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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 10-07-2007, 11:49 AM   #41
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Umm melted foglights both sides, sway bar endlinks both sides , trunk latch trim cracked , leaking in trunk caused by tailight , feed sticking to floor almost killed me but lol they replaced throttle body.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:41 PM   #42
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most of the problems on mine were general maintenance that wasn't addressed by the previous owner.. i've taken care of most of this stuff.. considering i have around 125k on the clock, i can't complain..
the annoying things have been:
starter went bad, replaced.
PATS system won't let me start my car. Ford dealershits fault. workin on it.
key cylinder got stuck, replaced.
overall the previous owner didn't take much care of it, but after putting it up to date, i drive hard all the time, and my focus responds..
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:20 PM   #43
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So far, no problems.. other than my boyfriend crashing it twice.. but the a/c and the radio will not work at the same time.. the car will turn off quickly while it's driving, but will return to normal. There may be some electrical problems with it.

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Old 10-11-2007, 08:13 PM   #44
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Mostly pattern failures at 60kmis, to wit:

alternator VR plug - pattern failure
PCV hose collapse - pattern failure
passenger footwell water leak/passenger side cowl - pattern failure
ignition lock cylinder - anticipated pattern failure
trunk lock cylinder - pattern failure
HVAC blower motor resistor - pattern failure
front sway bar end links - pattern failure
valve cover gasket oil leak/thermostat housing water leak - pattern failure

I had to switch to Akebono ceramic brake pads to get any life out of the rotors. The OEM pads ate the original rotors early and dusted like crazy. The MTX fluid was changed from the original ATF to Ford "Honey" which was by far and away the best mod I made to the car. The lower radiator shrouds had to be replaced after a close encounter with a tall curb. The radio antenna was snapped off while clearing snow and had to be replaced.

The beauty of these forums is that they allow one to quickly identify these pattern failures and anticiapate or solve them.

Would I do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat. Peppy, 35mpg, and out-handles cars three times its cost and has leather seats to boot!
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:00 PM   #45
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Where should I start? Squeaky brakes...had them worked on twice, they claim it is dust.
Ignition locked up, replacement cost was $400...and it is starting again.
Bad gas mileage..19 to gal. I am disgusted with this car and would NEVER do it again.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:09 PM   #46
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Drove it off the lot the first time, took off at the first stoplight and the tranny mount BROKE!!!

Pressure plate clip broke off and was being tossed around inside the bellhousing--broke a big hole in it and made a major tranny fluid leak.

There are other things but nothing as major as those...power steering line broke because of my SVT header with no upgraded line--but I have it now.
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:17 PM   #47
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my tranny mount came loose, my power steering leaks on occasion ( havnt fixed yet) and I have some vibration in brakes at high speeds. Goin to replace with performance brakes anyways. other than that the car has been great! keep in mind i have only had the car since july.
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Old 10-23-2007, 10:26 PM   #48
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Nothing, that can't be fixed easily. Really happy.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:14 PM   #49
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my brakes squeal every time its damp out, its embarrassing. i cant go down a freaking good sized hill because my car either stalls or i get a cel that say's that my mas air flow sensor is reading -35 C and 10,000 feet above sea level. i went to ford and all i got was "I dont know, i've never heard of that". its a real big pain in the a$$ cuz i cant travel much
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:37 PM   #50
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Bought used from a Mazda/Kia dealer. They had just replaced the power steering pump.

Replaced engine mount and transmission mount

Replaced Front sway bar end links

Replaced right inner tie rod end.
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