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Worst Car Ever
By marigoldsb on 09/26/13 20:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car in 2002. It had 10,000 miles on it. It now has 220,000. I've had nothing but problems. It was recalled several times. I had many problems with the fuel pump when I first got the car. I replaced the EGR valve sensor 4 or 5 times. The turn signal will not turn off by itself. I had this fixed once, but it broke again. The passenger side window has broken twice. The passenger side seat will not recline. The radio randomly turns off. I've replaced tires, rotors, brakes and shocks multiple times. The ignition recently just broke and had to be replaced. Sometimes the front doors will not open from the outside so I have to climb in through the back. Wheel bearing broke 4 times.
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Bad and Worse
By pc1967 on 05/12/13 16:46 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Basically purchased it used for $3200, 20k miles later, after regular oil changes and sensible driving habits. It dropped the #4 valve seat effectively destroying the head and piston below the valve. This was the 2.0 SPI a.k.a split port engine. Do not buy a 01 Focus if the 8th VIN digit is a letter P without signed documented proof from the dealer that the valve seats have been replaced with the improved design period!! Ford should have seriously recalled this vehicle from the start. The only good thing that came out of this is, that I purchased a Toyota Yaris after this heap blew up. If Ford gave me a shiny new Focus, Id sell it and get another Toyota right there on the lot.
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Note to all the poor souls who own the 2.0 SPI variant.
By pc1967 on 10/28/12 16:26 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

As the title states if you own the 2.0 SPI SOHC aka (2.0 split port) variant. Sell this car immediately it's a literal time bomb. Possibly the worst engine design by Ford ever. No matter how you baby that engine expect the valve seats to fly directly into the cylinder head anytime after 70K miles. The minimum cost to fix is actually almost as much as the cars valuation. Even if you catch it prior to damage it's a very costly fix and one that could have been avoided by Ford if the had made a slight design variation to the 2.0 SPI. Symptoms of failing valve seats include. Engine chatter Running rough or stalling in idle A #2 or #4 cylinder misfire code Avoid the Focus VIN P at all costs
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Would not recommend!
By Christina on 11/14/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've had my Focus for 5 years. I bought it w/over 50,000 miles on it. W/in 45 days the engine blew. It makes a loud rattling sound, it shakes, the brakes always squeak & the front passenger seat belt has never worked. It's a very small car inside; very uncomfortable to drive. For being such a small car, it doesn’t get good mileage. The engine now has about 100,000 miles on it & the vehicle has about 172,000 miles. It has lasted me a long time for being a “Ford” but I have also had to put a lot of money into it for various things. It now needs a new Cadillac converter & water bottle. It would make an ok car for someone w/o children. But is not recommended for a tall person.
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Saved My Life, Twice
By Shay on 09/08/10 21:45 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This car has saved my life two times. The first time, I was in a hit and run accident with a semi-truck the same year I purchased the car. The second time was two weeks ago, and the man who ran into me totaled my car. Luckily, my unborn child and I walked away unharmed (mild chemical burn on hand from airbag). In the beginning the car was fantastic but towards the end (103,000 mi) the CD player failed, I had to get my fuel pump replaced (recall), and the electrical system kept failing. I started pouring lots of $$$ into it. I think of this as a blessing that my car is totaled now. It was a good first car, but now I am moving on to something better.
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Fun Car, Mostly Reliable
By Helen on 06/01/10 20:31 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I've owned my Focus for 3 years now. I've put about 20,000 miles on it, and about $3,000 in repairs. I was told that the body is German engineering, and the front suspension is by ford....which is where the majority of the problems have been. Replaced the struts, ball bearings, etc ($1600 and $300-ish), and I still think there's something wrong with the suspension. Also had a distributor problem which caused the car to run at half power (cost about $500 to repair) Recently replaced the coolant reservoir and cooling fan ($380), and am saving up for repairs for an EGR issue (check engine light is on). Car gets about 27 MPG, and is super fun to drive when...it runs well.
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Ford Built Very Bad- No Quality
By muadib on 04/05/10 16:31 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Have less than 10,000 miles per year and this car is breaking down left and right. EGR sensor issues every week, vacuum problems now starting. Do not buy this car!
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An "Okay" Car
By Bryan on 01/12/10 22:47 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car when it was 5 years old with 67k miles. It did well for me the first year I owned it, but then I started having all kinds of problems: The vibration of the SOHC is so intense, I had to replace the motor mounts twice; the factory fuel pump went out (which I heard was a common occurrence for these cars); a power window cable snapped; the CD player started skipping, even with new CDs; and a valve seat fell out of the engine at 95k miles. Considering the age and miles of the car when I bought it, I didn't mind so much of the repairs though it did pull a chunk out of my wallet having been a college student at the time. The engine finally died at 137k.
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Fun Fun Fun
By Ken on 10/13/09 15:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

Bought this new in 2001 and now use it as a second car. Much more fun to drive than my Camry. Takes the Western Pa hills and curves with ease. Very reliable. Only had to replace the spark plug wires after about 70,000 miles.
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No Complaints
By JamesyFreshXXX on 09/12/09 11:03 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Ford Focus SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

This car is very reliable; a couple minor recalls; no breakdowns. Fuel usage consistently 33 MPG combined city/highway even split.
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