Car Will Not Start problems of the 2001 Ford Focus

20 problems related to car will not start have been reported for the 2001 Ford Focus. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2001 Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the 2001 Focus.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 1
Failure Date: 03/01/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact was able to move the key in the ignition, but there was no response. The failure recurred frequently and without warning. The contact stated that the battery was drained and he would often jump start the vehicle, which would temporarily resolve the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop for diagnosis but were the technicians were unable to duplicate the failure. The battery was replaced. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000. The current mileage was 85,000. Kmj.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 2
Failure Date: 12/21/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the ignition locked 4 to 5 times which made it impossible to turn the key or start the vehicle. The problem became progressively worse over time. He was previously able to restart the vehicle immediately after a few attempts. At the time of the complaint, the vehicle failed to start. The contact had not taken the vehicle to the dealership or spoken with the manufacturer to-date. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was approximately 60,000. The failure mileage was approximately 58,000.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 3
Failure Date: 08/05/2009

We have a 2001 Ford Focus se. My brother stopped to put in gas. When he returned to the vehicle, the key would not turn in the ignition(car wouldn't start). He had to call a tow truck and get the car towed home. He than had Ford dealership pick up the vehicle to inspect. The ignition locked up, needs a new key cylinder. . . Charge for the tow $80. Charge for the fix $1451. 84.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 4
Failure Date: 06/22/2009

Ignition lock broke and the car would not start. This left me stranded in a pretty rough neighborhood. After getting a lift home, I see this is an incredibly common problem with the 2001 Ford Focus, leaving people stranded in some pretty dangerous places.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 5
Failure Date: 08/18/2008

I own 2 separate Ford Focuses - both 2001 models. One is a zts and the other an sx. About a year ago, the sx ignition locked up and the car would not start. We had to have the ignition cylinder replaced. Now, barely a year later, the zts model is having the exact same problem. Searching online for a cheaper solution (the dealer charges upwards of $300 to fix the issue), I found that this is a very common problem and widely known but not acknowledged. I've been stranded twice alone with this car and now the ignition won't turn at all no matter how much I try to jiggle the key. This is unacceptable and could lead to very dangerous situations. The problem needs to be acknowledged by Ford and repaired.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 6
Failure Date: 08/17/2008

Key will not go all the way into ignition cylinder on 2001 Ford Focus, so the car cannot be started. It appears that many for Ford Focus owners, but Ford will not acknowledge that a recall is needed.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 7
Failure Date: 11/06/2006

I tried to start my car and the key seemed "stuck". I tried everything to turn it to no avail. Called a locksmith and he said it was a very common problem with the Ford Focus, and that he responds to calls about this issue all the time. The key ignition cylinder just breaks on these cars. I took it to my mechanic who confirmed this and is in the process of replacing the ignition cylinder. The part from Ford is substandard and that is why it breaks all the time. This should be recalled! what is the point of a car if you cannot start it due to a mechanism constantly breaking? what if I were in a bad area of town, what if I really really needed to leave immediately but couldn't due to a faulty part that is a known issue!?.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 8
Failure Date: 08/26/2006

The contact stated while driving 35 - 40 mph, the check engine light and battery light illuminated. While pulling the vehicle into a parking lot all the dashboard lights darkened and the vehicle hesitated as if it was going to stall. It was parked for about 3 minutes and the vehicle would not restart. The vehicle was observed by an independent mechanic who determined that a barren came out of one of the pulleys however that would not cause the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was left at the scene of the incident. Two days later the contact returned to the vehicle and the vehicle was burned. The insurance investigator observed a security video which identified the vehicle smoking and a window had fallen.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 9
Failure Date: 11/16/2005

The contact stated the ignition locked up while attempting to start the vehicle. The vehicle engine would not start and the steering wheel would not move. The vehicle had to be towed home. No repairs have been made due to the expense.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 10
Failure Date: 02/17/2005

The driver placed the key inside of the ignition the steering wheel would not move on it on and the vehicle would not start. The driver had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The mechanic informed the driver that the ignition switch needed replacement. Please provide additional information.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 11
Failure Date: 01/19/2005

The ignition and steering wheel has locked up. I cannot get the key to turn in the ignition, so the car will not start-this is a major failure. I will need to take it to a mechanic to replace the lock cylinder within the ignition assembly.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 12
Failure Date: 11/26/2004

Vehicle hesitated upon starting. Consumer replaced the battery. But, vehicle would not start. Finally, dealer stated that fuel pump needed to be replaced. This vehicle was not included in the NHTSA recall 03v482000 due to VIN.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 13
Failure Date: 10/23/2004

Without warning, ignition locks up and key will not turn. The car cannot be started and must be towed in for repair. The same problem has occurred on three separate occasions over the life of the vehicle. Since the car cannot be started, the driver has been stranded until the car can be towed in and repaired. To repair the failure, the lock cylinder must be drilled out of the steering column and replaced completely.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 14
Failure Date: 10/07/2004

While placing the key inside the ignition switch vehicle failed to start. When the key was removed from the ignition switch a loud noise was heard coming from the ignition. Consumer contacted a lock smith, and also will contact the dealer in the morning.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 15
Failure Date: 09/14/2004

I have had my car in 5 times to fix the ignition. The first two times I believe the a cylinder in the ignition was replaced, the third time the same part was replaced and I was given a new key. The four time the car started at the dealership and I was told I just didn't try to start my car properly and did I know how to start a stick shift (I have had a stick for the last 14 years). The fifth time they replaced the whole ignition system. Nothing happened to cause any of these problems I would just go out to start my car and the key would not turn all the way and the vehicle would not start and would have to be towed. All of these have happened in less than one year. Also periodically thought out this whole time the ignition would stick and the car would not start, after several attempts however it would work. The incident date I am using is this fifth time.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 16
Failure Date: 06/05/2004

Gauges in dash along with the rest of the electrical system cuts in & out while driving. Now, car will not start but displays same problems while attempting to start vehicle.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 17
Failure Date: 10/22/2003

On separate occasions when consumer attempted to start vehicle it failed to start. Vehicle has been towed to the dealer, and dealer replaced various computer components.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 18
Failure Date: 06/26/2003

2001 Ford Focus bucked severely several times then lost power at 65 mph on interstate in traffic. I was able to move to breakdown lane from passing lane and continued at a maximum of 30 mph off the interstate, car was still "bucking". The car then completely lost power, unable to accelerate on bridge. Coasted to side of road, car would not restart. Towed to dealership. Service dept advised they could not recreate the situation and no codes showed on computer. Mechanics best guess was it was a fuel pump failure. Car has 57000 miles, is still under extended warranty plan. Ford refuses to replace fuel pump. Car is being returned to me with instructions to return it if problem occurs again. I'm filing this complaint because this seems to be a very serious problem to leave "undiagnosed" and have seen a number of similar complaints on this website. Ford needs to do something to rectify this problem.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 19
Failure Date: 06/15/2003

Problems similar to ea02-022. Stalls (enigine shuts off) while driving on freeway or at any speed. Fails to start in driveway or parking lot, then car gets towed to repair shop and car works fine with no problem found. Replaced fuel filter with no effect on problem. Verified spark works and relays are closing when car would not start. Happens very frequently. About once per week. Car now has 58,000 miles on it and problem started to occur around 32,000 miles. Please fix this is dangerous!! stalls occur without warning. Stalling this often makes this problem higher risk than an occasional stall.

car   Car Will Not Start problem 20

While driving at 45 mph vehicle stalled without warning. Dealership indicated that this was caused by fuel pump failure. The fuel pump was replaced. Also, vehicle failed to start. Driver was unable to turn key in ignition, it was stuck in the lock position.

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