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Old 12-17-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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The ignition cylinder is where you put your car key in when you start it. My Ford Escort has had the same problem.

Oh yeah - now that you mentioned it, I have a friend with a 2001 or 2002 Focus 2dr that the ignition switch went bad on last year then it dawned on me that I knew another lady that had one of these back in 2000-2001 that was a red sedan and her ignition switch had went bad as well.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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My mom had a 2003 Focus 4-door (not the wagon) and I don't think she had any major problems with it. My brother totalled it on Christmas eve of 2006, though. Mom didn't really like it; she thought it was "too big."

Focus too big? She would hate my cars! They make the Focus look like one of those "Smart" cars chopped in half.
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Old 12-18-2008, 01:38 AM
 
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Sister in law has an 02 Focus. Its a good car. I would buy one if I was in the market for a compact car.

"too big" She would really hate my Olds Aurora then.
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Before the Focus, Mom had a Geo Storm. When the Focus was totaled, she bought a Chevy Aveo. She seems to like the Aveo better than the Focus (though there have been more glitches with the Aveo) but not as much as the Storm.

Not to get too far off-topic, but Mom's love of small cars comes from years of being forced to drive large cars from the 70's due to financial difficulties. (77 Monte Carlo, 79 Thunderbird)
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:56 AM
 
Location: MA
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I have a 2003 Focus ZX-5 as well. Only issue was a shift solenoid that went at about 25K (at highway speeds...not fun). I'm going strong at 120K. I'll run it into the ground, I'm sure.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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I have the 2003 Ford Focus ZX5. It has <79K miles. Where could I start with problems....

2004: Had to clean Battery contacts
2005: Had battery wires and alternator replacement.
2006: Alignement problems, twice. Windshield motor.
2007: Ignition cylinders, leaky sunroof, transmission issues, alarm problems.
2008: Ignition cylinders, again, more transmission issues, alternator replacement. Rear window wiper motor.

I hope you have rear window defrosters. It will keep your daughters hands warm when she pushes the car to the side of the road!

I have never, ever had so many problems with one car in my life! I've owned VW and Mitsu's before and haven't had this much problems with those two companies combined!

I do not "rag" on my cars. Look at my mileage!!!!! 79K for a 5 year old car!

I hate to say it, but expect a lot of problems. I have maintained this piece of s@#t and it has given me headaches. Fluid changes accordingly. Maintenance is a religion in my household. My father was a mechanic and has never heard so many problems with one car than any other. He drove Honda's and Audi's.

The only advice I can give you is get AAA gold plus for your daughter and a great pair of walking shoes! Not to scare you, but you bought your daughter a money pit!!!!!!

Other's may tell you otherwise, I'm telling you! I take car of my cars and this one is horrible!!!!!!
OP, this guy also mentioned a while back that he paid $500 for battery cables.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:33 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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We've had several Focii in my family and all were good cars.

My daughter and her husband had 2000 Focus wagon which they enjoyed so much that when the car was totaled last year they went out and hunted up another 2000 Focus wagon. And these two make plenty of dough, I mean plenty. But they live just west of Chicago's Loop and aren't into cars other than as transportation.

I had a 2001 Focus that I drove for a couple of years but then traded in on a Crown Vic, I wanted a bigger car but the Focus was pretty good---reliable and very comfortable for a small car; I drove from New Orleans to Chicago in a day and was fine at the end.

In 2002 I bought my youngest girl a new Focus to go away to school down at the U of I in Champaign. She's still driving it, she probably will have it for many more years seeing as she's living in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood and doesn't drive much.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I had a 2001 Focus briefly in 2001. I am 6'4" and big and I could fit in this car pretty well. I was used to large pickups so this was a change. It rode like a go cart on highway way to much road noise but that may be normal for small cars, and then the ignition stranded me for hours and after it was towed to dealer and was there for 10 days that was enough for me.

I traded it and got me another new Ford F150 and have been happy since.
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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I had a 2001 Focus briefly in 2001. I am 6'4" and big and I could fit in this car pretty well. I was used to large pickups so this was a change. It rode like a go cart on highway way to much road noise but that may be normal for small cars, and then the ignition stranded me for hours and after it was towed to dealer and was there for 10 days that was enough for me.

I traded it and got me another new Ford F150 and have been happy since.
My son is 6'2" and he loved driving my SE. They are sports cars, by the way. I also had the Sony radio, so that may have been part of the appeal.

Losing the service of your vehicle for that long is ridiculous, but that is a function of the dealer, not the vehicle. I would "save up" my recalls until I had three or four, then have them completed at the dealer in 2-4 hours.

I think that most small cars are noisy on the highway, but your choice of rubber can reduce or contribute to the noise level. Tires that are more comfortable, and wear faster, are quieter, while harder tires last longer and add a little to the noise. My Pirelli's are somewhat louder but, after 70,000 miles, I'm not complaining.

When the ignition froze, I hired a mobile locksmith both times and, after three hours of fussing with it, they had me on my way.

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Old 12-18-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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With the common part breaking on the Focus...has anyone asked where the part was made?...outsourced from an other country or made in the USA. (Wondering as to quality of the product)
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