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#1958 of 2013 2007 Ford Focus SES sedan
Jan 02, 2008 (7:10 pm)
Last car was a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. Sold it and bought this car new. Paid 13,300 with a 5-spd trans. The focus drives like a sports car, no doubt about it. At 500 miles a large amount of oil began leaking from the engine into my driveway. The dealer diagnosed a inccorectly machined "engine rivet" from the factory. He called it a "rivet and showed it to me on the block, but it has a different technical term. The dealer kept the car for a few days to repair. No leaks since.But was a bad sign, nonetheless. The front tires were out of balance from the start. Dealer re-balanced them. Their is a chronic creak-squeak from the rear springs/axle area. Of course, the dealer cannot seem to find the problem.Its embarassing sometimes to put the groceries in the back seat and the car grunts.Its going back to the dealer soon for this. I purchased the 5 year extended warranty and 4 year premium maintanance plan. Thinking this would cover just about everything.The dealer shop rep exhausted himself telling me i would have to pay hundreds of dollars extra in the future for dealer recomended items. I know better and debated him on this.He backed down, but was a waste of time and showed a lack of professionalism on his part. I was their to have my car fixed under warranty, not have him try to score a bonus for ripping me off with sleezy sales tactics.I realy like this car so far, only 3000 miles and plan to keep it for many years.OH, by the way, This car is getting 22-23 city driving and 28mpg on the highway. Far below what ford claims. I cant believe the post from people getting 30mpg.
#1959 of 2013 Re: 2007 Ford Focus SES sedan [robfla]
Jan 03, 2008 (3:50 am)
Sorry 2 hear about your car issues. My loaded 03 ZTW just passed 36K and has had ZERO problems, other than a battery (which leaked after 4 years, corroding the cable, which needed to be replaced). Batteries only last 2 years in FL, and I had this one for 1 1/2 years in ND + 2 1/2 in FL, so 4 years was awesome (corroding the cable sucked, though...) I went to Autozone and sprayed some of that red gunk on the positive terminal and will now check it every 1k for corrosion--that ain't happening again!
Re: MPG, I pump my tires up to 35 and will get 35 on the highway easy. Normal around town is 26 (only a little bit of stop and go in my commute). Not bad for an automatic tranny wagon with fat tires.
#1960 of 2013 Re: Water On The Head [ericmay]
Jan 29, 2008 (4:30 am)
Darn it! I replaced the valve cover gasket last week, and when I pulled the spark plug wires to allow me to remove the valve cover, I found heavy rust in the spark plug wells again! (didn't actually see any water this time!). I had to repeat the process of cleaning the spark plugs and boots, and coating same with silicone.
I have not sprayed down the engine since the last time this occurred, so I am completely baffled as to how water is getting in there!
By the way, the valve cover gasket had become so brittle in the front (above the exhaust manifold), that it crumbled as I was trying to remove it. What a fine selection of a gasket material
#1961 of 2013 2001 ZTS Sedan in Massachusetts
Apr 05, 2008 (9:30 am)
We bought new, now with 44000. have had tires replaced (dry rot, sand, etc.) brake dust issues all the way around from the start. Just replaced the brakes, rotors all the way around, now intake manifold gaskets and tubes. also new timing belt tensioner. (they said it was a rare thing to break) Have kept up on oil changes and would like the car to keep going for a few more years. All Ford dealer serviced. Are these issues a sign of more to come or do you think we are okay? advice? Thanks in advance, love the site!
#1962 of 2013 Re: 2001 ZTS Sedan in Massachusetts [spolowy]
Apr 06, 2008 (6:03 pm)
"intake manifold gaskets and tubes. also new timing belt tensioner"
I'd venture those items are pretty uncommon, even for a car with 88k on it, but sometimes that's just the way it is--I wouldn't get too concerned. My ZTW is coming up on 40K and, besides tires, had a battery leak & corrode, which took out the cable Other than that, car is a champ--so much so, spousal unit passed up a new Lincoln MKX (whew--real issues with those, I hear ) to let me buy a new car (got a Volvo C30 on order), so she can drive the Silver Bullet!
Man, do I love that girl!
PS--next oil change, I'm putting Mobile1 in--this city driving demands it!
#1963 of 2013 Re: 2001 ZTS Sedan in Massachusetts [rapidrick]
Apr 09, 2008 (2:25 pm)
Sounds good. thanks. since repaired it idles at in park worse . it has been probably the best car we ever owned, so i would hate to see it crap out. I am already regretting the day to spend 20-30k on something half as good which is why my research has now started. any input would be appreciated.
Jul 07, 2008 (12:10 pm)
I have a 2004 Ford Focus sedan 4 dr. 2.3 engine. I was overseas for 8 months and my father in law didnt bother to start the car even once for me. I came back and stuck the battery on the charger for a day or so. It reads charged and a good battery. When I put it back in the car..the radio will run, the buzzers and wipers work but It dont click or even crank for me. I am a single female with no men around to help me figure this out...I am at a loss. I want to travel home to see my family but without this car I am stuck in the boonies...What could the problem be?
#1965 of 2013 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Jul 07, 2008 (12:14 pm)
A reporter from a large newspaper is looking to speak to consumers who traded-in a larger vehicle for a small compact car to save money on gas, but spent money on options to get something more comfortable and appealing. If you’re interested in speaking to the reporter, please contact Chintan Talati at ctalatiedmunds.com with your daytime contact information no later than July 9, 2008.
#1966 of 2013 Re: Focus - cruise not working
Jul 09, 2008 (9:54 am)
Cruise control not working
Car: 2007 Ford Focus SE
I bought a used Focus (only powertrain warranty) which has the buttons for cruise control. I did not test cruise control during my test drive so don't know if it ever worked. Everything else works fine.
When I turn on the cruise control I get no response - the speedcontrol light on the dash does not illuminate. If I press "set/acc" and take my foot off the gas, the car does not hold its speed.
I've checked the following:
-checked fuse #53 inside and #29 under hood - appear to be in good condition
-all three brake lights work
Is there anything else to check? Or do myself (with no specialized tools or skills)?
How much could it cost to have the cruise control fixed?
#1967 of 2013 06 Civic 4door vs Focus 4door
Aug 04, 2008 (6:08 pm)
About 3 months ago I bought my daughter an 07 Focus 4door SE automatic. The car had about 15K miles. At the same time a close friend bought thier daughter a "cooler" 06 Civic LX automatic with about 20K miles. At a get together the Dad actually got cocky and said to me the Civic would last longer and be more reliable than a Focus any day, plus the resale would be better. Knocked him down on the resale bit, when he told me he paid about $2,600 more than I did! The funny part is we talk to these folks and visit each others homes all the time. He tried to hide it from me that the Civic had 2 issues, A/C went out about 2 weeks ago, and one of the Power windows stopped working!! The Focus has about 18K now and not one issue. This just solidifies my view on Honda's "Legendary reliability".. LOL!