15th Mar 2006, 10:31
Yes, the Focus is a total lemon and I tire of reading comments on this site that say it's the owner's fault for not following "proper" maintenance.
Sorry, but no car should have the faults the Focus does. My friend's 2000 Focus was immaculately taken care of, including being garaged all the time and serviced exclusively at the dealer. Yet it still had endless recalls and was in the shop 10 times for all sorts of ailments, including TWICE for water leaking in the passenger compartment.
The only way that Focus would have worked is if he never drove it, ever.
I think the most telling thing was when TWO Ford dealers he took his car to went out of business.
All Ford does is lie lie lie to their customers. They spent that whole Quality is Job 1 campaign lying to the public, as the Focus obviously proves. Now good ole William Ford is saying how "safe" Fords are by using Volvo technology. HMMMM, funny they are suddenly "safe", especially given Ford has the worst record for designing vehicles that kill their occupants including the original Mustang (gas tank next to rear bumper), Pinto (ditto), Bronco II (endless rollovers), Explorer (highest number of deaths attributed to design of ANY SUV), Crown Victoria, and so on.
27th Mar 2006, 19:53
I own a 2000 Focus. I have had a lot of problems with the brakes squeaking. I had to replace the brakes two diffent times. I also have a lot of problems with the fuel pump. I have had to replace it two times as well. My car has only 60,000 miles. I think this car was the worst thing I ever did.
28th Mar 2006, 14:06
I'm tired of reading these BS stories from people who have millions of friends that own the car that they are commenting on. If you don't own it, don't say anything since your opinion shouldn't matter.
29th Mar 2006, 20:52
I tell you, if this particular car (2000 model) was ever included in a class action suit...man, would I ever think twice. I've currently replaced the mass airflow sensor, fuel pump, and power window actuator (controls the power windows and remote locking keyfob). This is in edition to other problems I've had with the car. What a poor product. Ford should be ashamed of themselves. People have to drive their kids in these things. Ugh.
24th Apr 2006, 14:19
I wonder why they are not having the same problems overseas. They love those cars over there.
24th Apr 2006, 15:09
"I wonder why they are not having the same problems overseas. They love those cars over there."
I've got a theory about this particular issue: It's got to do with where these cars are built. I think the Focuses rolling off assembly lines in Saarlouis, Germany and the like are far, far superior to anything built in, say, Hermosillo, Mexico. My '00 Focus was built in Hermosillo, and the quality is lacking to say the least.
24th Apr 2006, 16:44
Yep. I bought by 2000 Focus as I thought it was NOT a new model - that it had been in Europe 3 years so they had ironed out any bugs.
Silly me. Seems Ford thinks its US customers love visiting the dealer every other week.
What crap. This is about the 10th time I've given US auto manufacturers "another chance" in the 20 years I've been driving and enough is enough.
A fool and his money is soon parted if he buys American.
25th Apr 2006, 11:21
To the above poster: I was the one who commented on where these cars are built. But I don't believe this car was doomed from the start with each succeeding model year. The last couple of years have seen the Focus improve. Even Consumer Reports recommends them now. I'd assume the Focus will only get better with the new Mazda derived engines (Duratec 2.0 and 2.3). I just wish I bought one of the later models.
25th Apr 2006, 17:59
Maybe the Tanzania Consumer Reports recommends the Focus, but not the one published in America.
26th Apr 2006, 12:30
Nooooooooooooo. The latest Consumer Reports auto reliability issue shows just this: The Focus is now recommended. Its reliability rating is "average". You should do at least a little research before making erroneous comments.
15th May 2006, 21:14
I have a 2000 Ford Focus. I have had problems with it, but they weren' too hard to fix. I believe I am going to have to replace the fuel pump soon because my car keeps dying on me. I know plenty of people that have Ford Focuses, some newer and some older. They work just fine. Just because a few weren't so lucky to work so well doesn't mean that the others won't. You guys act like Ford is the only company to ever have problems with their vehicles which is not the case.
16th May 2006, 10:54
Give me a break!
My Focus had endless recalls and was in the shop over 10 times within 3 years. The last straw was when the ignition disintegrated.
NO car I have ever owned has had this many problems. Ford should reimburse 100% of the purchase price to every owner.
8th Jun 2006, 02:49
I owned a 2000 Ford Focus that I bought in January of 2005 with only 55,000 miles on it. I just traded it in after a year and a half for a Mazda 6. I absolutely regret purchasing the Focus. I only put 22,000 miles on it and I did over $2,000 of work into it. The really bad thing was that everything I had fixed broke more than once, and almost everything that broke was unheard of!!!
A lot of the problem with this car, also was that almost every time it broke, the item was only a dealer purchase, which translates to VERY EXPENSIVE!!!
There is nobody on this earth that could ever convince me to purchase an American made vehicle again, much-less a Ford.
Also, I read a comment about the Consumer Reports and someone said that they are now good cars... Hmmm... maybe they should have thought about it on the 2000 models, ya think? They might be good cars now, but Ford lost a lot of customers due to the mass production and selling of crappy cars for 1 year.
I don't think that there is a person on this earth that can justify that the Ford is a good car. I think Ford will even tell you that they messed up big time!
27th Jun 2006, 14:32
I purchased a 2000 Focus SE used back in 2003. I've put about 60,000 miles on it. I do a lot of driving and depend on a good car. I was very displeased to have to replace a sensor that keep telling me I had an engine problem and then would make my gas needle drop to empty at 38,000 miles right after the warranty ran out. And still had the same problem after wards. Brakes squeak, BAD!! Really hate the no-turn rotors that have to be replaced when brakes do. And the radio shuts off by itself while I'm driving along. Also there's a belt of some kind squealing when air is on, had it checked they say belt looks brand new still. I will never own another!!!
28th Sep 2006, 16:50
To the above poster: It's funny you mention your radio. My 2000 Focus SE has similar problems... the radio just cuts out mysteriously every once in a while. I guess the connections aren't that great... I simply give the preset panel a little push and everything comes back every time. Knock on wood.