really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,650 miles

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2001 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #60

Apr 102003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles


2001 Ford Focus, had to replace fuel pump (the car just died) with a little over 40,000 miles on car; told at the time the repair was not covered and was not a recall issue; went on line and did a search for "problems with Ford Focus"; found several similar complaints; had fuel pump replaced at my own expense at pacific coast Ford in federal way, wa; also, brakes have always squeaked.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #59

Nov 112003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,300 miles
Fuel pump failure at 22,000 miles. Dealer refused refund due on extended fuel system warranty stating that the warranty covered the fuel tank only.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #58

Nov 072003

(reported on)


  • 40,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph vehicle stalled without warning. Dealership indicated that this was caused by fuel pump failure. The fuel pump was replaced. Also, vehicle failed to start. Driver was unable to turn key in ignition, it was stuck in the lock position.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #57

Oct 232003

(reported on)


  • miles


While traveling approximately 60 mph vehicle sputtered and stalled. It took approximately 20 minutes to start again.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #56

Oct 102003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,501 miles
Fuel pump failed again at 78,501. This time car quit and while I was trying to restart it fuel started pouring out of the rear of the car. Luckily a nice lady ran over to my car and alerted me. Car was towed to same Ford dealer that had replaced the pump 8 months prior. Fuel pump failed again according to the dealer. This time Ford offered 100% of repair costs (minus the tow, of course). I could have died and taken many innocent people with me if that car had exploded. My 2 year old son rides in this car with me every day...I'd like to see him grow up. Let's make Ford come up with a permanent solution that we all can "live" with.

- Angola, IN, USA

problem #55

Feb 032003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,346 miles
I had just finished fueling up the car and pulled away from the pump when the car died in the gas stations entrance. The car would not restart. We had the car towed to a Ford dealer who stated the fuel pump was defective. The car had 53,000 miles on it at the time and Ford only agreed to pay for 1/2 the cost of the repair. This vehicle has never come close to getting the gas mileage that Ford says it should. My V6 Honda Accord gets better gas mileage than this 4 cylinder Focus?

- Angola, IN, USA

problem #54

Oct 172003

(reported on)


  • 18,000 miles


Vehicle stalled without warning when driving at any speed. The problem occurred more frequently when making turns or reversing. Vehicle was almost rear ended when it stalled while merging onto the highway. Dealership replaced the fuel pump 3 times, but problem still exists. Also, while driving at any speed vehicle will suddenly surge and accelerate at a high speed. The brake pedal was depressed to disengage the excess speed. The cause of the sudden acceleration was undetermined.

- Bell Gardens, CA, USA

problem #53

Oct 122003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated while traveling and without any indication engine stalled. Technician service D vehicle, and noticed that fuel pump needed to be replaced. While stopped at a gas station consumers check engine light and gas light came on consumer turned car off and back on gas needle fell to empty. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was determined that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The consumer believes this part failed prematurely.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #52

Aug 152003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Car stalls around right turns.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #51

Aug 042003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,058 miles
Fuel pump failed on 2001 Ford Focus Z after only 48000 miles. Stranded in desert near barstow California. This is a knoiwn and common problem with the Focus.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #50

Jun 302003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 24,000 miles


My 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 had a problem with the fuel pump pickup being clogged with debris from the inside of the gas tank. The car was stalling and losing power on right hand turns. Dealer refused to fix, so I did it myself; found the fuel pump screens very clogged. Car runs fine now.

- Clinton Corners, NY, USA

problem #49

Jul 162001

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Focus and it is stalling and/or hesitating when going around right turns when the tank is less than 1/4 full. A few days ago it actually died while my wife was driving it. Luckily no one was injured. I have read many complaints regarding this issue on this site and feel a recall should happen from it. Please look into this matter. Thanks.

- Jefferson, OR, USA

problem #48

May 072003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The fuel pump in my 2001 Ford Focus SE (2.0 spi engine) failed while driving. This resulted in loss of power and limited vehicle control. My vehicle had 39000 miles on at the time of the failure. Ford refused to provide any support for this dangerous mechanical failure.

- Media, PA, USA

problem #47

Jun 282003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Six months ago I had my 2001 Ford Focus in the shop. The complaint was the check engine light was on and I was having trouble starting my car. It was like the car had run out of gas and it wouldn't start till you filled it up. I couldn't let my gas go below 1/4 of a tank. The car dealership hadn't found any problems at the time but over the next six months it kept getting worse. Eventually you had to have at least 1/2 a tank of gas in order to not have a problem starting it and it began sputtering and bogging out. Eventually it got to the point that even with a full tank of gas the car would not run right meaning it bogged out and jerked and sputter everytime you pushed the gas to go up hills or when you first pulled out somewhere. It finally let me sitting in pittsburgh going through oakland I started to pull out from a stop light and when you gave it gas it just made all these funny sounds and it tried to move but wouldn't then shut off right there in traffic. I had it to the shop and they found out that the fuel pump went bad and in my home town they don't even have the part in stock anymore because they have changed so many of them in the last few months.

- Berlin, PA, USA

problem #46

Jun 252003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3, and just had to have the fuel pump replaced. Upon investigation on the internet, I found that this is a common ailment for Ford focuses, and is currently under investigation at NHTSA as a faulty part. I wish to add my complaint to the data accumulating on this subject, in hopes that Ford does a recall for this mechanical flaw. My dealership simply told me that the problem was that the 'fuel pump went bad' and needed replacing.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #45

Jun 232003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While driving, the fuel pump failed, which caused the vehicle to stall. The consumer was backing out of the driveway when the incident occurred.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #44

Jun 132003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Focus zts.. in the last few week I notice that when I make a right turn with 1/4 tank the car wants the stall and seem running out of gas...after I put more gas in the tank I didn't get any problem..as some of the ppl who drive Focus they have the same problem.

- Markham, 00, USA

problem #43

Jun 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I own a 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 with a manual transmission. The car will stall out in moderate to hard right or left hand turns (ie on or off ramps) I lost control of the vehicle once due to instant loss of power/weight transfer another time I was lightly rear ended buy a motorist behind me. This problem is due to what I have found to be a fuel pump/tank issue. My car has 39,000 miles on it and Ford doesn't want to do anything to repair this very unsafe condition.

- Woodhaven, MI, USA

problem #42

Jan 012001

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
My mother has a Ford Focus zts 2001 and she complained about going around turns the car would stop working even getting on the on ramp of a highway the vehicle doesn't work...I can say that I drive spirited but this is my mothers vehicle and I value her a lot. I also have a Ford Focus ZX3 2002 no such problems. I just want Ford to fix it before anything happens to a family member or even someone else's life is more valuable than a part please I plead with you that you have Ford do a recall...

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #41

Jan 012003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2001 Ford Focus that suffers from a clogged fuel pump. Because of this issue, my vehicle was rear ended when I lost power and stalled making a right hand turn. This clog is the result of some material used in the fuel tanks of '99, '00 and '01 Ford Focus. Ford is aware of the problem and the stalling symptom in an ssb issued to all Ford dealers service centers. The repair is to replace the fuel pump and clean the tank at an expense of $500-$1000+ to the owners. This matter has been an issue and discussed by thousands of Focus owners around the country on such sites as www.focaljet.com and Focus forums on www.yahoo.com. since Ford only issued an ssb and not a recall, we feel this is of great safety concerns as it can and has resulted in accidents.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

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