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Headlights Problems of Ford Focus

Ford Focus owners have reported 33 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the Focus.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 1
Failure Date: 01/24/2018

The vehicle dip beam bulb (low beam headlights) burn out, on average every three to four months. We have replaced said bulbs (both left low beam and right low beam) at least six times in the approximate two plus years we have owned said vehicle. Most recent event, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 2
Failure Date: 01/23/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving various speeds at night, the low and high beam headlights failed to illuminate brightly. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to metro Ford of madison (5422 wayne terrace, madison, WI 53718, (608) 246-3600), but the vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 3
Failure Date: 12/02/2017

Left side headlight has an intermittent issue where it works and doesn't work. Changed the bulb and the problem still occurs. Discovered the plug in the wiring harness that goes to the bulb looks cracked. The bulb tests ok. There has not been any damage to this vehicle related to the headlight according to the dealership. There is a dipped beam fault coming up on the car.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 4
Failure Date: 10/14/2017

Due to poor design the bulb melted the surrounding headlight assembly resulting in the entire unit having to be replaced.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2016 Ford Focus 5
Failure Date: 05/18/2016

The contact owns a 2016 Ford Focus. The contact noticed that the headlights on the vehicle did not illuminate bright enough. The dealer stated that they could not remedy the headlight failure. The failure mileage was 188.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Focus 6
Failure Date: 02/05/2016

Drivers low beam headlight does not work due to failure in under dash fuse box/ Smart juction box.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 7
Failure Date: 05/06/2015

I was driving and my headlights and interior lights started to flicker and the check engine light came on and then the car just quit running after 10 minutes I was able to start the car and get home I have had this car (2000 Ford Focus) for a little over a year the place I purchased it from did not tell me about any problems but I have had problems for the whole time and they have only gotten worse I have put an alternator on it and changed a couple of wires that were melted but it did not help! I am afraid to drive the car now especially with my 2 year old in it with me this car is not safe to drive!!!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Focus 8
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

I turned onto a two lane street (one lane in each direction). The oncoming traffic was stopped due a red light. An SUV pulled out of a parking lot between two of the cars waiting for the light to turn green and tried to cut across my lane also, but hit my car instead. I drive a Ford Focus, a small car. I was hit on my driver's side front fender and door. The front driver's side fender and mirror were torn completely off of the car. The front driver's side tire was damaged, and something was bent, so that the tire could no longer be set in a straight position. The hood was bent, and the driver's side headlight was hanging from the car. The interior portion of the driver's side foot well caved inward and hit my legs. The driver's door was hit so hard that the door would not open, and I had to untangle my feet, and exit the car from the passenger side. My tiny car was hit by an SUV that had "punched" the gas to try and cross in front of me- but hit my driver's side door instead. There was a great deal of damage done to my car, but my airbag never deployed. I've heard of airbags going off when someone barely hit something with their bumper, yet I got hit directly in my door, at a decent rate of speed by an automobile twice the size of mine, and my airbag did not deploy. Not my front airbag, nor my side impact airbags. I have to believe this is some type of defect.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Ford Focus 9
Failure Date: 10/31/2012

When you turn on the headlights or if you turn on the front windshield wipers, the instrument cluster gages, get "very dim". When the head lights are turned to off, all of the gage lights get brighter. This makes it very difficult to drive and see the speedometer during the daytime. I would like to drive with my running lights "on" during our travels in the daytime. But the gages get to dim to read in the daylight, so we travel with our running lights in the "off" position. Our local Ford dealer says that is the way they are designed at the present time. The local dealer does not have a "fix". . . . This is a safety issue for me and my wife.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 10
Failure Date: 02/24/2012

Plastic insulation of electrical connector that connects right headlight bulb with wiring overheated, melted and caused smoldering fire that led to damaging smoke deposits in headlight assembly. Fire stayed contained to headlight housing.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Ford Focus 11
Failure Date: 10/26/2010

The fuse for my dash and night runner lights blow and replaced the fuse about 4 or 5 times then the wiring caught on fire that was 6 months ago got it fixed and now my dash and night runners lights have stop working again changed the fuse and they are not working still and I cant move the shifter this car isn't safe anymore and I need a safe car for my daughter and I.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 12
Failure Date: 09/28/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph and making a left turn, he heard noises. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who stated that the left rear coil springs had fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that there was a problem with the headlight lenses which became foggy over time. The dealer stated that they had changed headlight manufacturers because of the problem. The failure mileage was approximately 81,800. Updated 1/19/2010 updated 03/25/jb.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2004 Ford Focus 13
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

2004 Focus zwt 1. Loss of front wiper park function ! 2. Loss of headlight / auxiliary lamp function ! happened at 2 separate incidents during 2009.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 14
Failure Date: 03/16/2009

We own a 2000 Ford Focus zx3 and the right passenger headlight is defected. It looks to have oxidation but after trying to clean the headlight we can not do so. . After observing alot of Ford Focus's we have noticed that all of them have the same problem. Is there a recall for this? please let us know.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 15
Failure Date: 02/20/2008

My headlight fell out of the housing and melted the housing around it. It no longer works as a result of this. . . . There were no events leading up to the failure of this part. I would not know why the lamp it's self would just fall out of the housing. I have asked if there was a recall on this but was told no by the local Ford dealership but you can't trust what they say because they told me years ago there was no recall on my fuel pump and there was, they are just rude there.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 16
Failure Date: 09/10/2007

Ford Focus headlamps extremely dim and on low beam and one side on low beam while opposite side on high. If you switch to high beam it does the same thing only opposite. Wiring internal to headlamp seems too small for current fed through wiring. You can see the wiring is fatigued. Replaced high beam switch and on/off switch to no avail. Checked power and grounds to no avail. Seems Ford has electrical issues with these cars.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 17
Failure Date: 01/09/2007

The vehicle we had has had the headlights replaced on it seven time and the company refuse to talk to us about this matter.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Ford Focus 18
Failure Date: 11/21/2006

I bought this vehicle brand new and within two years of owning this vehicle I had the headlights replaced eight times.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 19
Failure Date: 10/08/2006

After driving my 2003 Ford Focus 5xw (5 door hatchback) though heavy rain on the highway, the next day I noticed one head light and one fog light was out. After investigation to the cause. My fog light had just normally burned out. But the head light on the drivers side while replacing the bulb noticed all three nylon connector covers for each of the three wires had melted? changing the lights as a set the same thing happened on the passenger side head light? with the replacement bulbs now installed the drivers side still does not light , only the passengers. There is no power coming to the drivers side head light for normal mode. It will only light with the brights on. As to the melting of the electrical connector covers I'm sure that is not normal operation. ? I am still investigating where the power loss is coming from and why the insulation on the connectors of both headlights melted away? fyi.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 20
Failure Date: 05/17/2006

Headlight lenses have turned opaque and make it very difficult to see at night. This could lead to an accident.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Ford Focus 21
Failure Date: 07/17/2005

2005 Ford Focus. The consumer stated the grill and headlights were out of place. When the vehicle was taken to the dealership, they were not sure if they were going to able to fix the problem. The dealership made adjustments, but the consumer didn't feel it was properly corrected. The consumer stated only one half of the headlight assembly was able to be put in compliance. He has been told the radiator support panel was built in an improper position. Ford stated the vehicle was built within tolerance. It should not affect any safety components. When the consumer asked for that in writing they were unsure of themselves. The consumer stated the hood sits too low at the fender near the right a- pillar, the consumer stated there was no problem before the vehicle was serviced.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 22
Failure Date: 04/03/2004

This is a crap car, I can only hope for the best of the next few years as I have paid off the damn thing. 2000 Ford Focus. Fuel pump failed and replaced at dealership who in return refused to give back the full tank of gas I thought I had (I filled up that morning and brought it straight there) another malfunction??? they say I brought it in at 1/4 tank???? the car still sputters!!!! what the hell. Also>>>>>paint is horribly peeling off trunk. My car will be green in no time. Again dealer wont even answer phone calls because I am off warranty (as if driving miles would actually have anything to do with the peeling of paint) moisture in the front headlight never goes away. And quite frankly I don't feel like replacing the rotors and pads every 15000 miles!!!! chevy here I come!.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Focus 23
Failure Date: 11/15/2003

Headlights malfunctioned while driving at night. Vehicle was taken to dealer numerous times, but was unable to resolve the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford Focus 24
Failure Date: 11/11/2001

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Focus. The contact stated that she experienced numerous issues with the vehicle which included the passenger side struts which had to be replaced twice. The vehicle would sit sideways when parked. The back of the front passenger seat would not lock into place, so it slid forward while the vehicle was in motion. The headlights were too dim and did not provide adequate lighting on the road. The front driver's side seat belt alarm would ring although the seat belt was engaged and the latch would also pop open suddenly at times. The vehicle stalled while the contact was driving and would accelerate suddenly. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the repairs would have to be performed at the contact's expense. The current and failure mileages were approximately 107,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 25
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Consumer could see headlights fluctuating as if had a bad alternator. Consumer had contacted dealer, and dealer could not figure out the problem. Consumer indicated a lot of electrical fires started this way, and felt very unsafe in this vehicle. Please provide any further information.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 26
Failure Date: 08/01/2001

The outside and inside lamps flicker at idle took car to dealer dealer says the car is doing it but they dont know how to fix it they never seen tis problem before, I went to my Ford Focus . Com and checked for problems on their site there is all kinds of owners complaining about the same problem. I was a Ford tech I think it is in the speed of the alternater at idle please help.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 27
Failure Date: 05/30/2001

Consumer was traveling about 50mph on highway and noticed that headlights started blinking. Also, overdrive gear will go on and off without prior warning.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 28
Failure Date: 05/01/2001

The rubber gasket on the top of the left and right front headlamps is defective on the 2000 Ford Focus. The rubber dries out causing the gasket between the headlamp and the hood to break loose and possibly fly off into the front windshield. This happened on the right and left front both. I have personally checked every Ford Focus that I could, and found that this was not an isolated incident. Most of those cars has some form of cracking of that rubber gasket.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 29
Failure Date: 01/02/2001

Brakes replaced at 20000 miles, trunk release and pwr doorlocks stopped working, headlights developed moisture, trunk wont shut w/out slamming, numerous other problems.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 30
Failure Date: 11/11/2000

Brakes noise resulting from larger than normal chunk of metal in pad grooving the left front rotor. Transmission- leak at transmission cooler. Suspension noise front- thumping while going over speed bumps, rear squeeking. Window trim- coming off or squeeking when rolled up. Head lamp- dropping black silicon into sealed unit (visible). Engine- stalling, dying while coming to a stop or sitting at stop. No help from dealer service dept. Only argues with me!. (tiresize: p205r70/15)( dot number: tire size: p205r70/15 ).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 31

Vehicle has multiple problems concerning headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 32

I purchsed this car new and have had nothing but problems. I kept telling the service people that the tires were wearing funny and they treated me like I was stupid. Eventually, when the rack and pinion steering went out they realized that there was a problem. Both headlights have had the rubber replaced. The wiper motor has been replaced. The car started hesitating and I found the pvc hose was melted and they couldnt seem to find a replacement part until I got really angry. The car kept hesitating and it got worse. I tried everything. . Replaced the plugs, fuel filter. After the check engine light came on I took it to another dealer and he put it on the machine and 2 cylinders were stuck. After checking further, he discoverd the plug wires were melted! the transmission hesitates at times but the service people say they cant duplicate the problem, it must just be the way I drive. The Ford Focus is a lemon and Ford needs to make it right with all the consumers. Nlm.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Focus 33

Headlights flash on and off intermittently. Dealer has been notified.