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Ford Focus Wagon



  • I've seen a lot of info on a transferable 5 year 100000 mile drive train warranty for the post 2002 Ford Focuses. Does anybody know where you can get written details on this? Is it automatically transferred with my recently purchased 03 wagon?
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    It's for real and automatically transfered. You should be able to get a copy from a dealer. They ran an OASIS report on my 04 which was purchased used and it said my car was eligible with a $100 deductable. I think it may vary depending on what state it was purchased in. However, I didn't think to get a copy of the actual warranty.

  • Thanks, but I'm still not comfortable. The representative at the Ford customer service site said that the warranty didn't apply to this car based on my VIN number. She could supply absolutly no other information about the warranty scheme and wouldn't refer me to managment.

    The dealer rep also ran an OASIS and said the the warranty did apply. When it comes down to a repair which source do you think the repairing dealer will say is valid? My owner's manual has a statement that says a "warranty" applies only to cars in Puerto Rico and Florida. Elsewhere there is a "service agreement". Ford's website has a news release only from Puerto Rico. Something is fishy here.
  • I'm the one with the problems...yes, it affects all 2005 Ford Focus Models. There is a service bulliten for it and if you are going to be going skiing or something along those lines I would have the service bulliten applied (although it did not get rid of the problem completely it did improve the inital braking performance). After much greif, Ford just replaced it with a 2006...which exhibits the same type of weaker brake performance at at cold starts but its not nearly as bad as it was with the 2005. Even though I like how it drives etc, I still wish I went with a Civic because of the brakes.
  • I recently purchased a 2001 Focus Wagon and noticed the rattle about a week later. Its not the license plate, rear shade, screws holding rear bumper or tire jack. I thought it might be shocks but after reading other posts I doubt it. Mine sounds like its coming from the rear driver's corner panel or from inside the rear hatch. I WILL find and eliminate it. Anyone find it yet?
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    THere is this trick on some earlier models if it's a hatch rattle, put a little electrical tape around the striker post so as to slightly increase it's diameter. Maybe 2 wraps. May not be it, but it's an easy try.

  • I'm new to the forum and wanted to say hi. I have a 2000 Focus Wagon SE with 77,000 miles and I absolutely LOVE it. I bought the vehicle new from the factory in May 2000.

    I recently had to have VMU Valve replaced and the dealer recommended a Fuel Injector Flush, Tune-Up and new Spark Plugs/wires. Are any of these items directly related to the replacement of the VMU valve? I'm wondering if the life of the valve is directly related to the timing of this maintenance...

    Thanks! Patrick
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    I've looked into the warranty a bit. If the OASIS report says you are warrantied, I am confident that you are. I have yet to hear of anyone with a Focus from 03-1/2 up in the US that had the OASIS say they did not have the 100K powertrain warranty.

    The 04 catalog says "every new Focus comes standard with 100,000 mile/5 year powertrain coverage". THe asterisk says a deductible applies in Florida and Puerto Rico. If it came down to it, I know this would hold up in small claims court in my area, but I think it is pretty clear. I have also seen on other sites that the powertrain warranty covers engine and tranny but not electrical.

  • Hi. I have a 2004 Focus ZTW Wagon, 5-speed Manual Transmission. Last week, I hit a pothole in the road, and dented the rim, ruining the tire.

    I took it into the dealer for service, and got it back the next day. However, when I started it the next morning, I found it wouldn't go into gear at all. I could move the shifter sideways, in neutral, but no amount of clutching, whether with the engine running or without, would put that puppy into gear. Not forward, not reverse. The clutch had back-pressure, so I got the sense it was working. The engine started fine and was running fine. It just would not go into gear.

    (Thank god I park in neutral, with the parking brake on). It was -12C, but I have NEVER had cold-weather problems with this car. It has started at -25C and always been able to shift gears. Ironically, I DID notice that shifting was a bit stiffer than normal, when I was driving it home the night before...

    I ended up getting help to push the car onto the street so I could borrow the boyfriend's car to get to work. I had it towed to my dealer, who later called me and said that the gearbox was literally FROZEN. How the on earth can that happen?

    This is my second wagon - the first was a 2000 SE I leased for 3 years, and I have never had any kind of "freeze up" of the gearbox, even at -30C.

    They said they blew it out with air, warmed it up and lubed it and it was fine now. When I went to pick it up later that night, IT WAS FROZEN AGAIN. I told them that this was unacceptable. It just shouldn't be freezing up at all.

    The dealer has NO IDEA how this could happen and says they've never seen it before. It only happened after being in for service with them, so I'm HIGHLY suspicious. Has anyone experienced anything like this? They are ordering an entirely new shifter/cable gearbox assembly for me from the states, but it will take at least a week to arrive! Not only that, but I will have to "rent" a loaner car, for which the dealer will only cover 1/2 of the cost.

    Aside from the usual Ford-rear-trunk-latch problems (every ford I've had has the same issues -even my old escort), The Focus Wagons have been great. But this has really put me off... I'd like to know if anyone else has seen this problem in the past or has any ideas about how on earth it could even get water IN to where the shifter is in order to freeze? Or is the mechanic out to lunch, and it's really something else? They claim that if you let the car warm up (for 20 or 30 minutes!) it will shift into gear.

  • Thanks Jaz. Still not confortable yet. You seem to imply that the "warranty" began in the middle of 2003 (3 and 1/2) Thats the first I've heard of that. Mine was built 6/22/03 according to the door sticker. Also, my 03 catalogue says that a "warranty" applies only to vehicles sold in Florida and Puerto Rico. The asterisk in mine says "service agreement applicable in other states". Whats the difference between a service agreement and a warranty?
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  • Hello,

    Please, has anyone experienced this before. When I start the car ( 2002 Ford wagon SE) the dash board indicator that a door is open stays on, even though all the doors are shut!
    I also noticed that when I use the remote keyless entry that the lights on the car do not flash.
    Please can someone help, thank you.
    Alex :/
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    Here is a universal fix (not Focus-specific). If you can locate the switch on each door, open each door in turn and manually depress the switch. When you hit the culprit the door open indicator light goes out and of course that is the switch in need of adjustment. I believe the trigger point can be adjusted by screwing the switch body in or out. If this doesn't fix it you have at least eliminated the "easy" fix.

    Warranty - I read that 2003 warranty thing in another site. Anyway, it's as clear as can be to me that the 04 is covered but I don't have any evidence in front of me to prove the 03 is covered. I dare say there are 2 really big Focus specific sites and I would do a search there.

  • cfpeterscfpeters Posts: 1
    I decided to try to remove the dents in the rear hatch of my wife's 2001 SE wagon. I removed the inside panel and after tapping on the door to remove the dents a light bulb fell out. Both light units are corroded with one missing the metal end. With the inside panel off I noticed corrosion inside the door around the openings to these lights and also the outer two nuts that holds the plastic strip located over the door latch handle and containing the light units were also corroded! If left unattended I would expect the rust to continue through the door. Any one with corroded lights may want to check this out.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Is there any way to disable the gearshift warning chime/siren? See my post # 1844--Focus Sedan
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Well, we had to have the headliner replaced in our new 2006 SES Wagon. There was a crease where there shouldn't have been a crease, almost a tear. The dealer did a good job on installation of the new headliner, but should there not be a rear cross car interior molding where the headliner meets the hatch? I can't remember.

    The headliner fabric is simply tucked under the top rear weather striping. Doesn't seem quite finished to me, but maybe it is.
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    That is the way it is on my 04 wagon.

  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Thanks for the reply. Now I know for sure.
  • remowusremowus Posts: 40
    I have a 2003 ZTW - runs great, good mileage.
    But squeaky brakes. The dealer can't hear the squeak.
    They have checked out the brakes twice and said nothing wrong. I read somewhere that this was a Chevy problem and they cured it by not using relined brakes. I bought this car in april o5 with only 14000 miles on it so I don't think it had relined brakes. It still stops OK though.
    Any ideas on how to cure the squeak?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Sorry to ask again, but do you mean you have a molding or not? Thanks in advance
  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    Sorry, I see that can be taken 2 ways. No molding, the liner just slips under the rubber gasket. I know, cuz I noticed a while back there was a gap there. Not sure if it was that way out of the factory or had slipped out. I just slipped it back in. Holding fine so far. I'll probably put a couple spots of "craft" adhesive on if it ever slips out again.

  • jazvanjazvan Posts: 106
    Front or back brakes? With fronts I think there is a dry lube on the pad backing plate that sometimes is not applied or wears off that could cause squeak. Maybe someone more expert can comment on this 'cuz I never replaced front pad on a Focus. I pulled my back drums to take a look at my back brakes and it's no easy job. Car had about 18K on it and there was almost zero wear on the rear shoes. Problem was the parking brake cable needing adjusting which is quite easily performed from the cable lever. Well, that has nothing to do with your squeak accept the rears don't seem to wear very quickly.

  • ndfredndfred Posts: 2
    Is there any difference in an european version? I am renting a Ford Focus Compact Wagon 1.6 in Italy and have looked all over for the cargo specs after seating 4 people. I estimate the specs to be 3 ft high, 4 feet wide and approx. 2.9 deep. Any help will be appreciated since I do not want our luggage on our laps, especially mine, the driver. Thanks
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Sounds about right. The North American wagon is approx. 32" high, 4' wide and 3' 7" deep. The rental agency should be able to give you the specs. of the European Focus wagon.
  • ndfredndfred Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. I hope the European and NA versions are at least close in size. All the rental agency could give me was that it depended on how many passengers as to how much luggage could be placed in the vehicle.
  • lenwicklenwick Posts: 23
    I get my new wagon monday it came in friday from another dealer nice its red and loaded.After i drive it for a while ill post what i think
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Welcome. I bought a 2006 SES little red wagon a month ago.
    All the options. Only various trim problems so far. Good mileage, lots of pep.
  • lenwicklenwick Posts: 23
    I got my wagon today, we had a good drive on hwy 401, wow 115ks is so easy, lots of power.It was very quiet for a small car.We like the radio and the way it handles,
    more later as we use it
  • jack2440jack2440 Posts: 1
    You won't like it much once you start replacing the brakes as I have. Ford uses cheap parts and fails to tell you they will need to be replaced every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.
  • lenwicklenwick Posts: 23
    What year is your focus with all the brake problems
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