pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
68,248 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. replace ignition switch (3 reports)
  3. replace shorted wires in trunk (1 reports)
2004 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 122016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


everyone has had problems with the wires in trunk shorting and no start and no brake lights

went thru several fuses until a VIDEO ON YOU TUBE HELPED

- , Orland Park, USA

problem #9

May 012016

Focus ES ??

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

ignition problem key won't start car or move wheel

This is annoying. It was my 16 year olds first car and she got stuck at the mall late at night. She was put in a potentially dangerous situation.

- , Congers, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 202016

Focus 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,483 miles

I was trying to start my car today. The ignition lock would not turn over. I tried for an hour. Eventually I called my Roadside assistance. They sent someone to look at it athis and they said I needed the ignition lock replaced. It was very annoying. This car is my only means of transportation!!

- , Houtzdale, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 252011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


A few days ago, my ford focus key would not turn in the ignition. After trying off and on for a few hours, my son gave up and waited for a ride. His ride arrives, they try again and magically,the car starts. Same problem happens the next day. A mechanic suggested it just may be the battery on the key chain may be weak. We change battery,car seems ok. Then it happens again and again... You get the idea. So,until we get it repaired,I am stuck w/o a vehicle. Now I am wondering how much Ford's obvious screw-up is going to cost me!

- , Shirley, MA, USA

problem #6

Jun 072010

Focus ZX5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

My Focus runs great but periodically when I start it the car won't turn over. I hear the fuel injector, if the radio was on that comes on but nothing as far as starting. Most times if I spend 10 or 15 minutes sitting there and trying to start it, eventually it will start. I have taken it to the shop but of course once there it starts up every time and they can't find the problem. I mentioned that when I am running the A/C that the battery light comes on so the mechanic went through and tested every wire in the harness when the light was on and still found nothing. I am thankful that they did not charge me for their time as my car was in the shop for almost 3 days with this lengthy process. I just would like to find out the cause of this problem so I can get it fixed and know that I am not just going through a laundry list of expensive parts until they finally figure out the right fix.

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 142010

Focus ES 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Well i went to Wal-mart today and thought that my day was going great until i went out to leave and head home and my steering wheel was locked and the key would not turn over...and like everyone else on here that has reported this problem i tryed everything that i knew to try...why isn't ford doing something about this? i was like 40 miles from home...

- , McArthur, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 012009

Focus LX 2.3L Dohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


So here's the thing. I bought this 2004 Ford Focus, base model, in July of 2004. In December of 2005, my family and I moved overseas for 3 years. We returned in December 2008, having kept the car with other (reliable) family. I started driving it again and it sounded strange, but I assumed it was from sitting and not being driven often during the three years overseas.

The next thing that happened was that I couldn't get it to start. The engine would try to turn over. So we had a friend look at it, and another. Both said it could be the battery, so we bought a new battery. It worked for about 2 weeks, until the past few days when I had to have it jumped every morning.

So I take it to the mechanic today. I receive a call; the mechanic says the battery "isn't holding a charge" and I need a new one. This makes NO sense - I should not have two faulty batteries in a row. This is ridiculous. This isn't the first problem I've had with this car and hopefully it'll be the last, because I will never buy a Focus again & am buying a new car this weekend.

- , Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 242008

Focus ZTS 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Tried getting a new alternator (actually have tried 3 so far), tried charging my battery and replacing it. Still not fixed. Batt light keeps coming on and my car keeps breaking down. The mechanic can't fix it because of some crazy German computer on my car or something. I am running out of money and mechanics. What do I do?

- , Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 112008

Focus ZX3 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

I just finished installing a new switch in my daughters 2004 ZX3. The vehicle only has 33,000 miles on it so I was surprised that the switch failed. I had to have it towed home last night at 10:00PM, which I wasn't too happy about. The switch cost me $101.00 with my supplier discount, plus a few hours in put it in. Fortunately I was able to smack the key with a rubber mallet to get the column unlocked. Otherwise I would have had to drill it out. I'm a huge Ford fan and still own my first car (1966 Fairlane GT) which I bought in 1970. This switch issue pisses me off though. Ford knows they have an issue and they refuse to fix it. That is a sure way to not have repeat customers. This is the kind of stuff that drives people to buy Jap junk or worse yet, Korean crap. I work for a major supplier to Ford and if we were shipping junk like this switch, they would be all over us to get it fixed. This is poor business practice by Ford. I assume this is some European supplier since the Focus was designed at Ford of Europe. Their attitude over there is, "cars break down, get over it". I guess that attitude has flowed into Ford of North America. I will be writing a letter to Ford upper management about my discontent with their product.

If you can do your own mechanical work, you can fix this problem yourself and save $200.00. Good luck.

- , Troy, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 142007

(reported on)

Focus ZTS 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I have only had this car for 2 years and I have already replaced the ignition switch, the car's CPU, bought a new key, replaced the alternator, just bought a new battery, and I still cannot get it to start

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

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