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Engine Stall problems of the 2000 Ford Focus - part 1



52 problems related to engine stall have been reported for the 2000 Ford Focus.

car   Engine Stall problem 1
Failure Date: 03/14/2014

Engine stalls while moving at speeds up to 20mph. Difficult to restart. This has happened multiple times.

car   Engine Stall problem 2
Failure Date: 05/11/2009

I was driving at 45 mph with no signs that there was a problem with the car when the engine suddenly stalled. I was able to coast safely to the shoulder where I tried to restart the engine. The engine never restarted after several attempts, so I had to call a tow truck. The next day, the car was given a jump and the engine started, but something didn't seem right because the engine was running much louder than usual. The problem is in the process of being corrected, it will be brought to a mechanic tomorrow.

car   Engine Stall problem 3
Failure Date: 03/08/2007

Car engine stalled without notice while cruising on a highway. Had to pull over immediately with remaining speed inertia. After 10 minutes car started ok, and then stalled again in a residential area. After restarting, the car stalled a third time. No "check engine" signal triggered. Mechanic unable to find anything wrong and unable to reproduce failure while test-driving the car for 30 miles. Two days later, car stalled again while yielding into a major highway. Had to pull over immediately, wait, restart car and get off at the nearest exist.

car   Engine Stall problem 4
Failure Date: 12/31/2005

2000 Ford Focus se, engine will stall with no warning causing a complete stop of the vehicle in the middle of the highway almost causing an accident. Since the problem didn't show any prior symptoms I consider this a major safety problem due to that when it happened to me in a 5 line highway at night with heavy traffic only luck helped me avoiding a major accident. I received a letter from Ford back on 2004 related to a fuel pump problem and a replacement program to vehicles having symptoms listed on the letter. At that time my vehicle was working fine so I follow the recommended action that was to take no action and safe the letter in case of something happening in the future. How good is the letter if this problem no give any warning signs it happen at any given time. Please follow up on this problem that had been reported by many owners.

car   Engine Stall problem 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

At 77,230 the rack and pinion needed to be replaced because it was worn and about to break. Also a week or two later at 77,300 miles the engine seized while driving. The dealership thinks that a housing ring came loose and welded on the cylinder. The engine was installed, but did resolve the problem. The vehicle has been shipped to the factory for further service.

car   Engine Stall problem 6
Failure Date: 03/20/2004

Vehicle engine on a 2000 Ford Focus zx3 w/ 2. 0l dohc zetec engine routinely stalls when going around corners. The failure has occurred numerous times when attempting to travel on highway on/off ramps. The vehicle has stalled twice in the middle of the curve which caused a temporary lost of control on the vehicle. After a few seconds, the engine will resume normal operation and continue. In both circumstances, I was attempting to get on the highway and accelerate out of a turn. The engine was checked out and is in normal operating order.


car   Engine Stall problem 7
Failure Date: 02/27/2004

Engine stalls at different speeds. Taken to dealer twice, last time new updated fuel pump put in as per recall. Still stalls even after that.

car   Engine Stall problem 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2004

Engine stalling - the last two occurred while entering a freeway (from another freeway). I step on the gas pedal to accelerate and nothing happens - floor the gas pedal and still nothing. Then the car dies. Fortunately the first time there was no one behind me. The second time I immediately put on the flashers and the car behind me was miraculously able to swerve around me. This car is very unsafe.

car   Engine Stall problem 9
Failure Date: 09/25/2003

While driving at any speed the engine stalled without warning. As a result the consumer had to pull over. The dealer inspected the vehicle several times but could not duplicate or correct the problem.

car   Engine Stall problem 10
Failure Date: 09/15/2003

Engine stalls then restarts. Occurs under all driving conditions. Occurs in warmer weather vs winter. Dealers tend to indicate fuel pump over heating as problem. Fuel pump is in gas tank cooled by 12+ gallons of fuel. The catalytic converter is right long side fuel tank. Fuel tank has temp insulation on side that favors fuel tank. The mass of the fuel tank has to exceed operational temp spec of fuel pump to contribute to anomaly.


 
car   Engine Stall problem 11
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

Nov 2002 took to dealer the car was purchased from, told them it was sluggish and gas guage didn't always register. I thought at that time it was maybe the transmission. I was told nothing wrong, could not duplicate problem. Took to neighborhood dealer for the same problem replaced fuel filter. Had all this work before warranty expired in Feb 2003. Never notified about possible fuel pump. June 27th started car and engine died. It then wouldn't start again for about 30 minutes. I took it immediately to my neighborhood Ford dealership. Who told me it was the fuel pump and strongly suggest not to drive the car until repair. So the car was left there for repairs. After listen to the service people at the dealership, it came to my attention this was a common problem. I started to invesigate this myself and find 67 cases listed on the NHTSA website. The common statement was that the while driving at any speed and without prior warning vehicle dies out. On car hitting a park vehicle and several near misses on the highway. 2000 Ford Focus engine sputters and then stalls at high speeds. My concern is that I have heard and read hundred if not thousands of these fuel pump failures and after many nice but ineffective answers from Ford I feel that someone will be injured seriously or die to these faulty and possibly dangerous fuel systems. My dealership previously worked on this telling me fuel filter and I feel know well it was more and like the fuel pump. It seem that the gas guage not registering is a clear sign of problems with the fuel pump.

car   Engine Stall problem 12
Failure Date: 07/07/2003

2000 Ford Focus lx 4-door sedan - numerous complaints: 1) currently have 75,200 miles on car and have gone through 5 (yes five!) complete sets of tires. 2) engine stalls at any speed with no warning lights or indications, car bucks and gas pedal can be depressed to floorboard and car will not move - barely avoided three accidents (two of which would have involved my two small children) 3) all four doors will stick - really need to pull to open - and once open, they will not close again (you need to try to close the doors repeatedly before they finally latch). They also popped opened while driving. Afraid one day one of my children or a passenger or myself may be injured. They are manual door locks and latches. 4) same with trunk - often needs repeated tries to close and latch 5) leak in front passenger footwell - when it rains, or when going through carwash 6) front brakes have been replaced twice at my cost - horrendous, irritating, embarassing squealing is incessant - brake dust accumulates every day! in some instances, brakes need to be applied very firmly to stop vehicle (again, I do not feel safe with my children in car). 7) extremely foul smell when air conditioning use is attempted. 8) stereo was replaced - original factory installed would not work after 2 months of ownership. 9) paint is flaking off of skirts - I was informed by Ford that this is "sandblasting" and that I must drive on dirt roads all of the time - I live on an asphalt street, drive on asphalt roads and asphalt highways - not dirt! 10) fuel pump was replaced once already - was told I must be buying "dirty" gas - if it is dirty gas, is that my fault? I don't exactly run the gas stations, and I don't buy fro one specific station - I fuel up when I'm low, wherever it is convenient. 11) I have had three alignments to try to stop the horrible shaking of the car - the steering wheel vibrates so badly that my arms are sore by the time I get to my destination.

car   Engine Stall problem 13
Failure Date: 07/05/2003

On 7/5/2003 while driving at 85 mph on the highway engine stalled. The vehicle had this same problem last year ,and the fuel pump was defective. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer on 7/8/2003.

car   Engine Stall problem 14
Failure Date: 06/11/2003

Engine stalls for no reason. The first time it happened in rush hour traffic. We had to hurriedly try to change lanes and exit. It has happened 11 times since then. We have had a mechanic look at it several times and they can't find anything wrong with the car.

car   Engine Stall problem 15
Failure Date: 04/15/2003

We have had problems with engine stall for no reason. When we are at 1/4 of a tank or at 1/2 a tank the engine will sputter or stall for no reason.

car   Engine Stall problem 16
Failure Date: 04/15/2003

Since at least April 2003 the back right passagner side window will not rise or lower nor will the lock on the door lock from that seating position. The driver only can do it. While in nm driving from ky to az, my 2000 se began to lose engine power. As I drove at 70 mph the engine began to stall, as if no gas was getting through the engine and the car began to die. I was able to safely pull to the side of the road; turned the car off for upwards of 2 hours, start the car again and drive. This happened 5 times from nm to az; over and over again. I called the 1800 Ford roadside assistance number and was told since my car was out of warranty they would not send a tow for me. A commercial trucker was nice enough to follow me to the next town to a Ford dealer. The service advisor at the dealership offered to look at my car the next day around noon, as he had 6 other Focus owners in his shop with the same complaint and he had no idea what the problem is. I decided to press on to az while driving under 55 mph on I-10. The car sat in my garage for 3 weeks before I drove it again. It is still doing it's drive and die and I am concerned now more than ever with the number of recalls on this vehicle what the deal is.

car   Engine Stall problem 17
Failure Date: 03/20/2003

My 2000 Ford Focus has major problems for a car that has only 57,000 miles. The engine will stall and die about every 10 seconds. The gauges and all of the front and rear exterior lights will go dead and the car will jump out of gear. The air compressor for the air conditioner is also shot.

car   Engine Stall problem 18
Failure Date: 12/15/2002

Current malfunction is hesitation and engine stall and brake failure. My car is almost 2 years old and within that time period I have experienced the following malfunctions: windshield wiper, air condition, electric window, brakes, struts, rusted rotor, ignition switch, electrical shorts(flashing dash), engine hesitation/stall, blown fuses where car would not start.

car   Engine Stall problem 19
Failure Date: 11/15/2002

Engine starts to stalls when comming to a stop. They claim it needs a new cylinder head.

car   Engine Stall problem 20
Failure Date: 10/29/2002

While driving at 20mph vehicle engine cut of and vehicle stalled out without any warning. Resulting in vehicle crashing into the back of other vehcile. Please provide more details. Ts.

car   Engine Stall problem 21
Failure Date: 10/15/2002

Engine stalls under various driving conditions. Ford acknowledged they have redesigned the cylinder head to correct the problem. The vehical was three years old as of September 30,2002. Stalling started in October of 2002. Repair is not covered by warrentee, extended warrentee disalowed by third party insurer who claimed it was a Ford problem. Cost of repair to fix the problem +$2,000. Alternate procedure involves chemical cleaning, recommended by dealer without guarentee or warrentee.

car   Engine Stall problem 22
Failure Date: 09/14/2002

First purchase Focus it had a loud engine we took it back and they had to replace top of the engine. Then other parts of the vehicle started to fall apart. In a 2 year span, mostly the occurances happened in the first yr, molding around the headlights came off along with the molding around the windshield back and front, trunk will not shut the molding around the key hole fell out and the lock inside was loose(taken in twice only the lock was fixed once the molding was just replace the last time, still won't shut) ignition got stuck key would go in but would not turn, engine is stalling all dashboard lights come on and then car stalls in park and just starting to move. Dt.

car   Engine Stall problem 23
Failure Date: 08/03/2002

Pe 02 040/engine stalling: vehicle stalls while driving at highway speed. Vehicle at dealer. Feel free to provide any further information.

car   Engine Stall problem 24
Failure Date: 07/29/2002

Engine stalls.

car   Engine Stall problem 25
Failure Date: 07/23/2002

Engine stalling while driving on freeway for no reason, it happened three times since I purchased the car as new two and half years ago. First time it happens, the car was only 6 month old. I was lucky that all those three times when it stalled I didn't get into any accident but it's scary when it happened on a busy highway. I know some other Focus owners had the same problems happened to them too. Thanks for your time and attention.