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Honda Civic vs. Ford Focus Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Focus 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Focuses, 5.7 months of data per Focus, average 4100 miles
2015 Honda Civic 0
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 Civics, 6.9 months of data per Civic, average 6500 miles

 

2014 Ford Focus 25
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  97 Focuses, 9.0 months of data per Focus, average 16100 miles

Includes ST this year. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2014 Honda Civic 14
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Civics, 10.0 months of data per Civic, average 10500 miles

 

2013 Ford Focus ST 31
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Focus STs, 9.2 months of data per Focus ST, average 32400 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Ford Focus 49
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  65 Focuses, 8.7 months of data per Focus, average 34200 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Honda Civic 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 Civics, 8.7 months of data per Civic, average 22800 miles

 

2012 Ford Focus 58
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  93 Focuses, 9.1 months of data per Focus, average 49000 miles

Redesigned. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2012 Honda Civic 18
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  74 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 44100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2011 Honda Civic 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Civics, 9.9 months of data per Civic, average 52600 miles

 

2010 Ford Focus 23
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Focuses, 9.5 months of data per Focus, average 67400 miles
2010 Honda Civic 15
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  43 Civics, 9.1 months of data per Civic, average 63900 miles

 

2009 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Focuses, 10.6 months of data per Focus, average 83800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2009 Honda Civic 27
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  63 Civics, 9.8 months of data per Civic, average 76800 miles

 

2008 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 Focuses, 9.5 months of data per Focus, average 95000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Honda Civic 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Civics, 9.4 months of data per Civic, average 89400 miles

 

2007 Ford Focus 73
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 Focuses, 8.8 months of data per Focus, average 106600 miles
2007 Honda Civic 26
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Civics, 8.8 months of data per Civic, average 108400 miles

 

2006 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Focuses, 10.7 months of data per Focus, average 103600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Honda Civic 43
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  69 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 124100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2005 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Focuses, 8.8 months of data per Focus, average 132600 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Honda Civic 60
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Civics, 8.6 months of data per Civic, average 126600 miles

 

2004 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Focuses, 7.4 months of data per Focus, average 120800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Civics, 7.6 months of data per Civic, average 137100 miles

 

2003 Ford Focus 91
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Focuses, 10.0 months of data per Focus, average 125200 miles
2003 Honda Civic 76
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 135900 miles

 

2002 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Focuses, 10.7 months of data per Focus, average 136400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Honda Civic 61
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Civics, 9.2 months of data per Civic, average 126100 miles

 

2001 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Focuses, 9.0 months of data per Focus, average 137600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Honda Civic 92
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Civics, 9.0 months of data per Civic, average 161600 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2000 Honda Civic   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Civics, 4.4 months of data per Civic, average 148800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Honda Civic vs. Ford Focus Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Civic

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
no problems
2011 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
This is my fourth Civic and they have proven reliability.
2010 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
bulletproof reliability
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Reliable car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Remains to be seen. Bought on basis of good reputation for this car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
excellent
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
I have put over 33,000 miles on it in the last 15 months, no maintenance beyond oil/filter changes & a set of new tires.
2008 4dr Sedan 110-horsepower 1.3L I4 Hybrid
CVT FWD
Built well and appears to be solid at 10000 miles.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Over 180K on the odometer, and I've had only one non-wear item to need repair. That being said, that one problem could have been a huge issue -- it was adefective engine block that suddenly developed a small crack that leaked coolant. Fortunately, it was 100% covered by Honda as an extended warranty item on my 7-year old car -- they literally replaced the engine block including labor.
2008 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
They have a well-deserved excellent reputation. I had one several years ago and it just kept going. Sold it with 134k with the original clutch. Replaced the water pump, a dash switch, and the horn in eleven years.
Honda Civic Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
clutch should not go out in 9k miles
2007 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
Had an oil leak at 27,000 miles that required warranty work. It was a known problem. On returning home I found the engine grounding strap had not been reattached.
2007 2dr Coupe 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Came off the lot with many rattles and squeaks. Had to have both rear bearings replaced and had a third gear issue. Had to have transmission rebuilt to repair 3rd gear.
2007 4dr Sedan 197-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
little things go wrong
2006 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Major rear suspension problems that Honda refused to correct under Warranty. Definately my last Honda. I had to replace the rear control arms out of my own pocket
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Focus

Ford Focus Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The Duratec 20 is a well made and reliable engine. Paired with the 5 speed manual transmission i should never have a trans failure for the life of the car.
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have a 2001 with over 362,000 miles
2009 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
So far it has been about 5 months, and I have 10000miles on the odometer and there have been no strange noises, problems or anything. I have been rear ended twice and both times I took a very small amount of damage, so maybe the rear is pretty durable
2008 2dr Coupe 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I hear great things from most Focus owners about the great reliability and few repairs/low cost of ownership.
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
No problems with the car in terms of reliability, and holds up very well on the terrible roads we have in New Jersey
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I will be afraid to buy any other vehicle after owning this one. I have had so few problems of any sort, I do not know how it could get any better. The vehicle has been put through its paces and endured more than most, without faltering once. I would have no problem recommending this car to someone who needs a reliable vehicle.
2007 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Other than 2 problems covered under the warranty, this car has caused no problems. Brakes lasted longer than expected. The only problems encountered were due to driver error.
2007 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
This car has been very reliable. I have driven it hard and fast on a daily basis and have only had a few minor mechanical problems. At 45k the alternator needed replaced and the steering fluids replaced, but it was covered under the extended warranty I purchased, so I didn't have to pay a thing other than labor costs and the usual 45k checkup costs. At 68000 miles the transmission had to be flushed and fluids replaced--not covered by warranty, cost about 280usd. I consider these minor costs for upkeep, considering the use this car has seen, and the car runs perfectly after these repairs.
2006 2dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
In the 35 months since I bought the car, I have put more than 60,000 miles on it. The car has never been back to the dealer for service. Since I have owned it, I have only changed the oil and replaced the tires.
2006 4dr Sedan 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Try and trued design.No issues in 4 yrs and 82,000 miles change oil every 5,000 miles.Follow the Maintenance schedule for fuel filter and trans service.Good performance for a four cylinder.
Ford Focus Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
Had a clunking noise in first 1000 miles that required front struts to be replaced. Clunking noise appears to be slowly reappearing. Starting to occasionally hear a low groaning noise when transmission shifts between 20 & 30 mph.
2005 4dr Hatch 136-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
There are only three reasons why I would hesitate to recommend a used 2001 - 2007 Focus, and two of them are just picking nits. First reason, the side mirrors are two sizes too small. For what was a $23,000 car in 2005, the side mirrors speak to the decontenting in this class of car. I would have been happy for a trade-off of an extra $100(?) for better and larger mirrors. My other nit to pick was the heater fan - at maximum it sounded like a F4 Phantom was taking off inside the cabin. My only major complaint with the Focus is the appearance of rust. Throughout the model run the Focus ZX3 and ZX5 rusted in the same places - under the trim piece on the hatchback and the rear bottom corner of the rear passenger door frame. I regularly detailed the car, and the interior was absolutely mint, but even after giving up and having the hatchback professionally repaired, the rust had taken root.
2003 4dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Most of the car holds up very well. But where the roads are salted the rear wheel openings start to rust after about five years.
2003 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Lots of teething problems when I bought this car, it was fixed under warranty but the clutch broke prematurely and they were unwilling to help.
2002 2dr Hatch 170-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The interior was designed around a budget. Feels cheap, but because it is cheap. Everything seems held together with glue when it should be with bolts.