Problems With the Ford Focus

Updated February 21, 2017

The Ford Focus is a sedan or hatchback made by the Ford Motor Company that is known for having good gas mileage, but also a decent amount of power and speed when it is driven. However, like any automobile on the road, it has run into a few mechanical problems or issues, which can be sometimes covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Key Not Turning in Ignition

In the Ford Focus model year of 2000, there were a number of complaints on about the key not turning in the ignition of Ford Focus cars. The ignition ends up locking and drivers can't turn the key, keeping them from being able to effectively start and drive the car. The solution, which most people have posted online on sites like, is to have a locksmith come out and replace the cylinder on the car's ignition and then have it keyed by the locksmith, which costs anywhere from £97 to £325, depending on the area where you live. This problem is not covered by Ford and customers end up paying.

Engine Failure

In the Ford Focus model year of 2002, more people reported the problem of engine failure than anything else, according to After a certain number of miles, usually ranging between 80,000 and 120,000, the valves within the engine will drop and fail, causing the valves to break and the engine to literally fall apart. This is considered a manufacturing defect within the engine itself, and Ford has no fix for it. This usually occurs when these cars are out of warranty, so owners must usually pay for a replacement engine, or just try to sell the car for parts.

Dead Alternator

In the Ford Focus model year of 2007, electrical system failures were the top complaints according to This usually had to do with the car's alternator shutting down and killing the rest of the Ford Focus's electrical system. The worst part about this problem was that it happened very early on in the life of the car and often at random times, while drivers were on the highway or driving down city streets. This defect is covered by warranty within a certain number of miles, so it usually didn't cost drivers who had the problem any money.

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Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.