The first issue I had with my Focus was after having it one week the fuel gauge failed showing that I was on empty. The car had just been filled up the day before so I know it was full. The gauge read E and the light was on. I called the dealer immediately and they said to bring it in, but to run all the gas out before I show up. Of course I had time to spend doing this so I didn't make it to the dealer for a week. They said this has happened with other Focus's and that if it happens again bring it in again. Forget that.
After the gas gauge issue I received 2 recalls in the mail. This was 6 months after buying the car. I brought it to the dealer to be fixed by the end of the day and 2 days later they finally had it done. Not even a loaner car was offered to me. Apparently they had many Focus's in that day for recalls and they ran out of parts. The two recalls were the windshield needing to be shaved down and rear passenger wheel piece replaced. If this wheel was not fixed it could cause the wheel to fall off and a accident to occur. Go figure.
About a year and a half later I had an issue with the paint on the passenger side door. We knocked the door with our fence and a huge piece of paint fell off. I don't believe that paint should just fall off when hitting it slightly. I contacted the dealer who contacted his general manager. Unfortunately they couldn't do anything about it since my warranty had just run out 2,000 miles before this occurred. Still to this day I have a big piece of paint missing from my passenger door. Hopefully this deters any future Ford buyers from getting a Focus.
And still more to go. Two years later my ignition went out which I spent over $200.00 to replace and missed a 1/2 a days work waiting to drive my car. The same week the regulator for my driver side electric window went out causing the window to not work and be stuck down until I had it fixed. This cost me $380.00. This also had to be in the shop for 2 days and no loaner car was offered. I hope some day these become recall issue's so I can be reimbursed.
Well my last issue was mailed to me just 2 days ago from Ford. Apparently a front coil spring is fracturing due to corrosion and may cause your call to lean to one side. You can only have this fixed if the coil has failed so I figure any day now I will be bringing my car to Ford to be fixed.
If I had know how faulty the 2000 Ford Focus was going to be I would never have bought it. I suggest to anyone never by a Ford because as you know the actually meaning of FORD is found on road dead and other lovely saying.
Good Luck to all of you who have already bought your Ford.