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#2825 of 2882 2001 ford focus zx3 that like to idle rough and choke out
Nov 12, 2006 (9:14 am)
I also have a 2001 ford focus zx3 5 spd it has 39000 miles on it i am running into the same problems as jessica is. I got the check engine light checked it said excessive flow into the EGR valve i checked it out replaced it the problem still occurs. My problem is simple but i cant figure it out...... It doesnt so much idle rough its when you go to step on it that it seems to choke out and not want to go... as the rpms rise it seems to just start to sputter... does anyone have anything that can help me out with this problem? thanks in advance
#2826 of 2882 FORD FOCUS IS JUNK
Dec 07, 2006 (12:26 pm)
I HAVE A FORD FOCUS ZX3 AND IT IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF JUNK I HAVE EVER OWNED. I HAVE HAD ELECTICAL PROBLEMS OVER AND OVER AND HAVE TAKEN IT TO DIFFERENT DEALERS AND THEY JUST KEEP TELLING ME TRY THIS PART THEN THIS PART THEN THIS PART. I HAVE CHANGED THE STARTER, BATTERY, 2 ALTERNATORS AND 2 SERP BELTS. AND AM STILL HAVING THE PROBLEM. I ALSO HAVE A LOUD CLUNKING NOISE IN THE FRONT END AND THE DEALERS CANT TELL ME WHAT IT IS . JUST TO KEEP CHANGEING THINS TILL IT GOES AWAY OR TOTALLY BREAKS. WIFE IS PREGNANT DONT WANT TO BE ON THE HIGHWAY TO THE HOSPITAL AND HAVE IT BREAK. BUT THEY DONT KNOW WHAT IS WRONG. SO MOR THAN ONE PROBLEM FORD DEALER WANTS ME TO JUST KEEEP CHANGING PARTS TILL THEY GET IT RIGHT, AT MY EXPENSE. NOT COOOL AT ALL FROM THE FORD "EXPERTS".
#2828 of 2882 Re: FORD FOCUS IS JUNK [jschmidt05]
Dec 09, 2006 (6:42 am)
Sorry to hear that how much trouble you are having. I have a 2001 and have some issues, but have been pretty lucky so far I guess. As far as Ford service departments, I too have found that they are not only useless but some of them are crooks as well. I would take the car to the best local mechanic you can find....or sell it I guess.
#2830 of 2882 Re: Used Focus [zx3love]
Dec 26, 2006 (5:03 pm)
I'm thinking about buying this 2000 Focus-with the miles on it this high do you think I'm asking for trouble?
Well, let's see, its a 6 year old Focus with 154k miles on it and they want over $3k for it. Probably way too much money considering the miles.
I had an 04 Focus ZX3 that I bought new for $11k (US) and drove for 2 years/54k miles trouble free. I loved the car, only sold it because I didn't need it anymore.
I think you can find a MUCH better Focus with less miles on it for that kind of $$$. Even though the Focus can be a great car, MY2000 wasn't a stellar year and the miles on that car are up there. I'd pass if I were you. The Focus got good around MY2004-2005 and up.
#2831 of 2882 Re: Used Focus [akangl]
Dec 30, 2006 (3:36 pm)
According to the picture that's an SVT, not a ZX3. May be a mistake on the sellers part using stock photos instead of actual.
#2832 of 2882 Re: Used Focus [ukbb]
Dec 30, 2006 (3:41 pm)
The pictures of the interior show an automatic transmission which rules out an SVT. I would be real leery of them using a false picture of the exterior and would have a good look at it in person.
#2833 of 2882 Re: Auto tranny & winter driving [catmom]
Feb 13, 2007 (3:39 pm)
Gauge problem. Did you ever find out what caused the gauges pegging and returning to zero problem ?
#2834 of 2882 2001 ford focus zx3 manual
Feb 19, 2007 (2:42 pm)
I have a 01 zx3 and recently i have had the fuel filter, intake valve, exhaust hose,and timing belt and tenionser replaced! my car is still having problems and i was wondering if anyone could please help. My car is jumping it feels like. If i push too hard on my gas pedal it starts jumping and my speedometer jumps and my radio will either get really loud or just shut off all together. I am just wondering if anyone else has had a problem like this or has any ideas to what it might be if so let me know!