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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. 401 28.26%
Nothing too serious, minor work here and there. Hasn't broken the bank account yet! 778 54.83%
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! 200 14.09%
So many problems that I will never buy a Ford again. Nearly went bankrupt due to repair shop bills! 40 2.82%
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:28 AM   #151
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So after buying my car new in 2004, it now has 80K miles and no major issues *knocks on wood*

-Only claim I can make regarding mfg defect is the Clutch Master Cylinder just went out last month, replaced my self.

Can't comment on brakes, suspesnion, or dampers though, that stuff hasn't stayed stock :D

Oh and the steering feel on the focus should be a benchmark for compact cars.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:54 PM   #152
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It's been a really a really reliable car for me.

But as a Ford Focus she does suffer from a severe lack of sex appeal. Thats about the only problem I've noticed.
Still basically bone stock 2003 SVT Focus. Energy Suspension control arm bushings, ES sway bar bushings, Moog front and rear sway bar end links, Hawk HPS Plus brake pads, Dunlop Direzza Star Spec tires (best performance addition by far!).
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:07 PM   #153
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ive had mine since july and have put 25,000 miles on it all ready. no problems at all other then the fuel pump recal.

lil thing ive had to do -
replace shifter base (i shift a lil to hard)
fix a watter leak

normal maitenance -
plug and wires
i should get the timeing belt checked (almost 128,000 miles)
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:26 PM   #154
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The main problem I had/have is the long starts. Oh and my rear passenger window is getting off track.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:51 AM   #155
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I bought my 2005 ZX4 as a lease return in 2006 with 9000 miles on it. Since then I've put 44,000 on it with no problems and only regular maintenance...until last Friday. Now it's at the dealer with a transmission issue, they believe it is a shift solenoid. No warning signs before it went either. It's still under my extended warranty, so keeping my fingers crossed that all will be paid for. But something like this happens and doesn't make me less pleased with my purchase.

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Old 01-21-2009, 01:22 PM   #156
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i think that the fofo is like all american automobiles....pretty good engine and tranny (i have 141k and still running well)

but they up the little things....panels going lose withought reason, switches failing to soon, heater fans failing too soon etc.

like my dad said "Why do you build an engine that can run on mars, but cant make a switch to get me there " or something like that

german cars rule...when not made in mexico

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Old 01-21-2009, 01:24 PM   #157
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Originally Posted by angelaferguson View Post
A Ford focus 2009 model was just purchased for me. It almost feels like a car without power steering. It's unresponsive when I turn the wheel and does not have a good car feel to it. I test drove several foreign cars that drove much better. The focus feels kind of like its in between not having power steering and having it. Its hard to turn the wheel compared to other cars and not at all a pleasure to drive. I would never have spent my money on this car. I'm very disppointed in it.
i love this about my fofo....its a nice feel to me

i drove a bunch of other similar cars and the steering is way too light
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:43 PM   #158
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One problem so far, pane misaligned on the wiper cowl. My local dealership took care of it and I am happy. i love the tight steering of my Focus, must better than my old saturn.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:56 PM   #159
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Only problem I've had with my focus is the front bumper was missing a bolt. The bumper just hung a little lower on passenger side. It was covered under warranty so it was not a big problem.
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:56 AM   #160
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VCT , clutch, water hose and a lil seal that goes under the thermo housing thats about it
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