definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,854 miles

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2003 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012012


  • 92,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact attempted to activate the cruise control but the cruise control function had become inoperable. Additionally, the brake lights would not illuminate. The failure recurred intermittently. While parked, the contact was unable to shift the vehicle into park because the gear shifter had become stuck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised the contact that the wiring harness in the tail gate mechanism was causing the failure and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired because the part was no longer available through the manufacturer. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 202006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 for Focus with a current and failure odometer reading of 38,000 miles. The contact stated while driving at about 35 mph under dry conditions the instrument panel failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, they repaired the problem. But, when she contacted the manufacturer, they stated that they would not assist her with this problem. When the contact had the vehicle at dealer for service the mechanic found that the third brake light assemble melted, causing the brake light to fail.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 132004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the vehicle was parked or running the brakes light failed to come on. The mechanic informed the consumer that the vehicle was operating as designed. Please fill in additional information.

- Hookerton, NC, USA

problem #1

May 192003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,418 miles
While driving the vehicle stalled. The consumer restarted the vehicle but soon after the vehicle stalled again. After doing this for the fourth time the vehicle was towed to the dealership. It was determined that the PCM failed. The left brake light bulb burned out. The power door locks were inoperative.

- Frederick, MD, USA

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