1st Generation (2000—2007) Focus Problems

This generations ranks 94th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (32%), engine (20%), and the electrical (8%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Alternator Dead 74 complaints at an average of 57,763 miles in the 2007 Ford Focus.
  2. Difficulty Shifting Into Gear 15 complaints at an average of 78,620 miles in the 2005 Ford Focus.
  3. Key Won\'t Turn in the Ignition 519 complaints at an average of 101,386 miles in the 2004 Ford Focus.

What Focus Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Watch out for these common problems

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