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#440 of 637 Re: 2005 ZXW brake issues? [ajweeks]
Jan 30, 2006 (4:36 pm)
I'm the one with the problems...yes, it affects all 2005 Ford Focus Models. There is a service bulliten for it and if you are going to be going skiing or something along those lines I would have the service bulliten applied (although it did not get rid of the problem completely it did improve the inital braking performance). After much greif, Ford just replaced it with a 2006...which exhibits the same type of weaker brake performance at at cold starts but its not nearly as bad as it was with the 2005. Even though I like how it drives etc, I still wish I went with a Civic because of the brakes.
#441 of 637 Re: 2001 wagon rear rattle [modeladoctor]
Feb 02, 2006 (7:54 pm)
I recently purchased a 2001 Focus Wagon and noticed the rattle about a week later. Its not the license plate, rear shade, screws holding rear bumper or tire jack. I thought it might be shocks but after reading other posts I doubt it. Mine sounds like its coming from the rear driver's corner panel or from inside the rear hatch. I WILL find and eliminate it. Anyone find it yet?
#442 of 637 Re: 2001 wagon rear rattle [gsilves]
Feb 03, 2006 (8:45 am)
THere is this trick on some earlier models if it's a hatch rattle, put a little electrical tape around the striker post so as to slightly increase it's diameter. Maybe 2 wraps. May not be it, but it's an easy try.
#443 of 637 New Member - 2000 Wagon SE
Feb 03, 2006 (7:41 pm)
I'm new to the forum and wanted to say hi. I have a 2000 Focus Wagon SE with 77,000 miles and I absolutely LOVE it. I bought the vehicle new from the factory in May 2000.
I recently had to have VMU Valve replaced and the dealer recommended a Fuel Injector Flush, Tune-Up and new Spark Plugs/wires. Are any of these items directly related to the replacement of the VMU valve? I'm wondering if the life of the valve is directly related to the timing of this maintenance...
#444 of 637 Re: Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real? [chartbear]
Feb 05, 2006 (7:12 pm)
I've looked into the warranty a bit. If the OASIS report says you are warrantied, I am confident that you are. I have yet to hear of anyone with a Focus from 03-1/2 up in the US that had the OASIS say they did not have the 100K powertrain warranty.
The 04 catalog says "every new Focus comes standard with 100,000 mile/5 year powertrain coverage". THe asterisk says a deductible applies in Florida and Puerto Rico. If it came down to it, I know this would hold up in small claims court in my area, but I think it is pretty clear. I have also seen on other sites that the powertrain warranty covers engine and tranny but not electrical.
#445 of 637 2004 Focus Wagon ZTW - Gear shifter locking/freezing
Feb 09, 2006 (9:26 am)
Hi. I have a 2004 Focus ZTW Wagon, 5-speed Manual Transmission. Last week, I hit a pothole in the road, and dented the rim, ruining the tire.
I took it into the dealer for service, and got it back the next day. However, when I started it the next morning, I found it wouldn't go into gear at all. I could move the shifter sideways, in neutral, but no amount of clutching, whether with the engine running or without, would put that puppy into gear. Not forward, not reverse. The clutch had back-pressure, so I got the sense it was working. The engine started fine and was running fine. It just would not go into gear.
(Thank god I park in neutral, with the parking brake on). It was -12C, but I have NEVER had cold-weather problems with this car. It has started at -25C and always been able to shift gears. Ironically, I DID notice that shifting was a bit stiffer than normal, when I was driving it home the night before...
I ended up getting help to push the car onto the street so I could borrow the boyfriend's car to get to work. I had it towed to my dealer, who later called me and said that the gearbox was literally FROZEN. How the on earth can that happen?
This is my second wagon - the first was a 2000 SE I leased for 3 years, and I have never had any kind of "freeze up" of the gearbox, even at -30C.
They said they blew it out with air, warmed it up and lubed it and it was fine now. When I went to pick it up later that night, IT WAS FROZEN AGAIN. I told them that this was unacceptable. It just shouldn't be freezing up at all.
The dealer has NO IDEA how this could happen and says they've never seen it before. It only happened after being in for service with them, so I'm HIGHLY suspicious. Has anyone experienced anything like this? They are ordering an entirely new shifter/cable gearbox assembly for me from the states, but it will take at least a week to arrive! Not only that, but I will have to "rent" a loaner car, for which the dealer will only cover 1/2 of the cost.
Aside from the usual Ford-rear-trunk-latch problems (every ford I've had has the same issues -even my old escort), The Focus Wagons have been great. But this has really put me off... I'd like to know if anyone else has seen this problem in the past or has any ideas about how on earth it could even get water IN to where the shifter is in order to freeze? Or is the mechanic out to lunch, and it's really something else? They claim that if you let the car warm up (for 20 or 30 minutes!) it will shift into gear.
#446 of 637 Re: Ford focusdrivetrain warranty-is it for real? [jazvan]
Mar 08, 2006 (6:23 pm)
Thanks Jaz. Still not confortable yet. You seem to imply that the "warranty" began in the middle of 2003 (3 and 1/2) Thats the first I've heard of that. Mine was built 6/22/03 according to the door sticker. Also, my 03 catalogue says that a "warranty" applies only to vehicles sold in Florida and Puerto Rico. The asterisk in mine says "service agreement applicable in other states". Whats the difference between a service agreement and a warranty?