pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,020 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. new ECU and ignition coil (1 reports)
  3. replace spark plug wire on number three cylinder (1 reports)
  4. replaced egr valve sensor (1 reports)
2001 Ford Focus engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

May 102006

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


the beginning of the problems started when i first got the car back in 2006. It started running rough and would shut off on me every time I would sit idle for too long (car standards) at a light or something. So I had a tune up and that seemed to help for a while.

4 Years later I'm still living with this DEATH TRAP of a car! It is ridiculous! The car has shut off on me probably 300 times in the past year and has put me in horrible predicaments. I live in Florida and drive to Texas to see my family. I'm actually moving back to Texas this July and need this car to work. I have had it shut off on me on long trips, short trips, 5 min trips to the store. this should NOT be happening.

Things I have change: Spark Plugs, EGR pipe, PCV valve, Engine Mounts (after finding out two of mine were broken this seem to help with some of the vibration), Air Filter, O2 Sensor, Fuel Filter, and NOW I am having the FUEL PUMP put in as I'm typing. I know I have had more things done on the car, but those are just the ones I can think of right now. Oh not to mention the air went out and I had to get a new compressor!!

Good news though, turns out FORD had a recall on the Fuel Pumps...bad NEWS is that I missed the date by 3 months (yes I did call their CS). So if this fuel pump change does not fix my car I will be selling it!! I am so done with this piece of JUNK! Do NOT EVER buy another FORD!! I don't care if you love the new spokesman! DON'T DO IT!

- , Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 102010

Focus SE 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,100 miles

I just wanted to say a word about Ford products in general. We purchased this car for our daughter with the knowledge that as a used car we would expect to put some money into this vehicle. We own several Fords and have been satisfied with all of them. Just FYI maintenance is everything!! For those of you who have had trouble with your vehicles I hope that you will give Ford another chance. They really can make a quality vehicle...

- , Milford, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 252008

Focus ZX3 2.0L Z-Tec

  • Manual transmission
  • 88,000 miles

Look I have had to replace the EGR Valve sensor on this car at least three times. What happens is the check engine light will come on but usually just before it does you notice that your car is hesitating badly and idling rough. You will notice a slight loss of power and will start getting bad gas mileage. I don't even take it to the dealer any more for an evaluation because I know its the there's a very good chance it's the EGR valve sensor.

- , Shrewsbury, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 232009

Focus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles

I have owned many Fords in my life time. I have never had ANY problems with any of them except for this last one. My 2001 Ford Focus has been a decent car up to the last 5 months. I am so sick of dealing with people telling me that they can not figure out what the problem is. This last place told me they believe it is the computer and that it isn't even a guarantee it would fix the problem. So I am at my rits in with this car. I called Ford Manufacture and told them everything that is going on and they basically told me that I am S.O.L., they also told me that if I wanted them to check into it further that everyone who is having problems with their 2001 Ford Focus needs to call and complain to them like I did. They said that doing it on Car Complaints will not do anything,.

I am asking for all of your help. We all know with todays economy it is nearly impossible for my family to get a new car. So I have to rely on other people to take me to work or bring me home. I don't have the ability to go and come as I please. I almost feel like a child again. IT FLIPPIN SUCKS. I AM GOING CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ASK FOR YOUR HELP AGAIN PLEASE PLEASE CALL FORD MANUFACTURE AND TELL THEM YOUR PROBLEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEIR NUMBER IS 1-800-392-3673. Thank you for all of you for taking the time to read this and please again help call them and let them know so we can get something done about these problems.

- , Topeka, KS, USA

problem #1

May 012006

(reported on)

Focus LE

  • 45,000 miles

ECU Failed in my 5 year old Ford Focus. My Ford Focus cost me 1200 Euro to replace the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) and ignition coil. Two cylinders only would fire so I barely got it to the repair guy. He said the coil may have pulled down the ECU output on two cylinders and so it damaged the ECU.

My 1993 honda prelude is still going perfectly at 100,000 miles with nothing like the Ford repair bills!!! A honda civic will replace my Ford focus for sure.

- , Cork, Cork, Ireland

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