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How serious have problems with your Focus been?

  • Nothing wrong with it! Really pleased with my decision to buy.

    Votes: 482 28.0%
  • Nothing too serious, minor work here and there. Hasn't broken the bank account yet!

    Votes: 943 54.8%
  • A number of costly and/or irritating deficiences with the car. Spent a fair bit of change fixing th

    Votes: 244 14.2%
  • So many problems that I will never buy a Ford again. Nearly went bankrupt due to repair shop bills!

    Votes: 52 3.0%

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I'm interested to find out what percentage of members here have had problems with their Focus. It seems like all I read are stories of these vehicles breaking down and being really unreliable!

I think we all tend to focus on the negative rather than the positive, so I thought a poll might give a better idea as to what sorts of issues people are having.
 

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Well, my '00 ZTS was problematic, relatively speaking. Bought it with 4k miles on it, sold it with 12k. The passenger side mirror fell off simply while I was washing the car, and the brakes had a squeak that three dealerships never could chase down (though it didn't help that the dealers where I used to live were rather rude to begin with). Considering I didn't have it long...

My '04 SVT hasn't given me problems so far, though I haven't had it for very long yet. The only issues I've noted are that the sun visors fall out of their mounting hole easily, and I also had one of the cables that releases the hatchback's seatback come out of its mounting hole. Both are fixable in about 6 seconds, so no biggie.
 

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Cluch feels like its slipping. Which is leading to 1st gear feeling like im starting the car out in second.

Rear bumpers loose. Itll fall off if they dont ever fix it.

Weird idle sometimes. Real rough on start at times. Its weird.



No option up for me. Its all covered by warrenty
 

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I've has a few annoying problems, but the car is 5 yrs old, and had almost 67k on it when I bought it. I've spent money on an alternator, vr plug, and catching up the maintainence (was obviously neglected a little), and my 3 month used car warranty took care of the other stuff. Now its running just fine.
 

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i had my focus for almost five years(it was a 2000). it had its fair share of problems(some of them rather irritating/dangerous) but i think if ford were to ever come out with another desirable car, then i might be tempted to buy. then again, i dont see ford making any headway in the desirable car market so i really dont have to worry about any future purchases(no, i do not find the mustang remotely appealing).
 

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i had my focus for almost five years(it was a 2000). it had its fair share of problems(some of them rather irritating/dangerous) but i think if ford were to ever come out with another desirable car, then i might be tempted to buy. then again, i dont see ford making any headway in the desirable car market so i really dont have to worry about any future purchases(no, i do not find the mustang remotely appealing).
Funny, I feel the same way about most car companies. Hardly any of them make anything truly appealing. I do like the look of the new mustangs though. 94-04 didn't cut it for me though.
 

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I have a '03 and I bought it new with 146 miles on it. It has 57K on it now & so far my problems have been:

-6 disc CD player jammed.
-Wiper relay bad
-Water pump
-Plug wires went bad for some odd reason.
-Reverse light switch replaced.

Then just other little problems from aftermarket parts that were installed. It's been a reliable car for us so far.
 

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Biggest problem so far was having the shifter linkage snap inside the transmission, I guess it was a design flaw in 2000-2002 where all the stress of shifting was put on a tiny 3/32" pin in the shaft, and after 60,000 miles worth of shifting it finally popped. I was able to move the shifter in circles. Since I was out of town at the time and about 100 miles from home I was forced to take it to a dealer and have them fix it to the tune of $850 (and I had just driven out of my extended warranty a few weeks before that happened...should've gone with the 100,000 mile option.)

Other than that, I've had a handful of other small problems, some caused by me, some were a result of Ford being stupid and some a result of general wear and tear. While I was still in warranty, my car was in and out of the dealer because of the shifter popping out of gear in 5th, wiring issues, a dead IAC valve and the infamous fuel pump issue. I also had to replace a bearing and passenger side driveshaft after my clutch install because we mushroomed the end of the shaft while driving it out of the bearing, and the retention nut didn't fit over it and got stripped out while being driven back on, the result of which was a shot bearing shortly thereafter. Overall my Focus has been fairly reliable, no real complaints thus far [thumb]
 

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the main thing so far is the flywheel, it destroyed itself and in turn destroyed the tranny, running total? 2500 bucks...but thats with aftermarket goodies goin in to replace factory crap[:D] good thing i got a good job. other than this problem, i love the car
 

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hmmm , problems so far , nothing really major all covered by warranty .2006 Focus

Fog light melted,- replaced warranty noticed other started

Sway bar link front end - replaced warranty

Trunk latch out of specs , - plastic trim broke in order under warranty

Platic pillar popping out - headliner not properly trimmed during production - liner trimmed plastic replaced under warranty.

Trunk leaking - adjusted tailight - under warranty

Just minor things , mostly things that was production caused but gotta expect that on a compact car .[strongman]
 

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engine mount, slave cylinder, egr tube, egr tube, wheel, many more. i guess its all because of the turbo though.
 

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2004 SVT, owned since July 2005, from 24,4xx miles - 59,6xx current:

Intermittent wiper relay cooked;
Fuel pump relay cooked (100% operator error, not the car's fault..)
Failed downstream o2 sensor;
Typical premature clutch wear;
An exhaust rattle I CANNOT track down...;
and I think my IAC is on its way out, but that's a guess.

That's the extent of it, still happy so far.
 

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My car only has 560 miles so I probably shouldn't even be responding but I sure hope Ford built this auto tranny well because it seems like it could be a weak link.It seems to hunt for a gear when you step on it from say 2nd gear.The only real little things I've noticed so far is the hatch makes noises when I accelerate from a stoplight (probably needs a little adjustment),idle jumps a little when first started,and lots of loose trim pieces in the cabin.I've had to re-attach seat track trim more than once...things I never even had to consider with my previous Honda's.

If that's the worst of it I'll be very happy indeed...
 
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