definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,773 miles

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2007 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 182010

Focus 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Something in the car makes a squeaky noise air conditioner gave out.

- Sultana, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 062014


  • 114,000 miles
When I first noticed, it was around the 45 mph when I felt the jerking of the vehicle. As time went on it started to do that at 35 and (sometimes or) 45 mph. This past Tuesday 3rd of June 2014 it started to do this at 15, 25, 35, and 45 mph from sitting at the red light and moving forward. After getting a tune-up.. it is a little better but it still does that at 35 and some times at 45.

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 012013

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle instrument cluster panel lights illuminated the dealer informed the consumer, it would cost $547 to replace the cluster panel. Plus, the cost for the check engine light, that was also on.

- Pevely, MO, USA

problem #7

Sep 072011


  • 64,000 miles


When slowing down (coasting or breaking) the accelerator hangs. It will hold at a constant RPM (between 2500 and 4000, different each time) I have to put the car in neutral and depress the throttle all the way several times. I checked the throttle cable and there is still tension on it so it is not mechanical between the pedal and the throttle body. Almost seems like a neutral sensor.

- Beaver Falls, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 052011


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. While the contact was driving approximately 20 mph, the engine stalled and the entire instrument panel began to illuminate. The indicators remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, the speedometer became inoperative. Upon restarting, the malfunctions continued and the contact was able to resume operation. The failure occurred two different times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The PCM was replaced, however the failure persisted after the repair was performed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Covington, KY, USA

problem #5

Apr 182011


  • 21,000 miles
This is not a safety complaint, but it is a complaint about a defective component that affects comfort, if not safety. My wife and I both bought new 2007 Ford focuses. Soon after my car went out of warranty (at about 37,000 miles in fall 2009), the air recirculation function on the A/C stopped working. The indicator light goes on, but the air continues to be drawn from outside. I took my car to my dealer and was told that the motor that opens and closes a vent door had died. It would cost about $600 for the motor, plus the labor cost of removing the dash to access the motor. Because of the huge expense, I decided to live with the problem. Now my wife's car has the developed the same problem (at 21,000 miles). Her air recirculation button also has stopped working. I checked the internet and saw several other owners' complaints about the same problem in their 2007 focuses. It seems to me that there is a fairly widespread problem with this motor in 2007 focuses. I am asking you to initiate a recall, so that people with this problem can get their cars fixed and have their A/C work properly.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 152009


  • 48,326 miles


Have 2007 Ford Focus SE with 50,000mil on it. 1st offense happened July 2009. Had to replace 100,000 mil warranty spark plugs(Ford product) @ 38,000 mil.they were burnt to crisp.replaced then 2 wks later btwn 45-50 an hr my car was shifting like a manual transmission. I was told I no longer had a warranty(Ford directly said this) went to another rep company. Told me my cylinders were going out. No engine light was coming on. Company told me to call Ford directly because maybe there was a recall. They told me there wasn't and that I did have a powertrain warranty but this was not covered, yet my owners manual says that cylinders are covered by powertrain. I paid over $200 to fix problems in Aug 2009.it is now Oct 2009 and I will have to replace everything again! I am to this date barely over 2 yrs old on the vehicle(bought Aug 2007) and just now turned over 50,000 mil. This should not be happening to this vehicle. The company I took it too said that they see this problem alot because the cylinders get too hot and burn the spark plugs because there is no cooling system for this area. This needs to be a recall.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #3

Aug 142007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. When the contact releases the throttle, the vehicle continuously takes a long time to return to idle. While driving at various speeds, he does not have full control of the throttle. When the accelerator pedal is released, the vehicle pulls before it decelerates. The contact stated that the throttle response is horrible. The consequence of the failure could cause a crash due to the slow response time when braking. The vehicle has been taken to the dealer five times for this failure, but was only serviced once. The air control valve was replaced and reprogrammed however, after 25 minutes, the throttle failure recurred. The current mileage was 10,000 and failure mileage was less than 100. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on the several occasions to have the ECU either updated or reprogrammed. Updated 06/16/08

- Williamsport, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Focus. The contact hears metal grinding from the front driver side when making a left turn. He stated that the brakes have been replaced twice, but are still squeaking. When he releases the clutch and shifts into neutral, he hears a knocking sound. The contact stated that the engine makes a ticking sound as if it will explode. The dealer has been unsuccessful in diagnosing and repairing all of these failures. The repairs usually last approximately 3-4 weeks before the failures recur. The contact requested that the dealer replace his vehicle with a new vehicle. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 14,701 and failure mileage was 300.

- Oakland, ME, USA

problem #1

Jul 132007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Ford Focus purchased it new, currently has 19,000 miles on it. While driving down the road today smoke started to fill the passenger compartment. I pulled over and looked under the hood and my engine was on fire. Wires melting all over the place, flames and smoke coming out of the alternator. This was a safety hazard, the smoke could've over come me or my passengers, plus the fire itself could have caused injuries if I had driven a block or two down the road. It was towed to the nearest Ford dealer, but it wont get looked at until next week. My car is under warranty.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

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