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Ford Focus Problems and Repair Histories

1528 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Focus. 610 of these members (39.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1477 repairs to Ford Focuses--an average of 1 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, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 9% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1477 repairs.

Ford Focus repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Focus repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 16% cost less than $100, 55% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 8% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 580 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 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

151-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 18000    
19000 1100 Transmission burned up at 18,036 miles- Ford said warranty exp at 18,000 miles- Sorry. 
23000 0 Electric Lock assembly defective Installed new power lock assembly. 
32000 0 Another door lock assembly required replacement. 
35000 60 Thumping noise in front suspension. Dealer advised nothing was wrong. 
36000 0 I went back again and requested that another service tech. look at the car with better hearing. At that time they discovered and replaced the Suspension Control Arm.  
40000 400 Pwr Steering pump- Third attempt to repair by Dealership. Could not find problem until car was out of warranty. Hummmm. 
62000 300 Rear Wheel Bearing 
 

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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Trunk would not release with key fob or with dash button. Had to use key. Repaired under warranty. Works fine now. 
 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007    
0 Front swaybar links replaced 
31000 0 Idle control valve replaced 
36000 79 Replaced broken air deflector that covers lower right radiator hoses. Ignition lock cylinder replaced; key would not turn in ignition to start car. 
113000  

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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Manitoba, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2007 19220    
19840 0 Air Conditioner tensioner rattling, berring shot. Service guy did not think it was a problem. I called over one the mechanics who indentified problem in 30 seconds. This was after they had my car all day. Had to go back for another appointment to have fix Fixed air conditioner tensioner. 
 

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2005 Ford Focus 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 33000    
35000 0 Leather on drivers seat cracking. Ordered seat cover 
40000 0 Replaced leather seat cover. Oil change. Lubricated shift linkage, hard to shift into 1st gear. 
 

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2005 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 25000    
29000 0 rear hatch would not close unless door was slammed otherwise hatch would bounce off striking plate. problem was found to be a faulty hatch lacthing mechanism. replaced under warranty 
 

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2002 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

130-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 front plastic trim to windsheild leaking water into passenger foot-well and replaced under warrantee - common issue. 
285 leaking master clutch cylinder replaced (fluid on drivers mat)- (done twice first time not done right). 
120 new ignition switch (original has weak internals now) Specialist auto-key guy came to house and installed new barrel - uses same key thankfully. 
300 new alternator 
1300 top end oil leak (new valve gasket); front suspension work: new strut bushes (mounting bearings) and link; New timing V-belt (service item.)New engine rear mounting. 
92500 377 new front link (the other not done in 2006), new sway bar bushings, new RHS rear hand brake cable. 
 

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2001 Ford Focus

Engine not specified

Ford Focus in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 123000    
124000 0 Rear drums (both) replaced in July, had badly warped. They were both replaced. 
 

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2001 Ford Focus 4dr Wagon

110-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 120000    
125000 0 Front spring broken, covered by warranty/recall. 
136000 400 Replaced worn shocks/struts, outer tie rod end and sway-bar endlinks. 
146000 30 Replaced leaking valve cover gasket 
158300 30 Replaced leaking Water pump inlet tube 
161000 30 Replaced both front outer tie rod ends 
170300 65 Replaced collapsed pcv tube 
188000  

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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. 
 

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