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View Poll Results: How serious have problems with your Focus been?
Nothing wrong with it! Really pleased with my decision to buy. 417 28.43%
Nothing too serious, minor work here and there. Hasn't broken the bank account yet! 801 54.60%
A number of costly and/or irritating deficiences with the car. Spent a fair bit of change fixing them, and would seriously reconsider buying again! 209 14.25%
So many problems that I will never buy a Ford again. Nearly went bankrupt due to repair shop bills! 40 2.73%
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:39 PM   #21
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$17 vacuum hose. Only has 69,000 on it.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:02 AM   #22
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I'm pleased with my 2004 focus so far. Have 47000 miles on it. The only thing is i had to change brake rotors not too long ago. $100 for brembo oe replacement rotors.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:32 PM   #23
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I've had the fuel pump replaced under warranty which is a common issue with the early model foci. That's it so far, although I may need to replace the Idle Air Control Valve, torque mount and my clutch (original from factory) soon, but my car has nearly 120k on the clock so it's to be expected.

Chances are the "problems" you're hearing about for these cars are either from the first 2 or 3 models years (those had the most problems) or if you stick around a forum dedicated to a specific car like this one, will make any car sound like it's got all kinds of quality control issues.
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Old 10-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #24
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At 9000 miles fuel pump,shifter cable,shifter mount,passanger front seat backrest releace broke off,front rotors,relay for fuel pump,radio,That was for my 01 which I still own.Now Im rebuilding car after accident after wife said go buy a new one instead.I kept it and am making improvements on a already decent car.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:11 PM   #25
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I had some electrical problems that I couldn't figure out and got sick of dealing with. The car went to a lot who sends their problem cars to a shop that belongs to me friend's dad, they couldn't get the thing to live either.
My brother's Focus has been pretty good though, no problems out of the ordinary.
If I had the opportunity I'd snag another Focus as a project car.
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:03 AM   #26
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the coil wires broke. fixed it myself and may find another engine bay harness to replace mine. stealth style. had 4 tires go bad at once (i rotated them properly and they shook like a demon so i git new tires) cd player ate my cd's
repalced under warranty. replacement unit failed to operate anymore so i went aftermarket. clips to hold rear side panels on in interior busted sounds bad with the bass up (might make my own panels that velcro in place) and my idle went insane for a bit but i fixed that too. (i adjusted it too far and the computer got mad) all in all i'd get 20 billoin more focuses. i love them (my next one might be an 08 if i can pay mine off fast and make her a collector car of sorts. it's a hard to find advance trac model)
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:08 AM   #27
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114,500 miles all ive done is general maint,, and replaced the fuel pump,, which it didnt really need replacing once i got it out of the tank,, the sock and screen on the pump were gunked over.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:23 AM   #28
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Gettin ready to spend some money to figure out why my gas mileage dropped from 34-36 to 20...
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:32 AM   #29
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eugh ive went through 7 fuel pumps, i have rattles in the dash i can't find, they have had to rebuild my motor twice now, alignment's out (haven't hit anything), and recently its started sounding like a bucket of bolts every time i hit a bump. er is parked, im driving my 1981 toyota tercel, its a better car, and when i have enough saved up for tag and insurance, im trading that g focus in.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:22 AM   #30
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I voted nothing wrong, but I have had to do some work to it. The only work I've needed to do was a few things that wouldn't have gone bad if I didn't mess with things (modifications). So if I was smart, the only things I would have had to do is nothing except regular maintenance.
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