The Focus has an accomplished ride and good braking. It is agile and fun-to-drive, and it handles like a sports car. However, while overall crash protection is good, the Focus received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags. The Focus' 2005 freshening brought two new engines and a revised interior. But the quality of interior materials is low grade. Also, fuel economy is unimpressive.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available. ESC available 2001-2003, 2009; standard from 2010. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008.
Road Test

The Focus has an accomplished ride and good braking. It is agile and fun-to-drive, and it handles like a sports car. However, while overall crash protection is good, the Focus received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags. The Focus' 2005 freshening brought two new engines and a revised interior. But the quality of interior materials is low grade. Also, fuel economy is unimpressive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
2-door hatchback
wagon
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (136 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (130 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (151 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"When it rains hard the left side rear panel (passenger seat area) of the car gets water in it. Unknown where it enters. Eventually it drains out the bottom"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus SES)

"water leak around hatch area"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Water gets into rear side panel of car and sloshes around until it eventually drains out? Also, trunk area gets wet at the back near the lights. Much checking and $$$ have not resolved the problem."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The Hatchback door impossible to seal properly the rain keeps intering"

Michel G., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Weather stripping on the Rear Drivers side door keeps coming off"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The car rattles in the dash. The doors vibrate and rattle too"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes some times squeak after car has been setting 6+ hours but only the first 2 or 3 times the brakes are applied. Internet research attributes this to a film of rust than can build up on the brake drums as the car sits. I live in Florida wh"

Barry W., FL (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Motor mount has worn out and all engine vibrations are transferred into the cabin"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a very quiet ride every bump on the road is heard"

Jeff T., MI (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Turning the steering wheel sometimes makes a squeal/groan noise. Seems to happen more in hot/humid weather. Problem has not been identified"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus SES)

"because of age and mileage, there are a couple of rattles from the inside of the car"

Steven G., TX (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This is also thought to be related to the converter"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is so loud while it's running. Even at a standstill, there is tons of vibration and rattles from extremely low quality materials and workmanship"

Anonymous, OK (2005 Ford Focus)

"We suspect the engine and drivetrain are misaligned since car repairs from hitting a deer. Motor mounts and vibration bearings frequently fail within days of replacement"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It has always squeaked a lot. When the hubcap came off, it started vibrating more at higher speeds so I need to go to the mechanic now"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus)

"I figure it is just from old age"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The Focus has had very few mechanical issues but it has always rattled more than a car should"

Thomas M., CA (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Engine and transmission motor mounts had to be replaced to fix vibration issue."

Eric S., CA (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason for the noise; currently checking break pads, etc."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus)

"Rattles from the dash and trunk it sounds like an old pickup truck"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"At highway speeds you cannot hear the radio"

Anonymous, CO (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"had bad wheel bearing that needed to be replaced. Care needed alignment at this time"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Simple repair"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Focus S 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"two bushings on front anti-sway bars - one seized - one excessive clearance. Seized bushing caused snapping noises over road irregularities"

Michael P., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Needed new PS pump"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"the car was involved in a wreck, and needs a new shock because of wreck"

William E., SC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the rear ones started toleak"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I heard a very unusual sound coming from the right front. I decided to take the car in immediately since I had no idea what was wrong. It was a right front broken strut. They were glad I didn't continue to drive the car."

Anonymous, AK (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"right rear one broke"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The control bar (bottom of the spring connects to i) failed and the left rear of the car collapsed into the wheel well. At high speed, this could have caused a bad accident. Rust was the cause of the failure."

Philip D., NJ (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Broken. Replaced at a non-dealer repair shop. May have been broken for a while. Only symptom was extra play in the steering wheel"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"imminent steering column failure requiring replacement before complete failure. Tilt and telescoping feature would not stay locked in place"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Without any issues or warning, as I was turning out of my driveway one night, the CV axle completely broke off. The driver side front wheel was no longer connected to the drive train I think.. I was able to let my car roll back into the driveway so it was off the road. The next day my son came out to look at it and found the axle laying in the grass where it had fallen off when the car rolled into the driveway. The mechanic who worked on it said he only knew of one other case and it was a truck that had one break at highway speed and it had flipped multiple times. We never knew why it happened on my car but I was very glad it was a dead end one lane road and right at the end of my driveway."

Eileen D., TN (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"1 link pin developed crack(s)"

Kevin R., MO (2005 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rod right side worn it has 166470 km on vehicle"

Peter W., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"tires have worn uneven for a long time and no one can seem to fix it"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Ford Focus SE)
Wheel bearings

"Rear bearings do not last. I have had them replaced 2x already due to rumble noise. Dealership replacement was not cheap"

Jeff T., MI (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wheel bearings failed 3 times in the past 2 years"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacing rear drums with bearings with aftermarket parts which failed more often than the original OEM parts"

Mark H., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheels bearings have seized up every couple years."

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Discovered that 6 years ago, mechanic who replaced axle did it improperly. Did not press in the bearings but used a grinder to shave off what remained outside. I'd driven on unsafe equipment for a long time because of incompetent service."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Car would not start"

Gregory B., FL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Wiring in rear hatch is brittle. Reverse lights no longer work and neither does rear defrost. Will be replacing some chunks of wiring (where metal is visible) to see if that helps. Wrapped a bunch of the wires in electrical tape to prevent shorts"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"number plate lights, poor installation,water penetration"

Alec W., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"bulbs were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus)

"Lights in the tailgate weren't working properly because of broken wires coming into the tailgate."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Station Wagon problems from wiring connection to rear tailgate. Precluded operation of rear wiper, tail lights, remote tailgate opener and plate lights. Apparently a problem with this vehicle. Water ingress?"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"all gauges and stop lights stopped working"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel gauge has stopped working. The dealer said the gauge was bad and would need to be replaced for a cost of $400"

John M., PA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole instrument cluster quits working about every 2 years. Have to take it out and spray it with wd40 and it starts working again."

Barry W., WV (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Switch would not change from bright to low. Replaced switch at dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"One front seat just didn't work anymore, had to have the heating unit replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Interior dome lights turn on by themselves, no one can tell me why, and the only stop is to have them off all the time.....not too helpful when you're getting in the car at night!"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Focus SES)
Keyless entry

"Stopped working from the key fob. Dealer has not been able to fix it in two trips. Currently in the shop for a week with no solution yet"

Richard L., TX (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"When the remote opener goes, it should not be so expensive to replace!"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Focus SES)
Warning lights

"Red engine light stays on although the dealer replaced the alternator and the batter is charging and stays charged. Dealer wants us to leave car with him to see if he can sort out problelm"

Barry W., FL (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Braking lights came on"

Richard L., TX (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seatbelt warning light on"

Peter W., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The wiring to rear hatch began shorting so that activating the rear window defroster opened the hatch; similar problem with rear wiper"

Dan J., ON (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Please refer previous comments."

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Replaced compressor after replacing compressor 13 months earlier minimal use for a/c in penna"

Ray E., PA (2005 Ford Focus)

"costs too much to fix"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES)

"not working"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"required new compressor"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Focus SES)

"There was a cloth/cardboard floor pan under the engine bay. It did not last. 2 years into my ownership it was tearing apart and it was dragging under the car. I removed it and then a week after that the air conditioning went out. I suspect since the car is so low the air conditioner compressor was hit by debris and now no longer works. If the floor pan was made out of metal like the ones on the Ford F-150 Raptor this would not have happened."

Roberto L., IL (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"I cannot select where air come out. The selector does not work. When windows fog up, cannot switch air to blow against windshield causing problems seeing"

Samuel R., TX (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower failed. I replaced blower at reasonable cost. I did work myself"

Samuel R., TX (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"FAN MOTOR IS WEARING OUT, HAD IT SERVICED BUT WILL REPLACE WHEN TOTALLY DEAD"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"fan stopped blowing heat during cold weather."

Kirkland S., CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"leaking refrigerant, need to disassemble dash to fix, therefore very costly for labor"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater not very hot in winter. A/C not very cool in summer. Check engine light came on and thermostat replaced which fixed all problems"

John H., OH (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"A/C doesn't work any more. Takes longer for the heat to become hot"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus)
Refrigerant leaks

"many parts needed replacing and leak continued to occur"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus)

"I have not had car checked out yet. I'm assuming (hoping) it's only low on refrigerant and nothing more serious. It doesn't cool down enough but does slightly cool"

Douglas M., TN (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace compressor"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"wear and tear fair enough,expensive solution"

Alec W., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Must refill refrigerant every summer , have not been able to locate the leak"

B B., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Refrigerant leaks out in about 10-15 hours of driving time. Have not been able to find the leak."

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"After a brake job, years ago, I found the ABS brakes didn't work the way they used to. On wet or especially wet snow conditions the ABS would engage but didn't stop the vehicle as well as it used to. The sound of the ABS braking system when it engaged wasn't the normal clapping sound, it was more of a clicking sound, something like a flap you put on the wheel of your bicycle when you were a kid. I'm not a mechanic and I'm not familiar with the operation of the ABS system, but it sounds like some latch is not engaging and disengaging properly. It sounds like a latch is riding on top of a moving gear but not stopping the vehicle. I've had two brake jobs since then with two different mechanics. I described my problem to both these mechanics. They replaced my pads, rotors, the usual brake job parts but the ABS still didn't work properly. I've given up trying to get the ABS fixed. Under normal circumstances my brakes work as normal. However, in wet or snowy conditions the ABS just doesn't do it's job the way it used to. I have to drive very cautiously trying not to allow the ABS to kick in. I do a better job stopping by pumping my brakes as if I didn't have an ABS system. This is very disappointing for me as when the ABS is working properly it does a better job stopping than I can do by pumping the brakes. I've learned to live with this problem only because otherwise this vehicle is working well. The engine and transmission are still working well even after 239,000 kms. I don't even need to add oil between oil changes, synthetic oil every 10,000 kms."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Left front caliper started to seize and drag"

Dave A., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced because they rusted out"

Charlene D., OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"after 67000 miles and 10 years I had to replace the disc pads. Normal wear"

Beth R., IL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes on Ford more problems than other makes"

J R., NY (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to nearly push the brake pedal to the floor before the brakes start working"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus SES)

"Had to change original Front Brake Pads & Rotors at 98000"

Edward-Sandra K., MI (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Front disc brake rotors needed replacing"

James R., IL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced front pads and rotors at 42500 miles"

Sharon A., NY (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Other than my ABS problem, described in the previous question, my routine brake job was exactly that, routine. New rotors, brake pads, etc. Repair was done and the brakes work fine."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Front brakes needed to be replaced at around 148k miles. As far as I know they were the original factory brakes. Pretty sure the rear brakes need to be replaced too, at some point"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"I recently detected a clicking sound when I apply the brakes to slow to a stop"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"they rusted out"

Charlene D., OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rotors rusted badly after 3 years"

Michael P., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotor required replacing"

Anne S., ON (2005 Ford Focus SE)
Squeaking

"It's more of a squealing when I apply the brakes. I've had them examined numerous times, and the problem always reoccurs. It seems to be worse when it rains"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Back bumper/passenger rear 1/4 panel keeps popping out of place"

Smith D., CA (2005 Ford Focus)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The center armrest has fallen apart"

K W., NC (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leather covering on door panels (driver, passenger) and an area near rear window peeled up."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on hood has peeled away"

Alan W., OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint started peeling very badly in thick layers around the wheel wells and rocker panels and an estimate to do the repairs was twice the market value of the car"

Bruce M., AB (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"PAINT PEELING AT ALL WHEEL OPENINGS. CAR HAS BEN OILED SINCE IT'S PURCHASE WHEN IT WAS ONLY 1 YEAR OLD"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint fading and peeling on hood"

Donald D., CA (2005 Ford Focus 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"As previously stated this car in driven in the snow belt region of the country and being 10 years old it is bound to rust"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Under the doors and the bottom of the doors rust easily, even with anti rust treatment"

Michel G., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car started rusting on the drivers side doors, rocker panels & Front fender, Rear Tail Gate"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant body and underbody rust since Ohio DOT started using liquid ice deterrence systems"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"road salt that rusted my car and thousands of others"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower body both sides completely rusted"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Doors and Rocker Panels rotting off with big holes. I will have to junk it in the next two to three years."

Edward-Sandra K., MI (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Structural member under rear trunk area totally rusted away. Some bubbling of the rocker panels . Left passenger door, bottom at rear nearly rusted through. Fasteners holding rear stabilizer bar rusted through."

Anonymous, QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator quit charging. I replaced it and "OK" so far"

Michael R., KS (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Battery light came on and stayed on a return trip from Colorado. On the way to the doctor when I returned, the entire car shut down, was towed to garage and out of service for that day, the weekend, until late Monday afternoon"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed completely"

Richard G., OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust has developed around the lower inside of 3 of the four doors. The alternator was just replaced. It does appear that most of the parts are original on this car. So considering that the car is 10 years old and being driven in the snow belt one ca"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The alternator stopped functioning and had to be replaced"

David M., ME (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Failed suddenly. Car won't run very far on the battery"

Peter M., PA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has been replaced twice in 50K miles. Has also been replaced in my other focus. No other problems with either focus. Very satisfied except for this alternator weakness. Difficult to replace as well"

Peter M., PA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Did not charge the battery and had to be replaced. This is the second time in 6 years the alternator had to be replaced"

B B., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"alternator replacement in less than 9 months from last replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator failed after 4 years. This was the second alternator. The first failed in 2015."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One night as I started to work (3rd shift about 11 pm) I had only gone about 3 miles of a 21 mile drive on a rural highway, when I noticed my dash lights and headlights were getting dimmer. I recognized an alternator issue probably so I turned around, called out from work,turned off all unnecessary battery drain I could, and headed for home. By the time I got home some of my lights weren’t working st all. I shut the car off, then tried to see if I could start it again. I don’t recall now if it did, but what did happen was all the warning lights on the dash just went berserk! Of course I shut it down immediately. I got a reference for a good garage, had it towed the next day. They confirmed it was the alternator, said it was a special “California” car and would require a special alternator. and everything on the internet said it was extremely difficult to install, would require a lift, in a hard to access location so I went ahead and had the garage install the alternator. In the meantime I did some research and found out that at the time this car was maufactured, Ford was attempting to curtail costs of manufacturing. One of the things they did was to use wiring throughout that had a cheaper grade of insulation on the wires that afte4btime would crack rather that stretch or bend especially in areas where the wiring needed to flex, like the connection from the body to the hatchback. One of the articles described just where to look to see if my car (a 3-door hatchback) had had the wiring replaced , covered with electrical or duct tape, or still had the original wires which were cracked from opening and closing, Apparently the insulation failure would expose bare wires to moisture or cause a short and this would effectively cause the alternator to fail no matter how old it was or how recently it was replaced. So I opened up the place identified as the most likely to cause a problem, and sure enough, the wiring under the protective cover at the top of the hatchback was wrapped in electrical tape bill and where it was coming loose, the wire was cracked and stiff. In addition, and I have no idea what, some major collection of wires at the back of the engine compartment were laying unprotected across the manifold and were basically being roasted. The mechanic wrapped them in some kind of protective shielding material and tied the bundle up so it would get hot or drag anymore. All this was what made the alternator fail. I was warned that it could happen again at any time whether two weeks or two years, but I’ve had no more problems. The Focus hatchback is a fun little car in many ways but I can’t help but feel it’s kind of delicate. It did make me really disappointed in American-made Fords though, as I had a 1989 Honda that just wouldn’t quit and it’s problems were all common do-it-yourself things. . It was still running st 40 years of age when I parked it, Northern winters had just about eaten the body up over time,"

Eileen D., TN (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"A mouse got under the hood and chewed up the battery cables."

Joann M., OK (2005 Ford Focus)
Coil

"Coil failed cylinder 1 causing misfire - replaced"

Dave A., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Started failed after more than 200,000 miles. Easily replaced it myself"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Around 1000$ for a catalyc sonverter for a Ford it's very expensive"

Andre S., QC (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The flex pipe near the exhaust manifold is leaking. Very expensive as it isn't a separate component"

David K., IL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Flex Pipe between Engine & Exhaust broke, Heat shields are falling off"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"holes tail pipe detached"

Jane M., NY (2005 Ford Focus SE)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield came off 5 years ago and removed"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Replaced at time of repair due to age"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It is the original muffler and failed due to rust, formed a hole and became loud"

Douglas K., NS (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Never had a muffler last so long before"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After more than 200,000 miles I finally had to replace the original muffler. Very pleased with it's life"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler needed replacement plus a resonator. Ford does not supply resonators or throttle cables any more for 2005, so after markets were supplied. They had to put in two resonators but the car still soundsl like a small truck! The car is safe now however."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"When I say "pipe" I'm referring to the failed flex pipe"

David K., IL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Broke at joint"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was pleased that Ford replaced my whole exhaust system(except the manifold) including shiny new pipes, two new resonators, and a good looking tail pipe and other connections.It took several days to keep assessing the situation, but the workmanship was safe and strong!"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Mirrors become loose and vibrate to a point where visibility is difficult at times. Also adjustments wont stay in place, need to re-adjust everyday"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The side mirror mounts are brittle, and over time both have failed due to minor impacts."

Alice B., MA (2005 Ford Focus)
Seat controls - movement

"The Drivers Seat back has twisted"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"sunroof gets stuck on opening and closing, requiring multiple hits of button to get it past this spot. Auto shop suggested not using anymore as sunroofs major issue in many cars. Drain hoses replaced due to leaks into hatch/trunk area. Unfortunately this has not solved leak problem. Further exploration being done."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"WIRE HARNESS RUNNING FROM THE BODY TO THE TAILGATE HAS BROKEN WIRES"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Difficult to get the back hatch to close and lock"

K W., NC (2005 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear Hatch Shocks failed simultaneously. (Would not hold hatch open.) Replacement Shocks & Labour came to $198.00"

Michael P., ON (2005 Ford Focus SES)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"It wasn't so much problems with the clutch replacement as it was with the dealership that sold us the car, the clutch needed replacing when they sold it to us, and the car had been wrecked and they did not tell us, we found out when we took the car i"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"transmission totally failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Internal gear broke and transmission had to be replaced. Left me stranded on the side of the road and had to be towed to the shop"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Band broke while on vacation away from home, attempted repair by independent transmission shop that was successful, but repair shop broke the valve body, which was properly repaired by a transmission shop near our home"

L G., NJ (2005 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was expecting the transmission to last longer than 75000 miles considering routine maintenance has always be done"

Marcy R., VA (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Trans failed at 15000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The CD player stopped working and if I put a CD in the player, it`s very difficult to remove it again"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player jammed right after it went out of warranty. The dealer wanted $400 to replace it and we decided to go without"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Unit would not accept CD's. Had to repair twice"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"six cd changer. gets cd error and is inoperable. well known problem with this factory radio/cd. can be repaired but i replaced with low end single cd that has better performance with usb input."

Pete M., PA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"unit states cd in player but it is not"

John S., FL (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Radio CD changer broke after 2 years when vehicle was new"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Needed canester replaced"

J R., NY (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"There is a recall on this. I will take it to the dealer soon. I have sensed this problem about a month into my ownership. I tried taking it to the dealer but the check engine light would turn off and would not take the vehicle in under warranty. Now there is a recall. If they would have taken care of this in the beginning I would not be here with a deformed gas tank."

Roberto L., IL (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sender intemittenty indiccated full or empty regardless of fuel level. Triggered warning lights."

William R., OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on. The computer error code reader device indicated fuel sensor. The fuel pressure sensor was replaced and check engine light went out"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel pressure sensor cost 205.00 Labor cost 200. I don't trust the dealer and don't bring my car there"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"throw a rod"

Saul C., MD (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"needed a new engine quit running"

Mike B., OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"engine crapped out at high speed while driving on freeway. linkage stuck wide open and couldn't stop vehicle. had to place in neutral and coast to stop on road should."

Kirkland S., CA (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Had a small fluid leak. Replaced headgasket to correct"

R G., CA (2005 Ford Focus SES)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt slipped and caused engine to fail"

Mike B., OH (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"master cylinder leaking fluid, replace cylinder and associated lines to slave cylinder. Costly for labor"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"I'm not sure what the problem is. We've taken it to the mechanic 6 times since January for the same problem. it keeps cutting off and stalling"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Vehicle seemed to have trouble maintaining highway speed. Needed to drive on smaller roads to get vehicle home with confidence"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"had to replace right front half-shaft (drive axle shaft assemble). The rubber boot was wore out"

David A., NY (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the right side axle bearing."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"alternator failure"

Michael D., NV (2005 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Motor mounts were replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Focus SE)

"Older engine mount had failed. Replaced all mounts during scheduled maintenance"

Larry C., CA (2005 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Valve cover gasket leak."

Eric S., CA (2005 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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