24th Apr 2003, 09:35

I bought my 2000 Ford Focus used. Of course, the brakes squeal badly, but the biggest problem is that the passenger floor board gets soaking wet periodically. I have not yet been able to determine the source, but I would appreciate it if someone could tell me what this is. It seems to happen when driving in the rain, but not when just parked in the rain, although I'm not sure about that.

12th May 2003, 10:40

I have a 2000 Focus ZX3 with a water leak also in the passenger floor board. I have had it at a dealer 4 times to get it fixed. Have contacted Ford Customer Service (which is hardly any help). We all need to file a suit against ford for this.

17th Jun 2003, 10:54

Within the first 2 days of owning my 2001 Ford Focus SE, the engine failed. Apparently, there was a faulty gasket. Two weeks later, the Oxygen sensor had to be replace. Two weeks later, the intake manifold had to be replaced along with a tail light. After 25,000 miles, the rear shocks had to be replaced along with the front brake pads. Also, the rotors needed to be machined which thinned them out. The front rotors were replaced at 40,000 miles.

At 20,000 miles, I complained about a smell coming through the ventilation system so they had the vehicle for 2 days and removed the dash to spray a resistor. That was part of a silent recall. There are a total of 14 recalls on the vehicle however, Ford has only been public with 6.

The both front wheel bearings were replaced at 45,000 miles. There is also a clicking noise from the transmission while accelerating. Ford is aware of this problem.

The car handles great, but that's about it. I felt guilty about buying a foreign car because I live in the automotive capital and I work in the industry so I opted for the Focus, but next time it will probably be a Toyota.

4th Aug 2004, 21:27

We've experienced the same problem with mysterious water collecting under the floor mat on the front, passenger side of our 2001 Ford Focus. Have you been able to fix your problem? If so, what was the solution?

11th Aug 2004, 12:31

I am experiencing the same problem with my 2001 Focus. I haven't taken mine to the dealer yet.

17th Aug 2004, 14:36

I have a 2000 Ford Focus SE. I recently experienced a problem with the ignition cylinder/lock and the electrical ignition switch. If anyone who owns a focus puts their key in the ignition and it will not turn, you may possibly have a faulty cylinder or switch. A locksmith can repair these parts if they are not covered under warranty.

19th Aug 2004, 14:50

Hello, I have had a focus for 12 months without any real trouble, however, during recent heavy rain storms the passenger foot well filled to about 2 inches it also spread to the rear passenger foot well. it seems worse when the car is parked and facing downhill???

I don't suppose any one has cracked the fault yet?

Regards to all fellow bathers.

Dave in the UK (right hand drive)

20th Sep 2004, 22:42

I purchased a 2000 Ford Focus SE in April 2001 with 12k miles.

1- Replaced front brakes at 40k

2- Replace all 4 tires at 45k

3- Replaced starter under warranty at 50k

4- Replaced front axle bearing at 60k

5- Replaced cooling thermostat at 60k

6- Replaced front right wheel bearing at 60k

7- Replaced iddle air control valve at 60k

8- Replaced complete lock cylinder at 62k

I have been running upward of $2,500 in repairs of which $1,900 since July 2004. I have done all required maintenance in the past. This car is a piece of junk and it is becoming worse and worse.

Has anybody experienced such a falling apart of the 2000 Focus at or arond 60k? Is there any legal actions that can be taken? I do not qualify under the lemon law because of too much mileage. Still, I do not think a car should fall apart at 60k. It is disappointing and unfair.

21st Sep 2004, 01:49


I've just read the water leak comments with amazement - I thought I was alone! My 2003 Ghia leaks like a colander, it's been back to the local dealer 3 times-but I think that as it was supplied to my company by another dealer they just can't be bothered. It has recently been leaking into the drivers footwell also - the supplying dealer are supposed to be picking it up on 23.9.04 to fix it (by the way I had to chase them, despite our fleet manager asking them to contact me) - wonder if they will manage to solve it??? I think it's all to do with the scuttle panel along the bottom of the windscreen, once that's been removed for pollen filters etc there is no way it's gonna keep out water - if it were my own car i'd have thrown the keys back by now.

Chris - Kent, England.

27th Sep 2004, 02:04

Following on from my previous entry - the dealer appears to have solved the problem.

There is apparently a new modified pollen filter housing to cure the water ingress problems and guess what?

It's rained all night and I have a dry car (well inside anyway!)

Time will tell, but looks good so far... go to your dealer and enquire about this new part, luckily mine was still under warranty.

Good luck.

Chris Rand, Kent UK.

28th Nov 2004, 03:34

I was very interested to read these comments about leaks. We had a leak in the front passenger footwell of our 2001 2.0 litre Ghia while the car was under guarantee. The garage said it was caused by the air conditioning seal having warped. They fixed it a cost of £70, saying that this was not covered by the guarantee. Now we find that it is still leaking and I have noticed that the felting under the bonnet is wet and smells. I will ask them to look at the pollen filter housing now. The garage claimed not to know about this problem on other cars. I wonder if this can be right, having read the comments here.

Otherwise, the car is great and I was thinking of getting a new one. Does anyone know if they have fixed the problem on the current Focus?

Patrick Sprunt, London.

28th Nov 2004, 08:54

My Ford Focus also had 2 inches of water in the passenger foot-well. The main dealer offered an exploratory look for a minimum of 4 hours and that they had no idea what the cause was.

Fortunately, I have a very competent husband, who checked the web - found the cause - (thanks everyone for bothering to write) -purchased the new part from same main dealer service department - including 'extra bits' (a foam sealing strip) that he may need to cure the problem. He completed the repair and my Focus seems fine now. He also bought 2 new clips at the same time in case they broke during the repair.

Since then we have heard of yet another Focus in the next street with ingress of water problem. I shall be writing to the head of servicing at Fords.

23rd Dec 2004, 13:44

I have had 2 Ford Focus and both have leaked water into the front nearside footwell - sometimes up to a third of an inch. On the 1st Focus the repair was carried out free of charge, but because of multiple other problems I traded it in for a newer Focus. This leaked in exactly the same way, but Ford would cover only 75% of the repair cost. The repair has failed and the car is leaking again. A relative owns a garage repair business and told me that Ford have issued another bulletin about this problem. I've had enough and am switching to another make.

Brian, Manchester UK.