4th Dec 2006, 09:49

Guess you missed out on all the fun of the 10 recalls and endless ignition problems.

I think you got the only good one made.

4th Jan 2007, 20:02

I have a Ford Focus 2L Ghia. Having endless fun with 'passenger side leak' syndrome. Only once tried the focus dealer. They weren't very helpful. The mileage is poor. The steering is quite heavy. Wonder whether it is really a power steering. All in all disappointed with the vehicle.

12th Jan 2007, 22:42

(UK) My brothers 1999 Ford focus has just developed this leak in the passenger side footwell. He has had it in various garages to investigate with no luck. Sounds like a dodgy fitted pollen filter. I will be having a look this weekend will let you all know the result.

15th Jan 2007, 14:43

I have a 51 Focus 2.0 and have a pool of water collecting in the rear passenger footwell - yet to take it into the dealer, but first things first I will check the pollen filter. If that doesn't work it's off to the dealer to see what they say!

18th Jan 2007, 14:06

My Focus also had flooding in the rear, so what's up with that? Thankfully I got rid of the piece of crap before the warranty ran out.

27th Feb 2007, 14:52

Just noticed the leak in the front passenger foot well and at the rear of my 51 Focus, we are parked on a hill and it has been raining a lot recently. Will be taking a look at the pollen filter when it gets light.

29th Mar 2007, 20:22

Focus owner since Feb 06...I too have had water to leak inside my 2000 Ford Focus SE on the passenger side. I thought it happened when it rains and it comes in from somewhere. I will now take it back to the Ford dealer, and get it checked to see if it is the A/C or the pollen thing.

Also, I am now dealing with grinding from the back brakes, and I have had it only a year. The place I took it to said that the drums were supposed to be replaced, but all they did was cover it with shoes until the metal wore down, and now the whole brake line in the back needs to be replaced. That will be a $500 dollar job..

Other than that, the first year I had the car was with little to no problem. I only have a year left to pay on it, so I'm hoping after my expensive brake job this weekend, that will be the last thing...

27th May 2007, 13:24

Just bought a 2002 Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia and there is water dripping in from around the interior light fitting (roof). Anyone know any causes for this?

I can't see any gaps or anything around windscreen or the roof mounted radio antenna.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

3rd Jun 2007, 07:40

I have a 2003 ford focus estate 1.8TDCi ghia and the rear passenger foot-well fills up with water when it rains. It doesn't seem to be getting in from below when the car is moving. It can fill up overnight after heavy rain. Front passenger footwell is dry. HELP - any ideas. I can only think of the door seal, but no sign of any dampness on the vertical areas around the door.

5th Jun 2007, 08:28

Just like the comment I saw written above on 3 June 07, my rear passenger foot-well fills up with water when it rains. My (similar) Focus model is: a 2003 1.8TDCi Sport 5 door hatch. I'm told leaks rarely come from below, and in this case the foot-well can become a small pond (!) when the car is left parked in the rain, so leakage from below can really be dismissed.

Front passenger foot-well is now dry after mastic to pollen filters.

HELP! - any ideas? I thought of the door seal, but no sign of any dampness on the vertical or horizontal areas around the door. Perhaps via the window, ext side, where it recesses into lower part of door?

Any ideas appreciated.

12th Jun 2007, 12:06

Here is a possibility: the rain water may enter into the door behind the seal between the glass and the lower part of the door. Normally that water runs out through drain holes at the bottom of the door. If these drain holes are plugged then the water might spill into the foot well. Check the drain holes on the underside of the door.

Good luck.

4th Jul 2007, 17:18

I park my 1999 Focus half on the kerb so the passenger side is higher than the driver's side and my passenger side footwell fills with water overnight if it rains. I've had it to bits tonight, before I found this forum and can confirm that the water runs down the windscreen, under the pollen filter cover plate and through the filter, the blower casing and onto the floor. There is a gutter attached to the underside of the cover, but it only drains the water to the side if the car is level! If the passenger side is higher, it drains into the pollen filter instead! I fashioned a plate to cover the filter so water cannot run into it and will mastic the cover down (when it's dry). The blower motor squeaks as a result of corrosion due to this leak. Some WD40 lubricant should stop it.

Otherwise I love the car. Superb mileage and power (1.8 Turbo Diesel). Great handling. I've had two Escorts and three Transit vans.

12th Jul 2007, 10:32

I cannot find the service valve for the A/C. Also the engine will not idle when the A/C is turned on. Need some help.


16th Jul 2007, 17:19

Don't Worry, the uk versions of the Ford Focus are not built any different to the US, there both as bad...!!!

As far as the flooding is concerned, (passenger footwell)

For a quick fix park the passenger side up on the curb to allow water to drain from the drivers side, then seal the pollen filter base unit with clear silica ASAP...

This can be accessed by removing the cover plate (on the passenger side) under the hood by undoing one screw.

No more flooding and a damn sight cheaper than taking it to the garage for repairs.

Happy motoring...

29th Jul 2007, 09:13

I have an 01 Focus ZTS, it has a terrible rattling/clunking sound in the left front when I am driving. The noise gets worse if you turn the wheel while moving. It sounds like the wheel is going to fall off. It is also wearing this tire at nearly a 45 degree angle on both the inside and outside of the tire. The front springs have been replaced as has the lower ball joint with no results. There are no visible causes for this noise. I have jacked the car up several times and cannot find anything that appears to be loose or damaged.

Has anyone ran into this problem and if so, what is it.

I have to take a long trip in a few weeks and need to fix this problem.

29th Jul 2007, 18:18

I do not recommend taking a long trip in a Focus. I did it and I was stuck in the Desert. This was when it only had 40k miles on it. I recommend taking it to a Toyota or Honda dealer and trading it in for a new car. You will be paying more on repairs than the car is worth. Take your car to a mechanic and check the wheel bearings. The focus I had needed new bearings in the front. If your car stalls in the desert, your fuel pump may be bad. Just wait 30 minutes and start the car again. Go 10 miles and stop again. Cool down car and repeat. Good luck and god speed.