really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,754 miles

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2001 Ford Focus suspension problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 072008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2001 Ford Focus, originally there has only been one owner to this vehicle. Very recently, I experienced a very loud noise in my left rear tire which as days past, I was unable to drive the car. My tire had begun to wobble to the point I thought that it may come off my car. This was caused by defective wheel bearings in the tire.

- Grandview, MO, USA

problem #10

Aug 052005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Problem with suspension. Car shakes when turning at any speeds along with noise that sounds like driving with a flat tire. Tire was not flat. Took in to dealership for a different safety recall and was told the front wheel bearings were deteriorated. Part is being replaced.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #9

Apr 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,297 miles
While driving at 65, the left rear wheel came off. The consumer pulled off the road. The vehicle sustained some damage. The vehicle was towed. The dealer stated the wheel bearings were defective.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 152005

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The driver heard a humming noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The noise escalated while the vehicle accelerated. Check engine light appeared on the dashboard, and remained on. Then, vehicle stalled. Driver was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that driver's side wheel bearing needed to be replaced due to corrosion. Also, the engine needed a sensor.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #7

Jan 102005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 144,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Focus ZX3 (zetec) was traveling on freeway, and the rear end began to wobble, fish tail side to side, spark, and smoke. The rear passenger bearing was destroyed, and I was stranded while on leave from my duties as a marine. I purchased a new bearing and fitted it myself. I recall a "recall" notice I received, and I remember turning in the vehicle to have the defect corrected, but it obviously was not. I no longer have this notice. I spoke with a local dealer and the technician, I talked to said that they had replaced all the rear bearings in the Ford focuses that they had sold many months ago. Upon further investigation, we found that the hub and bearing assemblies that I had and the new one that Ford had on hand were dissimilar in that the newer ones had a sealing flange attached to the inside of the bearing. I'm taking the vehicle itself to the dealership that supposedly examined the part before for further scrutiny and reconsideration for my bill.

- Coleville , CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
I have had more repairs incidences with 2001 Ford Focus than is normal on any car. If most of the repairs had been in the first 18 months I could have easily declared a lemon. Unfortunatley they have been since that time. Most recently I have had the rear wheel bearings replaced for the second time on a 3 year old car and am in the process of having the steering column replaced for the second time. I went through over 3 full sets of tire in less than a year and a half. And less than a year ago I got pulled over by the police because I had absolutely no lights in the back of my vehicle. Ford dealer charged me to replace the rear light housing and some wire that had shorted out.

- Laura, OH, USA

problem #5

Apr 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles


As I was driving my 2001 Ford Focus ZX3, my tail end started to sway out from underneath me. Then I noticed a loud noise from the rear of my vehicle. I then pulled over to inspect the situation and noticed my wheel bearing was not secured properly. Then I went online and researched Ford Focus recalls and discovered there to be one on this issue. I attempted to contact pat & dan's delbalso Ford dealership in kingston, pa. They referred me to Ford's service department. After speaking to Ford, I made a return call to delbalso Ford and they scheduled an appointment for me. They made me wait about a week for the appointment and they morning of, I made a call for them to get my car when the service manager told me that they would not help me. As a result I have been unable to get to college which is about 20 to 30 miles away from my home. Additionally, I have missed work because of this as well. I made multiple attempts to have my problem resolved by contacting the Ford manufacturers' service department. They told me that their recall had been cancelled. They went on to say that they were just being "nice" and assisting their customers by performing the "warranty program" and that the original owner of the car recieved acknowledgement of the program. I was under the impression that when ownership changes and all warranty information is sent to the manufacturer, the manufacturer was liable for all recall information to be sent out. I was never mailed nor been contacted about this warranty program since I have owned my vehicle. I feel that I have been wronged and should not have to suffer because of it. The people at Ford Motor Co. Have been very rude and obnoxious over the fact that they are "exempt" from assisting me with my problems. I feel since I was never informed of the program that they should be mandated to help me. When I was driving I could have been severly injured because of their product failure that they knew of and could have prevented.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 222003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving a grinding noise was heard when depressing the brake pedal. Dealer replaced front brakes and rotors. The problem occurred again, and the dealer determined that vehicle needed new front wheel bearings.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152003

Focus 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
The front wheel bearing locked up. Left rear wheel bearing and right front axle assembly all had to be replaced. Vehicle was not honored under recall.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 092002


  • miles
Vehicle was taking to dealer for a recall repairs on wheel bearings. Upon receiving vehicle back theres was a noise in the rear. Took vehicle back to dealer and they stated that tires were cupping and wearing irregularly.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 272002


  • miles
Front wheel bearing sheared off while consumer was driving at 60 mph, and then drum and tire came of vehicle. Contacted dealer.

- Toledo, OH, USA

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