12th Aug 2001, 17:53

I've had a lot of problems with my Focus as well. 3 sets of brakes and rotors (the spindle was bent), the car stalls out at random... mostly on a highway, and when I went to the dealer for repairs they said they fixed them... 15000 miles later same problems happened all over again.

23rd Aug 2001, 05:00

"The American Focus line is not as good as the European one"

This is a very interesting comment. Certainly, by the number of positive comments from European drivers as opposed to USA bad reviews there may be something in this.

The European Ford Focus cars are made in Germany and Spain.

Not sure where the USA Focus cars are manufactured.

26th Aug 2001, 04:20

Probably Mexico - hey, cheap labour pays! (and results in cheap quality as well).

22nd Jan 2002, 17:49

Its true that US manufactured vehicles of European or Japanese brands do seem inferior in the quality dept. US owners of Hondas, Toyotas, etc. do seem far more unsatisfied than the owners of those built in the "mother country."

30th Sep 2002, 21:17

My name is Jeanette I have a focus 2000 and, I do have some problems, but, they are little thing that ford fix for me free because of the extended warranty. Ford was very helpful and did serves my car on time and fast baseline/Rural in Tempe and the one in Casa Grande. I like my ford focus and I think it is a great little car for me and my girls. I guess I'm luck so far. Eloy AZ.

19th Jan 2004, 13:49

I have a 2000 Focus. Besides the 5 to 7 recalls for various reasons (lost count) I have had to replace the roters, both front & rear breaks twice, new shocks, new battery cables, new battery, catalytic converters and today I had to have my car towed to the dealer as the ignition is locked (won't turn) again. This will be my third ignition since 09/02, I just had the second one changed 10/03 (3 months ago).

Needless to say, I quit. Will be looking for something new and you can bet it will not be another Ford.

16th Sep 2005, 13:29

I also have a 2000 Ford focus. Mine is a zx3 and is automatic. I have had my ignition locked once and I took it to the dealership and had them check my brakes and they say nothing is wrong with it, but yet my brake light still comes on and my something with the rear brake pads and elbow and all that good stuff had to be replaced.. had bad grinding sounds in car when slowly accelerating... Car vibrated and then I took it in and it was fixed. Barely, it doesn't make any sounds anymore, but the break light comes on occasionally if I don't add brake fluid. Now, another light on my odometer came on and I don't know what it means entirely. It's the same light that happened when I had my rear brakes fixed, so I am not sure. When I get this car paid off, I am not buying another one.

29th Nov 2006, 12:11

My 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 has caused me some many issues from day one. Besides all of the manufacturer recalls I've had, I've had to have my car fixed for problems twice as many times. You name it, I've experienced it with my car. I purchased my car brand new in December 1999, it's now 7 years old. In 7 years my car has been in and out of the shop time after time after time. A valuable lesson learned... I will never purchase a car from Ford again...it's too costly and inconvenient. My child and I have been stranded way too many times, in worse case scenarios. Ford should be responsible for reimbursing all of their Focus customers, because this car was cheaply made from the beginning, and it's definitely a loss on the buyer's end...what a rip off.

25th May 2007, 09:11

My ZX3 was indeed made in Mexico. Got a good deal on a used one, and had no illusions that I was getting a Civic or a Corolla. It drives OK for a seven year old car, but I must say Ford engineers have no clue how hard they're making these cars to maintain.