hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,404 miles

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2005 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #8

May 112015


  • 90,000 miles


Takata recall fuel line too close to exhaut it causes vehicle to stop running wait 15 -20 minutes and it will start and you can go until it does it again it is fine in winter but warm weather it does it all the time have tried to have fixed but still does

- Okoboji, IA, USA

problem #7

Nov 032015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While stopped at an intersection, the vehicle shut off and lost all power without warning. The contact heard a clicking noise from the steering rack. The contact called roadside assistance; however, the vehicle restarted after the tow truck driver shook the battery a couple of times. The contact drove home. The failure recurred a few days later and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was a recall for NHTSA campaign number: 05V030000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer stated that there was no recall for the failure and referred the contact to NHTSA to file a complaint. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000. Updated 04/22/16

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 022013


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle stalled, all the electrical functions seized, and the engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and towed to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the alternator failed. The vehicle was serviced, but the remedy failed to repair the issue. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 86,000.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Aug 022014

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


We bought this car used, after we got it we noticed the fuel gauge was broke, there's something wrong with the brakes, and there are numerous other problems that worry me. We have small children to think about so the safety of this vehicle is very important. It has a good battery, but it's always dying after being driven. We have taken it to the dealer several times but they have yet to fix it. I don't know that there is anything you can do about this, but I'm desperate to try anything and anyone for help.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #4

Jun 062011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
So idk every [xxx] year! for the last few years! it goes good then she starts acting funny boom battery light comes on. I use the voltmeter and everything's fine full charge same with the alternator. A week or so passed then the starter went out replaced 7/3/13!! wtf! fried put a new one in. Now my[xxx] clutch feels different don't know what it's not slipping but it's really smooth.2 days go by and boom acts like the battery is dead..nope take key out get voltmeter it's at 12.5 so I try again seems ok doesn't turn over. Again turn key all lights on seems ok nothing.... ok 1 more turn key struggles like starter then lights flicker dash wacks out boom dead nothing!!!!! get out still 12.5volts. I don't know try 1 more time I pumped the clutch ad it hesitated to turn over and boom it works!!!! get home. Turn it off all is well acts like nothing is wrong! 4 to 6 days again this time it did it 2 him just different.here's the kicker!!!!! it's fine fully charged all lights ok all volts ok he pulls out ( ha ha pulls out!) then she idles irregularly like a loop higher loop get it home and keeps looping. So I remember this from like 5 yrs ago it was something with the maf or ecg I believe so I look for answers.... now he goes out 4 hrs later nothing dead won't turn over won't do nothing!!!!! I hate this car!!!!! I swear I will find the [xxx] problem to this [xxx]!!!!! I can't believe this [xxx] car! she was so good now she's a lil [xxx]! I know it's something stupid as [xxx] and watch just like last year in August the [xxx[ clutch is going to go out again! I loved this car but from reading constantly I've decided this is a serious Ford issue!!!! I have spent thousands on this! if I didn't have lifetime warranties on the alternator etc I could only imagine the cost!! through all this horror I've also had to replace O2 sensors maf sensor all engine mounts 3 times!!! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

May 152012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 110,231 miles
While driving my vehicle locally, my car shut off and engine light came on. I was told it was the main flow valve. I have to replace it, but then my key got stuck in the ignition. My friend was able to get it out. On August 12, 2012, my driver seat moved while I was driving and continues to skip on a certain click latch. Indecember, I had to take it back to the mechanic, cause my engine light keeps coming on, but we are unsure as to why it keeps doing that. Every now and then I can smell smoking wires/electrical wires burning. Now my lighter in the car is not working, but I think that runs in a fuse...not sure. On April 13th, 2013. I returned home from a wedding and I am unable to yet again, get the key out of the ignition. I took it to my mechanic and he told me to check to find out if others are having the same problem and what they did. Then my friend told me about the major Ford recall.

- Willingboro, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 232013

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, he adjusted the driver's seat and the vehicle stopped accelerating. The contact examined the area beneath the seat but could not locate a failure. After waiting several minutes, the vehicle was restarted and operated as designed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 21,000. Updated 08/27/13

- Lafayette, CO, USA

problem #1

Oct 242009

Focus 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the failure continued intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis but the mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

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