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Ford Focus, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 160 Do some research first...
Feb 15, 2001 (3:48 am)
Go to www.nhtsa.dot.gov and you can search their Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) and recall databases by year, make and model - and even refine your search by system (such as "brakes" or "A/C"). You will find quite a few duplicate entries under the TSB section, but you also might uncover evidence of a bulletin that you can bring to the attention of your service advisor.
Currently, the recall database contains six recalls affecting the 2000 Focus - keep in mind that some (like the rear wiring harness recall) do not apply to the hatchback.
#2 of 160 Re: "Do some research first"
Feb 15, 2001 (2:23 pm)
silver bullet, Very good info.
Also, I think that most of the recalls have been voluntary on Fords part. Nothing forced by the nhtsa.
#3 of 160 Ignition Switch
Feb 16, 2001 (9:56 am)
Is anyone else having the same problems with their ZX3? I had my car for 3 whole hours before I had to get a tow truck. I took the key out of the ignition and the whole ignition came out with it. It took Ford 2 weeks to get a replacement part. I have had the car successfully for 4 weeks now and again I am having trouble with the ignition switch. Now my key only goes in part way. The tow truck driver said that this was the 8th Focus he has had to tow with the same problem.
It is now in the shop again for an unspecified period of time. I am beginning to regret buying a Ford from my usual Chrysler.
#4 of 160 Re: Ignition Switch
Feb 16, 2001 (6:09 pm)
Considering what the tow truck driver told you, I think it is something that should be reported on the nhtsa site. The instructions are there to tell you how to do it. I havn't had the problem, (yet).
#5 of 160 Fuel Gauge
Feb 17, 2001 (8:27 am)
I have not been able to get the fuel gauge to read "full", even if I top off the tank. Has anyone else experienced this?
#6 of 160 Re: Ignition Switch
Feb 17, 2001 (4:38 pm)
I have not had the problem yet but my brother has. In his case, the garage kept the car a couple of days. His key wouldn't go back into the ignition once he had removed it. They had to drill the old one out. The tow driver said he'd seen 3 just that month (January).
#7 of 160 Ignition Switch
Feb 20, 2001 (5:53 am)
I called the dealership yesterday(Monday). They told me that I was going to take 3 days for my part to come in. But my car was towed in Thursday at 9am,last week. Should the part not have been ordered that day? And should the part not have been in by Monday, giving me my car back? What's with Ford? This is the second time that this has happened to me since I bought the car. I only picked it up December 29th, 2000. Enough is enough. I will never, ever buy another Ford product!!! Does anyone know if I have any options? I do not want this car any more. My second payment isn't even due yet.
Feb 20, 2001 (6:18 am)
If you read through the warranty section of your manual, you'll see information regarding the chain of command at Ford. If the service manager won't help you, try the dealership general manager. No luck? Contact the zone representative for your region and call OwnerConnection and rattle a few cages. Your dealership should have placed a priority rush order for your part - although that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to arrive overnight. Thanks to Ford's "lean and mean" approach to manufacturing, the part may not be in stock - Ford might have to order parts from the OEM. I know what you mean about never wanting to buy another Ford product. Corporate short-sightedness like this is going to kill the domestic car business yet... and I'm amazed you've had better luck with Chryslers!
Feb 20, 2001 (1:20 pm)
It's a very dangerous statement. I don't care what problems you have with Ford, you can also have them with General Motors, Chrysler, Volvo, Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota, Subrau, Nissan, and even Rolls Royce. When you say Ford, do you mean Ford or a independant Ford dealership. Don't blame Ford for a bad dealership, but do let Ford know what you think of the Dealership. And ask your friends with Fords what their experiences have been with their dealerships and pick a new one to deal with.
#10 of 160 re: recalls
Feb 20, 2001 (6:29 pm)
i do blame ford for the bad dealership because they sold them the faulty products and set-up the poor delivery system of needed parts.
the dealer is also at the mercy of the factory,which is ford. so yes,by all
means the blame begins with ford. i can tell you that ford rushed the
launching of the focus and escape. you can bet they are still apologizing
to the dealers. there is a good reason why the new t-bird has taken so
long to come to market,also the new explorer. they dont want to repeat the same mistakes. unfortunately, for a lot of us we werent part of the
rethinking process.you live,you learn, sometimes.