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Ford Focus Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. 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 16
18.3229813665% 18.3229813665% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Focuses, 7.0 months of data per Focus, average 6100 miles
2014 Ford Focus 35
58.5714285714% 58.5714285714% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  98 Focuses, 9.4 months of data per Focus, average 19800 miles

Includes ST this year. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Ford Focus 44
62.380952381% 62.380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  59 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 38000 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2013 Ford Focus ST 33
41.4285714286% 41.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Focus STs, 9.3 months of data per Focus ST, average 36100 miles

Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission (ST, with a manual transmission, not affected).
2012 Ford Focus 46
60.7142857143% 60.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  89 Focuses, 8.9 months of data per Focus, average 50900 miles

Redesigned. Common problem with clutch packs on dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2010 Ford Focus 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Focuses, 9.5 months of data per Focus, average 65100 miles
2009 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Focuses, 11.1 months of data per Focus, average 87300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Ford Focus 36
18.1318681319% 18.1318681319% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Focuses, 9.3 months of data per Focus, average 97400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2007 Ford Focus 91
73.1168831169% 73.1168831169% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Focuses, 9.6 months of data per Focus, average 107600 miles
2006 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Focuses, 10.3 months of data per Focus, average 106000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 Focuses, 8.2 months of data per Focus, average 130500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Focuses, 7.1 months of data per Focus, average 118500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Ford Focus 74
32.7838827839% 32.7838827839% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Focuses, 9.7 months of data per Focus, average 129500 miles
2002 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Focuses, 10.3 months of data per Focus, average 138700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Ford Focus   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Focuses, 8.2 months of data per Focus, average 139300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Focus Reliability

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

Ford Focus Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The 2nd generation of the North American Ford Focus does surprisingly well in reliabilty rankings. Look at TrueDelta stats and else where. According to the shop I frequent the only weak point is braking rear springs in areas where road salt is used. In addition I found that the motor mounts are prone to failure.
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
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.
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
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.