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Ford Focus Engine Problems and Repair Histories

1534 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Focus. 343 of these members (22.4%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 411 engine repairs to Ford Focuses--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Focus problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Focus problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Focus problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Focus repairs by problem area

28% of the Ford Focus repairs were to the engine, 10% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 17% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1481 repairs.

Ford Focus engine repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Focus engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 18% cost less than $100, 50% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 8% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 320 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 Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2005 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 26000    
31000 0 Idle control valve replaced 
36000 0 Ignition lock cylinder replaced; key would not turn in ignition to start car. 
113000  

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2003 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Fuel pump and sender replaced in response to check engine light coming on numerous occasions after refueling. Covered under warranty. 
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. 
60440 360 Ignition coil pack and connector failure. Limped to dealer on 2 cylinders. 
73780 165 Rattling serpentine belt tensioner. Replaced by dealer. 
81220 100 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

Ford Focus in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 38000    
40000 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 0 Junk plastic thermostat housing cracked again and had to be replaced. Replaced with another junk plastic thermostat housing.  
80000 1352 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. 
84000  

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2002 Ford Focus 4dr Wagon

110-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 48360    
50840 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 650 Removed and replaced valved gasket cover. 
 

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2002 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 62000    
63000 0 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

Ford Focus in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 73000    
74000 31 Cooling fan failure. 
75000 0 Blown heater hose. 
108000 500 Dual Stage Intake Controller. 
 

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2001 Ford Focus 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Focus in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 45000    
45000 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

Ford Focus in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 112000    
114000 220 Check Engine Light. EGR code. Replaced controller. Problem returned, have appointment with Ford Dealer on 4/17. 
116000 232 Check engine light on. Jerking at 45 mph and under. Replaced faulty delta pressure sensor, part of EGR system. 
125000 235 Ignition lock would not turn. Replaced lock cylinder. 
161000 160 Noisy exhaust Replaced exhaust pipe 
 

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2001 Ford Focus 2-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Focus in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 59000    
60000 75 Fuel Pump failure. This was covered by Ford under a advisory recall. 
64000 50 Stuck thermostat. Also replaced serpentine belt. 
 
Ford Focus in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 120000    
122000 200 Change thermostat housing. 
123000 100 throttle pedal stuck in the floor, changed throttle cable 
123000 200 Changed thermostat housing. 
123000 100 Ignition lock stuck. Cylinder replaced. 
 

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