The Ford Focus combines a roomy, ergonomic cabin and easy access with a comfortable ride and sporty handling. But the quality of interior materials is low grade. Also, fuel economy is unimpressive. While overall crash protection is good, the Focus received a Poor in the IIHS side-crash test when tested without its optional side airbags.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Potential Trouble Spots
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Alignment needs doing fairly often on this vehicle. Annoyingly, the rear wheels have to be aligned and, if one sets the alignment to the center of the manufacturer's specifications, the tires on the rear wear quickly"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"2006 Ford Focus doesn't hold alignment; must realign every year and still wears tires much faster than any other car I've owned. Overall, very good car, however"

Tim P., PA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The wheels and tires assembly are too small - the tires are too low for rough roads and too wide for the power steering and front end capacity"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"would not hold"

Keith T., ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Front ball joints need to be replaced"

Ashvin C., PA (2006 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

"Failure"

Keith T., ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"One repair shop said the back bushings are worn"

John-Addriene P., MI (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut collapsed contributing to steering linkage problem"

Hugh W., TX (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad vibrations causing motor mounts to need replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace both struts in the front of the car"

Peter S., AB (2006 Ford Focus SES Unsure)

"Rear shocks improper at assembly and had to be replaced almost immediately after purchase...with type from older model...functioning properly now"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Front / Rear shocks needed replaced completely"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Started getting noises from rear area and water leaking into floor in back of station wagon"

John-Addriene P., MI (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Also failed and were replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering linkage failed and car could no longer be controlled"

Hugh W., TX (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"tie rods, sway bars, need frequent repair/replacement"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One a year they need changing. Always breaking despite normal drive"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"This vehicle eats tires. I think the main problem is the rear wheel alignment; move the alignment specs closer to the edge of the manufacturer's recommendations and the tires last longer"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced fast wearout with Pirelli low profile tires on the ZX4/SES model..still has this problem...on 3rd set of tires(in 107000 miles)"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Original problem was passenger-side CV joint replacement. Driver-side wheel main bearing went out after that, probably because CV repair tech loosened driver-side wheel but didn't tighten down wheel nut, but we weren't sure that was the cause"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side rear wheel bearing wore through. Would've been dangerous if I hadn't caught it quickly"

Ashvin C., PA (2006 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

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

12V power plug

"I had to replace the fuse"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear wiper motor does not operate. Dealer says it needs a new motor at a cost of $500. Ridiculous"

Anonymous, DC (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as first problem"

Loren D., OR (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor broke"

Michael K., OR (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

"dashboard lights would not work, had to keep replacing the fuse"

Jason M., IN (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"fuse to rear lights blowing"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear tailight burned out. Requires replacing entire assembly, not just the bulb"

Anonymous, DC (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The wiring harness from the hatch has developed on open that affects the middle break light, rear window washer and lift gate ajar indicator light. I have not had this repaired"

Loren D., OR (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"failure of turn signal on rear"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tailgate license plate lights completely corroded away"

Ron C., MA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Could not remove ignition key. When fixed by garage, interior lights would not work"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear door release doesn't work - have to open door with key"

John E., WA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless entry has always been unreliable, but it completely failed on me a while back and no one at the dealeship has been able to fix it. The failure is not associated with one of the main fuses in the fusebox and is, apparently, the combination of"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Leaks in radiator requiring replacement"

Jon K., NY (2006 Ford Focus SE Unsure)
Squeaks or rattles

"replaced rear shocks"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking rear trailing arm bushings. Oil leak from axle shaft seal. Heat shielding needed reattachment (more than once) due to corroded fasteners. Tailgate shocks needed replacement"

John H., ON (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Instrument cluster vibrates at various frequencies depending on the speed of the vehicle and vibrations set up by the engine"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The heat shield over the exhaust or the catalytic converter came loose and had to be resecured to the underbody. simple repair, just noisey"

Ken F., IL (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The are rattles and clunking noises from the front-end. I have had some repair work done, but the noises are still there. I am living with it!"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"right rear squeaks when driving and stiops when raining"

John P., NY (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear suspension...it took forever to diagnose it"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sheaths installed over rear park brake cables to eliminate bothersome rubbing noises from rear of car"

Ron C., MA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"LOUD high pitched squeal when braking. When brakes are dusted off it goes away but then comes back within a week"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

"With the windows rolled down a significant resonance is set up inside the vehicle that has a frequency like a fast drum beat"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Inside rear door frame get constantly dusty, dirty because the gaskets are not doing a good job. Wind is whistling from the front passenger side. Muffler noise is getting into the cabin. It can be hard to have a conversation. Alleluia for the radio"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The fading, cracking paint is so bad that I need to have the car repainted. This is not an expense that I should have to incur. But the car looks so bad that it is embarrassing to be seen"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

"There are areas behind both front wheels where "chunks" of paint have peeled"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Around the rear windows, the clear coat is pealing"

Sea L., WA (2006 Ford Focus ST 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint started to show wear after only a few years and is now bubbling and flaking off in many large patches all over the car"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front bumper is cheaply made. Small issues with suspension caused bumper to crack and paint to chip"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side only, rocker panel is totally rusted out"

Craig S., ME (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Perforated rocker panels. Replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"dash rattles"

Anonymous, IA (2006 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

"Warning lights came on but car was driveable with no performance symptoms. Repair shop reloaded computer codes. Problem fixed"

Gary C., AL (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light keeps coming on"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine vibration became excessive and tiresome; required upper engine mount; two mechanics knew of the problem and said it was common to Focus's; replacement cost $93"

Tim P., PA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine mounts on this car are a poor design. The most recent fix is the second time since I've owned the car. The engine mounts last about 40000 miles and that's it"

John T., FL (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"Premature corrosion of the gas tank and fuel,lines"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Focus SE 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

Refrigerant leaks

"Mechanic not able to locate source of leak. Needs periodic recharging of coolant"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to put freon in twice in last 7 mos"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Multiple leaks in the condenser assembly required replacing the whole thing, because the parts weren't even available because Ford had redesigned the whole assembly and was only selling the new version"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater core became clogged, which required replacement of whole assembly, which required removal of dash (which had just been removed for A/C condenser work, so I was nervous about creating new leaks)"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The control switch on the dash is jammed and unable to switch between different heat modes. Informed dealer would need to dis-assemble dash to maybe fix problem. $$$. Control is jammed on defrost, the most useful setting"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

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)

"Clutch master cylinder failed"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch cylinder failed"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"An axle seal discovered during oil change/inspection. Not costly and fixed quickly"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Replaced at Ford dealership. Original rebuild had noise, was rebuilt again, still has minor whine but Ford won't authorize replacement"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not kick into gear when passing and would sometimes slip going uphill"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would make a "racing engine" noise when I was accelerating to get on the freeway or go up a hill. It wouldn't engage, I would back off the gas, let it settle down and it would stop doing it till the next time. I took it in and had it checked"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

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

"electric tailgate quit working . Must use key to open latch . Expensive to fix"

Ronald R., VA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear hatch lock failed to work electronically. It would still work with the key. I did some online research and it appears this is a very common failure. I ordered a replacement latch & was able to replace it myself"

Rod B., NE (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear electrical door locks did not function. Replaced both"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Ford Focus SE 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

Parking brake

"Cable broke"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak during low speed braking"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

"Brake rotor warped"

Anonymous, KS (2006 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

"CD player jammed and could not be repaired. Replaced"

Jon K., NY (2006 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

"The CD Player will not eject CD's and will not play them"

Scott H., CT (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"cruise control failed - had to do with a control box and cable. had to replace as it was effecting regular drive"

Peter S., AB (2006 Ford Focus SES Unsure)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Holes in exhaust manifold"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Ford used steel fasteners to hold aluminum heat shield. Caused corrosion and failure of fasteners"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The exhaust pipes were expensive to replace and hard to obtain because I inexplicably have a car built to California emission standards"

Harvey G., PA (2006 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Thermostat keeping engine too cool causing engine light to come on. Replaced thermostat"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Was disappointed that thermostat must be replaced with housing in this car, boosting repair cost significantly"

Jim G., IN (2006 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 failed. Required lifting engine out of car to replace, which made the repair shockingly expensive thanks to the labor invoved. Part was not terribly expensive"

Jim G., IN (2006 Ford Focus SES 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.

Engine Major

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

Drive System

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

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Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Aug 11 2008
WITHOUT THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTORS, THE LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY BE AFFECTED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
K2 MOTOR IS RECALLING 1,921 AFTERMARKET HEADLAMPS OF VARIOUS MODELS SOLD FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS ARE MISSING THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTOR WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."
What should you do:
K2 MOTOR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMEBER 17, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT K2 MOTOR AT 1-909-839-2992.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BY HONDA, FORD, OR CHRYSLER LLC. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08E050000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1921
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Jun 13 2006
FAILURE OF THIS CONNECTION COULD LEAD TO FUEL SPILLAGE AND, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
CERTAIN AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS SOLD UNDER THE PUROLATOR BRAND NAME, P/N F65277, SHIPPED FROM JANUARY 16 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2006, FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. DUE TO INCORRECT DESIGN, THE QUICK CONNECTORS MAY NOT FULLY SEAT WITH THE TUBE INTERFACE, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON MAKING THE CONNECTION MAY BELIEVE THAT THE QUICK CONNECTOR IS FULLY ATTACHED.
What should you do:
UFI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 4, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT UFI FILTERS USA AT 800-230-5876.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO UFI FILTERS USA (PUROLATOR) AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E056000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 58640
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