2003 Ford Focus 2.3 from North America
A super first car for a college student, and still fun for Dad :)
Automatic transmission was leaking when purchased.
Needed all new brakes when purchased. Shouldn't happen at only 23,000 miles.
Blaupunkt radio froze up, flashing off and on, which apparently is a known problem with these Blaupunkt's with CD/MP3 player. Apparently a problem with the RDS function that causes the radio to lock up. It's an easy problem to solve.
I bought this car for my daughter, a student in college. It was pre-owned, but with low mileage, 23000 miles. So I expected it to be pretty much problem free, not expecting the above noted issues. The dealer has been terrific working with us to correct all these issues, and it is now problem free.
The car is a joy to ride. It has terrific pickup, the ride is comfortable, and the handling is super.
I'm a fairly big guy, and it is quite comfortable for me, when my daughter lets me drive it.
The 2.3L 4 cylinder wants to go. It is an extremely fun car to drive.
I just hope we're done with these issues. But it was a pre-owned vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2005
19th Aug 2006, 22:10
Ford Focus Blaupunkt radio problem power cycle on and off.
This happened to me as well, and I found the following fix... months of no radio just because of bad timing.
I haven't yet got around to writing up a web page on this issue, but I do have the scans of the issue from Blaupunkt. It turns out it's a bug in the radio firmware that occurs when you are setting a radio preset with RDS on when the station is sending blank text for the station name. This often happens when the station scrolls between station name, artist name and track name in the RDS information.
7th Sep 2006, 19:34
My wife and I experienced this problem with the RDS function today. This site saved us from purchasing a new radio from Ford. We took our 2003 Ford Focus SE Comfort to a local Wichita, KS dealer to have them look at it. After a few minutes, the mechanic came back with a replacement solution as the only solution. After taking just as long to Google the problem, I came across this very helpful site.
13th Sep 2006, 21:37
I just found this web-page. Same operation, same failure. Yesterday a Ford dealer removed my radio and sent it to the radio manufacturer. It already costs me $150 for the diagnosis. Today I was told they can repair it for $260 total (diagnosis cost included). I think I will let them repair it because if the posted recovery does not work (I am not sure the quick turn on-off mode let me the time to do the repair procedure) then I will have spent my money for nothing.
3rd Oct 2006, 17:03
Using: http://focus.noegruts.com/blaupunkt/blaupunkt1.jpg I just got my radio to work again. It no longer flashes on or off. Thank you for whoever found this information. You saved me at least $200.
2003 Ford Focus SE.
27th Oct 2006, 14:37
These links to the solution don't work. Can somebody copy and paste the solution?
28th Oct 2006, 20:30
Okay... the link above doesn't want to work, but I found it on another site...
Put a CD into your stereo... then pull the fuse... put the fuse back in and the stereo should then start reading the cd and playing... using your menu button go to system default reset... and you're done.
Man... I went all that way without my radio for such an easy fix--and my local Ford Dealership wanted $400 to replace it... wow.