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#441 of 577 YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS
Oct 11, 2005 (10:14 pm)
I JUST BOUGHT A 2006 FORD FOCUS AND SUPPOSE TO PICK IT UP THIS WEEK BUT IN READING THIS FORUM, I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD BACK OUT - IT SEEMS TO HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS. I TRAVEL THE HIGHWAY 45 MIN A DAY, TWICE A DAY BACK AND FORTH TO WORK -
THE FORD FOCUS SEEMS TO HAVE ALOT OF RECALLS ALSO
YOUR RESPONSE - WOULD YOU BUY ANOTHER FORD FOCUS AND DO YOU HONESTLY THINK THEY ARE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION FOR THIS TYPE OF TRAVEL???
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR POST
#442 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
Oct 12, 2005 (8:31 am)
I have a 2003 ZX3 and have had a couple issues:
1) Ignition tumblers locked up at 40000 miles and could not start car. Ignition tumbler was replaced with 2005 part and it works great. 2006 would be fine also.
2) Misfiring under load at 35000 miles. Problem traced to broken down spark plug. Replaced wires and plugs, car runs perfect ever since.
I think the car is fine. Sure there were some problems and recalls with early models, but these have since been sorted out. I have had no recalls on my 2003. The car is good all around. Loads of cargo space with the hatch models when rear seats are folded flat, I can fit a mountain bike inside without having to disassemble the front wheel (you have to take wheel off in Jeep Liberty to make one fit). And no matter how hard I drive it I always get at least 28 mpg.
#443 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Oct 12, 2005 (8:50 am)
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#444 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
Oct 12, 2005 (9:30 pm)
First: Remember that people who have problem cars will post more than people with problem free cars.
Second: Would I buy another Focus?? IN A HEARTBEAT!!!!
My little Zippy (04 ZX3) has 49000 miles on her and has been the MOST reliable car I've ever owned. I bought her new with 52 miles on her July 21, 2004, I commute 164 miles/day even at 56 below zero, Zippy has NEVER failed to start. She is truely a GREAT car!!!
I would go for it, the Focus is a wonderful, fun to drive car.
#445 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
Oct 13, 2005 (8:32 am)
I've had a lot of trouble with my 2005 Focus ZX4 ST, but the primary source of my misfortune was an incompetent local dealer, who has since gone out of business. If you have a dealer with a good reputation that you trust, then I think the Focus can be an excellent choice. But if your local Ford dealer has a shaky reputation, you might want to consider other brands.
#446 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
Oct 13, 2005 (2:38 pm)
THANK YOU ALL FOR REPYING - I CAME SO CLOSE TO CANCELLING BUT YOU HAVE ALL MADE ME FEEL CONFIDENT. I LIKED THE LOOKS OF IT AND THE GAS MILAGE IT GOT
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CONTIBUTE TO SOMETHING THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO ME
THANKS - TALK TO YOU SOON
#447 of 577 Re: Ford Focus, repair issues with igntion,tumblers [bubbatis]
Oct 14, 2005 (9:53 am)
My 2000 Focus did this just this week. You put the key in and go to turn it and it won't turn. I found if you hit it a good time or two you can turn the key but that is not recommended for long term. See the following link, I followed this guy's instructions and they worked great. Hasn't locked up all week.
#448 of 577 Re: Ford Focus Check Engine Light and 1/2 tank of Gas [themus]
Oct 14, 2005 (1:50 pm)
First, make sure you are tightening the fuel cap on until it clicks three or four times. If you still have the problem, get Autozone to see if the CEL is throwing any codes related to fuel tank cap off, or wrong pressure etc. Finally, you could try replacing the fuel cap. The odds are it's related to pressure in the fuel tank.
#449 of 577 Re: YOUR OPINION NEEDED NOW- THANKS [mungmare]
Oct 14, 2005 (2:09 pm)
I've had a total of 4 ZX3's and never had one break down. Warranty adjustment issues, sure, but no breakdowns. On the warranty adjustment issues, I've had fewer than on my former Scion xA and Honda 2003 Civic.
I wouldn't worry about it. Plus you get a 100k mile powertrain warranty.
#450 of 577 Re: 2005 Zx3 questions [vwayne40]
Oct 15, 2005 (5:49 am)
I bought a 2005 Focus in March. Until this week, I loved my car! Last weekend the oil light came on--but only when the key was out of the ignition and the car was off. The door-ajar light would also occasionally blink. The following morning, I went out side and the interior dome light was on (I didn't leave it on), the car was was making a soft beeping noise. Keep in mind that during all this "activity" no-one was in the car. My remote keys and central locking also did not work.
I took the car to the dealership on Monday. They did not even look at it until Wednesday. I picked it up Wednesday and was told it was fixed, the tumbler was causing a circuit, they replaced the tumbler. I had the car for an hour, before the same syptoms started right up again. I took it back to the dealer the same day. The dealer apparently drove it around for two days (when I told them it is not a driving problem--they put 70 miles on my car). Said there was nothing wrong with it, so I picked it up again last night. I drove home, parked it in the drive way and several hours later went out side to find the interier dome light on and the oil light blinking. I haven't called the dealer back yet. I want to find out if any one has been having these problems with the 2005 focus.