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A freshening didn't hide the fact this was a nine-year-old design. Once our top-rated small car, this version rated only midpack. It retained some of its agile handling, plus the composed ride and roomy interior. But fit and finish and noise remained weak points. Further, there was no longer a telescoping steering wheel, or assist handles to aid access. Braking distances got longer.

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.

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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2010 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

“Hoses”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Turning wheel produces a "whine"”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rack seal failed taking out the pump then found pressure hose leaking at inlet of rack, changed both hoses”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparent leaking in power steering line caused wheel noise when turning”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“The struts needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A rear shock bolt came loose”

Wm N., PA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One rear shock was leaking, replaced both”

John P., NH (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The suspension system bottoms out on small bumps, Ford claims this is normal”

Chuck B., CA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“both the rear shocks and front struts wore out, the replacement rear shocks began to leak within a year. The failing struts compromised the front tires but the replacement tires wore out in less than six months. The leaking replacement shocks were completely covered by warranty, parts and labor; the worn tires were only 20% covered by my estimation”

Verreau J., MI (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Les Schwab didn't properly tighten everything when they replaced the shocks and struts. It took 4 times going back before it was fixed by another location of the store. It had a noisy vibration prior to being fixed”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

“were replaced at 35000 and again at 55000. Cheap OEM parts”

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“worn struts compromised the front tires, however, the replacement tires lasted less than six months. The warranty on the tires essentially covered only 20% of my cost”

Verreau J., MI (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“needed alignment and new shocks and strus”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“needed an alignment”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearing was worn that precipitated replacement of CV axle”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing failed and cause CV joint damage”

Dean S., SC (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-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

“This has been a problem since the car was new. Ford replaced the seals 3 times, and still there were leaks. I had the seals re-glued and have not had a leak since (about 3 months)”

Connie P., IL (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rattles on under carriage at lower mph, and rattling by passenger seat belt”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks come from the dashboard and from the rear suspension while driving over slightly uneven surfaces”

Daniel M., OH (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver's seat springs & especially the struts squeak when getting in & out. This started after less than 3 years. Both drivers weigh under 200 lbs”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent rear suspension squeak”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“emergency break cable rubbing on body”

Stan Z., ON (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car squeaks on every bump”

Marc R., MA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks - don't know what to do about it”

Connie P., IL (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“mildly annoying high pitched squeaking when on bumpy surfaces”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks and rattles. I believe outs to to a poor suspension. New Michelin tires quickly wored out. Had to replace two. Told not under warranty due to car”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire car vibrates when you are not depressing the accelerator. So much so that it is like talking into a box fan. I have researched the problem and it is bad motor mounts; however, Ford refuses to acknowledge the persistent problem has occurred since day one. In addition, the car also has squeaks from the doors when hitting bumps on the road”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire car vibrates when you are not depressing the accelerator. So much so that it is like talking into a box fan. I have researched the problem and it is bad motor mounts; however, Ford refuses to acknowledge the persistent problem has occurred since day one. In addition, the car also has squeaks from the doors when hitting bumps on the road”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Most every passenger complains about whoosh of wind sound. Road noise seems loud even for a small car”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just so much wind noise”

Anonymous, MI (2010 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

“The AC unit had to be replaced 2 years ago and now it needs to be replaced again”

K M., IL (2010 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“At 185000 miles the compressor bearings failed (They were worn out)”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Refrigerant leak was traced to compressor. As a result, compressor needed to be changed”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Air condition stopped working. Ford charged us almost $2000 to repair!!”

David K., KY (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Cold air was not blowing”

Carol H., TX (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower stream seems to be uneven at times and needed adjustment. I'm not sure if it is a separate problem or related to the compressor problems but refrigerant had to be added on other occasions although no leaks could be found”

K M., IL (2010 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“It failed. Spent $200 to recharge, then was told $2500 to repair. Negotiated and dealer picked up some cost and paid $800+tax for repair. Not impressed that it failed so soon”

Daniel H., NY (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Apparently the original evaporator is known to go bad and develop leaks. Ford has issued a new design which costs over $800 just for the evaporator. Total cost to replace is nearly $2000 because the entire dashboard and steering column must be remo”

Phillip T., TX (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked evaporator coil, cost $1500 to repair”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The evaporator failed and the auto repair shop said that it failed way too early (not 'old' enough to typically fail) based on their experience”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The cost to fix the evaporator would have been over $2000.00 but I had purchased insurance which paid for most of it. My bill was over $500.00 for hoses, refrigerant etc”

H C., PA (2010 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Coolant leaked from system. Dealer unable to detect any leak”

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The entire air conditioning system had to be replaced which is ridiculous for a car that only had about 24,000 miles on it. ' No more Fords for me”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“We still have not fixed it because the leak is under the dash and the labor expense is prohibitive. Plan on replacing the car soon”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Focus Unsure 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

“Left front caliper seized causing damage to brake rotor”

Anonymous, ND (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes starting squeaking approximately 5000 miles ago. Had both front rotors and pads replaced this month. Now, only the back brakes squeal”

Anonymous, ME (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I replaced front pads and rotors myself due to normal use. Replaced at approx 90000 miles. Routine maintenance”

Richard A., MI (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace rear brakes at 18,000 miles”

Jim C., MA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed a $750 Brake job last 2013”

Michelle G., ON (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My brake rotor sheared in half during driving and became two pieces rubbing on the caliper, making a horrible noise. The car was undriveable until the rotors were replaced. Thankfully I stopped quickly enough that the calipers and drivetrain were not damaged”

John B., MI (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Brakes started squeaking at 16,000 miles”

Jim C., MA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Front end squeaked constantly from the day I bought it. The replaced bushing ends twice on each side and wrapped the emergency brake cable 3 different times”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-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

Cruise control

“About a year ago, cruise control stopped working in the mornings of cold weather. It would come on after about 15 to 20 minutes of drive time for engine compartment or interior to warm up, then it is good for whole day”

Jeff C., CA (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The real turn signal/brake light went out. Not only did it require a bulb, according to the dealer it also needed a new socket, costing me over $40.00!”

Warren N., MO (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“horn does not work. I had it fixed once. Now no good againl”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“They make it next to impossible for the consumer to change the bulb. It cost $55 in labor”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“could not take it out of valet mode”

Leo S., MI (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“tire pressure sensor fault”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
USB port

“USB ports quit working and the Ford dealer cannot figure out what the problem(s) are”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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)

“Near door handle lots of scratches since I bought and I don't know why”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bubbling related to underlying rust”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Big rust holes in both rocker panels. Going to cost over $1300 to repair for inspection”

Anonymous, VT (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rocker panels are rusted and rotted out!”

Shirley K., QC (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car is rusting along doors and rocker panels”

Don S., MI (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusting out below and around doors”

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

Oil leaks

“Slight leak by drain pain/ plug area Belgian apps a yr or so ago”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Once we get one leak fixed, we seem to get a new one. Currently the oil pan plug won't seal tight”

William S., WI (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

“Engine vibrated and made noise when idling. Replaced rear mount but now must replace other mounts”

M M., CT (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“2 of the mounts failed”

Larry B., OR (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This is a very common problem with these cars. Definitely a manufacturing defect. Motor mounts shouldn't need replacing after 6 years. It took a while to figure out the problem and location of all the mounts. Cost to much too repair”

Steven H., CA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine running rough. The first Ford dealer digonosed the problem as egr valve. Second dealer digonosed it correctly as engine mount broken”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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

“slips in "bumper to bumper" traffic”

Francis C., CT (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Not a Ford mechanic: built a new part to stop trans. leaks and related slippage. New problem last month: car turned off on its own while driving down the street. Towed to dealership--couldn't find any problems”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“3rd transmission junk”

Francis C., CT (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The speed sensor had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Clutch adjustment

“small bolt broke were the clutch pedal attached to the hydraulic cylinder arm. $600 to fix at the dealer”

T W., PA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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

Display screen difficult to see

“Screen too small to read and not well illuminated even with headlights on”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“Does not recognize voice control on bluetooth calling. Too many errors in recognition of commands”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“CD players stopped playing the CD; the message indicates the CD is not loaded. After 'playing' with it, I was able to eject the loaded CD but the machine will not load a CD anymore”

Bill S., NM (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“The stereo system first lost the ability to eject a CD. about a year later the display went out. The ability to adjust the sound from default settings after a battery failure is gone. locating specific radio stations is a hunt type endeavor. and the quote to repair these defects is in excess of $500. years ago I could have bought a very high end aftermarket system for half that. The "infotainment" systems are so intricate to the automobile's control processor you are held captive to purch”

Thomas M., MO (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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

“Right rear wheel bearing and assembly was replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The axle broke. Tech note: replaced left front 1/2 shaft with jobber shaft. Replaced both motor mounts for excessive vi vibration. Replaced left front tire sensor and retrained tech”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“The traction on this car is horrible. Even if the pavement is just a little wet, the tires spin when I excellerate after a stop at an intersection. It's like the car hydroplanes. I paid $900 for a set of excellent new all weather tires, the year a”

Bozicevich D., WI (2010 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission completely went at 77k miles.( I have owned manual vehicles my entire life and never had a problem with any of them even cars with up to 180k miles until the piece of junk ford.) Dealer said I should have had my transmission fluid chan”

Anonymous, CT (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle was not shifting properly. Repair shop said transmission needed to be replaced with the car having less than 35000 miles on it! Repair costs exceeded $2,300”

Wendy B., FL (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

“Normal wear on pipes”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

“Very inconsistent. Sometimes the phone connects with SYNC. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the music from Smart Phone works. Most often it doesn't”

Phillip T., TX (2010 Ford Focus SE 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

“Squealing noise that kept getting worse. Took it to Ford three times and each time they found something else that cost $500 but never fixed. 3rd party found the problem with the power steering unit after replacing the alternator”

Marc R., MA (2010 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Locked me out on several occasions”

Wm N., PA (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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)

“Had to replace fuel filler pipe, fuel cap, and evaporative filter canister due air leakage”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Ford Focus SEL 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

Sunroof

“The sunroof "sticks" when closing and has to be manually guided into its appropriate locking mechanism”

Warren N., MO (2010 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

“I started having a massive oil leak that also damaged the engine. After having some challenges with one dealership I took it to another where they replaced the engine under warranty”

Nathan F., OH (2010 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Radiator hoses were determined to be worn and required replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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