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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. 405 28.16%
Nothing too serious, minor work here and there. Hasn't broken the bank account yet! 786 54.66%
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! 207 14.39%
So many problems that I will never buy a Ford again. Nearly went bankrupt due to repair shop bills! 40 2.78%
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:50 PM   #281
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I have a 07 Focus SES,the rear passenger door wont lock,even if i do it manually from the inside,all the other doors are locking just fine.The dealership said it could be an actuator not working so replacing it would cost $375 tops!Is this amount reasonable?
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:31 PM   #282
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I hope this dosen't jinks my car cause it has been a goodie. I bought the car in November of 2003, had the clutch replaced under warranty because of the TSB after one year of ownership even though it was fine. Only regular maintenance items since, oil, tires, fuel filter, and one O2 sensor.
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:37 AM   #283
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My parents bought a yellow ZX3 in '98. They've only had to bring it in when the recall notices came in, they were fixed; and no further problems. More recently they've had to spend more to keep it up, but it's all wear-items reaching the end of the service life.
150,000 miles and they're completely happy with it!

-On the other hand...-

I sold myself an '03 in '02 and started spending on it almost immediately. I didn't run into any real issues until...
Too many engine bolt-ons, it seemed, had butted up against the stock fuel and perf. maps and wasn't meshing with the myriad of aftermarket parts I'd swapped out... and it felt like the interference was sapping power and just shaking the gas-pedal. I ended up having to find a specialist shop (a state away) that was familiar with the issues. After five hours of dyno-time, it ran better than it ever had.
I've not had this car on the road for longer than a year, between not affording the fixes and finally paying for it all to find the legality of the tags had then slipped as well... I also haven't done things in the right order, I blame that.

This car takes corners like a super-hero, and I've been able to spank cars that cost twice what I paid (much to their chagrin)...Because it's so much fun when it all lines up correctly, I can't quit fighting for it! While I've had a number of scenarios drain my wallet/patience/pride; this damn thing makes my eyes feel funny in the sockets like a roller-coaster when I push it.
I will never get rid of this car.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:06 PM   #284
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Problems with my 06 Focus S

ZILCH NADA ZERO PROBLEMS 4 to 84000 miles on have done oil changes and new front brake pads (one set) still on original rear pads! best new or used car I have ever owned. I had a 2000 Focus too it was not terrible just some stupid stuff like the rubber pieces to the mirror adjusters thats it on the 2000
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:32 PM   #285
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Nothing major, fuel pump and timing belt both needed to be replaced last year.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:03 AM   #286
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Very timely topic. My 2004 svt, 117,000+, just blew out the clutch. I'm driving a rental Jetta sedan - that's cured my desire to get a Jetta.
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:16 PM   #287
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I just finished shelling out a bundle to get a new clutch, flywheel and all the works, but it did not sour me on the 2004 SVT. It has 117,500 m. on it and I drive it pretty hard and a lot. I love the car - nothing better than both the windows down and the sunroof wide open hauling @ss in the Texas summer heat. Great car - I don't know what I'll do if it ever wears out.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:00 PM   #288
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Problem with the connection between the alternator and ECU, tried 3 alternators, 2 ECUs
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Old 07-23-2010, 01:02 PM   #289
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recently engine mounts ;(
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:47 AM   #290
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Bought mine in 2007, a real stripped down model for my racer son (three cars in 1 year) for college. It has the smallest engine, auto, a/c, am/fm/cd and rear defrosters that is all. It has 53000 on it now. The only problem was the hub caps made the wheels out of balance. Took 20,000 miles for three dealers and five tire shops to figure it out. A kid at one shop said look at the eggs on the wheels and we to the caps off and my slight vibration was gone. go figure. Knock on wood no issues real happy.. My son has worn out tires and brakes at 30,000 miles. If you try to race a stock one, wear and tear parts do not last long..
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