definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,493 miles

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,500 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. The contact stated when he depressed the brake pedal to stop the vehicle lurched forward about two feet. He had to press hard on the brakes to keep the vehicle from lurching forward. This did happen every time the contact drove the vehicle. The contact has contacted the service dealer, and they stated that it could be something within the computer, but they were not sure what was wrong with the vehicle. They instructed the contact not to drive the vehicle. The contact has not contacted the manufacturer, but was going to call after he filed a complaint with NHTSA.

- Neptune Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 082004

(reported on)


  • 8,000 miles
Consumer complained about unexpected acceleration. Consumer stated vehicle rumbled as it accelerated. When the brakes were applied vehicle would not stop. Vehicle began to surge forward. Driver put the vehicle in park so that it would come to a stop. Vehicle was towed to the dealer. However, dealer stated there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. Consumer brought vehicle to another dealer for a second opinion, and was told that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

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