pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,650 miles
Total Complaints:
43 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. fix plastic retainer for the up/down mechanism (10 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. replace power window motor (10 reports)
  4. pay dealer to fix the window (7 reports)
  5. i put a 2x4 under both windows that broke to hold them up (4 reports)
  6. have plastic door stoppers wedged in beside glass (1 reports)
2001 Ford Focus windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #43

Sep 012016

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


I bought the car and it already had the window regulator broken. I was told it was just the regulator and it was as well as the clips. The previous owner did not take care of the car well and it explains the over 1k in repairs over the 6 months I have had the car. The clips were also broken. Out of the 8, 3 were broken but I didn't have the money to buy the new clips. I looked online and it is a big issue with motors dying for the window regulator. Because they held a clip in place of the window it scratched the window and the sun-proof filter for the windows. Cost me $75 for the part for passengers side front. I had someone put it in for me so no mechanic costs.

- Aleeah S., Litchfield Park, US

problem #42

Nov 122012

Focus ZX3 2.0L Zetec

  • Manual transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Ford has plastic clips on the rails that broke because in Arizona they heat up and crack. I really dont want to buy a new motor and regulator and have it break on me like everything else on this car.

- Steven G., Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #41

Apr 152011

Focus SE 2.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

this is the second time i have had this happen and it has happened twice, the first time it was fixed but that only lasted about a month or two until the window again broke, i would like to get a recall filed on this due to this problem being continuous.

- Michael C., Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #40

May 262012


  • Manual transmission
  • 124,000 miles


There's only four windows in the car and this is the fifth window regulator n mount I have had to have fixed. It's ranged from $250 to $350 each time n I have about $1500 wrapped up in getting the issue fixed. Come on Ford where's the recall. I'd never get another FORD "Fix Or Repair Daily" car

- Justin B., State College, PA, USA

problem #39

Mar 132012

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

This is ridiculous!!!!! The number of complaints all over the internet just about the rear windows of the Ford Focus and not a single recall. All of you who have posted complaints and all of you that are going to be posting complaints need to call the Ford Customer Relations Line at 1800-392-3673 or Ford will never do anything about the problem because they don't see complaints online as real complaints. I had one rear window motor crunch itself in 2009 and now the other one as done the same thing. I called the dealership to check for recalls and they gave me the number above. The person I talked to at Customer Relations said nothing is ever recalled unless they receive numerous complaints about a single problem through the number above. CALL THE NUMBER ABOVE OR NONE OF US WILL EVER BE REIMBURSED FOR THIS ABSURD PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Melissa C., Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #38

Jun 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

The wood shim or doorstop wedge is only a temporary solution. First window broke this summer. We heard an audible CLUNK of something inside the door falling..when it fell the window slid down. We used wood shims wedged to keep the window up...Annoying b/c the window does gradually slide back down when you drive it.

There are enough complaints here that ford should recall and repair for FREE.

Now the 2nd window has also broken. There is a more permanent fix that requires taking the panel off...more time consuming than the wedge but it will stop the window from sliding down...however you will not be able to up /down the window.

Another problem we've had is there is a leak up front not sure if it's the window gasket does not appear to be. Water a lot of it is coming in from the front right side, it puddles INCHES in the floor every time it rains. Of course this will lead to mold and musty odors and carpet rot. I'll see if that problem is on this site also..

- Lee S., Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #37

Jun 162010

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Both the rear power windows stopped going up and down after some loud creaking noises for about a week. Then, they stayed in the open position because whatever support was supposed to hold them up was gone. Initial fix was to use duct tape along the top of the frame to hold them closed. Then, when I had the time, I took the doors apart and found the problem was the wire (fishing leader) had unwound and the plastic retainers had broken and could not be fixed. This led to several winter months of using 2x4's to hold up the windows and hoping the next bump was not going to make the window drop again.

I finally found a site which sold the replacement kit for the windows for around $80.00 each and bought them. First window took about two hours to fix, second one about 45 minutes once I knew what to do.

But why is this car built to fail so often?

- gbogart, Merrick, NY, USA

problem #36

Jun 012011

Focus SE 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Both of the rear windows on my car do not work. I have had to tape them and that is a major pain. It only holds so long and when it is wet it is nasty. I have tried to hold the windows up with everything that would fit. It is a major pain. Seems to add to one of the many problems I have had with the ford focus. Front end coils going bad, air conditoner needing a new pump, new gas pump, new lighter system so I can plug in my cell phone. I only have 34,000 miles on my car. Would hate to see your list with more miles. FMC is very bad with helping repair the issues. Watch that front end coil, its a silent recall. Yes there is such a thing. News to me but how else can they make their cash or avoid paying..

- Ever C., Ypsilanti, MI, US

problem #35

Sep 052009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

On our way to North Carolina, we heard a LOUD snap inside the passenger reardoor. We wedged the door up with pieces of paper so that we could drive without the cooler weather coming in. I did the paper thing for a long time. Finally, I went to my mechanic and asked them how much it would cost to repair the problem. They quoted me $340 to repair the one door. I had them wedge it because I don't generally have anyone sitting in the rear of my car.

- andeeh1974, FORT WAYNE, IN, USA

problem #34

Oct 292011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Okay, now I've had BOTH rear windows break and had them wedge. Now, I have to decide if I want to repair the DRIVER SIDE WINDOW or wedge. This is now a safety concern and a real pain! Not only is my A/C broken and will cost over $1000 to fix, I now have to decide if I want to DIE in my car during the heat of the summer or fix my power window to the tune of $350 (rough estimate as the part is $158 or so). I WANT FORD TO FIX ALL OF MY WINDOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT TO MENTION IF I GET INTO A SERIOUS WRECK AND ALL MY WINDOWS ARE WEDGED AND I CANNOT GET OUT.....I AM VERY UPSET.

- andeeh1974, FORT WAYNE, IN, USA

problem #33

Aug 312010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


Now, the left rear passenger window broke. I just had it wedged after already experiencing the same problem with my other rear window!!!!!!

- andeeh1974, FORT WAYNE, IN, USA

problem #32

Mar 032010

Focus SE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

So over a year ago i had my pass rear window fall down into my door. My husband took door panel off and said the motor was fine but a pully broke, so we just forced it to stay up and still have not fixed. Then about 10/2010 my other rear window did the same thing, IDK, this one is still broke and have to keep pushing it up, Most likely the same ordeal, but still to be determined. Yet another FORD PROBLEM

- Melissa E., High Ridge, MO, USA

problem #31

Nov 012009

Focus ZTS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

The drivers window broke. Paid for a new motor. Within a month the rear window broke and will only stay up half way. weeks later the drivers side window completley fell down. I pulled it up nd have it held up with tape.

- jessicarca, Santa Clara, CA, US

problem #30

May 022006

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles

One dropped in Denver at rush hour on a freezing cold day.120 miles from home, with my grandchild in the car. This is a major problem and a real safety issue, they are currently held up with plastic door stoppers , which works somewhat. only passenger front is working. This is ridiculous and needs to be recalled.

- Carmen J., Sterling, Colo, USA

problem #29

Dec 032009

Focus SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Ford needs to recall this back window problem. It will not come roll up and it is an awful mess!!!! They will charge me $300 again, I had it FIXED once. Big Rip Off!

- Gary C., Jenks, OK, USA

problem #28

Dec 202008

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I live in Wyoming and this is where hell freezes over. It was a big pain in the butt to have the motor go for the stupid window not only because it freezing cold but also for my then 4 year old son who had to freeze until it got fixed

- luckycharms02, Laramie, WY, USA

problem #27

Mar 192003

Focus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Both back passenger windows motors just stop working. My mechanic pulled both windows up and they are sitting on the tracks. They do not go up or down. Just recently driver side window jumped off the track and we have the window taped up. It appears to me that this should be a recall.

- Delphine A., Mobile, AL, USA

problem #26

Aug 142009

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

April 24, 09 Passenger rear door window broke,New Rear window regulator put in.

August 14, 09 Drivers side rear window broke, New Window regulator put in.

August 16, 09 Drivers Window fell in, can not find to pull up. Another regulator to be added to the list on Monday. Thank god it only has four windows. Asked it anyone else had problem, told no. Wondered if it was bad design or dealer tampering to get more money? First and last Ford I'll buy, Like for gas milage, unsure how long I'll keep. With the cost to fix the windows, could be driving Cadillac and not used up the excess in gas money.

- paulohio, Steubenville, OH, USA

problem #25

Feb 012004

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

If you put a couple of layers of electrical tape at the top of the window glass and then shove the glass up into the frame it will hold for a few weeks and no one notices the windows broken.

- Vanessa E., Metairie, LA, USA

problem #24

Feb 012005

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

This is the second window I've had to fix. I've noticed that I have had to fix a couple of things on this car twice.

- Vanessa E., Metairie, LA, USA

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