really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,800 miles

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2001 Ford Focus engine problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 022004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer noticed fuel rail system was leaking gasoline, resulting in stalling. Independent shop cleaned the fuel injection an throttle cable. Dealer was notified.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 252003


  • miles
Nar 03/05/2003 the vehicle engine sped out of control by itself with a hugh burst of speed, and the car ran into the shrubbery at the edge of the parking lot.

- Deerfield, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 232004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while driving 35 mph. The gas pedal went all the way down to the floor. The cable popped out of the throttle mechanism and the vehicle accelerated.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 032003

(reported on)

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer has experienced the following: The brakes has an abnormal noise, pulsation when moderate-hard braking, and grinding, the accelerator cable clip-broken, battery and case, belt assembly and idler seal, transmission/pan gasket leak, temp guage-found burnt resister/connector-goes hot and cools when A/C is on and the fan does not come on, the vehicle stalled at an intersection, the exhaust camshaft seal is leaking, the fuel sender works intermittently/inop, and the rear suspension-rear shocks-seemed weak and hears a noise in the rear end when going over a dip. Scc

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 112001


  • miles
While traveling at normal highway speed, I was crossing the Tacoma narrows bridge when I experienced complete loss of throttle control. The vehicle slowed to a stop with the engine at idle. The accelerator pedal went to the floor. I called 911 and a Washington state patrol vehicle responded and pushed me off of the bridge. The vehicle was towed to the nearest Ford dealer where it was discovered that the throttle cable had snapped close to the linkage at the engine. The cable was replaced under warranty. Due to the high volume of traffic on the bridge the stalling of my vehicle caused a large traffic jam and left me in a very unsafe condition.

- Port Orchard, WA, USA

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