hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,723 miles

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #15

Jan 012006


  • miles


This is for all the people who had problems with their key being stuck in the ignition. I had the same problem, and I discovered that if the floor shifter is not locked the key won't come out. Make sure the floor shifter is locked in park and the key should come right out...if it doesn't work then you obviously have other issues with the problem.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 032010


  • 46,000 miles
Key got stuck in ignition and won't come out of the ignition. Had to lock key in car and use remote to lock car. Second incidence of this on here so looks like it could be a recall in the future for the 2005 Ford Focus.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 132010


  • 78,000 miles
Driver's side passenger door will not lock with remote or manually with rocker switch.

- Brandon, WI, USA

problem #12

Apr 042010


  • 64,000 miles


Key stuck in ignition and will not lock into key position #; therefore, gear shift will not lock appropriately when car is off.

- Lockhart, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 302010


  • miles
Our key is stuck in the ignition of our car. We can"T get it out. I'm afraid that we may have our car stolen because we have to leave the key permanently in the ignition

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #10

Jan 152010


  • 89,000 miles
2005 Ford Focus has back door that no longer locks (power locks). Dealer states door lock actuator needs replacing ($400). Went on internet to see actual cost of part and how involved to fix. Amazed to find the number of cases where lock actuators have gone out on Ford Focus. Some people have gotten locked in their cars and had to climb out windows or out their trunk. Our concern is that someone could crawl into the back of our 16 year old daughter's vehicle and attack her - because hers is stuck in the unlocked position. Or what if the other doors get stuck in locked position and she was involved in an accident and couldn't get out of her car.

- Greenville, IN, USA

problem #9

Feb 242006


  • 20 miles


My "engine light" has been "flashing" intermittently since the day I drove the car home brand new! this is a "misfire" code. It usually happens when under hard acceleration (like trying to pass a car)...you can just imagine the "safety concerns" involved, when 7 out of 10 times I to try to pass a car.....I get halfway by the vehicle...then my car "misfires"....loses all power....and I coast back into position "behind" the vehicle I tried to pass!..while I wait for the car to recover and start to run correctly again!....if I didn't lose my position!..which has happened!....my car has been "repaired" 4, going on 5 times for this same issue....each time I bring it to be fixed...it doesn't get fixed...or as I was told on my first complaint, and my second complaint (there's nothing wrong)....the light continues to flash.....my car has been sitting in my yard since January...after the last time they "fixed it"...cant even drive it now....it didn't even make it home after the last repair!

- Moriah, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 202009


  • 91,900 miles
2005 Focus key stuck in the ignition. I disconnected the negative side of the battery and the key came out.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #7

Jan 232010


  • 52,266 miles
Key won't turn in the ignition. Can no remove key.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #6

Dec 282009


  • 72,000 miles
My key is stuck in the ignition and will not release from it. I have to leave the key in ignition and lock the vehicle with the alarm.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 012009


  • 32,000 miles


The left rear door on my 2005 Ford Focus does not lock. Even when I lock the car with the remote and the alarm is armed, the right rear door will open. This is an obvious safety hazard. I have searched on the web and have found that this is a common problem with the '05 Focus.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 222008


  • 22,905 miles
Hatch is difficult to close and opens unexpectedly. On two occasions, last one being 11-22-08, the hatch opened completely while the car was being driven. It was brought back to the dealer at least three times, but they do not find a problem. Also, on one occasion, the hatch was returned to us from the dealer with a dent resulting from the force needed to close hatch. Dealer paid to fix dent, but dents returned.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 122008


  • 36,500 miles
My 2005 Ford Focus has broken and shorted wires on the wiring harness for the back hatch in my station wagon. When I turn on the ignition or the headlights the back hatch opens inadvertently. The wires are shorted to the hatch release solenoid. The hatch can open on the freeway. My local Ford dealer refused to fix the problem. This is a recurring problem with the Ford Focus. Needs safety recall.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202008


  • 67,178 miles
I purchased a 2005 Ford Focus, my drivers side door handle has broken and the rear drivers side door cannot be opened or it will not close passenger side door handle is loose also as with other complaints nothing is being done to fix this issue a recall reported on this issues does not pertain to my VIN#. don't know why considering it is the same issue, I have one key lock on outside of car on drivers side but cannot lock car now that drivers side door handle has broke so I can not lock my car. Dealership is willing to look at it but will probably cost major monies to fix. Why isn't this consider a safety issue if you cannot get into your car. Or if the rear drivers side door swings open shouldn't have all of the 2005 Ford Focus been recalled. How many complaints need to be filed before it gets recalled?

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 84,321 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Focus with over 84K miles on the vehicle. I have been experiencing trouble opening the doors. They used to stick but now they just don't close. The front passenger door sticks and is hard to open & both rear doors do not close. I took the vehicle to russ milne Ford in macomb mich. They want over $700 to repair the doors. I found it appalling that they would charge that much money for something that I view as a design flaw that they should repair for free considering the saftey hazard this could cause. I called the Ford customer service number and opened ticket #0615822478 and they told me that there is nothing they could do for me because of the mileage. I realize this is not a luxury sedan so the fact that there is loud wind noise, shakes and rattles and even the front arm rest flinging itself off its base and breaking doesn't really bother me or the MP3 player not reading the discs or the trunk button requiring several pushes before it opens the trunk doesn't give me great concern, but I certainly expect the doors to close. If I were complaining about the cheap wheels that I've had to replace twice already or the tires or the engine, I could see being told it was due to the mileage but these are doors that I should expect to close. I read through the owner's manual and even though it broke out maintenance schedules for tires, oil, etc, no where did it say that one could expect the doors to stop closing after "X" miles. At how many miles should I have expected the doors to stop closing" 25, 30, 50 thousand" I found a recall notice for 2004-5 for the exact thing that was happening to my doors. Recall number: 05V030000 so when I called the dealership, they said it did not apply to my vehicle. They said that recall was only for vehilces bulit up to January of 2005 and that my vehicle was built in July of 2005. Imagine that, I have the same issuei would appreciate your attention to my case. Thanks.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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