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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 28.24%
Nothing too serious, minor work here and there. Hasn't broken the bank account yet! 779 54.86%
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 14.08%
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 03-06-2011, 11:18 AM   #321
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2010 SE sedan

1) Rear suspension starting to squeak
2) Noise coming from the engine/transmission under load. Unknown cause as of yet.

It wouldn't be a Ford if it wasn't making noises.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:55 PM   #322
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2006 zx3 -
1) pcv hose replacement@ 65k
2) Son totalled car at 72k
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:55 PM   #323
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Number 2 would be a problem.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:54 PM   #324
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2005 ST 55k, owned/maintained since 28k

Spun rod bearing a full 90, was really a shock to see, bearing showing heavy signs of uneven wear. Put new bearing in, noise went away, but there was still another noise. Finally didn't feel like dealing with it anymore, found a guy who specializes in wrecked foci not that far from me and he installed it with the tranny as well, so all that took 40k off the car. The whole thing only cost me $1400.

Endlinks have been loud for the last 10k. Replaced last week. Much better.

Wheel bearing in the rear has been noisy for the last 5k. Replaced last week. Much quieter.

So, the way I look at this is that I originally got the car for $3k under book basically sight unseen. (Because it was still under factory warranty I'd have some recourse.) I've now put that money back into the car with the "new" engine and suspension work I recently had done. I replaced the f/r discs and put on some HPS pads all the way around a year ago.

Money spent, yeah, but still a pretty good value when you consider what it is now for "stock" focus money spent...
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:15 AM   #325
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Bought '01 ZX3 with 111,000 miles. Currently, 140,000 miles.

Minor issues:

- Battery
- Brakes (F/R)
- Idler pulley
- Serpentine belt
- Dash bulbs blown
- Tune up

Typical stuff that I expected with a car with plenty of usage. After repairs, no issues. - Og
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:25 PM   #326
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Right now I have a brake light issue in my 2001 SE. 3rd light works so switch, bulbs & fuses are all good. Any Suggestions ? Relay maybe?
Thanx !
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:33 AM   #327
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I like many other svt owners had the clutch fail on my 04 svt. Due to my low mile driving it did not fail until 22k miles. The dealership gave me a hard time even though there was a tsb on the clutch because they said others having this issue had the clutch fail in the first year or two and I had the car close to 4 years before mine failed. Due to my family buying most of their cars from the same dealership they ended up fixing it under extended warrentee coverage. I am pretty annoyed there was not a formal recall this problem.
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #328
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spoke too soon, 3 weeks of owning the car and the tail light has a little fog in it
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:47 PM   #329
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new clutch and master cylinder and all new RR suspension parts(control arm, links, and knuckle)
next is probably the plug boots. hopefully not the starter
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:42 AM   #330
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I bought my 05 ZX3 cash out and am the only owner. At 9k miles the pressure plate blew apart and sliced and diced a bunch of crap. Sat in the shop under warranty for 3 weeks trying to order the new clutch assembly. They were on back order because other people were having the same problems. Finally they gave up and just threw an SVT clutch in.

Strarter started grinding at 50k but lasted and still cranked when I replaced it at 90k.

Reverse lights harness shorted out at some point. I finally noticed when I got ticketed, No blown bulbs just a dead harness.

Third brake light melted into a twisted clump of plastic.

Has had a slight knock when idling it WHOLE life. Ford unable to diagnose.

Blown through 3 rear torque mounts and still having problems with the bushing lasting in even the aftermarkets. Bought the MAC mount from http://www.ZXtuner.com and a week later their almost like plastic bushing are cracked, and won't hold grease and didn't even fit the transmission support bracket. Had to be shaved bout a 1/4-1/2"

Air box sprung a leak and almost put my engine into hydrolock. Some idiot mechanic never reconnected that retarded snorkel. Found leaves in my air box....wow right? Upgraded to the Steeda CAI.

I'm about to put my 3rd MAF sensor in today....WTF!!!

Lifter spring in valve 3 buckled and had to be replaced. Covered under warranty...

Rear interior panels are plastic "clips" glued to cardboard/particle board...something cheap. This southern heat made quick work of that. The glue separated. I went threw with capped of screws and mounted behind seats so caps would be covered or where panels overlapped.

The finger on the sunroof cover sliding thing broke off at like 10k.

Passenger and driver mounts went out at 56k

*By the way I am looking through receipts for all these repairs right now....lol

Driver control arm bushing is clunking or maybe its the hub....don't know yet.

Also have a fuel delivery problem. Fuel pump will hesitate before cranking the car. But car always cranks on the 3rd try fosho.. Thats all for now..

Since I am new to the forums. Anyone got any input on were to find better bushing inserts for the MAC torque mount. Has anyone got that clunking noise on the front end when turning and its pops when going over and change in pavements. (already have new cv axles, end links, inner/outer tie rods).

I love my whip so any help and making a newbie feel welcome would be awesome. BTW I'm not a genius but not an idiot either I have done most of my own work on all my cars inducing my V6 Camry, my 89 V6 Ranger 5speed, and my black Acura Legend 2door coupe V6 Vtec 6speed(giggitti!!!!) Thanks fellas!!!
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