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Ford Focus Sedan



  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Gearshift warning "chime", page 13 of the manual. Ford calls this a chime. Mine sounds like a Tom Cat with his tail caught in a screen door. Wondered what others sound like.

    DRL We have had daylight running lights is Canada for many years now and I believe they are a very important safety item, however, this is the first car that I have owned where the DRL come on with the key in the run position and the parking brake engaged. Page 29 of the manual states the parking brake must be disengaged. Not so with my Focus.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Is there any way to disable the gearshift warning chime/siren? See my post #1844
  • theman123theman123 Posts: 170
    Does anybody know when the new updated Focus is suppose to come out ? I've seen spy pics of it but no word on when it's suppose to come out ? Thanks
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757

    the 2007 order guide is out and the car is the same.

    2008 is the most likely time for the intro. The car was refreashed for 05 and Ford recently stated they want to get to around 3 to 4 years between refreashes.

  • rapidrickrapidrick Posts: 70
    IMHO the Focus had it going on (design-wise) with the front end and dash through 04. The Russian engineers who designed the Lada must be in charge now, as the car looks more and more like, well, you know.
    The Mazda platform looks way cooler.
    I'm convinced confusion reigns in corporate car America. Granted, we all have different perceptions of style and it must be tough trying to hit it up the middle every time instead of stroking the long ball... :shades:
  • I have a 2000 Focus SE, the car was great till after 76,000 miles and after the 70k/5yr warranty. My ignition, A/C Compressor, ignition, fuel pump, and starter have all gone out, and ive gone thru 3 sets of tires since the first breakdown.. those problems ive been able to fix.

    but now this... i started my car and as soon as the engine was on without the help of the starter, theres a "fast knocking sound" (no not rods knocking, much louder) the sound's cycles are congruent to the revs of the engine, rising and falling with the rpms. i was thinking camshaft bearings? or maybe the starter selonoid is getting stuck?

    any other ideas or similiar experience?

    p.s. ive had this car for almost 6 years, i didnt think it would make it 3. shes had a good run.
  • rapidrickrapidrick Posts: 70
    Hard to troubleshoot here at the computer with some ELO cranked up ;-) but, I'd start cheap and work your way up.
    Camshaft bearings? Doubt it. Solenoid stuck? You'll find out next time you start it, or try to...
    Cooling fan turning, stuck? Losing coolant? Granted, water pumps ain't cheap, but you might be due for one.
    Blown head gaskets can make some nasty sounds also, but that aint cheap, sorry.
    Oh, squirrel caught in there somewhere? Don't laugh, I've seen it... :shades:
  • harrydogyoharrydogyo Posts: 8
    Looks like the 2007 Focus Fuel Econ numbers are out and they're better than the 2006. Does that mean there were changes with the car in 07 or just luck of the draw?
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    A national news magazine is looking to interview college students who has “pimped” out his/her ride Have you tricked out your car with big rims, outrageous stereos, wild paint jobs, spoilers, ground effects, neon lights, nitrous, the works . Please send an e-mail to no later than Friday, June 9, 2006 by 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET containing your daytime contact information and the make and model of the car you’ve “pimped” out.

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    Karen-Edmunds Community Manager

  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    How did Ford raise the Fuel economy by so much on the 07 Focus? From 26/34 to 27/37. Did they change the engine, the gearing or both?

    Might actually consider one now.
  • Help! I have take fantastic care of our Focus and now it is "quitting" on us. It had hestitation and rough idling. I figured maybe something simple considering all its care. However the dealer says the computer code indicates low compression on cylinder 4. I am waiting for the specialist to look at it, but I have done BG flushes and tons of preventive maintenance. It has 94000 miles. What has happened and is there any hope???
  • sparxxxsparxxx Posts: 14
    Hello all. I had an 03 Focus SE sedan, and loved the car, with the exception of one thing: noisy brakes. I noticed it within maybe two weeks of taking delivery of the car brand-new. I took it to the dealer a couple times but you know how that goes. Anyway, I recently traded in the 03 Focus for an 06 Focus ST ZX4. Sure enough, the brakes on this one sound like the car is a decade old.

    On both cars the brakes have worked very well, however, the noise from them is just insane. Has anyone else had this problem?

  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Yes, my 2006 SES Wagon has very noisy rear brakes. The rear brakes are drums and if you have the drums removed, clean out the rust and replace, the brakes will be quiet. However, the down side is that this only lasts for a short time--perhaps a week at the best. The dealer, of course, will not be pleased to do this more than once or twice under warranty. I think the real cure is to use a different type of brake lining--read more expensive than Ford's factory installed type. I will have after market brake linings installed when I can't stand the squeal and squeak any longer.
  • Well there was low compression in the cylinder because somehow it was dirty/damaged/who knows what. Because of that, the piston didn't go up and down like it should have and the rod bent. Because of that, the rod came off and then we had catastrophic engine failure (mind you the red check engine light never even came on!!!). We chose to get a used engine rather than rebuilt. It had 55,000 miles. Hopefully, we can use it as long as the last (94,000 miles). I still love my Focus even though the engine didn't make it past 100,000. I would get another.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    my '04 has drums in the back. they usually get noisy late winter. at the next service, they get cleaned and everything is usually ok from there.
  • ericmayericmay Posts: 4
    An interesting story . . .

    One morning, I started up my 2000 Focus (SE - Zetec) for my short morning commute and noted that the engine seemed to be running rough. The car had been driven the night before and ran normally. The night was cool and misty and during the night, the temperature dropped to below freezing, so the grass was white and there was a thin layer of frost on the car when I started it. After cleaning off the frost, I took off down the street and noted the engine wasn't running quite right, but I arrived at the office without significant trouble. I guessed that there might have been some moisture that had gotten into something (sensor or ignition module) and figured that maybe in the daytime heating, the problem would clear itself.

    After work, I got back in the car and, to my chagrin, the rough performance persisted.

    The next time I got in the car was to drive to the airport. I took the Focus because I thought the longer ride might clear out whatever was causing the problem, or would trigger the computer to record a diagnostic code. Well, about half way through the 20 mile trip to the airport, the condition got significantly worse. Now the engine felt like it was running only on three cylinders. The check engine light started flashing furiously.

    At this point, I was committed to completing the trip, so I pushed on to the airport. When I arrived and parked the car, there was a smell coming from the engine . . . it wasn't oil and it wasn't antifreeze. I popped the hood and noticed steam whisping from one of the spark plug boots.

    I pulled out the spark plug boot and, to my surprise, :surprise: there was water on the head that was deep enough to fill each spark plug well and bridge from cylinder to cylinder!

    I let the car cool for a while and then went about trying to wick out the water with paper towel. I couldn't get the paper towel down into the spark plug wells, so I used the pump from a window cleaner spray bottle to pump out the last of the rusty water. When all of the water was out, I reconnected the spark plug boots and the engine started and ran much better.

    When I got back from the airport, I once again pulled a spark plug boot and looked inside. I found what I expected to see; a completely dry head. But I also noticed that the spark plug boot was fully covered in rust from the water that had been standing inside.

    The car ran well for the most part, but it continued to intermittently hesitate and miss again in the next two days. I removed all of the spark plug wires/boots, cleaned the area of excessive rust (yeah, I knowingly poured water back in there), pumped the water and rust back out and then dried the area. I pulled the spark plugs and took the plugs and wires inside for a thorough cleaning.

    Conductive rust had coated both the boots (inside and out) and the exterior of the spark plugs and that was apparently providing an alternate path for the current to flow, instead of jumping the plug gap.

    I removed the rust, dried everything, installed the plugs, put silicone on the boots and installed them, and then drove off for about a half-hour. The engine ran as smooth as can be.

    Bottom line . . . I have no idea where the water on the head came from. I admit that on occasion, I sprayed down the engine compartment to keep it clean, but the last time I had done that was months before the problem occurred (that might account for why the water was so rusty). However, the car had been driven on several occasions over hundreds of miles. I would certainly expect that the head would have gotten hot enough to evaporate any water that would have gotten on it during those trips.

    In any case, it’s a mystery that has not been repeated. :confuse:
  • djlnydjlny Posts: 2
    I just bought a new 07 SES sedan and have a question my salesperson could not answer (after I took the car home). Just above the sunglass holder is another compartment. When you open the compartment has Velco (one peice attached to the car, the other is to attached to something), and a center set of small pegs (4) that fit above each other. Please help to tell me what this is for, the salesman said mabye for a garage door operner but who knows?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Well,this time, the salesman is correct. it is for a garage door opener. You have to adjust the fitting with the pegs until proper contact is made with the opener.
  • nyfocus1nyfocus1 Posts: 11
    This is the 6th summer I had the car & this year the A/C is killing my performance. The car struggles to get out of its own way and on steeps hills it will actually lose speed (it never did that before). My MPG has dropped from 30 to about 24-25. While the A/C has always taken its toll, this year is by far worse than any other year.

    The car runs great when the A/C is off. I had a tune-up several months ago – new plugs, wires, air & fuel filter, etc. The A/C was fully recharged to eliminate any issues with it “cycling” on & off to frequently. The A/C itself works great – the air is plenty cold & cools the car in no time.

    Normally I would just say the car is getting old but when the A/C is off, it runs (almost) like new.
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