really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,891 miles

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2005 Ford Focus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Oct 172008


  • 80,000 miles


My battery light came on in the middle of this past week on my way to work...then on Friday afternoon, my mother-in-law and I decided to go to asheville, nc...we got as far as waynesville, and my car quit...(about 80,000 miles on my car)...I was able to roll it off and pop the clutch and get it to start...I drove about 5 miles, and it quit again...this time, I could not get it started again...had to call a tow truck...had my car towed to andy shaw Ford in sylva, nc, the town closest to where I live...they checked out my car and said that it was the alternator...they also told me that in cold and hot weather, the alternators will go out...my husband has a 1998 Toyota Tacoma, with 240,000 miles on it and he has never had to replace the alternator in his truck...I have had three other new cars, the first one bought in 1986, Ford festiva...it had 149,000 O so on it when it quit....never had to replace the alternator...the next one I bought was a 1995 Toyota tercel, hit a deer with about 149,000 on the car...never had to replace the alternator in this car...the next one I bought was a 2000 Kia rio...totaled it out when someone hit me in 2005...the car had about 140,000 on it then...never had to ever replace the alternator in that car...so, why did the alternator go out on the Ford Focus?

- Tuckasegee, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 032008

Focus 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Noticed on the way home from work on Friday that when I clicked on the left turn signal, it went in a "fast blink" which usually means a burned out bulb, short, or blown fuse, but usually just a burned out bulb. Once I got home in the driveway, I get out and test the lights and see that the front left turn signals are flashing fast, and the back left turn signal is not flashing at all. I'm still hoping for a burned out bulb at this point. I make a note to change it out in the morning. On Saturday Oct 4th I pull off the left rear lighting assembly, consisting of two screws holding it to the car, and I find two bulb connections; the bottom one (brake lights) has a normal quarter turn and pull out connector to get to the bulb. Only that bulb is fine. The top one also has one of those "quarter-turn-and-pull" connectors, only it does not "pull" heck it doesn't even quarter turn, it's frozen in place, and the back side of this light assembly is melted into an egg shape (supposed to be round). Now I'm not into just a bulb any more. It's Saturday, and my nearest Ford dealership is on M-F bankers hours, so I order a replacement from autozone for $100 which should be here this week. I see from NHTSA web site that there are no existing recalls for this issue, however somebody else apparently has also submitted this exact same problem. I will be asking my Ford dealer about it this coming week, but I am also filing this complaint to document a part failure on a car that is only three years old, and whatever the reason; this failure involves electrical systems, external lighting, melting plastic parts, and failed safety equipment. I leave it up to you to determine if further action is required. Updated 02/19/10. The consumer stated the issue with the melted assembly around the brake light socket was not limited to the back left, but also present in the back light tail light of his 2005 Ford Focus station wagon. Updated 02/19/10. Updated 08/20/10

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #5

Jun 142008


  • 68,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Focus ignition keeps locking up on me, unable to take keys from the vehicle-leaving me stranded or car open to theft. I was in a car accident over a year ago, since Ford wont touch vehicle-says everything was because of accident which was only minor damage. Since the accident I haven't had a problem with vehicle until now. At time of accident, the air bags didn't deploy, now everytime I honk on horn the air bag light comes on and stays on for a day or so.

- Masontown, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 152006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


While driving in the early morning or evenngs I notice that the ABS light and battery light glow on. They come on and go off. Last evening the car was sitting in my driveway with the doors locked and windows up. The dome light came on and went off several times. I looked into the car and found that the oil light and the door ajar light were on when the dome light was off. Also, when the door ajar and oil light are on, the wireless remotes do not work. I have taken the vehicle in for the ABS and battery light 2 times with no resolve. I took the vehicle in for service today with video of the dome light, oil light, and the door ajar light.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #3

Oct 072005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Thursday morning, (10/6/05) I was driving northbound on the dan ryan I94. I was in the left hand lane in rush hour traffic. I noticed white smoke coming from the front of my hood. I thought I must be overheating, though that seemed weird since it was fairly cool outside and nothing on my dash showed distress. I pulled quickly to the left shoulder, turned off the car and decided to call road side assistance. While on hold a strange smell started to fill the car and I noticed more smoke and the smoke was getting darker. I grabbed my bag, and got out of the car. Within a minute, there were small flames coming from the front of the car. I began to walk quickly away from the car along the shoulder. All this to say that the car is totaled, the fire department made it before it exploded....but it is destroyed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 152005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The cigarette lighter popped out and landed on papers and vehicle caught on fire. It burned the passengers in the middle between the to seats. Have not contacted the dealer. This happened Monday August 15, 2005. The consusmer sustained burns on right hand.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #1

Feb 132005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,750 miles
Ignition problems, cd player malfuction, was repaired but failed again 3 times to start and towed 3 times to the dealer.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

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