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2009 Ford Focus repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (20%)

Other (9%)

Chart based on 89 repairs.
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2009 Ford Focus repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (21%)

$100 - $499 (63%)

< $100 (5%)

Chart based on 19 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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2009 Ford Focus

Engine not specified

Ford Focus in Georgia, United States
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016

214000 mi

US $35
Valve Gasket blown. Oil leak filled spark plug hole. 
Ford Focus in Iowa, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2012
Feb 2012

40700 mi

US $156
Sway bar plastic junk ,replaced 

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2009 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in New York, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

51300 mi

US $380
Front pads rotors 
Ford Focus in Florida, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2016
Nov 2010

29000 mi
Interior fan speed 3 not working correctly. Part orders and installed Blend door moan. Replaced actuator. Dealer got(or order) wrong part from supplier twice Both headlights had spider cracks. Replaced. 
May 2011

33500 mi
Clutch pedal return spring broke. Replaced spring. Had to keep car overnight to get parts. Repair took less them 2 hours once part arrived. 
Mar 2013

55000 mi
Accessory belt tensioner making noise 
Aug 2013

58000 mi

US $102
Windshield washer resevoir leaking. Replaced. 
Oct 2014

67000 mi

US $100
Driver side door latch close indication not working. Door open chime and visual indication on constantly 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2009 - Nov 2016
Jan 2011

18000 mi
Manual transmission. Was difficult to get into first gear or reverse. Master cylinder and clutch return spring replaced. 
Jun 2011

26000 mi
Rear window defroster not working. Broken wire behind dash. 
Nov 2012

63000 mi
Drivers side front wheel bearing bad. Covered under extended warranty. 
Mar 2014

110000 mi

US $230
Sway bar ends broken. 
Sep 2015

158000 mi

US $1300
Rear drum brakes and rear wheel bearings worn. Replaced front struts, strut bearings, sway bar links, rear shocks and rear sway bar links. 
Ford Focus in California, United States
Jun 2012 - May 2013
Nov 2012

41500 mi
My car is a manual transmission and the clutch has been worn out since 35,000 miles 
Feb 2013

50500 mi

US $436
One morning when I started my car, there was a creak coming from the dashboard, there is a very from strong smell coming from the air conditioner, and there is a vibration coming from the speaker. This car is falling apart after 49000 miles. 
May 2013

54000 mi

US $34
Replaced Speaker that Making Vibration. Annoyed the heck out of me 
Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
Jan 2011 - Dec 2015
Feb 2011

22000 mi
Clutch pedal return spring broke and was replaced. 
Jul 2014

58300 mi

US $180
Horizontal stabilizers replaced on both sides. 
Nov 2014

60000 mi

US $1000
Power steering pump lost fluid and was burnt out. Replaced pump and power steering gear. 
Jan 2015

60300 mi

US $300
Replaced worn engine mount. 
Ford Focus in Washington, United States
Jun 2009 - Jul 2013
Jul 2009

3000 mi
Multiple thin areas, corrosion spots, and dust/hair in paint. Complete repaint. Rear passenger door hung too high. 
Jun 2011

37000 mi
Emergency brake cable squeaking as vehicle encountered bumps; known problem area with a TSB fix that had been requested twice earlier but never performed. Noisy injectors on start-up, a known minor problem; solved per a TSB part addition to the fuel rail that had been previously requested but not installed. 
Apr 2012

53000 mi

US $50
Replaced end links for the second time since new. Factory item has plastic joint components that failed twice. I paid to have new Moog end-links with grease fittings installed, and hope these solve the rapid wear problem I've experienced. 
Ford Focus in Indiana, United States
Apr 2009 - Apr 2010
Sep 2009

9000 mi
Car takes on damage from road debris on doors and dogleg. Paint strips away over time. A glaring oversight in windtunnel testing. Clear Bra material applied by Ford to prevent damage. 
Feb 2010

12000 mi
Drivers seat fabric separating from pad. Ordered new pad. Ignition switch stiff and hesitant to return. Asked for TSB for repair...said car does not fall under TSB but will fix anyway..ordered part. Fuel injectors ticking loudly. Ordered fuel rail insulator to quiet them down. New seat fabric replaced on bottom cushion. Was told that fabric will "tighten up" when outside temps stay above freezing. Will keep you posted on this one. Ignition switch replaced. There was a TSB out on it but dealer claimed my car was not included in the TSB. They did verify the concern however and replaced it anyway. Ticking injectors "fixed" by putting foam insulator on fuel rail. Much quieter now. So far, I'm impressed with Fords quick resolution of problems..not so impressed however with how many there are on such a basic, 10 year old platform. 
Apr 2010

14000 mi
Belt tensioner failure. Glazing belt. Ordered part. Belt tensioner and belt replaced. Just too many problems with this car with 17,000 miles on it. Does not inspire confidence. Selling car. 
Ford Focus in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

43000 mi
Diode for Cooling Fan Relay Burnt up at 38,000 miles. Warranty was for 36,000 and Ford would not cover it. 
Sep 2010

63000 mi

US $300
Clutch Slave Cylinder 
Ford Focus in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Aug 2012
Mar 2011

15500 mi
Parking brake Rattling 
Ford Focus in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2009 - Jul 2012
Sep 2011

60000 mi

US $140
Clutch return spring failed. Took one day to get new spring. Quick install after that. 

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2009 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2013 - Oct 2014
Mar 2013

60760 mi

C $700
Car has been idling rough had computer replaced which did not solve problem. Ignition Coils replaced now, verdict still out. Window seals are defective Light housing has moisture in it causing light to burn out 
Oct 2013

80920 mi

C $150
Lug nuts apparently rusted and cracked 
Ford Focus in Ohio, United States
Jun 2014 - Dec 2015
Sep 2015

62000 mi
No problems. Original brake pads replaced , rotors resurfaced, brake fluid replaced. 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2015
Sep 2014

78000 mi

US $498
shock absorbers and struts 
Ford Focus in Washington, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2014

53000 mi

US $91
passenger side motor mount replaced due to excessive vibration in the cabin. felt like rough idle. 
Jul 2014

53000 mi

US $50
Valve cover gasket leaking oil into #3 cylinder spark plug well. Replaced valve cover gasket and spark plugs. Fixed the problem. 
Aug 2014

53000 mi

US $40
removed and replaced both front sway bar end links. bad design, early failures. replaced with ford redesigned beefier links. 
Nov 2014

55000 mi

US $85
Water pump was leaking coolant from the weep hole, not overheating just leaking. Removed and replaced water pump $50 on Ebay for Motorcraft Oem pump. Borrowed serpentine belt tool from Autozone, worked great. 
Aug 2015

58000 mi

US $1
parking brake cables just fwd/ rear tires were causing squeaks and creaks emanating from the rear doors. greasing the eyelet that the cables are threaded through on each side completely stopped any squeaks or creaks which were getting worse 
Ford Focus in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Aug 2011 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

42160 mi

C $149
Replaced worn frt brake pads 
Mar 2014

48980 mi
pcm reflash to correct loss of throttle response upper engine mount replaced 
May 2014

50180 mi

C $500
Throttle body replaced to repair on going issue of loss of throttle response and engine going into limp mode 
Ford Focus in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2009 - Nov 2011
Oct 2011

67000 mi

US $45
inner tie-rod 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Feb 2011 - May 2013
Jun 2012

47000 mi

US $10
squeak from parking brake cable rubbing on body grommet 
Ford Focus in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2016
Aug 2010

24000 mi
Piece of trim near rear passenger warped and was replaced. Front passenger door sometimes needs two pulls to open. 
Sep 2010

25000 mi
Dealer replaced latch mechanism inside of door 
Feb 2013

89000 mi

US $50
Replaced sway bar end links 
Sep 2013

103000 mi

US $500
rear shocks & passenger lower control arm 
Nov 2013

105000 mi

US $250
front struts and connecting links 
Jul 2014

125500 mi

US $300
issue with passenger cv joint 
Ford Focus in Kansas, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2010
Jul 2010

14000 mi
There was a squeak in the rear of the car that was noticeable when going over large bumps. There was a TSB for a squeaky brake cable. The TSB called for a sleeve to be put over the cable in the problem area. This fixed the issue. 
Ford Focus in Montana, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2012
Jun 2010

10000 mi
During rain storms the drivers side front and rear floors got very wet, but they could not replicate it in the shop. 
Aug 2010

15000 mi
Still leaking water during rainstorms. They said it is the front windshield leaking, but does not explain how it is getting to the back floorboards. We will see if this corrects the problem this time. They had to replace the windshield. The windshield shop put in their own brand, and Ford made them replace it with a CarLite windshield so that it maintains its warranty. 
Ford Focus in Iowa, United States
Sep 2011 - Mar 2015
Oct 2011

60000 mi

US $200
Rack and pinion was loose making loud clanking sound and knocking, replaced sway bar links and rack and pinion after Firestone diagnosed problem. Firestone sold me tires that were too large 1 year prior which caused abnormal tire wear. 
Mar 2013

83000 mi
Engine shaking required new engine mounts paid for by warranty 

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2009 Ford Focus 2dr Coupe

143-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2010
Oct 2009

5000 mi
Resonance problems in the exhaust that cannot be fixed. I'm very annoyed and not sure how I will proceed.  
Feb 2010

9500 mi
Hopeless. Problems are mounting with this car and Ford has no intention of fixing any of it. I'm selling it and am done with Ford after driving only Fords for 16 years. There is an accessory noise that sounds like a clunking coffee can rolling around. Dealer says there's no fix of course. Something in the door is swinging around loose and knocking against the inside of the door and the door itself. Dealer of course refuses to fix. Clutch position sensor switch has malfunctioned causing the idle to hang even with the clutch in. Switch squeaked since new, then started popping and the idle started hanging. Dealer doesn't have a clue what they're doing and replaced the spring. 
Dec 2010

19000 mi
Various noises previously reported still present when car sold. 
Ford Focus in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2016
Feb 2010

19000 mi
Check engine light on 
Sep 2010

22000 mi
Sync module was replaced 
Ford Focus in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Jan 2017
Jan 2017

105000 mi

US $40
Exterior driver's door handle failed to open door. Required replacement of "door handle reinforcement" beneath door panel. 
Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
May 2009 - Dec 2016
Jun 2011

61000 mi
Tire cupping on LR required new upper links and camber kit on left side. 
Ford Focus in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2013 - Oct 2016
Jul 2013

22000 mi
Clunk when going over bumps. Heat shield on fire wall was loose. Dealer tightened the mounts and no more issues. 
Oct 2016

35000 mi

US $45
My Radio/info Display crapped out. It flickered, all the readout made strange shapes then it quit. Radio works fine still. Replaced display. 

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2009 Ford Focus 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Focus in Texas, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Dec 2012

29000 mi

US $400
battery failed. Spewed acid from positive terminal. Destroyed positive cable. Had battery & cable replaced. 
Ford Focus in Manitoba, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jan 2014
Apr 2010

34720 mi

C $640
Brakes squeaking during stop, so I scheduled a pad replacement. On inspection garage advised I had plenty of life left in the pads, and the squeaking isn't an indicator of excessive pad wear at this time. Passenger-side door difficult to open from the inside, won't unlock from the outside using remote doors. 
Dec 2013

96100 mi
Exterior door handle became uncoupled from door latch, so the car door couldn't be opened from the outside. This 'repair' was just a diagnosis. I'll need to get parts to repair. 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
May 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

71000 mi

US $200
Very rough idle. There was no fix, Ford is working on a fix now. 

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