2001 Ford Focus ztec from North America
Ford makes plastic engines
Thermostat housing melted!
Front disk brake rotors replaced at 50,000.
Radio volume knob is dis-functional. Turning it clockwise or counterclockwise has the same effect, the volume level goes up and down sporadically as you twist the knob.
I seriously can't believe the thermostat housing melted. We live in a small town, at high elevation, meaning the temperature outside never climbs about 95 during the summer and there is not a lot of traffic to sit in, and we seldom us the air conditioner. This little housing that bolts onto the driver side of the engine block is made of PLASTIC. Our mechanic couldn't believe it, he just laughed, and reluctantly installed a new housing which Ford still makes out of plastic. Not only did the old part melt, part of it was missing, meaning there might be a chunk of it still stuck somewhere.
I'm not expecting to get much more than 100,000 miles out of this thing before something else melts.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th August, 2008
I have a 2001 Ford Focus SE, and I had the same problem with my thermostat housing, but my car had over 120 thousand miles.
We had the same problem with our Focus. The coolant leaked all the time and the themrostat housing was melted against the metal engine! Cost me about 70 bucks and 2 hours to fix.