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FORD FOCUS - 2001 FORD FOCUS Problems & Complaints

 
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by Ford Motor Company

There are 1758 complaints filed for the 2001 FORD FOCUS

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2001 FORD FOCUS. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2001 FORD FOCUS, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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SUSPENSION

4/15/2014 - LITITZ, PA
RIGHT FRONT COIL SPRING BROKE WHILE DRIVING ON THE ROAD. THE BROKEN SPRING PENETRATED THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE AND IMMEDIATELY DISABLED THE VEHICLE. IT HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM FOR THIS VEHICLE, AND IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE SPRINGS WERE MANUFACTURED IMPROPERLY AND DO NOT RESIST CORROSION. FORD HAS RECOGNIZED THE PROBELM THROUGH SEVERAL TSBS AND EVEN HAD A CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PROGRAM 03M02 WITH AT LEAST 2 SUPPLEMENTS CONCERNING THE ISSUE AND REPLACEMENT OF THE FAULTY PARTS. I SPOKE WITH A LOCAL FORD DEALER (HONDRU) AND THEY TOLD ME THE PROGRAM EXPIRED AND THE CAR IS NO LONGER COVERED. I THEN SPOKE WITH A FORD REPRESENTATIVE THROUGH DIRECT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY CONFIRMED THIS WAS THE CASE. THEY CONFIRMED THE CONVERSATION WITH NUMBER CAS4271469-Z6W0F2. THE REPRESENTATIVE'S NAME WAS KENDRA. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE IT IS A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY RISK TO ME AN MY FAMILY. THE COIL SPRING IS A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF THE SUSPENSION, AND WHEN IT BRAKES THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO CONTROL THE CAR IS EXTREMELY COMPROMISED. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, THE BROKEN SPRING DESTROYS THE TIRE IMMEDIATELY, FURTHER REDUCING THE ABILITY TO CONTROL THE CAR. SINCE IT WAS DOCUMENTED THAT THERE WAS A FAULT IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, AND FORD AND NHTSA KNEW ABOUT THE PROBLEM, THESE PARTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED UNDER A RECALL DUE TO THE SAFETY CONCERNS.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/14/2014 - ATTICA, NY
BOUGHT VEHICLE 2ND HAND, CASH, EVERYTHING WORKED FINE. NOW, I HAVE NO BRAKE LIGHTS, & MY DOOR LOCKS NO LONGER WORK ON THE REMOTE, OR THE "ALL LOCK/UNLOCK" BUTTON, & NOW MY TRUNK LATCH IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. THE DOOR LOCKS ARE SELF LOCKING (MEANING THAT THEY LOCK AT ANY GIVEN TIME WHENEVER THEY PLEASE.) THE BRAKE SWITCH HAS BEEN REPLACED, ALL BULBS HAVE BEEN CHECKED & REPLACED, FUSES KEEP GETTING BLOWN. CANNOT LOCATE FUSE FOR THE DOOR LOCKS. FORD HAS A CAMPAIGN FOR THE YEAR 2000 FOR A DOOR LATCH ISSUE, CAMPAIGN #05S27 NHTSA ID# 05V-030. ALSO, CAMPAIGN #05S50 NHTSA ID #00V-411 FOR A TAIL LAMP ISSUE. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON THIS YET AFTER DOING WEEKS OF RESEARCH I AM FINDING THAT IT IS AN ISSUE WITH THE FORD FOCUS FROM 2000 TO CURRENT. AFTER CALLING SEVERAL DEALERS, NONE OF THEM WOULD TELL ME ANYTHING, & THAT "THEY DIDN'T RECALL ANY PROBLEMS BEFORE FROM ANYONE ELSE". HOW IS IT THAT I CAN FIND THIS ISSUE ON THE INTERNET BUT THE DEALERS "NEVER HEARD OF IT"? WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE IN THE INDICATED ISSUE OF THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE REAR TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY? WOULDN'T THIS BE A HAZARD? I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WEREN'T WORKING UNTIL I GOT PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. SO, THIS ISSUE HAPPENS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN!!! THEREFORE, A DILIGENT OWNER WHO CHECKS THEIR LIGHTS REGULARLY WILL NOT KNOW IT HAPPENS UNTIL (A) SAID PERSON GETS HIT FROM BEHIND, OR (B) GETS PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. HERE ARE A FEW LINKS FOR YOUR REFERENCE: LINK: HTTP://WWW.CARGURUS.COM/CARS/DISCUSSION-T574_DS546293. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=2146E9390BE4CC339AE4F6438BAF3812&T=104972. LINK: HTTP://WWW.DIYNOT.COM/FORUMS/VIEWTOPIC.PHP?P=1250643. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=149053. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=268411. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=206427

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SERVICE BRAKES

4/14/2014 - ATTICA, NY
BOUGHT VEHICLE 2ND HAND, CASH, EVERYTHING WORKED FINE. NOW, I HAVE NO BRAKE LIGHTS, & MY DOOR LOCKS NO LONGER WORK ON THE REMOTE, OR THE "ALL LOCK/UNLOCK" BUTTON, & NOW MY TRUNK LATCH IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. THE DOOR LOCKS ARE SELF LOCKING (MEANING THAT THEY LOCK AT ANY GIVEN TIME WHENEVER THEY PLEASE.) THE BRAKE SWITCH HAS BEEN REPLACED, ALL BULBS HAVE BEEN CHECKED & REPLACED, FUSES KEEP GETTING BLOWN. CANNOT LOCATE FUSE FOR THE DOOR LOCKS. FORD HAS A CAMPAIGN FOR THE YEAR 2000 FOR A DOOR LATCH ISSUE, CAMPAIGN #05S27 NHTSA ID# 05V-030. ALSO, CAMPAIGN #05S50 NHTSA ID #00V-411 FOR A TAIL LAMP ISSUE. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON THIS YET AFTER DOING WEEKS OF RESEARCH I AM FINDING THAT IT IS AN ISSUE WITH THE FORD FOCUS FROM 2000 TO CURRENT. AFTER CALLING SEVERAL DEALERS, NONE OF THEM WOULD TELL ME ANYTHING, & THAT "THEY DIDN'T RECALL ANY PROBLEMS BEFORE FROM ANYONE ELSE". HOW IS IT THAT I CAN FIND THIS ISSUE ON THE INTERNET BUT THE DEALERS "NEVER HEARD OF IT"? WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE IN THE INDICATED ISSUE OF THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE REAR TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY? WOULDN'T THIS BE A HAZARD? I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WEREN'T WORKING UNTIL I GOT PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. SO, THIS ISSUE HAPPENS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN!!! THEREFORE, A DILIGENT OWNER WHO CHECKS THEIR LIGHTS REGULARLY WILL NOT KNOW IT HAPPENS UNTIL (A) SAID PERSON GETS HIT FROM BEHIND, OR (B) GETS PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. HERE ARE A FEW LINKS FOR YOUR REFERENCE: LINK: HTTP://WWW.CARGURUS.COM/CARS/DISCUSSION-T574_DS546293. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=2146E9390BE4CC339AE4F6438BAF3812&T=104972. LINK: HTTP://WWW.DIYNOT.COM/FORUMS/VIEWTOPIC.PHP?P=1250643. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=149053. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=268411. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=206427

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

4/14/2014 - ATTICA, NY
BOUGHT VEHICLE 2ND HAND, CASH, EVERYTHING WORKED FINE. NOW, I HAVE NO BRAKE LIGHTS, & MY DOOR LOCKS NO LONGER WORK ON THE REMOTE, OR THE "ALL LOCK/UNLOCK" BUTTON, & NOW MY TRUNK LATCH IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. THE DOOR LOCKS ARE SELF LOCKING (MEANING THAT THEY LOCK AT ANY GIVEN TIME WHENEVER THEY PLEASE.) THE BRAKE SWITCH HAS BEEN REPLACED, ALL BULBS HAVE BEEN CHECKED & REPLACED, FUSES KEEP GETTING BLOWN. CANNOT LOCATE FUSE FOR THE DOOR LOCKS. FORD HAS A CAMPAIGN FOR THE YEAR 2000 FOR A DOOR LATCH ISSUE, CAMPAIGN #05S27 NHTSA ID# 05V-030. ALSO, CAMPAIGN #05S50 NHTSA ID #00V-411 FOR A TAIL LAMP ISSUE. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON THIS YET AFTER DOING WEEKS OF RESEARCH I AM FINDING THAT IT IS AN ISSUE WITH THE FORD FOCUS FROM 2000 TO CURRENT. AFTER CALLING SEVERAL DEALERS, NONE OF THEM WOULD TELL ME ANYTHING, & THAT "THEY DIDN'T RECALL ANY PROBLEMS BEFORE FROM ANYONE ELSE". HOW IS IT THAT I CAN FIND THIS ISSUE ON THE INTERNET BUT THE DEALERS "NEVER HEARD OF IT"? WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE IN THE INDICATED ISSUE OF THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE REAR TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY? WOULDN'T THIS BE A HAZARD? I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WEREN'T WORKING UNTIL I GOT PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. SO, THIS ISSUE HAPPENS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN!!! THEREFORE, A DILIGENT OWNER WHO CHECKS THEIR LIGHTS REGULARLY WILL NOT KNOW IT HAPPENS UNTIL (A) SAID PERSON GETS HIT FROM BEHIND, OR (B) GETS PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. HERE ARE A FEW LINKS FOR YOUR REFERENCE: LINK: HTTP://WWW.CARGURUS.COM/CARS/DISCUSSION-T574_DS546293. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=2146E9390BE4CC339AE4F6438BAF3812&T=104972. LINK: HTTP://WWW.DIYNOT.COM/FORUMS/VIEWTOPIC.PHP?P=1250643. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=149053. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=268411. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=206427

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

4/14/2014 - ATTICA, NY
BOUGHT VEHICLE 2ND HAND, CASH, EVERYTHING WORKED FINE. NOW, I HAVE NO BRAKE LIGHTS, & MY DOOR LOCKS NO LONGER WORK ON THE REMOTE, OR THE "ALL LOCK/UNLOCK" BUTTON, & NOW MY TRUNK LATCH IS NOT WORKING CORRECTLY. THE DOOR LOCKS ARE SELF LOCKING (MEANING THAT THEY LOCK AT ANY GIVEN TIME WHENEVER THEY PLEASE.) THE BRAKE SWITCH HAS BEEN REPLACED, ALL BULBS HAVE BEEN CHECKED & REPLACED, FUSES KEEP GETTING BLOWN. CANNOT LOCATE FUSE FOR THE DOOR LOCKS. FORD HAS A CAMPAIGN FOR THE YEAR 2000 FOR A DOOR LATCH ISSUE, CAMPAIGN #05S27 NHTSA ID# 05V-030. ALSO, CAMPAIGN #05S50 NHTSA ID #00V-411 FOR A TAIL LAMP ISSUE. THERE ARE NO RECALLS ON THIS YET AFTER DOING WEEKS OF RESEARCH I AM FINDING THAT IT IS AN ISSUE WITH THE FORD FOCUS FROM 2000 TO CURRENT. AFTER CALLING SEVERAL DEALERS, NONE OF THEM WOULD TELL ME ANYTHING, & THAT "THEY DIDN'T RECALL ANY PROBLEMS BEFORE FROM ANYONE ELSE". HOW IS IT THAT I CAN FIND THIS ISSUE ON THE INTERNET BUT THE DEALERS "NEVER HEARD OF IT"? WHY IS THERE NO CHANGE IN THE INDICATED ISSUE OF THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE REAR TAIL LIGHT ASSEMBLY? WOULDN'T THIS BE A HAZARD? I DIDN'T KNOW THEY WEREN'T WORKING UNTIL I GOT PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. SO, THIS ISSUE HAPPENS WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN!!! THEREFORE, A DILIGENT OWNER WHO CHECKS THEIR LIGHTS REGULARLY WILL NOT KNOW IT HAPPENS UNTIL (A) SAID PERSON GETS HIT FROM BEHIND, OR (B) GETS PULLED OVER BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. HERE ARE A FEW LINKS FOR YOUR REFERENCE: LINK: HTTP://WWW.CARGURUS.COM/CARS/DISCUSSION-T574_DS546293. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=2146E9390BE4CC339AE4F6438BAF3812&T=104972. LINK: HTTP://WWW.DIYNOT.COM/FORUMS/VIEWTOPIC.PHP?P=1250643. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=149053. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=268411. LINK: HTTP://WWW.FOCUSFANATICS.COM/FORUM/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?T=206427

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VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL: CRUISE CONTROL

4/7/2014 - APPLETON, WI
2001 FORD FOCUS. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FAILURE. THE CONSUMER STATED THE VEHICLE WAS A LEMON. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS ALONE, HE HAS SPENT $2,000 IN NON-ROUTINE REPAIRS. EVERY TIME THERE WAS AN ISSUE, THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE REPAIR SHOP FOR THE PROBLEM, BUT WAS NEVER FULLY FIXED. ON ONE OCCASION, THE VEHICLE STARTED SMOKING AND THE WIRING CAUGHT ON FIRE.. THE CONSUMER WAS INFORMED, THE VEHICLE NEEDED ALL NEW WIRING, AFTER THE DASH LIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS WENT OUT 3 TIMES. ALSO, THE CRUISE CONTROL AND ALL THE LIGHTS INSIDE THE VEHICLE STOPPED WORKING.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/7/2014 - APPLETON, WI
2001 FORD FOCUS. CONSUMER WRITES IN REGARDS TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FAILURE. THE CONSUMER STATED THE VEHICLE WAS A LEMON. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS ALONE, HE HAS SPENT $2,000 IN NON-ROUTINE REPAIRS. EVERY TIME THERE WAS AN ISSUE, THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE REPAIR SHOP FOR THE PROBLEM, BUT WAS NEVER FULLY FIXED. ON ONE OCCASION, THE VEHICLE STARTED SMOKING AND THE WIRING CAUGHT ON FIRE.. THE CONSUMER WAS INFORMED, THE VEHICLE NEEDED ALL NEW WIRING, AFTER THE DASH LIGHTS AND TAIL LIGHTS WENT OUT 3 TIMES. ALSO, THE CRUISE CONTROL AND ALL THE LIGHTS INSIDE THE VEHICLE STOPPED WORKING.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

3/18/2014 - HOSCHTON, GA
ON OUR FORD FOCUS, THE EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLE, ON THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE DOES NOT WORK. YOU CAN REACH IN THE WINDOW (OR LEAN OVER CTR CONSOLE) TO PULL THE HANDLE AND OPEN IT. THE HANDLE ON THE OUTSIDE IS STUCK IN THE FULL PULLED OUT POSITION, AND CANNOT BE FORCED IN EVEN. THE BACK DOOR STARTED NOT WORKING PERIODICALLY. I THOUGHT THE PROBLEM ON THE BACK DOOR MAY BE THE CHILD SAFETY LOCKS BEING ON. I OPENED THE REAR DOOR, INSERTED THE KEY, AND ROTATED IT. AS FAR AS I COULD TELL, THERE WAS NO CHANGE. YOU COULD PULL ON THE INSIDE, AND OUTSIDE HANDLE, AND THE MECHANISM SEEMED TO BE WORKING, SO I CLOSED THE DOOR ....BEFORE CHANGING THE ROTATION BACK. NOW, THE DOOR WILL NOT OPEN FROM THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. THIS CONCERNS ME IF THERE WERE AN ACCIDENT, OR FIRE, THE PERSON IN THE BACK SEAT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO EXIT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS A WAY TO RESET THE CHILD DOOR LOCKS-WITHOUT OPENING THE DOOR (SINCE THE DOOR WILL NOT OPEN)?

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STRUCTURE: BODY

3/18/2014 - HOSCHTON, GA
ON OUR FORD FOCUS, THE EXTERIOR DOOR HANDLE, ON THE FRONT DRIVER'S SIDE DOES NOT WORK. YOU CAN REACH IN THE WINDOW (OR LEAN OVER CTR CONSOLE) TO PULL THE HANDLE AND OPEN IT. THE HANDLE ON THE OUTSIDE IS STUCK IN THE FULL PULLED OUT POSITION, AND CANNOT BE PUSHED IN. THE BACK DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR STARTED PERIODICALLY STARTED HAVING PROBLEMS OPENING. I THOUGHT THE PROBLEM WITH THE BACK DOOR MAY BE DUE TO THE CHILD SAFETY LOCKS BEING ENGAGED. I OPENED THE REAR DOOR, INSERTED, AND ROTATED THE KEY. AS FAR AS I COULD TELL, THERE WAS NO CHANGE. YOU COULD PULL THE HANDLE ON THE INSIDE, AND OUTSIDE, AND THE MECHANISM SEEMED TO BE WORKING, SO I CLOSED THE DOOR ....BEFORE CHANGING THE ROTATION BACK. NOW, THE DOOR WILL NOT OPEN ANY, FROM THE INSIDE, OR OUTSIDE. THIS IS A GREAT CONCERN BECAUSE IF THERE WAS AN ACCIDENT, OR FIRE, THE PERSON IN THE BACK SEAT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO EXIT THIS VEHICLE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW: IS THERE A WAY TO RESET THE CHILD SAFETY LOCKS, WITHOUT OPENING THE DOOR (SINCE THIS DOOR WILL NOT OPEN)?

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

3/5/2014 - YTSILANTI, MI
TL * THE CONTACT OWNS A 2001 FORD FOCUS. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING 45 MPH, SHE ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN WHEN THE VEHICLE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE BUT AFTER DRIVING FOR A SEVERAL MINUTES THE FAILURE RECURRED. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD BEEN REPAIRED UNDER NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 03V482000 (FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE). THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 162,000.

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