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 1 of 2)

problem #35

Mar 162010


  • 7,500 miles


Both the front and back drivers side doors can be locked either electronically with the remote or manually by hand. The front drivers side door handle wont operate from the outside. It has been fixed twice already and now broken for a third time. This seems to be a widespread problems with the 02-08 Focus. A little googling will show just how often this happens.

- East Islip , NY, USA

problem #34

Aug 112014


  • 73,000 miles
My focuses rear passenger side door wouldn't lock and neither of the rear doors could lock automatically. This is a safety concern because if someone (small child) pulled the handle they could fall out. I also tried locking the child lock but then the door wouldn't close. I had to get this fixed at a local auto shop and it cost $400. It seems like from what I have read on the internet this is a common problem with the Focus.

- Brookings, SD, USA

problem #33

Jul 072010


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that all four door handles were defective. The contact mentioned that all four door handles were replaced. However, the problem recurred. The contact was made aware of recall notification of NHTSA campaign number 05V030000 (latches, locks, linkage). However, the VIN was not included on the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #32

Mar 172014


  • 140,000 miles


The back door drivers side will not lock. The drivers door will not open from the outside. I replaced the door handle but it will still not work. It does not seem to be touching opening mechanism.

- Portland, TX, USA

problem #31

Feb 172005

Focus 4-cyl

  • 131,770 miles
A few months ago my passenger door latch handle failed and broke so was opening it from the inside. Now my driver's side handle/latch is now broken. I have to crawl through the hatchback to open the doors. These handles/latches are very poorly made and what happened if I was in a accident and the door/handle failed at that time where they couldn't open it and get someone out. This is a safety concern and needs looked into. I've seen other complaints on this issue in your database. These handle should not give out this easy.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 062013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The rear driver side door lock will not lock. The child safety lock doesn't even make it work. All other doors work with the remote entry key fob and alarm activates but the rear passenger door remains unlocked. I can not even lock it manually. I fear my grandchildren will be able to simply open the door and exit the car and am very concerned for their safety not to mention the possiblity of someone entering the car to do harm or vandelize the vehicle.

- Almont, MI, USA

problem #29

Nov 012012


  • 82,000 miles


The rear door cannot lock either electronically or manually.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #28

Sep 252012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 135,500 miles
The rear passenger door will not lock or unlock with the keyless entry nor the buttons in the car. Turning on or off the child lock feature does not affect it. I can manually 'force it' either way - barely - for now. This happened once before several years ago - where it was stuck completely unlocked, and you couldn't manually force it. It was like that for several months and then mysteriously fixed itself. I have looked up this particular problem online and have found that this make & model appears to have many cars with this issue yet Ford has not done a recall on it. This is a safety issue. Two scenarios are possible here that alarm me: Either emergency personnel can not open the door because it's stuck in the locked position and cannot be moved or the door remains unlocked and unwanted persons get in or things in the car get stolen because the lock is stuck unlocked. Common sense would seem to argue that this deserves to be fixed at no cost to the consumer, given the safety issues with this defect.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #27

Jul 102012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 102,927 miles
Rear passenger electric door lock frozen. Door will not lock manually or electronically. This is not an isolated malfunction and is a safety hazard for children and the disabled. Ford needs to be notified of this safety hazard so they can inform owners of this issue.

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #26

Mar 072012

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
The passenger back door lock does not lock. The electric key beeps when the doors are locked and continues to beep telling me it's locked but I go to it and it opens anyway. I don't know how long it has been this way since I had been trusting the electric key to tell me it was locked. The first time I noticed it was when on 3/7/12 I had to use the manual key and I went around to check each door. I then saw that I couldn't lock it manually. Later of course I checked it with the electrical key and found out it wasn't locking though it would beep to tell me it was.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #25

Dec 202011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60,541 miles


I purchased a pre-owned 2005 Ford Focus about 1 1/2 ago. Recently, the driver's side passenger door would not lock automatically or manually. I searched the internet for information and discovered that there had been a recall on this problem. I called Ford and was told that my vehicle was not included in the recall because it was only the 2005 Ford Focus from a certain manufacturing location. The representative informed me that my 2005 Focus was not manufactured from that particular location. So I took it to my mechanic who stated that it was the door latch and would cost $271.44 to repair. I had no choice but to have it repaired. I've attached a copy of the recall and I'm very upset since it is the exact problem that I am having yet it's not included in the recall. I understand that vehicles need repairs from time to time but its troubling to me that this was a major problem that resulted in a recall, but I'm out the money because mine wasn't a part of it. My husband and I own 2 Ford vehicles and will be in the market for another vehicle soon and debating whether or not to buy another Ford.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #24

Aug 182011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
There is this plastic sleeve on the bottom of my shifter that slips down. When that piece is down I cannot retrieve my key from the ignition after I turn the car off. The lock on the front driver side stopped working with the keyfob. It worked manually until today, now I have to enter and leave my car through the passenger side door. The panel is impossible to take off when the door is closed. So replacing the problematic device is impossible. I called for a locksmith. After 2 hours of trying to open this door, he gave up.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #23

Jun 012010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the rear door was difficult to open. Also, the passenger side rear door would not remain closed unless the child safety function was activated. The dealer advised the contact that the vehicle had not been included in recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The manufacturer confirmed that the vehicle had not been included in the recall. No repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #22

Jul 012009


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that all four of the doors would not open from the vehicle interior. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that he was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. Updated 09/07/2011 the cheap, cheesy plastic door handles have all broken. A lobe problem caused latches to fail. Updated 10/07/2011

- Westbrook, ME, USA

problem #21

Jul 012011


  • 44,012 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the door latch became defective and the door opened while the contact was driving. The dealer repaired the failure via NHTSA campaign id number: 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages:doors:latch) but the failure recurred. The manufacturer did not assist the contact the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 44,012 and the current mileage was 63,266.

- Leslie, MI, USA

problem #20

Feb 082011

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,950 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated the drivers side rear door will not lock manually or with the keyless entry. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was made aware of NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages: Door: Latch) and was told the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage is 44,950. Updated 08/19/11

- Aroroa, IL, USA

problem #19

May 112009


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the rear passenger doors would not unlock due to excessive corrosion on the door. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised her that she was not included in any recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 95,000.

- Lebanon, NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 142010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Door latches work very badly on pasenger and drivers doors. Finally the drivers door latch broke.

- Northville , NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 202010


  • miles
2005 Ford Focus sw. The trunk latch if opened by remote then can't close back. If remote control of latch is not operated and using only the key to open the trunk, then it's okay. I had to disconnect the electrical connector to the latch so that I can use the key only to operate the trunk gate.

- Calgary, 00, USA

problem #16

Sep 162010


  • 58,029 miles
Ford Focus 2005 wagon. Noticed that electric lock will not open hatch back, but took no action to correct. Incident: Could not move shift lever out of park leaving motorist stranded. Found that shared brake light fuse was blown. Replaced fuse, but wondered about root cause so tested brake lights. Immediately noticed that brake lights remained on when brake pedal was not pressed or pressed. Realized that this is a major safety concern, as other drivers will not be aware when the brake is pressed. After web search, I observed many documented cases of damaged wiring harness; I opened the hatch and removed the rubber boot covering the wiring harness. Immediately observed that several wires were severed and others damaged.

- Canton, MI, USA

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