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#46 of 830 Re: Take me OFF the list of 2003 Focus owners who have transaxle problems.
Oct 30, 2007 (7:30 pm)
I was wondering if the valve cover has any indication, but then I found this on a forum, describing the way to tell a PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) from a Zetec, "Intake manifold [on the PZEV] is towards the front of the car, and the exhaust is towards the back and therefore doesnt run under the engine...." Then I looked at a couple of Ford VIN decoder tables, and VIN position 8 indicates engine type and seems totally ambiguous about PZEV. There is an entry for a 2.3 PZEV in 2003 and 2004, but none for a 2.0 PZEV before 2005. Look here (for other years just change the year number in the link): https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/vin_tools/pdfs/VIN2003.pdf
The problem is that VIN character 8 seems to indicate displacement and nothing more, as the same character can be a PZEV or not.
#47 of 830 PZEV History
Oct 31, 2007 (10:36 am)
Prior to 05, all 2.3L were PZEV and all PZEV were 2.3L According, if you have an 04 with a 2.3L, you have a PZEV.
AFTER 05, no 2.3L were PZEV and so if you have an 05 though 07 with a 2.3L, you do not have PZEV.
For 05 to 07, PZEVs are mandatory in the 5 CA emissions states. If you live in CA emissions state, you have PZEV.
PZEV is also available in cross border states. If you live next to a state that requires CA emissions, open your hood and if you see a sticker that says "this car is certified for sale in CA" then you have PZEV. If you see "this car is certified for sale in all 50 states" then you do not have PZEV.
#48 of 830 Re: Transmission starting to suck [lantaz]
Nov 21, 2007 (11:28 am)
Interestingly, I had a '97 Escort where the automatic would do the same thing.
#49 of 830 Re: 2001 FORD FOCUS TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS [reelsma]
Nov 25, 2007 (8:19 am)
My 2002 Focus only has 43,000 miles and I also and having a problem with the transmission bucking and knocking when I give the car the gas. I will now change the transmission fuel pump. My car is also an automatic.
#50 of 830 transmission fuel pump?
Nov 27, 2007 (6:05 pm)
that are you talking about?
Older Focuses required trans service at 30k I believe.
#51 of 830 ford focus transmission
Nov 30, 2007 (8:49 am)
My daughter purchased from a private party two months ago a ford focus 2002 sedan, with 36,000 miles on it for 5,000. We had it inspected prior to purchase. Passed with flying colors.
The engine light when on and we checked the errors -- thermostat and gas cap. Hubby changed the thermostat and we tightened the gas cap.
She drove it 40 mins and then from a stop sign it wouldn't go past 35 miles an hour without it engaging. Our reliable transmission people state that third and fourth gear are shot within the transmission. Before hearing again from them I'd like to ask...
Questions: Is it worth fixing? Is it best to swap the who trans out or fix the internal issue? Was there a recall situation, we are not aware of? Could this car have more mileage on it that we see on the gage? If so, how so?
I was so proud of her paying cash for this car....She she trade it in (running of course) for a newer dealer Toyota?
#52 of 830 Re: Add me to the list of Focus owners with transaxle problems [jeromeb]
Dec 13, 2007 (4:49 pm)
Hey Jeromeb, I have an 05 Focus ST that was rear-ended up in highland village last friday. Have you had body work done at Sam Pack in Lewisville and if so, were you happy?
#53 of 830 Focus is on the transmission
Dec 17, 2007 (6:52 pm)
Hello folks. I have an 02 Focus, auto trans. The car has 114K lightly driven miles and recently started running rough. Belts & pulleys are in great shape, but you can actually mash down on the block and cut out the vibration. Therefore I assume it may be the motor mounts. I have neglected that for 2-3 weeks. After the car sat in near freezing temps for three days, I get in to drive and out of the blue the transmission slips. Reverse, first & second are ok, very slow and hard drop into third, and no fourth. Before I shell out the big ones for a new tranny, is it possible that this could be related to the previously mentioned engine vibration, or clogged fluid filter or circulation problem? Thanks!
#54 of 830 Banging Noise
Dec 30, 2007 (3:22 am)
Comes from both front wheel areas whenever i turn my steering wheel left or right, i reckon its my bearings, but ive never heard it like this before, sounds like 2 metal poles being clanged together, am i right, and its just the bearings? Im in UK just in case some of my expressions are not the norm.
#55 of 830 Dealer misdiagnose, any help
Jan 01, 2008 (11:58 am)
I have a 2003 Ford Focus SE (Automatic) with about 56,000 miles. The car loses power like it is suddenly not in any gear, then all of a sudden jots into gear. It was taken to a local Ford dealership and they put it on the scope and said it needed the transmission fluid changed. The check engine light also was on. Next time it was driven within the hour same thing happened. Have called the dealership to say hey now paid to get this fixed, they agreed to renegotiate the fee paid and take it for a test drive. A friend who knows a mechanic at a Ford dealership says it sounds like it is the valve body which is like 1,000 just for the parts. I am hesitant with the last one thinking it was one thing and it wasn't. Anyone have this type of problem, and gotten it fixed? If so what was the problem and how much to fix?