fuse for the door locks. Ford has a campaign for the year 2000 for a door latch issue, campaign #05S27 NHTSA id# 05V-030. Also, campaign #05S50 NHTSA id #00V-411 for a tail lamp issue. There are no recalls on this yet after doing weeks of research I am finding that it is an issue with the Ford Focus from 2000 to current. After calling several dealers, none of them would tell me anything, & that "they didn't recall any problems before from anyone else". how is it that I can find this issue on the internet but the dealers "never heard of it"" why is there no change in the indicated issue of the wiring harness to the rear tail light assembly? wouldn't this be a hazard" I didn't know they weren't working until I got pulled over by law enforcement. So, this issue happens while the vehicle is being driven!!! therefore, a diligent owner who checks their lights regularly will not know it happens until (a) said person gets hit from behind, or (B) gets pulled over by law enforcement. Here are a few links for your reference: Link: www.cargurus.com/cars/discussion-T574_ds546293. link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"S=2146E9390be4cc339ae4F6438baf3812&T=104972. Link: www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?P=1250643. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=149053. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?T=268411. Link: www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php"T=206427

- Attica, NY, USA

problem #75

Apr 012014


  • miles
2001 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to electrical system failure. The consumer stated the vehicle was a lemon. Over the past 2 years alone, he has spent $2,000 in non-routine repairs. Every time there was an issue, the vehicle was taken to the repair shop for the problem, but was never fully fixed. On one occasion, the vehicle started smoking and the wiring caught on fire.. the consumer was informed, the vehicle needed all new wiring, after the dash lights and tail lights went out 3 times. Also, the cruise control and all the lights inside the vehicle stopped working.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #74

Jan 052014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Sunday 05 Jan 2014 I had recently parked my car, turned it off, and was outside of my vehicle (2001 Ford Focus) when I began to notice smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle. I was confused at first, as the car was completely off for a few minutes before any problems began. Within a matter of two minutes the smoke had increased, thickened, and began to smell. My friend was nearby and had noticed that something was not right. He came over and we both took a couple steps toward the front of the car to figure out what was going on. Immediately flames burst up from the hood. At this point we instantly ran from the vehicle, dialing 911. The flames got worse as we waited from a distance for the fire department to arrive. At this point I was unsure as to whether the car would completely blow up or not, as the flames became worse with every minute. The fire department arrived within approximately five minutes. They were able to put the fire out in a few minutes, but had to break the window and then pry the hood open in order to do so. After the fire was completely out and the scene was safe I was able to talk with the firemen. They showed me under the hood and said the fire seemed to be something electrical and looked as if it had started near the front right of the vehicle under the hood (somewhere close to the passenger headlight). They also explained, as I had already assumed, that the vehicle was unsalvageable.

- Petersburg, MI, USA

problem #73

Jul 242013


  • 155,000 miles
I've had my 2001 Ford Focus for years now and I have had problems with my ignition (got that replaced) and my windshield wipers work when ever they want to and will sometimes turn on its own. Also my trunk will not open at all. I've taken it to different places to get it fixed and no one has been able to open it. I purchased this vehicle so that I could save on gas but all I'm doing is wasting a crap load of money on just repairing everything.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #72

Sep 052012

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the front driver's side floor mat became wet. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the condenser box to the air conditioning unit was cracked and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Raynham, MA, USA

problem #71

Mar 012013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact was able to move the key in the ignition, but there was no response. The failure recurred frequently and without warning. The contact stated that the battery was drained and he would often jump start the vehicle, which would temporarily resolve the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop for diagnosis but were the technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. The battery was replaced. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 85,000.

- Satellite Beach , FL, USA

problem #70

Mar 092013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 67,014 miles
The right front door lock is jammed or stuck, I cannot open the door from the inside or outside, the other 3 door locks work fine.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #69

Nov 012012


  • 65,850 miles
Headlight failure. With engine running, when the headlight switch is turned on, the headlights (both) do not always go on. Also, after being on for a while (often within 10 minutes, almost always within 20 minutes), both headlights will suddenly turn off on their own. When headlights go off, dashboard lights, and other outside lights, remain on. When the switch is on, but headlights have gone off, if the high beams are toggled on and then off, the headlights will go on (for a while). This sequence occurs repeatedly. Unless it is dark (e.g. if in twilight or in daytime rain), or unless I can see the headlight reflections, I have no way of knowing the status of my headlights. Dealership initially replaced a relay, without solving problem. Dealership then replaced the "multi-function switch" controlling turn signals and high beams, with seeming success. I am in possession of the failed original-equipment "multi-function switch". dealership was understanding and helpful, but would not treat this intermittent, sudden, repeated headlight failure as a critical safety issue under warranty. This vehicle has been subject to gas pump failure, and to front suspension spring breakage, which were covered under warranty. [note also that car design does not allow headlights to turn on or stay on when engine is off - this may save accidental battery drain, but deprives operator of illumination or signaling ability that may be needed in emergency situations.]

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #68

Nov 092012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph and smelled a burning odor just as all of the instrument panel gauges reduced to zero abnormally. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 02V288000 (electrical system:battery:cables) but was advised by the manufacturer that the recall was expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Wausau, WI, USA

problem #67

Apr 112012


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the ignition cylinder would not release the key. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic to have the ignition cylinder repaired. The contact stated the ignition cylinder had no problems after the repair. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #66

May 282012


  • 103,000 miles
The key for my Ford Focus will go into the ignition but not turn. I have tried to turn the steering wheel but it still won't get the key to turn in the ignition. After doing some research, I am finding that this is a major and very common complaint with Ford Focus owners and Ford will not issue a recall. The car is not drivable and in order to get it to a repair shop we will have to tow it which will be another expense. If Ford is aware of this problem and will not do anything to recall it, something needs to be done.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #65

Apr 272012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 148,218 miles
Went to start my car this morning and the key would not turn in the ignition. After doing some google research, found that this is a very common issue with the Focus, and has to do with parts in the ignition switch becoming stuck. I was able to get the key to turn eventually by banging on it, and have now left the key in the ignition to avoid the problem occurring again.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #64

Aug 072010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 70 mph, the contact noticed the entire instrument panel and other gauges failed to function properly. The speedometer and fuel gauge also would not display an accurate reading. Immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. Upon restarting the vehicle it began to function for a brief period and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the instrument panel cluster was replaced. The similar failure recurred six months after the repair was performed. The contact stated the instrument panel cluster would need to be replaced for the second time. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 03/14/12 updated 03/19/12

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #63

Apr 012011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
This vehicle has suddenly died dozens of times since April of 2011. It dies when applying the brakes on the interstate, it dies when braking in a parking area. There is no specific speed when this occurs. The vehicle starts back up after two or three times while giving it gas. It happens when the gas tank is full or low and our very reputable mechanic can find no cause. This is extremely dangerous, especially in high traffic areas and I have seen where numerous complaints have been filed online and I hope reporting this will show a pattern with these vehicles.

- Pleasant View, TN, USA

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