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Ford Focus SE recalls

brianebaileybrianebailey Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Ford
I own a Ford Focus SE with the sport and comfort packages (130hp ztec engine, etc). Which I purchased in May 2000. From October 2000 to October 2001, I have had 4 recalls, 1 special service message, the AC smells moldy,and on top of that had to replace all four tires 9at a cost of $400.00).
My recalls were on:
1.Rear wheel bearing retaining nuts, which could break and the wheels could fall off.
2.A pillar panels had to be replaced because they didn't meet US safety guidelines.
3. Clutch Return Spring and Master cylinder, for breakage and whatever else.
4. wiper motor gear box cover, which could melt and catch on fire, besides stopping the wipers from working. (this one I got in Oct. 2001)

The special service message was on the water soluble sealant used around the air intake, which allowed the water to pour into the passenger floorboard of the car.

The first three recalls and special service message all occurred in a two month period.

The tires were replaced (goodyear eagle rsa's) because all were bald, (and yes I did tire rotations every 6,000 miles, with every other oil change). I have 25,000 miles on the car.

I am so disgusted with this vehicle, which I liked alot when I first bought it and am ready to get rid of it. I still owe 2 1/2 years on it though, and don't know about trading it in on another vehicle before it's paid off. Does anybody have any suggestions, comments, etc.?


  • adc100adc100 Member Posts: 1,521
    I am sort of a Ford Basher for personal reasons. But I would try to work through the problems while they are under warranty (or as long as Ford exists). Drive it E-A-S-Y and it might hold up.
  • rthayerrthayer Member Posts: 10
    On October 12, Ford announced the extended powertrain warranty on all 2002 Focus
    but not retroactive. Chrysler on Nov 1 made this warranty available free to all owners of
    Chrysler cars made in 2001. Hyundai et al with whom Ford Focus competes already had
    this warranty which is basically a no cost item to the company as they make up the low
    cost by higher resale value and higher sales. Since I bought a 2001 Focus in the aftermath
    of the Sept 11 bombing and pleas to buy American as a show of support, I asked Ford if
    they were going to follow suit. Customer Relations at Ford doesnt admit that Ford offered
    this warranty on 2002 Focuses, will not talk retroactive, could care less about Chrysler
    offer and, most surprising, doesnt know the difference between extended warranty and an
    extended powertrain warranty. Plans for a 2003 Explorer have now been shelved. Anyone
    else find this situation odd for a company trying to win back customers and whose stock
    is at nearly a 52 week low?
  • teoteo Member Posts: 2,508
    Just checked the latest edition of Consumer reports and for 2002 the Focus earned a solid "Black Mark" for predicted reliability. CR has very positive things to say about the car, but in terms of reliability the car is unfortunately classic Ford junk.
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