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#126 of 338 2001 Ford Focus tires
Aug 19, 2005 (4:57 pm)
I just want to say that my 2001 Focus that I bought new and broke in gently is performing well so far. I had it brought to the dealer for 2 recalls; one recall was, I believe, for a rear bearing problem and the other about the lock on the rear door. The Goodyear Eagle tires are holding up well after 31000 miles. But I wonder if a Focus would ride better with a different brand of tire; any suggestions?
#127 of 338 2000 Ford Focus Wagon directional problem
Aug 21, 2005 (5:55 am)
I purchased a 2000 Ford Focus wagon Saturday. I was hesistant on buying a Ford because in the back of my mind I had the nagging doubt whether "Quality Was Job One" at Ford in reality. But this vehicle had only 26,000 miles on it and and thought heck that is like just break in almost on a 6 year old car! So understanding I was still buying a used vehicle, I took the plunge anyway.
My fears were soon confirmed the second I drove it off the lot. I test drove this car and found no noticeable problems. I soon discovered the the directional signal return decided to stop working, immediately. So I now have to manually turn off every signal turn. I am almost positive they worked in the test drive.
I took it right back to the dealer and they shook their head. They said probably the air bag and column would have to be pulled out to see what is wrong. They didn't say they would not fix it but they have not said they would fix it either. I am to call them back Monday.
Does anyone know what could have caused this, and what if any rights I have under required safety equipment that they might be responsible for, if it even applies? Thanks
#128 of 338 2000 Focus SE transmission slipping
Sep 01, 2005 (11:57 am)
I really hope someone can shed some light on the problem I'm having. Recently the transmission started slipping (75000 miles). It usually happens when accelerating (slips out of gear, engine revs go up, then it catches again), or when the transmission downshifts when doing about 45 mph (engine revs go up, then it catches). The dealer has looked at it & said they could not reproduce the problem. No error codes either. They charged me $42 & basically told me nothing is wrong. Next I went to my local Cottman center. I've done alot of business there over the past 20 years (same owner), and I trust him to give me an accurate assessment of the problem.
He test drove the car & experienced the problem. Then put the car on the lift, dropped the pan & found metal filings. His suggestion was to rebuild the transmission. One problem that he said was known issue is the "Valve Body", it can leak & cause the type of problems I'm having. $2,400 later, I get the car back. It's still slipping as bad as it was before. The Cottman guy concurs w/this and is at a loss as to the cause of the problem. He also says he has checked all the electrical systems & there are no problems there.
He has a brother-in-law that owns a local Ford dealer & I'm told the brother-in-law has never heard of this problem either.
Now I'm out $2,400, and still have the same problem. The "experts" have no idea what is causing the problem. Help!
#129 of 338 Re: 2000 Focus SE transmission slipping [cfarrell]
Sep 01, 2005 (8:52 pm)
The Cottman guys have replaced something called the "Accumulator pistons" in the tranny. They said these control the hydraulic pressure. Did not help, still slipping.
#130 of 338 Re: 2003 Focus Wagon SE rear creak [ekelly9]
Sep 02, 2005 (8:03 am)
I'm posting a comment/question today about my hub caps. I wonder if we are hearing the same noise. Look for my post "2004 Focus Sedan SE wheel noise"
#131 of 338 2004 Focus Sedan SE Wheel Noise
Sep 02, 2005 (8:08 am)
I purchased this '04 Focus three weeks ago. Since purchase, I have been hearing a creaking noise at low speeds, mostly pulling in and out of driveway, or slowly passing walls/buildings/cars where I can hear the noise echoing back at me. Creak, creak (pause), creak, creak (pause). I took it to the dealer, and they said it's the hub caps -- they claim this is normal. I have owned 5 vehicles in my life, have NEVER heard the hub caps creak! They say that the pressure on the wheels causes the hub caps to move (I guess they are plastic), which makes the creaking noise. They say they removed all the hub caps, cleaned around there, etc., and that when they drove the car without hub caps, the car was quiet. Is anyone else hearing this? It sounds like my car is an old piece of junk!
Sep 03, 2005 (6:00 am)
Hello! I now own a 2001 Focus ZX3 and it's my first car. I bought it used a month ago at a Carmax (please no comments regarding them good or bad) at 40K miles. It hasn't given me any problems yet aside from the driver side mirror.
When I first bought it I thought it looked loose, but it wasn't until I made the trip to school that I became really concerned. On the highway and at high speeds it would shake so badly I couldn't make use of it. When I got out I nudged it gently away from the car and towards it. It moved much more than the passenger side mirror which is pretty firmly attached. It has an opening on the side that faces the driver window where I can kinda see in. At the moment I use tape to keep it down and that's helped.
My questions are these; Is this a common problem with the Focus (poor quality?) or more likely the result of a previous handler's mistake? Do I need to take the car in to get fixed or can I do it myself? Several of my friends have suggested just gluing it back in place, but I would like some informed opinions before I do something rash.
Thank you for your time and help!
#133 of 338 Re: 2004 Focus Sedan SE Wheel Noise [quint41]
Sep 04, 2005 (2:34 pm)
take off the hub caps and see if the noise goes away. sounds more like suspension bushings.
#134 of 338 Re: 2004 Focus Sedan SE Wheel Noise [explorerx4]
Sep 11, 2005 (5:39 am)
Mechanic took off all hub caps, drove the car, and there was no noise. cleaned the wheels, put the caps back on, noise immediately reappears.
It's driving me crazy!! I have started looking at every Focus I see, and NOBODY has these plastic hub caps but me!! Everyone else has wheels, no hub caps. What gives? Is this the only Focus made with plastic hub caps??
I guess I'll have to spend money on new hub caps (metal!) if I want the noise to go away!
#135 of 338 Re: 2004 Focus Sedan SE Wheel Noise [quint41]
Sep 15, 2005 (5:02 pm)
I also have the creaking sound on my 03 Focus. It is not the hubcaps. Whoever told you that must be wannabe mechanics. I notice my creaking sound when I start moving from a complete stop, and when I am accelerating. I think it has something to do with the body construction. Not the hubcaps. LOL.
04 Focus, is this the new design Focus? I am amazed. I thought Ford has finally gotten their act together regarding the new Focus with the new one.
We really should return all our Foci to Ford and let the President, CEO, and all top officials of Ford drive the Ford Focus. Let's see if they don't start complaining too.
A Ford Focus rebellion !!!! What a good laugh we will get out of this...