really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,829 miles

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problem #6

Mar 012008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Clutch leaks fluid. Fluid runs down stem of clutch pedal, loosening the rubber pedal pad, which proceeds to fall off in certain situations while vehicle is in motion. Also clutch fluid is supplied by brake fluid reservoir!!! this leak can potentially cause brake failure as fluid leaks out.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #5

Nov 292005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,900 miles
After stopping at a stop light I was shifting through the gears on my manual transmission and when I went to shift in to 2nd gear, I missed 2nd and accidentally went into 4th but realized it before letting off the clutch, it then got stuck and would not move from that gear. I could not get anywhere to get it fixed so I was forced to sit on the side of a major road in 20 degree weather for more than 45 minutes.

- Lacon, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 122002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 451 miles
Runaway auto throttle body sticking caused car to become a runaway auto with no control to stop. Exiting highway 80 at prnryn rd. Ext. Cruise control shut off auto speeded up enjine roared appliing brakes didn't stop auto. Went off road and struck a large oak tree. Vehicle overturned down an embankmend. Landed on roof of auto. Auto had 450 miles on it and was totally destroyed.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 032003

Focus 16-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,470 miles
Engine stalled after I had driven two miles with no warning. I had just down-shifted into 2nd gear as I was slowing to make a turn and the car stalled across two traffic lanes and would not restart. The oil light, battery light, and one other light came on (alternator I think). The car was manually pushed out of traffic lanes in neutral gear by two motorists who stopped to help. They were also unable to restart the vehicle. After approximately 10 minutes the engine started. I had the car towed and after 5 days the dealership still cannot find anything wrong. Apparently the onboard computer did not capture the problem. I am extremely concerned because the car stalled without warning at approximately 25 miles an hour. Had I been on the interstate as scheduled (I was running late and had to drop my daughter off before going home to pick up my laptop) I would almost certainly have been involved in an accident because I had no time to maneuver out of traffic after the engine stalled. It was 75 degree day (Monday 11/3/03) so outside temperature could not have been a factor.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152003

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,155 miles
While driving through a puddle, starter shorted and destroyed flywheel. Later it was found that water had gotten into transmission. In addition, a large amount of water was taken into the cab of the vehicle under the door seals. I was not stopped in the puddle, only moved through it. Due to the water incursion into the cab of the vehicle, the vehicle has been declared a total loss by my insurance. They fear electrical damage could result. I am concerned that anyone going through standing water (this was not a huge puddle) would find themselves with electrical problems that could result in injury.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202002


  • miles
Consumer experienced problems with the manual transmission hydraulics clutch was broke, while driving the vehicle at 50mph from Oregon to California. Dealer has been notified

- Tillamook, OR, USA