pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
96,138 miles
Total Complaints:
30 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (21 reports)
  2. soft elbow joint in air intake system (3 reports)
  3. cylinders needed complete replacement (1 reports)
  4. jiggle cylinder connections or fill gas tank (1 reports)
  5. ran some addivites through it (1 reports)
  6. replace crankshaft sensor (1 reports)
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problem #30

Mar 142014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Car stalled at slow (10 mph) speed. This has happened several times before. Mechanic doesn't know for sure what the problem is.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #29

Oct 182008

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I Bought my fuckus in 2005, it was a one owner car. It ran smoothly until around 2008, now my car dies on me every time i turn the air conditioner on & sometimes when i have the defrost on. It wont die as long as my foot is on the gas. The check engine light has been on forever!!

I cant afford to go have all this sh*t checked out & fixed because times are tough & the economy really sucks now!! I don't have any close friends or relatives that knows anything about cars to look at it for me either. I still think fords are good cars, because i realize you have to keep up with the maintenance on them (which i cant do) other than your basic oil changes,filters,etc.

- , Carrollton, KY, USA

problem #28

Sep 252011

Focus LX 2.0L Sohc

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I bought this car 2 years ago when it had 71775 miles on it and in that time I've had replaced: PCV tube because it was shutting off while driving down the road... 2 weeks after i got it clutch few months later fuel filter just 2 weeks ago ford went in to fix my cars lack of power and pick up and did a timing belt adjustment, replaced 2 ignition coils, a vapor canister, a valve attached to it, a motor mount, and an O2 sensor... i thought the car was fixed... yesterday I'm 100 miles from home and now my brakes fail from the work they did and a vacuum hose was dislodged and its connector broken off in my engine and they're trying to tell me that i need a new catalytic converter and they don't know why my brakes are failing.... its ridiculous that in 2 years I have spent 4000 in repairs and my car is still f*cked up nothing ever lasts long as soon as one thing is fixed its broken again... I'm not hard on the car I don't beat it into the ground... my car is destroying itself and my wallet at the same time and they never know what causes it. I had a power train warranty that just expired last week and nothing they did to my engine was covered and the warranty should've covered my entire engine... they are incompetent idiots they never know what caused the problem only that they fixed the result and it happens again later and they don't take responsibility for it it is ALWAYS the owners fault not ford's... THAT IS BULL SH*T i should not have to spend 4 grand fixing a car over the course of 2 years when it has less than 100000 miles on it. F#CK FORD

- , Seven Valleys, PA, USA

problem #27

Jun 032011

Focus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,965 miles

I have had problems with my car stalling out every time i put into gear or when i stop at stop sign red light ect.. i have taken it to many mechanics and they have no clue on what is wrong with it I even took it to FORD garage and they don't even know and my car is a ford.

To this day i still have no clue on the problem so if anyone could help it would be great bc it is a pain in the butt with it keep stalling out

- , Fremont, Ohio, USA

problem #26

Jan 182008

Focus SE 4 Door

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,137 miles

I bought this car when it was 3 years old with only 33,000kms on it. It had all that I wanted and was within my price budget being a single mom. The car was WONDERFUL to me until I was driving and it would stall. I would be driving down Main St. in the middle of the morning, day or night and it would just stall. All the lights would come on, my steering would freeze and my brakes VERY VERY hard to push in. And VERY VERY VERY scary. I took it to my mechanic many many times, he would keep it over night even to see how it ran after warming it up for 10-15 min as I would, and he advised that I needed to drive the car harder to get the carbon cleaned out of it.. He required me to drive it about 130km and up on the winter highways to prevent this from happening. After some time I took my car to another garage, my now new mechanic fixed the problem (I can't remember how now) for a low fee. However why on earth would Ford not take responsibility for this??????? Not like I'm the only one with the problem as I've noticed...Sad sad sad, needless to say I'm thinking I won't own another Ford after this one. I've had it for going on 8 years yes, however goodness only knows the amount of money it has sucked out of me, I understand the everyday issues a person has to deal with however not my car stalling. This hasn't been the only time either, when I lived in another province the mechanic was always having to change the spark plugs on the darn thing.

- , Town, NB, Canada

problem #25

Aug 112010

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,300 miles

Ok. So at the beginning of this year (2010) I've had my PVC hose changed, new braking system, regular oil changes and a vacuum hose changed. Yesterday (8/11/2010) my steering wheel locked up on me and my key wouldn't budge. I called my mechanic of many many years and he told me I had to wiggle the steering wheel and turn the key at the same time. I'm weak (LOL) so I couldn't do it. I did some research online and found out I can call a locksmith to help fix the problem. I did just that. The locksmith came to my house and fixed my ignition so my key turns the ignition with ease. $260 later :(

After the repair and payment was all finished and done, I decided to go out. My key went in fine, the ignition turned with ease and I took off down the street. I live about 5 mins from down town. As I was driving down the street, my car shut off, the steering wheel locked up and then the car turned back on. It went quick. I thought, umm ok this is just a little fluke. I went to the bank and then to CVS. As I was pulling into a parking spot, my car completely shut off on me and the steering wheel locked up. I put the car in park, turn the car back on and pulled into the parking spot. I ran into CVS cause I really needed something and came back out. I turned the car back on and let it sit there for 10mins. I started my journey back home and as I was about to make a right hand turn, my car turned off on me AGAIN but then turned back on. I slowly took my time to get home. I called the locksmith and told him he didn't to come back to the house and explain in detail every little detail he did to my car. My car was fine before he messed around with it. He came back and did just that. He had to shave a part down in order for the key to slide in with ease and turn the ignition. (At this time, no lights came on to warn me of anything). He went to turn the car on to see if he could hear anything funny with the ignition and the car went dead. Wouldn't turn on what so ever. I automatically thought it was the battery. I've had the battery in my car for 2 years this month. I called my mechanic, explained the problem and he suggested that he could also be the alternator. UGGGGGHHHH

I called AAA so they can run a test and check the battery. My car was sitting in my driveway untouched for about 2 hours. AAA guy came and turned my car on WITH EASE! shocked He revved the engine left it running for 10mins, turned if off, let it sit for 10mins, then repeated. Car sounded like it normally does and turned on like it normally does. He told me in about 45mins, to turn the car on, let it run for 10mins drive it around for about 20mins, then park it and let it sit for 10mins. He said he could just be the battery died and needed time to recoup. (Still, no warning lights came on to let me know anything)

Later on last night, I went to turn my car on but it didnt turn on. The key went all the way to the start position and the only lights that came on was the oil light and that yellow light with the little person sitting in the sit and that big ball in front of it. I figured I needed to put some oil in my car so I did just that. I then started the car with EASE! I thought, problem solved it just needed some oil. I let it run for 10mins, took it up and down the street for 20mins and then parked it still on for 10mins. Everything felt and sounded fine. This morning, I did the same thing and everything seems to be going on.

Could it of just been that it needed oil? If thats the case, wouldn't it tell me before all these problems happened? Anyone have this same problem? If so, can you tell me whats going on? I have a 1 year old and I work overnights about 30mins from my house (taking the highway) I don't want my car to give out on me like it did before with the steering wheel locking up..especially on the highway and especially at night. After spending $260 on repairs, I'm broke and can't afford to bring my car into the shop until I get paid next week...what do you think I should do? Please help :(

- , Madison, CT, USA

problem #24

May 302010

Focus ZTS 2.0L Dohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

F*kin FORD!! I'm so sick of this PITA i could seriously run it off a bridge... i have had many many many(should i go on) issues with this car and now my car is stalling... the transmission light comes on.... the engine cuts off and i am left sitting there trying to restart it just for it to cut out when i try to accelerate again.... seriously... WE SHOULD ALL PROTEST AT THE FORD HEADQUARTERS because this car is unsafe... I have a 7 year old and a newborn and now my car can't even get me home so right this moment i am stuck 3 hours from home with no way there and i start back to work Tuesday because my maternity leave has ended.... tomorrow is memorial day and do you think ford will be open... not so sure... not to mention all the money i will pay in repairs i haven't gotten a check in 6 weeks assholes... if this FCK US as i like to call it.... actually ran i could get my girls safely home in bed and start making money.... but no... i have to figure out something else and probably be fired all because ford hates us.... money hungry bastards... they shouldnt have been helped out of bankruptcy.... they should have been shut to for pure competence.... Any car i buy from here on out will never be a ford again.... and if this car kills me and my family in the meantime... the lawsuit will be on their hands!!

- , Canton, PA, USA

problem #23

Oct 012008

Focus ZX3

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

In relation to another complaint I reported about my engine revving every few seconds when the AC/Heater was on, my car lost power all of a sudden while driving, it wouldnt accelerate when I had the gas floored and the RPMs were gradually dropping, I coasted fortunately into an Advance Auto Parts before it putted to a stop. I got it running again when I put some concentrated fuel injector cleaner in it and cleaned out the throttle valve and since then I havent had a problem with the stalling but the engine still revs when the AC/Heater is on. BTW before the stalling, the engine was reving constantly even with the AC off, it would rev up and down by itself every few seconds.

- , Augusta, GA, USA

problem #22

Oct 252009

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

I am filing this on the 26th of october. my problem started yesterday on the 25th. i was driving my car when i heard a loud knock like something fell apart it wasnt my rod. but my engine light did come on. but it still was not my rod. next thing i know when i start to slow down is that my car is shuttin down on me. so i tried to start my car and my battery is dead. so i pulled someone over and asked for a jump. i got the car started and started driving it. while driving my car had huge hesitation like the car didnt want to shift and my transmission was bad. so next thing i have to now is tow it to my shop and find the problem. all i have to say is F*** FORD.

- , North Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #21

Feb 272009

Focus SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

First off if you buy a car from a tow yard, and it has a lean sale on it make sure the that all the information is correct,because it will save you a lot of time. I had my car for about two weeks, and one day came out side to pick my kids up from school and my car was gone.I thought my car was stolen, but when I called the police department they told me that my car was repoed,well so happened the car had a lowjack system on it and the party that owned the car was never put on the leansale paper work,but the tow yard people told me that they were looking for the car,but told them that they had sold it,and had did the lean on the car,and that was that,but they didn't stop there they found out were the car was and came and repoed it from my house.In the end the repoe company and the other party were on the phone with the Arizona police department and asked who has the current title,and since I had justed got my title in the mail that day they told them that I was the owner of that car amen.Well the other party is going to sue the tow yard,and the leansale company for false paper work,and I asked if they could send me a letter saying that I have nothing to worry about, and they said that they couln't do that for me because there going to sue the tow yard,and the leansale company. What would you have done?Well anyways the car has been doing great since I changed the crankshaft censior,nock-nock on wood.

- , Riverside, CA, USA

problem #20

Jun 242009

(reported on)

Focus SE 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,992 miles

First in long set of problems finally ending in a blown engine at 170,000 km

- , Victoria, BC, Canada

problem #19

Dec 102007

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My 2000 Ford F*ckus

Complaint #1 of at least 20

Car would stall, progressively got worse and worse. Got to the point it had to put it in neutral and rev the motor to keep running while stopped at lights.

We had an earlier problem with it stalling earlier that summer, first time we had it towed to mechanic #1, when the mechanic started it, ran like a champ for him. He didn't see a problem, suggested a standard tune-up, told us to come pick up (he didn't even charge us anything). Week later it stalled, wouldn't start back up and had to be towed. Happened right by a fairly busy intersection, 6PM traffic, wife was driving it at the time. To mechanic #2 we go. Said the "tensioner" had to be replaced. Didn't know the real problem and decided to con us. That's where the first $800 of the total repair cost of $800.02 was spent. (in all fairness, this could have been a separate problem, but in the spirit of bitching, I'm going to stick to my gut opinion). Car seemed to run worse after mechanic #2 saved the day...

The remaining $0.02 was the strip of duct tape that made the car run like brand new again. How? Used it to cover a dime sized hole that developed in the inner joint of a 90 degree bend in a rubber hose that's behind the engine (if you hear a hissing noise while the engine runs, this is it). Pain in the ass to access, but if you can manage to get it covered yourself, air flow through the engine returns to normal, problem goes away.

Focus is a fine car, just don't buy a 2000 model, it's a LEMON. Many of these problems magically disappear beginning with the 2001 models (huh, go figure). Moral of the story: Ford hears your cries, accepts zero responsibility. They just file your complaints in the "suggestions box." Thanks. They'll be sure to fix their F*ckus next year, but when it comes to fixing YOUR F*ckus, you're on your own.

I feel sorry for anyone that happened to own a 2000 F*ckus AND a 2002 Exploder at the same time... holy sh*t that would suck!

- , Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #18

Dec 262008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Was leaving my neighborhood when car died on me twice.

- , Homestead, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 082008

Focus 6.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

My check engine light keeps coming on.The car keep stalling now. When I take it to the dealer they can't find the problem. Also I've had to replace a piece in the windows. Since the the car leaks really bad." This car has problems the dealer can't even fix."

This will be my last time ever purchasing a ford.

- , Louisvile, KY, USA

problem #16

Oct 122007

Focus ZTS 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 108,740 miles

I have seen similar complaints to the one I'm having. I bought my used 2000 Ford Focus ZTS(2.0L DOHC) in September 2007. I paid $4800, and have spent approx. $2,500 in repairs. I'm pissed!!! I'm a student I dont have that kind of money. The main issue is when ever I stop, the car shakes like it is going to stall. This is one repair, on top of many, that I'm not sure about getting fixed. So far, I have had to replace motor mounts, all four brakes, wheel bearing and cylinders, timing belt, wiper motor, valve cover/gasket, coil pack.I know what people may think when they see my age, "oh he's just a stupid kid that drives the sh*t out of his car" I hate ford and will never buy another. Foreign is the way to go!

- , St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

problem #15

Jun 182008

Focus ZTS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,505 miles

My 2000 Ford Focus ZTS has been nothing but problems since I bought it used 2 yrs ago. I've already almost put in $3000 of repairs. Definitely NOT worth it. The most recent issue I've been having with it- is it has been shaking (feeling like it's going to stall) when I come to a stop-light or when I am in traffic. The shaking is extensive and feels like the car might shut down. I have no idea what the problem might be- but after reading a couple other reviews on here...I'm only seeing how common it really is. FORD= Disaster.

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 162003

(reported on)

Focus Station Wagon

  • 38,000 miles

Smoke comes out on the vents two days before stalling. I have the car towed to my Ford Dealer and I was told several days later that the head gasket has blown up and we might need a new engine. I gave my go ahead but later was told that the engine is in back order and will not be available two months later. I tried to get a loaner car both from the dealer and finally from Ford directly but I was told that since it is already out of warranty they could not help me. What I do not understand is why does the engine stall at only 38000 miles and why there is no available engine from Ford? Does this mean that they are not ready to support the cars the sell?

- , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

problem #13

Feb 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

My Focus was bought used in 2002, it had about 25,000 miles on it. It was not a very good car, I had to have it fixed every 1-2 years for an average of $800 each time. I encountered several of the problems other people had described, hesitancy, unable to accelerate fast, and going up hills sometimes I would only be able to go 35 miles per hour on a freeway with the pedal to the floor (thinking I was going to get killed by a semi). But, my car was a survivor, until today, when I found out (at 110,000 miles, that the engine needed to be replaced). Now, I did not drive the car hard, or ignore maintenance issues. That just seems kind of a young age for the engine to go out. The worst part of it was, it cost me $275 just for the Ford mechanic to tell me this. That is $165 for a diagnostic workup and $110 for an hour of labor-----you have got to be kidding me, that is more than a lot of doctors and lawyers make. I will never buy a Ford again and will never recommend for someone else to. It wasn't just that the car was a dud and it fell apart really fast, it was that I felt like I was getting ripped off left and right with this car. And I probably did. It seems that conducting business this way will help Ford in the short run, but will burn a lot of bridges in the process. They have just burnt one with me, forever.

- , Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 092007

(reported on)

Focus KX 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I bought the Focus new in 2000. Car is an el cheapo, with no A/C, power anything & with manual trans. On the whole it has been quite a good car. I like handling & power (hey it's only a 4 cylinder). It has been quite reliable, even starting without being plugged in in F***ING cold Manitoba winter weather.

About 2 years ago, started dying intermittently when weather got hot. Runs perfect the rest of the year. As mileage increases, seems to be getting less intermittent. Today, happened twice on the way home from work. Last year I could drive all the way home without problem occurring. This seems to be a problem related to ambient temperature more than engine temperature.

I tried a number of things to restart the car, & one thing I found is that it will recover much quicker if the ignition is shut off. If I'm driving in traffic, I can usually push in the clutch, turn off the ignition, wait a few seconds, restart, re-engage the clutch & be on my merry way without ever coming to a stop. This technique does not work well in the middle of a curve, as steering locks when ignition is shut off. Ignition computer reset? I don't know.

Based on what I've seen to date, I don't expect Ford will be of any help. I'm capable of fixing the problem myself, but I don't want to start dropping hundreds of dollars replacing parts that may or may not be bad. I would like to be able to isolate the fault so that I know I've nailed it.

Hey Ford, are you reading this? I don't expect you to fix my car or pay for parts, I can do that. What I do expect is that you be able to tell me what is causing the problem. If you can't tell me, you can bet your ass my next car WILL NOT BE A FORD. I will also tell friends, relatives, co-workers & anyone else who will listen about this issue. Quality is job 1? Sure it is. You'd be better off spending some of your advertising budget on keeping existing customers happy. If your executives have any brains (which I doubt) they will be investing in Toyota & VW.

& Ford dealerships, I don't expect you to care, just do your *&^#$ jobs.

- , Winnipeg, MB, Canada

problem #11

Sep 032007

Focus SE 2.0L DOHC

  • Manual transmission
  • 147,000 miles

2000 Focus with the DOHC "ZETEC" engine, hand shaker, with 148K miles. I had to replace many components including the coil pack, vehicle speed sensor, throttle position sensor along with spark plugs, wires, fuel filter (including the recalled fuel pump), and other things not related to this problem. My car runs great and gets 30+ mpg (much better than when it was new) but it keeps stalling out on me. The first time I noticed it was when I was getting back from work (about a 20 minute drive, mostly highway) where I have a big down hill where I can idle for a while. At first it would only happen one time while getting back from work but then it started to repeat while getting to work too. Within a week the problem has spread at most times at idle once the engine has heated up a little bid. There are no codes stored in the ODB II.

I can usually keep the engine running by tapping the gas and letting the RPM's slowly back to normal. The biggest problem occurs when there is an unexpected stop that does not allow me to tap on the accelarator. This does not happen every time, but most times. You can almost tell when it will happen because the RPM's seem to dive instead of slowly decreasing to its notmal speed, when the clutch is depressed. I will try all of the things posted on-line (clean MAF, TPS, etc.) and if I they do not help I will have to take it to Ford so they can take a look at it. I will update soon.

- , Kennesaw, GA, USA

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