pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,212 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced alternator (3 reports)
  2. cleaned off battery terminals (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
  4. replace electrical wires to and from the battery (1 reports)
  5. replaced the ignition core but left out the tumblers (1 reports)
2001 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 142011

Focus LX 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


Had this car been mine, I probably would be griping, ranting and yelling right now. But, since this car actually belongs to my cousins son, I'll just concentrate on expaining how my uncle and I fixed it, and hopefully prevented it from recuring(since there seems to be a high rate of recurance w/ this problem). Pretty simple really : we fixed the problem by replacing the ignition cylinder. We hoped to prevent a recurance by leaving out the tumblers in the new cylinder. I know what your thinking : "Hey idiot, if you leave out the tumblers, anybody will be able to use of any key to start the car. Well actually, that's not true. While they may be able to turn the ignition switch and engage the starter, they won't be able to start it that way. "Why Not" you ask? Becuase the Focus comes w/ a transponder key. A transponder key is a key w/ a chip in it, that is set w/ a code. When you go to start the car, the cars ECU sends a signal to the key and if the key does not respond w/ the correct code, the car is disabled. So, unless you're trying to keep just anyone from getting in your car and listening to the radio, you won't have much to worry about.

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

May 102010

Focus ZX3 2.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 153,000 miles

right off the bat, tell any one who is thinking of buying a ford focus to stop and think. ever sence i bought this car all i've been doing is replacing parts and spending money,,,, i just can't afford to live like this! i have a ford focus zx3 2001. i regret buying it in the first place. i finally thought all the work and money i spent would last me a few years, but look a me now. i ready to burn this car to its grave! its just a waste of my time! take it from me its not worth the time. ill just start having more and more issues and problems.

- , Naples, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 232009

Focus ZTS 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

Jumped in my car and it wouldn't start. The starter was making this hideous noise. I thought for sure I have to replace my starter. My brother suggested I clean off my battery terminals because they were pretty mucked up with the usual corrosion you see on battery terminals. I thought there was no way that was the problem and appeased him to show him he was wrong. Well I disconnected my battery and removed it from the car. Mixed up some baking soda in a cup of water and with a toothbrush, carefully cleaned off the terminals. I also cleaned off the cables and wrapped exposed areas with electrical tape. To my amazement and embarrassment. This worked. I didn't need to buy a new starter or alternator. The corrosion on the battery terminals had a huge affect on the draw from the battery. The car ran a little stronger too.

- , Covington, KY, USA

problem #4

May 012008

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


If I would have known that I would need 2 alternators in 1 year I would have left this car on the side of the road.

- , Metairie, LA, USA

problem #3

May 012007

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Here I go again! Another repair to my crappy ford. I had to have the alternator replaced.

- , Metairie, LA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

The problem only cost about $80 to fix but I had to tow my car to the shop because it wouldn't even jump.

- , Metairie, LA, USA

problem #1

Nov 052007

Focus Se Wagon 2.0L Zetec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,486 miles

Drive the car, park the car for less than 20min - car won't stay on. It started but wouldn't stay on. Idle was confused and then it finally quit.

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

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