Ford Focus owners have reported 34 problems related to radio/tape cd player (under the equipment 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.
Since purchasing my 2015 Ford Focus brand new in July 2015, I was stonewalled by two dealerships over the clutch shuddering/jerking/jumping issue before a third dealership (in another state!) finally replaced it. Shortly after I had a front cover oil leak that was repaired under warranty. Then, one day I was driving and the lights on the visor and radio controls stopped working, they fixed most of it but the passenger visor light still doesn't work. Shortly after that I started hearing a popping sound in the radio, then the radio stopped working completely. Today as I was driving on the freeway on my way to work the transmission blew with no prior warning. I heard a loud noise, then the engine revved and the car slowed down. The check engine light started flashing and I was able to move to the shoulder of the highway. A puddle of transmission fluid was under the car after it was towed away.
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While driving a loud static and popping noise started happening coming from the speakers. It startled me and I had to pull over on the highway because it was so loud and hurt my ears and my child's ears. When I pulled over I pushed the button to turn off the radio but the noise kept on going. I then turned the car off and it was still making the loud noises. We got out the car because it was very loud and over whelming and waited until it stopped. When we got back in and I started the car up the radio seem to be fine. I was wrong. It happen again this time I turned the car off and had to open the door and when I started it back up it was fine. The radio kept doing this and the loud noises are very scary and could cause some one to be startled while driving and cause an accident or for those of us that may have someone with a disability like autism that loud noises can have a negative affect / reaction on is not healthy. There are several videos on the internet that will show this is happening to several people and Ford isn't doing anything but forcing us to pay to have the whole head unit replaced and we cant afford that. They should consider this a safety issue as loud as the static and popping gets plus it keeps going even after the car is off. I called the dealership and the place where I got my car to see what can be done and they say I have to pay for it to be replaced and I dont have money to pay for the diagnostic and deductible to have it fixed.
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My vehicle had been brought in for transmission issues before for slipping, and delay when the gas is depressed. Since the repair I've noticed the car's transmission while put in reverse will feel like it slips into neutral. It happened while I was backing into my parking spot in my apartment complex. The transmission is also very jerky when accelerating on an incline and will start to roll backwards. This was also a problem prior to the initial repair so I don't know if this is signifying the return of the problem. In addition to the transmission problem the controls on the steering wheel are also non-responsive or will control something other than what it is supposed to be for (volume + and - change the radio station or end a call). In addition to this, the sync system will either not connect to the phone via bluetooth occasionally or it will not be able to recognize the device. Keep in mind that the phone connecting is a galaxy s7, so I know it is compatible. The electrical problems have been on going and were addressed in the initial transmission repairs but they were not resolved. The second transmission issue occurred again on the annotated date.
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Many problems with this Ford Focus. 1st problem I had was a year after I bought the vehicle the fuel pump was leaking. I notice because my car was parked and it smelled like gasoline inside the vehicle. 2nd incident happened a year later. I was driving home from work when car just shut off on the road. I was so scared. I was in notion barely move to the side of the road on rt 50. That was so scary I could have died. I had to tow the car to get serviced at sheehy Ford. They gave me the car back again and it happened again on the road on my way to work. At that time I towed it again but to koons falls church. Looked at the vehicle and didn't find anything either until I got upset and they told me to go for a test drive with the mechanic and it happened while on the test drive. The mechanic stated to keep the car running so he can plug in the machine that reads the problems on the vehicle. He also stated that once you turn of the car and you turn it back on that it would reset it self and that's why they didn't know that tcm or tmc control needed to be replaced. This was very scary for me. Now for the passed 3 weeks I have been dealing with a static /popping noise /sound that comes from the vehicle when I'm driving & when the vehicle is parked, the key is out the ignition. I took it to sheehy since that's where I bought the vehicle. They provide the worst service on the vehicle. Bcuz they had my car for 4 days and didn't provide me with a loaner and had the audacity to tell me that the master tech was on vacation and I would have to wait still with no loaner vehicle. The radio is completely off and they want me to pay out of pocket to fix it. It has just given me problem after problem is manufactured problems. I had so many safety issues that scared me. Car shutting off on the road and now making loud popping/ static noise where I thought I might be electrocuted.
Audio control module(radio) it does not work. It has nothing but static noises coming out and the car is only 5 years old. This affects what is wrong and there is thousands of complaints. To get it fixed it will cost over $800 to fix it. If you look the radios have been bad in Focus,feista,fusion & taurus from 2008 to 2013. Ford knows about this problem and now the consumer has to pay for it. Since it is electrical it could effect other parts of the system. They told us to put an after market radio system in and that will still cost over $700. I am life time Ford buyer and now I fill duped from them.
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On 10/15/15 my car stalled and completely pulled back , died down to almost a halt then kicked into gear again , like a pull and let go motion. Out of nowhere, this gave me a scare since I was driving and could have been rear ended because of this complete stall in the middle of the road on n. E. 163rd street north miami beach towards biscayne blvd. Engine light went on and a screen message showed up asking me to service transmission now! I have had to park car until I figure what to do? this car has turned out to be a problem for me, first with the back driver side door latch where door just flew open while driving, (that's a different claim I have placed with NHTSA). I can't afford to keep fixing these problems appearing to this Ford Focus. Radio also went dead with a super loud disrupting pop sound and loud static electrical noises which could not be controlled by lowering volume or turning off radio , this loud pop sound startled me also while driving on turnpike from davie towards north miami beach. Would like to get Ford motor to recognize that my Ford Focus 2012 is a lemon, if not the right term then it's a product of shoddy parts used to construct this car.
The vehicle's clutch has been replaced twice it stutters/hesitates, makes grinding noises, etc. And still does since second repair, radio made popping, static skrecking sounds that got worse over time to the point of happening all the time and made radio useless, purge valve failed and could have destroyed gas tank and fuel pump if not dealt with which thankfully I did. These are all known issues with this vehicle thousands of similar complaints online.
The car was operating fine up to the point after it was parked at a nearby strip mall. After returning to the car, the car would not start. The dash lights come on, radio works, etc but the starter acted like it was not even getting power. I thought the vehicle had a bad battery, after multiple attempts to jump start the car, it finally started. Once the vehicle was running, I put it in reverse and it would not move as if it was in neutral. I checked the dash indicator to see if it was in reverse and the shift indicator had nothing highlighted. I put it back in park then it highlighted the "p", put it back in reverse and again it acted as if it was in neutral. I rolled back a bit and put it in drive and it still acted as if it was in neutral. It would not engage the transmission. I thought it could be due to a low power battery which also had acid leaking so I replaced the battery with a new battery. The car wouldn't start again but everything else worked (I. E. Radio, dash, a/c blower, etc). I let it sit a day and tried again the following day and it started right off the bat. I put it in gear and it went into gear this time. A couple minutes later, an incline assist warning came up on the radio screen and the traction control and abs alerts were lighted on the dash. Suddenly, the car would not go into gear again. I turned the car off and started it back up which it then went back into gear with no problem. I did research online and found others were experiencing the same issue. Some even while driving, which makes me very uncomfortable to think of that happening on an interstate. I contacted my Ford dealer about the issue and they denied ever hearing anything about that type of issue. Extremely frustrating as this could be a potential safety hazard where someone could get killed and Ford is playing coy to cover themselves. Does Ford care about human life?.
Ever since I have had this car and since the warranty ran out in 2005, I have nothing but repairs. First, the radio needed to be replaces, then the brakes, then the locks on both doors and then the brakes again, high beam light never goes off, always on and now the radiator. This car is 12 years old, has less than 50,000 miles on it and it has been nothing but trouble. I live on a limited income and cannot afford all these repairs and Ford could care less. If I ever buy another car, it will not be a Ford. This is why the name stands for: fix or repair daily. I am not asking for money but if you want to throw some my way thanks and if not thanks.
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I have recently had an ongoing problem where my dash lights turn off, head lights turn off, radio turn off, and a message comes on the dashboard saying "hill start assist unavailable". The radio turns back on after about 20 seconds. The dangerous part is when the speedometer shuts off and I cannot tell how fast I am going. I have contact the dealer about this problem, and taken the car in for service on this and they claim there is nothing wrong with the car. I already had a problem with my transmission where I had a full replacement and they are refusing to take any action regarding this problem. This vehicle is unsafe for anyone to drive until they figure this out. I dont know who else to contact regarding this issue since I have gone to Ford, the dealers, as well as independent shops and they all claim they cant find a problem.
Noticed after rain I had water in my car. After careful inspection by my son, he noticed the sunroof, was rotting out. I called Ford in claremont, nh and they said bring it in. Finally got it in and said nothing was wrong,it continued to have water in every time it rained. Finally after a rain storm, I had a hail ding and found over 2 inches of water in the 2 cup holders in the console. Called Ford,said bring it in,after I took pictures of the rotting seal, I took the car in, this time I have about 4500 miles on the car & it's 2 yrs old. They finally admited to a problem and would have to get an ok from the mfg to replace under warranty, I have bumper to bumper & extented. Took over 2 weeks for ok then they had to order the part. It has now been over 7 weeks and my car isn't fixed. More rain due tonight,lastnight I covered her with a tarp. Today, I dropped off the car after return. From vacation and my car sustained 3 feet of water inside from storms and my son tried in vain to protect my car, he covered it in plastic, cleaned out the water, ect. . . Called Ford, he had the car and my poa. . . They had the part before I left July 1, never called me,worried now how much electrical damage could be since water reached the radio,gear shift,speakers,interior electric window & controls, ect. . . My car just now has 7500 miles on it. Only because I let my son drive it while I was away for 2 weeks . My car was purchased new 3/24/2012 it's just now 27 months old! as you can see I don't drive far, I live in a small town and work in the same area,if I have to commute,it's in a company vehicle not mine.
The vehicle has flawed latching mechanisms. Within 6 months, 3 out of my 4 doors failed to close. They still will not close. I was taking a turn, when my rear passenger door opened. I eventually got it to close, however after several uses, it will not latch shut. Neither will the rear driver door. The driver door had the same problem, but I had it fixed. Both back doors are currently duct taped shut due to high price of parts. This is a safety issue. I have a friend with a Focus with the exact same problem. If a door opens while driving, someone will get seriously hurt in a collision.
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While driving residential streets at approximately 25mph, the car sounded an unfamiliar warning tone along with the message "stop safely now" - at which point, I coasted the car to a stop (unfortunately this happened to be in the middle of an intersection). Even though I had no throttle control at this point, the car refused to shut down after multiple presses of the "start" button. I eventually took my foot off the brake, hit "start" again, opened the door and this seemed to cycle the car to "off" mode. I then tried again to start the car and it worked - after about 10 seconds of driving the "stop safely now" error came on again. I pulled over this time and shut the car down for 10 minutes - I was able to later drive the car home. Waited an hour and decided to have my wife video tape me while driving incase this happened again. . The error occured 3 more times and is all on tape - all while coming to a stop or accelerating from a stop. I shudder to think what would happen if this occurred on my normal commute on the carpool lanes of the 405 or 110 -or worse, decided to power down in the middle of a left hand turn!- this would be a huge liability and safety risk for myself and family. The car is currently with Ford and I'm in a rental until we have a resolve - I didn't find out until after signing a 3 year lease that this is now a well known issue (at least to the NHTSA and on many Ford forums and in articles on the internet) it's an amazing car and I hope Ford figures this out very quickly.
Vehicle has intermittent driveability issues. Occassionally the vehicle stalls and the radio will come on by itself. Also, there is a loud bang coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer was unable to find the source of the problem. . . Updated 07/22/13.
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Ever since I have owned this car since may 2012 it has shuddered when driving, stalled while driving, and shakes and does not increase speed when the accelerator is stepped on. The car now does not even start when it is turned on, despite the battery being good. Car was towed into dealership several times and they supposedly fixed it. Did several repairs to it but to this date it still shudders and stalls while driving. The latest repair they did was to fix the alternator. . . We will see. . . . Have come to the conclusion this model has several defects and would term it as a lemon. It barely has 60,000 miles on it and a car this new should not be having these issues as they are safety issues and I fear for me and my childrens lives and safety as this car does not function safely and stalls when we are driving! when I expressed my concerns to Ford over these issues they took no action except to tape record my complaints. . . They do not care about these safey issues. . . . The car has been in the dealership service center four times in the last four months. . . . The last repair bill cost me $650. . . . But I have no faith that they (Ford) have fixed the problems. . . . . I am fearful to drive this car but I am a single mother and cannot afford to trade the car in for another as the Ford sales person told me no bank would loan me money on another car as I owed too much on this lemon that Ford has sold me. . . . Ford was of no help and does not care. . . . I told them that it would take someone dying in a car crash from these defects in order for Ford to do something about these issues. . . . . These issues happen while the car is in motion and when it is sitting still. . . The car will not start and has to be towed into the repair shop. . .
Since I've owned the car, I've taken it back to the dealer more than twelve times. I bought it new and have problems with transmission slipping, jumping, lurching. I have been having these issues plus issues with the radio constantly resetting itself since the day I bought the car. The dealer claimed to me that the reason my car times backwards after coming to a stop was to save fuel, then there was a recall on the car to have the transmission reprogrammed to stop it. I had this done, but it still occurs with my car.
April 2011 -- issues began within a week of purchasing the vehicle. Complete electrical system shutdown (causing air/radio/sync system to be of no use). Brought vehicle in because I was scheduled to go on road trip to mass. (sync system shut down in route to mass. ). Soon thereafter, the jerking and shaking of the vehicle. Each time I called or brought the vehicle in, I was told "we cannot replicate the problem". Back and forth meeting with management at waldorf Ford dealership and phone calls with Ford in detroit. Continued issues with the jerking and vibrating of vehicle; continued complaints that the rpm needle would race up and down and the engine would revved because the engine was not getting into gear; may 2013 50k miles -- while in columbia, MD was still having the jerking and "shifting" issues that the dealership "could not" and I received a message on the vehicle that said transmission failure service immediately. I was in traffic and was almost rear ended on several occasions until I arrived at a friend's. Drove home hours later; transmission/powertrain system "fixed"; may 2014 74k miles -- jerking/vibrating/grinding sounds; engine light on and off (not flashing); vehicle not getting into gear from a dead stop and above 50 mph; autozone plugged into vehicle system and received following message/code p2862 "shift fork 'b' acuator circuit high" unable to access any information about the problem; an issue which Ford considers a "common failure" with this vehicle. Nothing like putting a driver and passengers at risk as well as causing accidents. Why are these vehicles still on the road with as many complaints that have been made??.
The first incident of keys getting stuck in the ignition was on November 27, 2009 in iowa. We live in minnesota and had to go to the Ford dealership to have the ignition replaced for $485. 91. Less than five years later on June 4, 2013 the keys got stuck in the ignition again. This time luckily we were at home. I researched online and found that this has been a problem well known to Ford since 2000, yet they refuse to fix the issue. After some more research I found a solution. There is a three ring piece between the shifter handle and the shaft. Simply push it back up toward the handle and presto the keys come out. This is a free solution. I am curious if I called Ford if they would tell me this solution or for that matter even fix the part since it is less than five years. Is it under warranty? another problem is our cd player has a cd stuck that we cannot get out. We were told that it would be cheaper to go to best buy and buy an upgraded one than to have a dealership fix it. At 85000 miles another problem is we had to get our heat shield replaced because it was rusting and about to fall off.
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A couple years back my passanger motor went out and had to get it replace. Now my radio does not work and my cd's are stuck in it. I have written Ford but got no responce. Please help.
Recently we purchase a used 2003 Ford Focus that has the blaupunkt radio. A new radio station was programmed and the button pushed to store it. Right after the radio started turning on and off with music blaring then silence then blaring again over and over. There was no way to stop it even after turning the car off. I know this may seem insignificant but at the time we were driving on the highway, the passenger set the station and then this started happening which was very distracting to the driver. It could very easily have caused an accident. Blaupunkt sent an email admitting this is a defect if you set a station that has blank rds information. Subsequent web searches showed a lot of people have had this happen. I'm reporting it becuase Ford passed it off as no big deal but I think it's an unsafe condition.
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Radio/cd/clock unit appears to short out at various unpredictable times. The cd or radio will act as if the unit is turned off; however the clock display also disappears from the panel. After 10 minutes or longer the clock display will return to the screen - with the correct time and the radio/cd portion can be turned back on as if was turned off. During these "shutdowns" I can not do anything to make the unit work. This includes using the on off buttons and any and all of the other control option/buttons. This has happened three times that I am aware of since I have been driving this 01 Focus 4 door model. Starting in April of this year 2006.
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I recently purchased a used 2002 Ford Focus. I have been having trouble with the brakes, the radio, and water leaking in through the front passenger side. The brakes squeak everytime I apply them. The radio only works for one minute and then it fades out, all you can hear is static. The most important of these problems is the leak. It has rained really hard three times in the past month, and all those times I have found the carpet in the front passenger side soaking wet. I have taken it back to the dealership from which I bought it, but they say that it is not covered under the 90 day warranty. I have reaserched on the web and have found that there are many complaints like mine. The Ford company should be made responsible since they are the manufacturers of the car.
From date of purchase, cdplayer/radio would work/not work, same with main inside light. Front passenger fllorboard filled with water regularly. On date in question car was driven approx 15 miles and parked. While parking, car stalled. Car restarted and was able to be parked. 15-20 minutes after parking, lot attendent noticed smoke from under hood. Lot supervisor checked and flames shot out from under car and hood. Fire dept was called and put out fire, but fire had spread quickly and consumed engine. Fire marshall said fire was electrical in nature. Car is unsalvagable and I had only owned it 5 1/2 months.
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The vehicle was taken to the dealer because noise was heard coming from the front brakes. The dealer replaced the front brakes. The brake problem continued. The radio had no bass and after the vehicle was shut off the radio would turn back on.
Ford Focus: back door will not always latch. My son almost fell out of the car, thankfully he was strapped into his car seat. I shut the door and was driving away when the door flew open. Focus is white,only 1 1/2 old and has rust spots all over the car. The trunk of the car has the most rust. The radio dial has melted feels like you are playing with bubble gum. Have also had problems keeping the car on the road in rain and snow. I take the turnpike to work and feel that I am going to slide into another car if I go faster then 25 miles an hour in the rain or snow.
Since purchase of vehicle radio did not work as it should be, causing problem at time when turning it on. Please provide more information.
Defective brake rotors. Dealer has yet to be contacted. Consumer also states the windhsiled wipers are inoperative, the striping on the driver side door has always been loose, also radio buttons were stuck,drivers doorlock does not unlock all the time with remote key.
The amplifier keep's going out with the sony system that was installed in the Ford Focus sony addition car and I had it change twice but the problem is still there Ford sent me a letter about to have the system replace and the same thing happen again with the new amperifer.
Radio repaired and replaced 4 times for same problem: radio sound cutting in and out intermittently.
Ford blue oval certified dealer made two attemps to fix cassette player and still does not work correctly. Tape deck will turn on by itself when key is the off postion or not even in the switch. Dealer installed recondition unit , owner upon picking car up notice it did the same thing dealer took another look at unit. Owner asked dealer to not install another unless it would sovle problem , owner has no confidence in dealer to work neatly with out causing more problems. Dealer left second unit in place . Owner will accept this is a problem Ford does not have a answer to.
While driving 15 mph consumer noticed smoke was coming from dashboard/ radio, and clock stopped working. Dealer found radio had shorted out.
7/00- tape was stuck in stereo, had to replace stereo. 3/01- had to replace front brack pads at 11000 miles. 11/01- ignition locked on vehicle. Had to replace ignition. 3/02- transmission was neutralizing when driving. Had to replace transmission. 5/02- car was stalling. Ford unable to detect problem. 9/02- car was not accelerating and stalling suddenly- had to replace fuel pump. 9/02- had to replace front brake pads and back brake shoes at 34000 miles.
Consumer states radio was replaced by dealership, but is still not working properly.
When slippery out, the brakes will not grasp properly. Therefore, the vehicle will slide. Dealer can not duplicate problem. Consumer also experienced these difficulties as followed, power steering system (exploded, w/3-4 week repairs), trunk lock was broken, keyless entry system works improperly, the trunk lock has been replaced twice, the radio has been replaced 3 times & still occurs, the winshield arm recently broke, and concludes that the vehicle also slides in dry weather. Consumer adds that she had filed a complaint w/ board of Ford, the case was lost after recieving a loaner car (due to taking vehicle in for repairs) and says that she cannot afford to buy out the lease (will have to wait until oct 2002).
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|Recreational Vehicle Lpg Tank Valve/gauge problems||
|Air Conditioner problems||
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|Mechanical Jack problems||