hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,018 miles

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2001 Ford Focus windows / windshield problems

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2001 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 242009


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the lamination on all four glass windows exhibited significant separation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they informed the contact that each window would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 232010


  • 123,617 miles
I purchased my 2001 Ford Focus SE in March 2001. The first window regulator broke in 2004, leaving one rear window in the down position and unable to open; it just stopped working. The 2nd regulator broke in 2006, leaving the other rear window in the down position and unable to open; also just stopped working one day. The 3rd regulator broke (front driver's side) on 6/23/2010 only this time, the regulator didn't just fail and stop working, the whole thing burst into pieces when I attempted to roll the window up and shattered the window while I was driving. Glass came raining down inside the vehicle, leaving a minor cut to my leg (because it was very minor, I'm not considering it an "injury" and checked the "no" field below). Fortunately, I was driving in a parking lot when it happened so low speeds didn't allow the glass to blow around but if I had been on the freeway doing high speeds, I could have potentially experienced severe cuts from the shattering glass flying into my vehicle. The first two window regulators that broke (both rear) have not been replaced as of yet, I couldn't afford the parts (quoted as $120 each at the time) so vice grips are inside the door holding the windows up, both faulty regulators are still available. The front drivers side had new glass placed in it on 6/24/2010 and cost $146. They did not have a regulator at the repair shop so that window is now also being held up by other means and the faulty regulator is still available for that window as well. I plan on replacing all 4 of them this weekend, even though only 3 have broken at this point, I'm sure the 4th is soon coming so it will be replaced as well. I have found numerous online complaints about regulators breaking on this model vehicle so it appears to be a common problem, but when glass starts shattering while driving, that significantly raises the risk/safety factor and cause for concern.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162002


  • 130,473 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing numerous failures. The main failures were the electrical system, brake system, bent tie rod, shaking and vibrating, rear window mechanisms, and flooding after it rains. The leak occurs on the passenger side and the water rises 2 to 3 inches. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer due to the inspection costs. The failure mileage was 130,473.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 102004


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the side view mirror on the vehicle was repaired and the transmission also slipped. After the repairs were complete, the vehicle did not drive the same. The dealer stated that the parts needed were not in stock and they kept the vehicle for one month. In addition, whenever the left turn signal was activated, the vehicle would shut off entirely. The lights were replaced; however, the vehicle continued to lose power whenever the signal lights, hazard lights, or air conditioning were activated. The headlights continued to short and, while driving at night, the high beams had to be activated. The seat belt in the rear driver's seat was inoperable and the driver's seat continued to move backwards from the steering wheel. She also stated that the key can be removed from the ignition while the vehicle is in motion and while the ignition is on. Finally, none of the warning lights on the instrument panel are functional. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 95,000.

- Moreno Valley , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132003

(reported on)

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Ford Focus displaying problems with transmission due to several leaks, cruise control, and trunk of vehicle. Water leaked onto the floorboard of the trunk which was only adjusted(problem repeated), the cruise control worked intermittently(new switch was ordered, the drivers side window squeaked and was fixed, the transmission leaked and was replaced but the service dealer was unable to determine the cause, water leaked in the front passenger side (problem repeated) then the R & L cowl grid was replaced to remedy the problem but didn't, coolant leaked from the upper radiator and the hose clamp was replaced, the trunk did not shut properly and the latch was replaced but did not fix the problem, the vehicle was taken in due to the parts being recalled, the real wheel bearings were replaced, the second recalled part was the pinch bolt torque and battery cable routing which was replaced, and the mechanics found that the brakes had worn out in the front and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was taken in for warranty repairs on 10 separate occasions and six attempt for the leaks, the problem in the front of the vehicle persisted. In addition, the entire transmission had to be replaced because of several leaks, several circuit and switches have broken down on the cruise control. The consumer was also concerned with the gas mileage which had consistently fallen and did not act as the promoted dealers sticker. The consumer requested a full refund for the purchase price.

- Oakland , CA, USA

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