really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,421 miles

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #12

Jul 012019


  • 125,550 miles


My battery light seems to flash when the car is off. Car has stalled several times while driving try to accelerate over 50 miles an hour car will shut off. Back hatch on wagon seems to release itself while driving well unlock automatically. Have replaced three thermostat and thermostat housing due to overheating car will not tell me is overheating it will boil in the overflow return tank pressurize and shoot the cap off?...

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #11

May 232019


  • miles
Recently my vehicle stereo has been messing up. It sometimes smell a little burnt. It is the passenger door speaker. It sounds as if it's a shortage inside of it. Sometimes the radio dash fades out. The car has hesitates sometimes to start. Once the ac is on the car starts running really rough and you hear a kind of click is hard to explain but I know it's not normal. At sometimes I am unable to run the ac my whole trip. My engine light has recently came on I did replace the coil packs. Engine light is still on.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #10

Dec 222017


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle hesitated and stalled. Also, the oxygen sensor, mass air flow sensor, and throttle body sensor warning indicators illuminated. Since 2016, the contact also stated that the failure only occurred when the vehicle was parked on an incline, facing upwards. The contact had the vehicle diagnosed by a school teacher who was a certified mechanic. It was determined that the air intake was located in the front of the vehicle and water entered, which damaged the sensors.T he air intake needs to be pointed down to prevent water from coming in. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN is invalid.

- Willits, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 202016


  • miles


We had purchase a 2004 Ford Focus and we have had it for 2 years now. For the last 4 months I have notice that the car overheats well the needle will shoot up to the hot and you can hear the fan/engine whatever other components running loud as if its revving the engine. I have been scared a few times because it would also stall like its about to go off and a couple time it has while at a stop light. Wondering is this a common problem for this vehicle" the overheating happens very often it happen during a short drive or long drive like 12 to 16 miles. It also seems to do it a lot when I'm at heavy traffic and when you sit there for 3 lights turns because of the amount of cars I notice it overheats then. Also, always overheats when I go to costco to buy gas. Due to the long wait for my turn to pump gas it overheats then. It doesn't seem to matter of the weather because it has been cool in the mornings and it has done that and also done so during high noon. Have also experience it during night time. Is there a recall for this on this type of vehicle" we bought this from a private party so would like to know how we can make sure if there is a recall we would be contacted. Recently I can start the car up go one block from my driveway and the car will overheat. Very concern about the safety issue on this.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 022015


  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the air filter need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 112015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact noticed that the failure recurred intermittently whenever a bump or a pothole was hit on the road. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000. Updated. 06/09/15

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 162014

Focus 4WD 4-cyl

  • 184,000 miles


The car cut off while driving. On two separate occasions, ounce while doing 60mph, the other time doing 35mph.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

Jul 222014


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 55 mph, the engine warning indicator illuminated. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed, the contact heard an abnormal noise. The failures occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 122009

Focus 4-cyl

  • 37,501 miles
2004 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to motor mount problems. The consumer stated in August 2009, the motor mounts had to be replaced. Then in January 2013, at 56,000 miles, they were replaced again. Six months later, they were replaced again.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #3

Nov 292013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
While driving the vehicle stopped running suddenly. My daughter saw steam or smoke coming from the front engine compartment. Within a minute or so the whole front of the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The fire was intense, the top of the engine was melted, the interior of the dash was destroyed, and the vehicle was damaged beyond repair. It looks like the most intense fire area was around the fuse panel. I did contact Ford through several avenues but they appeared to be disinterested.

- Truro, ME, USA

problem #2

Dec 042012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 3 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact mentioned that the failure would occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the failure was not diagnosed. A month later, the vehicle stalled and powered off. Also, the contact also stated the temperature gauge increased. The vehicle was again taken to the dealer and was awaiting a diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 101,589.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012012


  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact attempted several times to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who replaced the spark plugs, spark plug wires and the fuel rail however, the failure recurred. The contact stated the failure occurred when traveling shorter distances. The contact had to depress the accelerator in order to avoid the vehicle from stalling at every stop. The failure seemed to recur more frequently during hotter temperatures. The current mileage was 174,000. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- Orange Grove, TX, USA

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