2005 Ford Focus Problems and Repair Histories

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2005 Ford Focus repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (35%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 189 repairs.

2005 Ford Focus repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (2%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (56%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 122 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Wagon

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2007 - Aug 2009
Oct 2008

19220 mi
Center console armrest broke off pivot by owner. Decided not to have it fixed at dealer due to cost estimate being high. Decided to try fix myself first. 

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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

151-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in California, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

26000 mi
Both tail light signals went haywire.  

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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Alberta, Canada
May 2007 - Oct 2007
Mar 2007

8990 mi
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
Aug 2007 - Sep 2014
Aug 2007

25557 mi
Front swaybar links replaced 
Nov 2007

30100 mi
Idle control valve replaced 
Apr 2008

36000 mi

US $79
Replaced broken air deflector that covers lower right radiator hoses. Ignition lock cylinder replaced; key would not turn in ignition to start car. 

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2005 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

19840 mi
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. 
Ford Focus in Texas, United States
May 2007 - Aug 2014
Jun 2008

52000 mi

US $25
Replaced a burnt out blinker bulb. 
May 2009

66000 mi

US $621
Replaced front right drive axle due to boot leak. Possibly was due to hitting a curb as wheel showed damage also but did not leak air. I would have remembered hitting a curb that hard so I suspect another family member did it but would not fess up. 
Jul 2010

89000 mi

US $300
During a previous oil change, I was told that I needed to have an engine mount replaced. I waited until the next oil change to have it done. Engine is much smoother now. 
Mar 2011

100000 mi

US $629
Engine light came on. Car would occasionally stall when coming to a stop. Problem was diagnosed as a leaking vacuum hose and defective PCV valve which was replaced. Repair was successful but the cost was more than expected. 
Jun 2011

105000 mi

US $525
The alternator began to stop charging the battery. Nearby Midas shop was able to get one quickly and replace it the same morning. 
May 2013

128000 mi

US $285
Check engine light came on. Had to replace 2 O2 sensors. 
Oct 2013

137000 mi

US $715
Replaced alternator. 
Aug 2014

156000 mi
The controls for the a/c and heater ceased to work and I was told it would cost over $1,700 to replace the parts. I was planning to drive the car for another year but I was not going to spend that much money to fix a 9 year old economy car. 

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2005 Ford Focus 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
Jul 2007 - Jun 2008
Aug 2007

35000 mi
Leather on drivers seat cracking. Ordered seat cover 
Jan 2008

40000 mi
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
May 2007 - Jun 2011
Sep 2007

29000 mi
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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2005 Ford Focus 2dr Hatch

136-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

47000 mi

US $519
Brake drums and pads were replaced. The original drums were out of spec. 
Jun 2008

48000 mi

US $100
Two kick down bands in the transmission sheared off. The bands were replaced under warranty. 

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2005 Ford Focus Repair Histories

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