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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,794 miles

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2001 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #74

Oct 032007

Focus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


2001 Ford Focus has failed twice during long trips. Vehicle stutters, struggles and will maintain a speed of only 35-40 mph during these episodes. Stopping, restarting will reset and allow another 5-10 miles of proper operation and then in happens again. During both instances it was hot and humid. Was able to continue trip both times, but this is a scary situation on the interstate!!!!! suspecting fuel control module, but everything tests fine at the shop and unable to recreate symptoms for mechanic. Online Ford database says this vehicle is not included on the recall for fuel system malfunction, but the sysmptoms are exactly as described in the complaint.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #73

Jun 252010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 123,150 miles
Sticking accelerator pedal 2001 Ford Focus SE. 2.0L L4 DOHC driving down the interstate heading to work and was going to set the cruise. I couldn't get it to activate tried speeding up and slowing down and setting - didn't operate. A few moments later a car merged in front of me from the on ramp. I slowed down let traffic on the left go by. I then merged to left lane and depressed the accelerator and it stuck at/near full throttle. I tapped the brakes to see if the cruise had engaged - no change, looked to see if there was an obstruction by the pedal - none found, tried pulling pedal back with my foot - no effect, tried stomping on accelerator to see if it would unstick - no change. I was now going over 80 mph and close to rear ending a car in front of me I stepped on the brakes hard, it didn't slow down. At this point I turned the ignition off and merged to the right and off to the emergency lane. I opened the hood and inspected the accelerator linkage at the throttle plate. Found the cruise control cable had disconnected and got lodged between the cruise control cable mounting bracket and the throttle plate actuator keeping the throttle plate at or near full throttle. I reconnected the cruise cable went to work returned home and have set the car aside for further inspection.

- Oconomowoc, WI, USA

problem #72

May 152008


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that when sitting stationary with the engine running, the vehicle would stall. The contact was able to prevent the stalling if keeping slight pressure on the accelerator but once the pressure was released, the engine would idle and then stall. The contact believed the failure was directly related to NHTSA recall campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline) but had not confirmed if his vehicle was included in the recall as of yet. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 129,000.

- Wixom, MI, USA

problem #71

May 012009


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact was driving approximately 60 mph when the engine hesitated and the speed decreased to 30 mph. Suddenly, the vehicle stalled. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and after waiting fifteen to twenty minutes the vehicle resumed to normal operation. The failure occurred approximately between every 10 to 40 miles. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the sensor and fuel filter were replaced. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 100,000. The current mileage was 130,000.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #70

Jan 012004

Focus 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
MY2001 Ford Focus ZX3( manual transmission )with over 105,000 miles on it has had a electronic throttle problem since it had 30,000 miles on it. Intermittently the engine speed would not decrease when your foot is taken off the accelerator pedal. The car would act like the cruise control was engaged. The car could be controlled by heavy braking or depressing the clutch. It was taken into three different Ford dealer at least seven different times only once did they claim to see the problem. That time the mechanic show me disconnecting a electrical plug under the hood caused the throttle controls to go to a fail safe mode making the problem disappear for period of time(days).I was told to bring it back in when it happened again. I did that, mechanic was know longer with the dealership. Several parts were changed several different times but did nothing to correct the problem. When the problem is present the engine speed will decrease to a fast idle once the car comes to a complete stop. The problem will go away sometimes after shutting off the engine and restarting but not always.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #69

Apr 102008


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph. The engine loss power without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure occurred whenever traveling at the speed rate of 65 mph. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 120,000. The current mileage was 128,000.

- Gardina, CA, USA

problem #68

Jan 012010


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving the vehicle loss power and stalled. The speed is unknown. The vehicle was towed to the nearest repair shop where they advised her that the fuel pump failed. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there were no recalls on her vehicle. Recall NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000, fuel system, gasoline is related to the failure; however, her VIN was not included. The vehicle was repaired for over $650 at the owner's expense. The current and failure mileages were under 120,000.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #67

Jan 162004


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. She had her vehicle repaired according to recall# 03V482000 ( fuel system, gasoline). After the repair while at a local gas station she saw a puddle of gasoline from under the fuel tank. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer and an updated version of the component was installed. Years later, while driving the driver-side head light failed. She pulled over to a local store and turned the vehicle off. Minutes later smoke engulfed the front-end of the vehicle, and then flames erupted. The fire department extinguished the flames and cut the battery cables. A fire fighter speculated that the battery caused the fire. The manufacturer was contacted in reference to recall #: 02V288000 (electrical system:battery:cables). Upon contact she was advised that her vehicle identification number was excluded from the VIN range. She was in the process of sending correspondence to the manufacturer that exemplifies the failure. The failure mileage was. The current and failure mileages were 115,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #66

Oct 142009


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The vehicle intermittently exhibits a no-start condition. A technician from the dealer concluded that her vehicle identification number was excluded from recall # 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline). Her vehicle remained at the dealer. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Prairiedue Sac, WI, USA

problem #65

Oct 042009


  • miles
Vehicle engine RPM was running high and low while idling. Then car completely shut down and would not restart. Previously had similar problem and replaced the fuel pump with Ford pump in 2007 and was told that the pump is bad again.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #64

Jul 242009


  • 95,000 miles


We have a 2001 Ford Focus that would cut out and die during acceleration. We found that this model had a recall notice on it and took it to the local Ford dealership, jack kissee Ford, and was told that it was not covered. The findings that they returned to us was that it needed the fuel pump and fuel filter replaced, the same as the recall. We took in the safety recall information from your website with all relevant information.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #63

Jul 072009


  • 109,900 miles
I own a 2001 Ford Focus, I was coming back from dallas and my car lost power. I had to get onto the shoulder, it would not go faster than 20 miles. I had surges in power. I did make it home without an accident. Next day car would not start. Called and had it towed to my mechanic. My mechanic said it started fine, I left it there, next day it would not start. Mechanic called and said it needed a new fuel pump and filter. I then called spikes Ford in mission tx. They said my VIN # was not on the recall. So I called Ford myself, computers were down, they said to have it fixed and call them back.they will not do anything.

- Mcallen,, TX, USA

problem #62

Jul 112009


  • 217,000 miles
Extremely poor gas mileage on my 2001 Ford Focus, . hesitation started over the last couple of months. Had a full tune up. Now the car hesitates at all speeds and it seems like it is going to stall at any moment. Did a recall search and found out that the fuel pump is on recall for that particular model and year so I am heading to the dealer the first of the week to get it done. Fingers crossed.

- Kentville, Nova Scotia, 00, USA

problem #61

Feb 222005


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitates as if it will stall. After several months of experiencing this issue, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer. A mechanic replaced the fuel delivery module according to NHTSA campaign id number 03V482000 (fuel system, gasoline), which corrected the failure. Currently, four years later, the failure has recurred. The dealer stated that because the vehicle was previously repaired and was only covered for 12,000 miles, they would no longer be responsible for any new repairs. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 150,000.

- Nederland, TX, USA

problem #60

Jan 122009

(reported on)

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Ford Focus recall for faulty fuel pump. The consumer stated over the last few months the vehicle has stalled several times. The consumer discovered a recall, but the dealer wanted to charge $95 just to perform a diagnostic test to determine the cause of the problem and the test would only detect a faulty fuel pump when it was in failure mode. The test would not reveal a problem since the failure only occurred on the road and on an intermittent basis. Updated 04/20/10 the consumer stated for years his daughter had problems with the vehicle stalling. Updated 05/07/10.

- Winnabow, NC, USA

problem #59

Dec 132008


  • 65,000 miles
My second 2001 Ford Focus station wagon(# ) has just started to lose fuel pressure sporadically when driving. Several times it has caused a loss in break-ability, since the engine isn't running smoothly when the pressure drops. It definately causes the car to stall and not run as well, which could lead to a wreck. My first 2001 Ford Focus wagon (#) had the same issue, and it was repaired by Ford under the NHTSA 03V482000 recall, yet Ford is denying the second wagon for a recall repair. I hope to resolve this issue quickly, as it may cause harm to someone if I leave this intermittently-bad pump in the car. This fuel pump pressure failure occurs almost every other day now, which makes the car unreliable to drive in heavy traffic. I would like Ford to consider this car as they do my other car, and fix the fuel pump problem that is definately a manufacturing issue. This car has less than 70,000 miles on it. It shouldn't have a fuel pump problem already. I will see what I can do to fix it; and I will keep the old part for reference and possibly refund if you are able to research this and hold Ford accountable for their fuel pumps that don't produce adequate fuel pressure consistently.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #58

Dec 172008


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving between 5-10 mph, the engine shut off without warning. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to the dealer for repair. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be repaired. The contact paid for the repair. He discovered a recall for the fuel pump, but the dealer did not inform him of the recall. The NHTSA campaign id number was unknown. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #57

Feb 072007


  • 108,596 miles
My vehicle, 2001 Ford Focus, displays all the symptoms regarding a faulty fuel pump fuel delivery module. At one-quarter tank, the engine will stall on right turns. During extended driving, the vehicle will surge and stutter eventually stalling, and during idling, the vehicle will drop power requiring constant pressure on the accelerator. I took the vehicle in for service on Feb 7, 2007 and was told that my vehicle came off the assembly line three months too late to have fallen under the extended warranty. I am furious that Ford would provide a 10yr extended warranty on it's vehicles - regardless of mileage, but would exclude models that have VIN numbers just outside the window of "known occurrence of problem". the vehicle had stalled on a major highway (US95 in las vegas clark county), and fortunately no one was hurt. The vehicle had over $1300 of service completed during this incident, but the issue has now re-occurred. Symptoms began in late September, and have gotten progressively worse. I do not feel safe driving long distances, as the vehicle has begun stalling around corners and during idling. I currently can not afford payments on a new vehicle, and want Ford to honor its pledge for safety by admitting more vehicles under its extended service warranty. Ford's technical service bulletin regarding this defect is 03N01 and Ford claims that over 671, 000 vehicles are affected. I suspect very few 2001 focuses are still on the road, and fewer ever received notice regarding this "recall". I find it hard to defend their patronizing position that "(they're) sorry, but there is nothing that can be done". I have spent thousands of dollars to keep this vehicle road worthy, I and I refuse to spend one penny more. For a vehicle model that has had so many flaws, I am appalled at the lack of support actually provided. I will note, that Ford was very helpful in replacing the ignition assembly-three times. Thanks recall id from NHTSA: 03V482000 Ford tsb 03N01.

- Laughlin, NV, USA

problem #56

Aug 212008


  • 41,800 miles
2001 Ford Focus, sever gasoline leak, when noticed half a thank had leaked in 1 hour. Stopped car, had it towed after allowing the leak to stop. Could had get on fire, road got covered with gas. Dealer found disconnected gas line to gas pump on gas pump. Could not connect the gas line back since neck was damaged, replaced gas pum and gas line. Pump was changed by same dealer on 2005 after car died because pump broke, recall was in effect and pump changes as recalled.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #55

Aug 012008


  • 38,500 miles
I have a fuel pump problem with my 2001 Ford Focus station wagon. If the gas gets below 1/2 tank, the engine stalls and the motor starves for fuel, but there is about 1/2 tank of gas in the car. This has happened to me twice now in 30 days.

- Erie, PA, USA

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