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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: 945 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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Old thread, but figured I would give my 2 cents for anyone looking into these cars. Nothing major only the expected normal wear and tear on my '03 ZX3. I have owned 7 different cars in my 12 short years of driving experience. My focus has been hands down, my most reliable and enjoyable vehicle. Second in fun only to the GSX Eclipse (for obvious reasons) I drove back in the day. It sat for over two months this passed summer and started immediately without hesitation!
 

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So I bought my 2010, 5-speed manual SE February 2016. It had 198,000 miles, is fairly beat inside and out, and cost me $1,300. I immediately put $35 into it for an antennae (apparently the old one had broken off). then a couple of months later put about $5 into it for new bolts for the heat shield under the gas tank (the rattle was annoying me)

2 weeks ago I put new tires on it and replaced the wheel bearings on the front, passenger side. I take it in for inspection today and have no reason to expect it to need any more work.

I've had less issues in my first year of ownership with this than either of my last two brand new vehicles.
 

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I got my 2002 Ford Focus with 93,000 miles and now it's at 120,000 miles since I've commuted in it a lot.
A majority of these problems have been fixed by me or I had a little help from the hubs but that's only if I need help lol
Problems that have been replaced or fixed:
-Front driver window retractor: replaced
-driver door handle: fixed
-front driver side fender: replaced
-front suspension sway link bars: replaced
-head gasket: replaced
-coolant reservoir: replaced
-coolant hoses: replaced
-power steering pump: replaced
-alternator: replaced
-EGR valve gasket: replaced
-EGR tube: replaced
-ignition coil: replaced
-EGR pressure feedback hoses: replaced
-windshield: replaced
-driver side door handle: replaced
Rear view mirror: replaced
-middle console: replaced
-heater hose: replaced
-headlights: replaced
-head: replaced
-water pump: replaced
-timing belt: replaced
-belt tensionor: replaced
-serpentine belt: replaced
-oil pressure switch: replaced
-oxygen sensors: replaced
-exhaust manifold: fixed
-coolant reservoir cap: replaced
-a/c compressor pulley: replaced
-power steering pump pulley: replaced
-spark plugs: replaced
-wires: replaced
-battery: replaced
-EGR valve: replaced
-radiator hose: replaced
-front brake pads: replaced
-front rotors: replaced
-driver side door handle: replaced
-coolant leak: fixed
I have more things to replace and fix which includes my idler pulley and what not but so far my baby's worth it :)
 

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My 2004 has 135,000 miles on it and is on its fourth alternator. Plus two more that failed within a month of installation. First one lasted until 2011 then it has needed another one about every 2 years. The last one was February 2017, Other than that it has been great.
 

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My 2004 has 135,000 miles on it and is on its fourth alternator. Plus two more that failed within a month of installation. First one lasted until 2011 then it has needed another one about every 2 years. The last one was February 2017, Other than that it has been great.
Buy in bulk. [rofl]
 

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700 miles and nothing broken and a blast to drive, but I have run into a definite software issue with the Sony NAV unit. The issue is the highway labeling is incorrect when both north and south are showing on the screen. The unit shows I275 for the south but north direction shows I96. The other issue I have run into is when the screen brightness is on the threshold the screen oscillates between dim and bright 3 times in 1 minutes time before staying on dim. Other than that I am impressed with the vehicles driving characteristics. Lots of fun... 🏎 I would more than like purchase another focus in the future... waiting to see how this one ages.
 

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I have a 2005 Ford Focus zx3, with the 2.0 Duratec, within the first month I had to replace the PCV valve hose, then a fender bender, which required the radiator support, grille and hood latch to be replaced. Then I chased down vac leaks all over the engine compartment for the next 3 months.

Then rotors, brakes and tires; three lugs have snapped as well. My driver front broke a belt within 20,000 miles of replacing it the first time, so I had to put a new tire on. I go to get the car inspected, and the reverse lights don't work, and that day an exhaust leak starts. The next day the car will barely stay running. I do a smoke test and the smoke is pouring out from underneath the manifold...the PCV hose had cracked. I replaced it, 2 days later it pops off the PCV valve, requiring the car to be taken apart again. Yesterday I found that the new tire I had put on the driver side has bald patches again. I don't drift or race, and the car is in alignment. I suspect that maybe the 'alignment' is to Ford specs and not the correct ones, or I wonder if some suspension components aren't beginning to go. I swear, it's been one thing after another with this car.
 

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Well...

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.
Purchased my 2014 Ford Focus SE Hatchback just 2 months. 38k miles, I'm the second owner.
Already replaced and fixed the following.


1. New Clutch
2. New TCM
3. New Seals
4. PCM reprogram
5. Fixed loose trim around windows
6. Anti-freeze smell, had checked by dealer couldn't find any leaks, but still smells like Anti-freeze.

Clutch still shutters and slips from 1st to 2nd after all new Clutch and seal replacements with PCM and TCM. Still smells like Anti-Freeze.

I've personally owned over 12 cars in my life time, and never had this many issues with any of them in the first 3 years of their life. Many were over 180k miles on them. I'm worried this Focus won't see 40k without more repairs.

It's fun to drive, handles nice, nice leather bucket seats, nice design and styling, but poor build quality and suffers from too many issues for a 3 years old car with ony 38k miles on it.

Like my BMW's I used to own it's a LOVE HATE relationship. Drives nice, handles nice looks nice, but too many things going wrong. [wrenchin]
 

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I got my 2002 Ford Focus with 93,000 miles and now it's at 120,000 miles since I've commuted in it a lot.
A majority of these problems have been fixed by me or I had a little help from the hubs but that's only if I need help lol
Problems that have been replaced or fixed:
-Front driver window retractor: replaced
-driver door handle: fixed
-front driver side fender: replaced
-front suspension sway link bars: replaced
-head gasket: replaced
-coolant reservoir: replaced
-coolant hoses: replaced
-power steering pump: replaced
-alternator: replaced
-EGR valve gasket: replaced
-EGR tube: replaced
-ignition coil: replaced
-EGR pressure feedback hoses: replaced
-windshield: replaced
-driver side door handle: replaced
Rear view mirror: replaced
-middle console: replaced
-heater hose: replaced
-headlights: replaced
-head: replaced
-water pump: replaced
-timing belt: replaced
-belt tensionor: replaced
-serpentine belt: replaced
-oil pressure switch: replaced
-oxygen sensors: replaced
-exhaust manifold: fixed
-coolant reservoir cap: replaced
-a/c compressor pulley: replaced
-power steering pump pulley: replaced
-spark plugs: replaced
-wires: replaced
-battery: replaced
-EGR valve: replaced
-radiator hose: replaced
-front brake pads: replaced
-front rotors: replaced
-driver side door handle: replaced
-coolant leak: fixed
I have more things to replace and fix which includes my idler pulley and what not but so far my baby's worth it :)
That's just crazy even for a car that's 14 years old. They sure don't make cares like they used to. 1960's were the good years for American made cars. Seems like all cars now are made to throw away after 3 years. Just like most junk sold today. Sad. I love cars.
 

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In about 2 years and 25k miles:
Set of snow tires (General Altimax Arctic, would recommend)
Replaced rear tires after 20k. Wore down almost bald. Fronts are good for another year at least.
New rear springs and shocks.
New tie rod end and front wheel bearing.
New thermostat housing.
New lug studs on right front, after one broke. The other lug nuts were a bit loose as well. Tightened them up and got home without incident.
Fixed some of the wires going to the liftgate.
New resistor and harness in fan shroud so the fans work as intended.

Still needs:
Plugs and wires.
Rear end work, makes a lot of racket on less than smooth roads.
Liftgate wiring and license plate lights.
Windshield has a crack, and scratched up a bit from cheap wiper blades.
Brakes could use a once over.
Rocker panels have received a custom sodium chloride lightening treatment that should be reversed.
Armrest needs reinforcement. I took it out to avoid further breakage.

Still zips along decent, fits most anywhere, easy to park, and gets up to 33 mpg.
 

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I am the 3rd owner of 2000 focus sedan 2.0 SPI. The car was given to me from a family member (gratefully) but at 140,000 mi. So far I have had to replace just about every moving part on this car. The same as when the previous owner had to do at 60,000 mi. I keep up on the maintenance and after every $300 to $500 repair bill so far about ($2000). I say to myself "well can't really be anything else major that can go wrong, should be good to go"... Wrong!. My friends have named it "the Omen car". It has potential to be a good running car I just don't have the 5 grand at the moment.
 

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Havent had much problems with my 14 focus se. I bought it with 30k on the clock and now it has 63k and the only thing that has been replaced was a passenger side motor mount and a hpfp that i still need to change other than that its a pretty good car oh and its a 5 speed not a garbage dct.
 

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I haven?t had any problems with my 2013 focus se 5 speed! Bought it at the dealership i work at with 52,000 miles and now it has 65,000 . I?ve done numerous mods and enjoy driving it !
 

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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.
Traded in a 2002 mach focus excellent auto, 60,000 miles total for the 2017 focus se base model auto trans. This 2017 purchased new in May had 15 miles, now has 3339 miles Nov 1 2017 and has now been in for TRANSMISSION repair twice. It, as I type, is in again same issue. Transmission slips while on highway and from dead stops. FORD dealer CHAPMAN Az. stated its the computer learning, it takes 1000 miles to learn! I have been in near rear end collisions on highway due to this trans going into a slippage or more so not there. The engine revs I pull off shut off auto, start it back up and bang it works but just for a while. Ford has started a CASE! STAY AWAY from this model 2017 (maybe 2018 also) TRANSMISSION has not be FIXED!
 

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The auto trans is a piece of junk and i see them everyday at work for the same tranny problems. Hopefully Ford learned from that mistake! Sorry for you and everyone else with an automatic!
 

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blame the german side for that folly (Ford EU, GetRag and LuK) that DCT or whatever the hell it is "Dual Clutch Auto" was deigned and manufactured there and yep its an epic fail.

Ford want to be cutting edge but jumping from the top rung thinking they are going up ended them down at the bottom for this crap.. this transmission fiasco looks to be worst then the exploding pinto's

Funny how Ford US extended the warranties but Ford Canada told us to go F*#% ourselves...

"Ford USA extended the warranty of the transmission to 7 years or 100,000 miles depending on the model year of the vehicle."
 

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I said i didn?t have any problems, but when it?s cold out, does anybody have an issue with yours running poorly until its warmed up to temp? Mine?s a manual
 

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I said i didn?t have any problems, but when it?s cold out, does anybody have an issue with yours running poorly until its warmed up to temp? Mine?s a manual
xD never said you did i was just pointing that out.

my car would stumble a bit on idle but i quickly found what that issue was my 2.0 Duratecs Throttlebody was absolutely caked in carbon even the idle bypass.. i was also have the dirty rotton super sticky pedal xD (was caused by the carbon buildup in the TB)
 
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