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Ford Focus Recalls and TSBs

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  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    Thanks! That toxic-rubber-plastic fume coming out from the dashboard vents does seem to smell less severe by now. I guess I just have to wait a little longer. I got this '05 ST w/ black interior since Oct '04 & now w/ over 3k miles.
  • gdpalmergdpalmer Posts: 3
    After starting my 2002 Focus wagon, the engines stops and after starting it again it runs okay. This has happened 3 times in one week. Also, last week nearly the completion of a 50 mile trip, the engine stopped momentarily while traveling at 40 mph. Could this be related to a ignition switch problem? Any suggestion?
  • gdpalmergdpalmer Posts: 3
    I have a 2002 Focus Wagon and I just started to have the same starting problem as you. Reading other owner's comments, it sounds like it could be some problem with the ignition switch.

    Have you found a solution to the problem?

    Gene
  • mikep2mikep2 Posts: 1
    Hello'

    We have 2 ford focus with the same problem. Every so often, either the engine
    dies momentarily or the transmission goes in to nuetral and the next thing
    you know there is a clunck and everything is back to normal. Both cars are
    automatic and the momentary problem happens at any speed.

    Did you find a solution to your problem. So far Ford has replaced the valve body
    and servo in the transmission, and flashed the computer. I am taking the car
    in again next week
    Thanks
    Mike
  • taraotarao Posts: 2
    As of now I havent found a solution, but im leaning towards it being a fule pump problem. So you may want to check that out on your car and see if that fixes your problem. My car will start but then it dies like its not getting gas which leads me to think I need a new fule pump, even though I have had it replaced twice already. Tara :cry:
  • gradgrad Posts: 5
    I missed the original message concerning faulty ignition key. My 2001 Focus ignition key failed at 6 Pm in April of 2005 with 89,000 miles on car. 30,000 miles prior I had had a little trouble and went to the dealer who claimed they "knew about problem" but could not change it at that time. It was a nightmare being stuck for four hours in a parking lot because the wheels had been turned when I entered space and first tow truck (arrived 2 hours after called AAA) couldn't tow me-need a flat bed truck that arrived about a half hour later. It cost me $235.00 to get repaired.
    I have since learned that dealer was advised by Ford in Feb 2005 of problems with ignition key but they never advised Ford owners. Ford's laxity cost me $235.00 and a very bad night. I'm considering suing them if they don't reimburse me.Anybody else out there with similar experience?
  • sleddawgsleddawg Posts: 2
    Yes, I had this problem with a 2000 Focus wagon. Mine was worse. After 3 new tumbler assemblies my local mechanic and the dealer finally determined that the lock on my car was unlike any other installed in a Focus. In fact, the lock assembly did not match the combination of tumblers that is supposed to be in the car according to Ford’s own VIN computer records! The Focus lock is supposed to have 8 notches/tumblers – the one in my car had only 6! So, despite all my (excellent) mechanic’s attempts to install the proper Ford replacement part, IT WOULD NEVER WORK! So, he was forced to replace ALL the locks in the car, doors and ignition in order to make the car usable. Ford offered no help and, because I had the work done by someone other than the dealer (the dealer could not figure out the problem!) $500+ with no recourse or refund. Mine was an early production model (2000) so speculation was that they used a lock assembly from an Escort or something at the factory!

    The dealer did not/could not figure this problem out. They told me that Focus locks wearing out/failing is a common problem, well known to Ford, and that they (dealer) had told them that there should be a recall. He was not holding his breath though... So, good luck!
  • coordinate our efforts!

    I've registered the following address:

    fordfocusignition@yahoo.com

    I'd like to build a list of all disgruntled focus owners and target ford, the attorney general, the press and the NHTSA at once.

    I believe a signed petition, email, and phone calls made by all involved at an organized time will have more impact on ford's willingness to replace the switch with something that works like the Strattec part number 707592 I've found mentioned on another forum by a number of locksmiths.

    I believe ford should also pay qualified locksmiths to do this work since the best replacement park is coming from a third party.

    For you locksmiths out there, feel free to share the email with your customers.

    I agree that the inability to start a car can be a danger to the driver, especially if they are stranded for a long time in a deserted or unfamiliar area.

    Please drop an email to fordfocusignition@yahoo.com and let's be heard with one voice.

    If you know of any other focus owners who have had the same problem, please refer the email to them as well.

    the thought of my girlfriend calling me again because she is stranded somewhere does not sit well with me.

    thanks.
  • chicobienchicobien Posts: 1
    I'm placing a complaint to NHTSA, Office of Defects Investigation (https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/Consumer.cfm) after having the same problem on my 2000 Focus ZTS about 2 weeks ago on Father's Day weekend.. :mad:
  • mollmoll Posts: 2
    I am looking at a base model 2001 focus sedan as a communter. I'll be averaging 350-400 miles a week (to and from college). But from reading some of these posts it sounds like there are a lot of big fixit issues with this car? Is this typical? Should I look at this car at all or what? I'm not rich and need a solid economical car. Thanks in advance for any help! :blush:
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    Consumer Reports gave the Focus an average reliability rating these days, but that's the combined score of the disastrous Ford-engine Focus (up to '03) & the very reliable Mazda-developed-engine Focus (starting late '03)!

    So just look for a 2.3, or just any '05.
  • I bought 4 new tires from Sears last month and have the Alignment on the same day. However, after the alignment, my car keep pull to the right on the highway. I drove to Sears to have them fix the alignment today. Unfortunately, after they redo the alignment, the car pull to the left instead right. I asked them what is going on to my car they told me that I may need the new Strut for the front. Does anyone know the strut could effect the alignment or they are just BullShiting. I don't want to pay for something that wasn't a problem.
    Does anyone know why my car keep pull to one side? any information could help me. I love this car so much and I don't want anything happen to it.
  • I have been experiencing the smell of burning oil or rubber on my 2002 SE for the past few weeks. I just had an oil change at a quick lube shop and, while the clerk didn't mention it, I noticed on the paperwork that the technician had noted that the "motor was leaking at the oil pan". I'm wondering what that's about.
  • Year: 2002
    Model: Focus ZTS
    Mileage: 37,000

    Issue: Driver side door power window operates slowly, makes a loud screeching noise when moving up and down and makes noticable "clunking" noise when operating. Window also "shifts" slightly out of horizontal when opening.

    Completed Actions: Windows and seals were carefully inspected, cleaned and found not to be causing the noises.

    Anyone else experienced this issue?

    Thanks
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    Unless you have prior experience with that Sears auto shop that proves otherwise, I would NOT trust a Sears auto shop's diagnosis without checking it out further. A strut is an expensive repair and it may not solve the problem. I would take it to a tire specialty shop or an alignment shop and tell them what has happenend. I would trust them more than Sears when it comes to auto stuff.
  • amtiamti Posts: 1
    I just had my 2000 FORD Focus (82,000 miles) towed to the local FORD dealer.

    Originally set an apointment with the dealership due to a recall issue with the fuel system. Tried to start the car on the morning of the appointment and the ignition switch locked up. End result, had the vehicle towed to the dealership. To fix the problem the dealer tells me the ignition switch needs to be replaced. It will cost me $329.00.

    The tow truck driver told me he drops off a lot of FORD Focuses to the dealership with the same issue.

    HELP..!
  • My Dad used to tell the story of a very small driver with at very large wife. The shop could not get the alignment right because they did not know of the weight of the passenger. Could this be a factor?
  • If those jokers cannot align a Focus right the first time, I would be getting my car as far away from them (Sears) as possible. A strut cannot cause a leading to the left or right problem. Alignment specs are given with the vehicle unloaded, no trunk full of bricks, or morbidly obese spouses. The tire pressure should be checked and the tires should be matched front and rear. A thrust-angle alignment is the most desirable - takes into account all 4 wheels since many cars offer toe and even camber adjustment at the rear wheels. It's not just a front-end alignment anymore.
  • jhartjhart Posts: 10
    I arbitrarily self- recalled a 2000 Focus to a Buick dealer for a trade in. I believe the Focus is worse mechanically than a Vega or Pinto!!!! FORD should be ashamed!!!
  • Hi Amti,

    I just had the same problem with my 2000 Ford Focus (56,000 miles). The Capital Ford dealership in Santa Fe, NM gave me an estimate of $375 for the work.

    The tow truck driver also told me that he tows a lot of Ford Focuses with the same ignition problem. I told this to the service manager at the dealership and asked him if there was a recall for this. He said no but there should be one. He recommended that I keep my receipt so that Ford can reimburse me if they initiate a recall.

    I'm doing some research to see how to start a recall and found a LOT of complaints about this issue. If you have any info, I'd appreciate it. Here are some websites to look at:

    http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/ford_focus_ignition.html

    http://www.complaints.com/directory/2004/december/12/7.htm\

    http://www.baileycar.com/2004Focus_getting_better_html.html
  • Amti,

    Just found this website below where another person with the ignition problem posted this on August 18, 2004. Their suggestion is worth a try!

    "I have consulted with an attorney who suggested the first course of action. File complaints, and tell them you have collected enough evidence that the problem is widespread and you will consult with an attorney.

    Call Ford Consumer Relations and overwhelm them with complaints: 800-392-3673. Also go to: www.nhtsa.dot.gov"

    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.ford.focus/browse_thread/thread/e483c58- 3092269e2/e13dcd3e6bb0883%23e13dcd3e6bb0883?sa=X&oi=groupsr&start=1&num=3
  • I have an excellent chance to get a 2003 4dr sedan,, but was advised by a close friend, "used car salesman, 15 yrs" to make sure it has the mazda engine and not the focus engine... he recently passed away and I (and others) don't know just what he was talking about,,, I am satisfied with the price & mileage on car, just was to know about this engine deal and whatever, good or bad, else you may comment on thank you
  • Just wanted to post this as an FYI. I had electrical problems with my 2001 Ford Focus for almost 3 months. After replacing the battery, the alternator (twice) and the computer, they finally figured out that the problem wasd actually that aftermarket alternators are not compatible with the car's computer, due to a circuit board that is now inluded in the alternator. The dealer was not aware of this, they had to call a Ford engineer to find out that this was the issue, so be warned. If you are having electrical/power issues, and you put in an aftermarket alternator that did not come from Ford, there is a good chance it will not work for more than 3 days.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,726
    the 'mazda' engine is the 2.3 liter version. the other engine size is 2.0 liters. easiest thing to do is check the owner's manual. the engines do look different.
  • I thought Mazda designed both four cylinder engines, the 2.3L and the 2.0L, along with the transmissions in the Ford Focus. If I'm wrong, please correct me. The Mazda 626S has a Ford 3.0L Duratec engine, and in 2004 a Ford designed sport shift automatic transmission, that has problems.
  • HELLO,
    ON MY 2000 FORD FOCUS SE THE IGNITION SWITCH LOCKED UP
    AT APPOX 45,000 MILES. AT THAT TIME I HAD IT REPLACED.
    I CURRENTLY HAVE 80,000 MILES ON MY FOCUS AND HAVE NOT
    HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH SINCE THE REPLACEMENT. I WAS TOLD THAT THE WEIGHT OF MY KEYS
    (I DID HAVE SEVERAL OTHER KEYS ON MY KEY RING AT THAT TIME)CAUSED THE PROBLEM. SINCE THE REPLACEMENT OF THE IGNITION
    I ONLY USE THAT SINGLE KEY KEEPING WEIGHT OFF THAT IGNITION. THE CAR HAS BEEN A GOOD CAR....I WOULD REPLACE THE IGNITION AND KEEP ON DRIVING...JR
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    Mazda did design the 2.0 and 2.3 engines. The salesman was most likely referring to the first-generation Focus engines, a base 8V SOHC four and the Cosworth/Mazda designed Zetec 2.0L 16V twincam four. A 2003 will more than likely have either a Zetec or the current Duratec engine. Either way, an '03 is going to have a decent engine in it. If it's a Zetec he'll want to make sure the timing belt gets changed before 120,000 miles...I failed to do that on my Escort ZX2 and it snapped at 136,000. Thankfully, the Zetec is a non-interference engine so there was no damage. The Duratecs are interference engines, but are chain-driven, no timing belts in the Duratec (which is an advantage IMHO). I will say my Zetec has been a great engine despite some neglect, it has almost 159,000 miles on it and it doesn't use any oil.

    Todd in Cheesecurdistan
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,726
    get the 2.3 if possible. powerful and at least as efficient as the 2.0 in the real world.
  • wtavcarwtavcar Posts: 3
    My Brother-in-law has a 2000 Focus SE (Ford 2.0L w/auto). He is having bizarre problem with his transmission. The car has only 45k km.

    When he is cruising along, and steps on the gas to activiate the kick-down (passing, etc..), the transmission starts slipping, much like a finished clutch in a standard shift. If he backs off, it eventually grabs again. The car was used in city for awhile so unknown when it appeared. Now it is getting highway useage.

    The tranny was brought in to Ford (which overhauled the tranny). It is still doing it. They even changed the car computer. They (FORD dealer) are stumped.

    Any suggestions? The car had the tranny overhaul done in the final days of the extended warranty. :(
  • aland1aland1 Posts: 1
    ignition switch lock-up for the second time. 1st time car towed to dealer who wanted $655 to replace plus $127 to make a new key which would have to be done because of wear. called ford and they claim no complaints on this particular problem. My locksmith tells me that new keys should be made at the slightest sign of wear to prevent this problem, but my key doesn't look that wore. Dealer will not confirm this fact. If this is true maybe we all could be spared some frustration and expense of a new ignition by being told this fact and pay the $100+ to get new keys made periodically. Ford needs to test their keys and ignition for durability. I was fixing to get a new key made but ignition locked up before I could get to dealer.
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