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Ford Focus Engine Problems

1651 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Focus. 309 of these members (18.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 532 engine repairs to Ford Focuses--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 1894 repairs.

Ford Focus engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 376 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Focus repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2005 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

30100 mi   Idle control valve replaced 
36000   Ignition lock cylinder replaced; key would not turn in ignition to start car. 

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2003 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

34658 mi   Fuel pump and sender replaced in response to check engine light coming on numerous occasions after refueling. Covered under warranty. 
43623 C $221 To correct annoying rattle just over 3000 RPM, exhaust flex pipe replacement. This was an ongoing annoyance, just couldn't pinpoint the source. If I had made an issue sooner, would have been warranty. 
60636   Ignition coil pack and connector failure. Limped to dealer on 2 cylinders. 
73780   Rattling serpentine belt tensioner. Replaced by dealer. 
81220   Engine vibration when cold only, Replace RH engine mount. Concern fixed. Tech also found RH axle center support Bearing worn; replaced at same time, paid one deductible. 

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2003 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

40000 mi US $95 I had a locksmith replace the defective ignition cylinder every Focus built between 2000 and 2005 came equipped with. It should be a recall but Ford has refused. A class action lawsuit is being filed. 
60000   Junk plastic thermostat housing cracked again and had to be replaced. Replaced with another junk plastic thermostat housing.  
80000   Timing belt, water pump, serpentine belt, all associated tensioners, hoses, cooling system service and a broken SVT-specific exhaust bracket was replaced. The bracket took several days to find since virtually all replacement parts for SVTF have stopped. 

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2002 Ford Focus 4dr Wagon

110-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

50840 mi C $250 Leaking coolant through a crack in thermostat housing - replaced housing, also replaced thermostat at same time (precautionary, thermostat was original, 6 years old). 
55800   Removed and replaced valved gasket cover. 

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2002 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

63000 mi   Thermostat housing loosened up leaking fluid tightened assembly. 

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2002 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

170-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

74000 mi US $31 Cooling fan failure. 
75000   Blown heater hose. 
108000   Dual Stage Intake Controller. 

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2001 Ford Focus 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

45000 mi US $1600 Damage from below vehicle broke radiator mounts and damaged radiator. Also, head gasket replaced 

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2001 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

114000 mi US $220 Check Engine Light. EGR code. Replaced controller. Problem returned, have appointment with Ford Dealer on 4/17. 
116000   Check engine light on. Jerking at 45 mph and under. Replaced faulty delta pressure sensor, part of EGR system. 
125000   Ignition lock would not turn. Replaced lock cylinder. 
161000   Noisy exhaust Replaced exhaust pipe 

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2001 Ford Focus 2-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

60000 mi US $75 Fuel Pump failure. This was covered by Ford under a advisory recall. 
64000   Stuck thermostat. Also replaced serpentine belt. 
122000 US $200 Change thermostat housing. 
123000   throttle pedal stuck in the floor, changed throttle cable 
123000   Changed thermostat housing. 
123000   Ignition lock stuck. Cylinder replaced. 

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