really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
682 miles

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problem #11

Jun 032003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Throttle cable stuck wide open, had to use "park" to stop the vehicle. Found recall only on 2000 Ford Focus models with specific VIN numbers. Called Ford, said did not apply, however it happened to me. Dealer does not have parts on hand, no guarantee of safety in the future. Ford Motor Company does not truely listen to complaints.

- Hilo, HI, USA

problem #10

Jan 012002


  • miles
The accelorator cable stuck on the vehicle causing the RPM's to increase and the vehicle not to stop. Because of very careful driving, no one was injured. Ford claims this is a "minor problem". secondly, phil long replaced some front suspension parts because they were defective. From that day the vehicle has had excessive front end noise.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #9

May 242002


  • miles
When braking engine revs high and vehicle accelerates forward suddenly and unexpectedly. A recall has been issued on the vehicle's make/model; however this vehicle was not included due to VIN. Manufacturer has been notified.please provide additional information.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 202001


  • miles
Consumer was traveling 5mph when rear driver's side well came off. Dealer has been contacted for problem, and informed consumer that a recall 00V302000 was issued for this problem and the VIN number applied to recall but refused to remedy vehicle free of charge.

- Byron, MI, USA

problem #7

Jun 182001


  • miles
While driving stepped on the accelerator pedal, but vehicle did not speed up. Then, took vehicle to dealer. Dealer discovered accelerator cable was broken.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 102001


  • miles
Please check under the hood at the accelerator cable and the way it fastens to the carburator. While reoving your foot off pedal too fast, it will cause accelerator cable to come off, accelerating your car at high speed and making it impossible for you to stop. This happened to us yesterday and many people could have been killed. After inspecting the part myself, I was shocked to see that (a) it was plastic and (B) there is nothing holding that cable doen other than a C-hook. This is very dangerous!!!!!!!!! please have this part inspected immediately, have it recalled and get this car safe. I will no longer put me or my family in that car until the accelerator cable "death trap" is fixed. Thank you for your time and help!

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 262000


  • miles
Recall 00V302000/ spped control cable. While driving has been having problem with speed control. Vehicle had to be taken to dealer for repairs. Five other recalls had been made on this vehicle.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 182000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying brakes vehicle accelerated suddenly and unexpectedly, resulting in a collision. Dealer is inspecting vehicle.

- Hatton, ND, USA

problem #3

Jan 012000


  • miles
When going over bumps in road and over railroad tracks, at 25 mph, a thumping noise comes from the rear of vehicle. Dealer replaced right rear shock. The vehicle was taken to the dealership. Shocks and struts replaced. Also, the cruise control cable was replaced.

- Campbellsp, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 292000


  • miles
Vehicle experienced erratic surging which caused sudden acceleration/ jumping out of gear, and taking off intermittently. This has occurred on five occasions, and dealer was unable to locate the cause.

- Stering, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving about 45 mph vehicle suddenly accelerated up to 80 mph. Consumer tried to reduce speed by stepping on the brakes and using the emergency brake in order to stop on the side of road. After stopped, steam was coming out of vehicle and engine revved for 45 seconds.

- Saint Agustin, FL, USA