really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,976 miles

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2003 Ford Focus electrical problems

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 7 of 7)

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problem #9

Sep 012006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


- the contact stated that when driving the 2003 Ford Focus the vehicle shifted into neutral, then shifted back into drive. This would last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. The contact stated that the dashboard lights and radio would flicker on and off, as well as the lighting system, including the headlights. The contact stated that the doors will also lock and she wasunable to exit the vehicle. When this happened she attempted to get out of the vehicle by manually hitting the unlock switch. The vehicle locks finally opened after approximately twenty minutes. The mechanic advised the contact to have electrical system reprogrammed, which was done in November 2006, but she continued to have the same problems. The vehicle stalled when exiting the interstate while driving at 45 mph. There were no warning lights before the vehicle lost power. The contact was unable to restart vehicle, and had vehicle towed to a mechanic. The mechanic informed contact he did not know why the vehicle lost power. The vehicle currently had 57000 miles. Updated 03/30/07.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Aug 082005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The dashboard instruments fluctuated. At times while driving, the dashboard instruments stopped working. The service dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 152005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
Brakes turn to sponges and goes to floor dealer says cannot duplicate problem and kicks it out now three more problems have arisen motor shuts off at slow U-turn speed and trans downshifts hard into low gear causing a face plant in the steering wheel, lastly the air bag light comes on and then goes off after 3 hours of driving.

- N Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Sep 052004

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,770 miles


Tachometer in vehicle stopped working which resulted in a short. This caused the brake lights to go out. The brake lights had to be replaced 8 times since September. The solenoid in the ignition was defective and resulted in the vehicle shutting down. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer, who has replaced the solenoid. But due to the design of the vehicle he could not guarantee that this would not happen again. Consumer reported this to Ford 3 times. The alarm on the car was also not working. The alarm was not original equipment, but was something that consumer paid extra for the Ford dealership to add on vehicle. Ford will not repair or replace alarm because it was not manufactured by Ford.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 152004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car stalls out in cold weather only. Car was purchased on Oct. '03 first occurrence was in Jan. Of '04. Went through the dispute board and they would not grant new vehicle. Dealership and Ford engineer cannot find problem. Car was brought in on 6/6/05 with the Ford field engineer present who wanted to duplicate problem. Told him it was not possible since it was not cold outside. Problem still unresolved!

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #4

Feb 232005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 4 mph, the consumer noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Suddenly, it caught on fire. The consumer was able to pull over and the fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time.

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #3

Sep 072004

Focus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,980 miles


The temperature had become colder and the accelerator would not depress without force. The problem would occur whenever the vehicle sat overnight or for several hours. The consumer would depress the accelerator until it would move downwards. The vehicle would lunge forward. It would take 4-5 depressions until the accelerator would move downward. Other problems were the brakes squealing and the vehicle suffered from not starting at times, either the panel lights would engage or the starter would grind.

- Hillsdale, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 162004

Focus 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalled twice, but always started back up after a few minutes. On one occasion, the dealer replaced the starter and on the another occasion, the transmission was replaced. The starter was found faulty, the transmission was inoperative and there was a vibration while going 40 mph due to shifting, the clock display was inoperative, and the engne light stayed on.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #1

May 222003


  • miles
The vehicle stalled while driving. The problem was due to a faulty power module, which was changed by the dealer.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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