really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,898 miles

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problem #31

Jun 132020


  • 91 miles
Keeps over heating

- Villas, NJ, USA

problem #30

Nov 032019


  • 136,000 miles
2001 Ford Focus ZX3 stalls when driving and almost caused someone to rear end my car. Now wont stay running when idling. Car cuts off at lights or stop signs or when breaking or engaging clutch.

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #29

Aug 202018


  • 153,500 miles
Car was driving fine running a few errands. Stopped at a store for about five minutes, when I got back in and started the engine all I heard was a loud clanking noise and the idle was rough. Did a little research about the car and discovered all the complaints about engine failure. So thats what happened to mine. Dropped valve seat.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 042018


  • 0 miles
Was on my way to the va hospital 04/04/2018 started car, it would shake vigorously. Check engine light and oil fuel light keep coming on and off. Had a complete tune up. Going to the va hospital on 4/16/2018 start car, check engine light came on and fuel light came on again. Had inner tire rods replaced. Going to a va appt, on 05/10/2018 start car check engine light cam on, cv valves replaced. 5/30/2018 on my way again to the va hospital, start car check engine light came on again. Please advise, since it very difficult to miss and reschedule appts at the va hospital. Thank you.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #27

Dec 252017


  • 147,725 miles
This car has electrical issues, the dash and tag lights flicker, the car has been turning off while I'm driving with my son in the car over 3 times now, on the highway and on main street, its so scary I've had panic attacks and got a stress rash on my face. Im so scared that I can't drive it, I've had the fuel pump replaced, spark plugs, motor filter.I just try to keep getting it repaired costing me my bills money being a single parent. I'm overwhelmed and don't know what to do.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #26

Jun 202017


  • 139,000 miles
My car is 2001. I started to have problems when turning on. I thiught it was starter. But mines thats still good. I thought alternator or bttery but they are new. So they checked with camera and valve pistÓns not working. I looked up reviews about car make and year. Many comments read valve bent. Pistons gone bad. Now im another owner with same problem. This car in reviews is considered a lemon. Good thing it didnt want to turn on when it was parked already at home. I read others occurred in motion.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #25

Feb 212017


  • 107,333 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving 40 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle restarted normally after some time. The failure recurred several other times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 107,333.

- Clarksboro, NJ, USA

problem #24

Mar 142017


  • 25 miles
No dash light tail lights or markrr lights

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #23

Apr 122016


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the timing belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 312001


  • 20,000 miles
Driving Ford Focus slowly in snow, a Jeep spun out of control hit the drivers side front of car spun around and hit us again from the rear.airbag deployed and it my passenger full in face. Damaged her face with chemical burns and created a coroidital tear in her eye that is permanent and permanent vision loss in one eye. The impact of the airbag jarred her brain and she now has a brain injury called chiari malformation,

- Kingwood, WV, USA

problem #21

Feb 262015


  • 206,000 miles
After a 2~ hour drive, engine was turned off and restarted 5min later. An intake valve seat dropped and it instantly smacked the piston on the first turn of the engine, it hit hard enuf to blow the piston apart and the connecting rod put a hole thru the piston liner. Putting coolant in to the crank case, as it was no longer connected to the piston any more. Needless to say it was not able to drive. I repaired the auto with a aftermarket head from cificinc.net/ and a short block out of a parts car. After doing some research im not the only person to have this failure, there are Focus all over the net that have had this failure. I seem to be lucky as its much more common for it to happen around 110/140K then 206K the escort also has the same engine or one of the same spi SOHC 1.9/2.0 engine family and can also have this failure... I repaired the auto only because of its above average mpg, had it not gotten high 30S or better, I would have gotten rid of it. As the value of the auto is around 1,400~ and the repair was about half that, doing all the work my self...taking it to a shop was out of the question as the cost to repair would have been 2X the value of the auto or worse....

- Rainier, OR, USA

problem #20

Jul 012015


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly stop accelerating and responding when depressing the accelerator pedal.the speed of the vehicle would not increase past 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the spark plugs, but the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Barnwell, SC, USA

problem #19

May 292015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle caught fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the salvage yard. The cause of the failure was unknown. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- 2811 Brighton Road, PA, USA

problem #18

May 132015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle started to jerk and the contact smelled smoke. The battery warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped on the side of the road and the ignition was turned to the off position as the contact exited the vehicle. The contact observed flames under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle restarted without being prompted and started rolling forward. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 02V288000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #17

Mar 022015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Brookings , SD, USA

problem #16

Oct 162014


  • 127,000 miles
1.engine fades or loses power rapidly during execution of freeway- speed turns (off ramps for example) without braking; I have gone from 50 to 20 mph within 1-2 seconds while in front of another vehicle and semi (very dangerous). The vehicle was tuned and typical parts replaced for smog check a few months ago and passed smog check without comments. This problem started around 100K and has happened to other drivers who borrow my car. The Ford dealership (serramonte Ford) was unable to recreate the problem so I paid 150 dollars for a can of fuel additive and lost use of the car for 8 hour even though I was asked to drop it off start of morning. 2. now it stutters or hesitates during high acceleration (ie passing lane or going uphill) on highway; the vehicle is no longer reliable esp. If you should need to rapidly increase power. I have read of possible connection related to either a fuel pump or debris from the fuel tank inner coating/material composition degrading over time.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 142014


  • 98,000 miles
I was driving on interstate 5 in portland or. My engine just stopped!! right in the middle lane of traffic. Luckily it was early rush hour so it was stop and go traffic. But, was very scary and difficult to get my car off the freeway. I was told that 2001 Ford Focus's have a fuel line problem that has been recalled. I purchased this car in 2008. There was only 1 previous owner. This recall was not repaired on this car. Please help. Thanks

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #14

Aug 082014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 195,000 miles
As I was driving home after dropping my daughter off the car just stopped. I let it roll to a complete stop and then put it in park. I tried to crank the car and I got nothing. All the lights, horn, and all still works by the engine does nothing.

- Mint Hill , NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 282014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 10,900 miles
Was driving my car at 55 mph at 11:20 pm on way home from work car made jerk lost all power no brakes no steering black smoke coming through vents to inside of car and flames coming from under hood car fully engulfed in flames blew up.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #12

Jan 052014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Sunday 05 Jan 2014 I had recently parked my car, turned it off, and was outside of my vehicle (2001 Ford Focus) when I began to notice smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle. I was confused at first, as the car was completely off for a few minutes before any problems began. Within a matter of two minutes the smoke had increased, thickened, and began to smell. My friend was nearby and had noticed that something was not right. He came over and we both took a couple steps toward the front of the car to figure out what was going on. Immediately flames burst up from the hood. At this point we instantly ran from the vehicle, dialing 911. The flames got worse as we waited from a distance for the fire department to arrive. At this point I was unsure as to whether the car would completely blow up or not, as the flames became worse with every minute. The fire department arrived within approximately five minutes. They were able to put the fire out in a few minutes, but had to break the window and then pry the hood open in order to do so. After the fire was completely out and the scene was safe I was able to talk with the firemen. They showed me under the hood and said the fire seemed to be something electrical and looked as if it had started near the front right of the vehicle under the hood (somewhere close to the passenger headlight). They also explained, as I had already assumed, that the vehicle was unsalvageable.

- Petersburg, MI, USA

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