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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Exhaust
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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 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 2011 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

Tie rods

"During mandatory yearly provincial inspection, tie-rod on passenger side of vehicle was deemed to be worn to require replacement"

Hubert B., NB (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Failure of rear left wheel bearing, I've been told that this is common on this model year Focus"

John K., ON (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front bearings"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car always pulled/pulls to the left even after an alignment"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Failed power steering pump"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks and struts"

Larry B., IL (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to replace the suspension on the back of the car, they were the original parts and the car has alot of mileage so not unreasonable if you ask me"

Serge B., NB (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear shocks failed while still under warranty, they were cheap. Struts have been replaced also, they were wearing out and there was lots of eneven tread wear and road noise because of it"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"On THIRD set of tires at 60k miles due to uneven wear and cupping. Told (to late) that Focus's "eat tires". Ford denies that warranty covers this. Goggle "focus tire wear" and see that this really is a known problem"

Curtis A., MN (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shocks were bad and left cupping on tires"

Larry B., IL (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel balance problem comes from cupping/ uneven wear; even though I had service (including rotating) as recommended. TELLING FOLKS THAT I WILL NOT BUY ANOTHER FOCUS"

Curtis A., MN (2011 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

Loose interior trim or moldings

"driver side molding on door sill came off, and driver window motor was failing"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rocker panels rusting away, rear wheel panels a bottom back doors rust and paint peeling"

Anthony K., ON (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"From being by other people opening doors to there cars and hitting mine"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chipping away at transition of rocker panel to rear quarter panel at seam of rear door on both sides of car (worse on driver's side)"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"chrome water spots"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the rims that came standard with the car has peeled off on all four wheels in multiple places. Also, the spoiler has two spots where the paint has peeled off"

Brad V., TN (2011 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"right side rocker panel rusting through"

Ronald P., PA (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is our 3rd Ford and all of them have had rust problems, we will have the bottom of the car and doors redone this summer"

Serge B., NB (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"One the clutch was replaced (warranty/recall), it is shifting properly and smoothly"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting required warranty-covered clutch replacement"

Luke S., AZ (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Died after 20000 miles. Had to be replaced under warranty"

Robert C., WV (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple problems with transmission from the first months of the car's purchase. Several repairs and rebuilds over a couple of years before Ford finally replaced it. It has been fine since"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"slippage, needed rebuilt"

Julie D., SC (2011 Ford Focus SE 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

"WATER LEAK IN TRUNK"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There are general squeaks and buzzes that happen when driving that are not terrible but happen frequently and started in the past year or so"

Barry L., PA (2011 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"this has a little squeak in the back area dont know what is causing it"

Jeffrey H., MO (2011 Ford Focus SES 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There has been squeaking noises in the right rear which turned out to be loose bolts in the trunk lid"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The vehicle is loud with wind noise. Everything is sealed and there are no leaks but the car is just noisey"

Allen B., PA (2011 Ford Focus SEL 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

"Compressor replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Air conditioning stopped working - have had it serviced twice and coolant refilled several times before they determined it's a problem with the evaporator coil"

Sally W., IN (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Hose clamp broke"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"In general, the heater is fine. The problem lies in the flow of air to the windshield. There is no direct source of heat going directly at the driver's windshield view, leaving a huge "fog spot" that totally impedes safe viewing/driving"

Robin G., NY (2011 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

Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Could not move the shifter"

Denis C., CA (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was recalled for leaking seals causing a shutter and rough shifting. They replaced the seal, but not the clutch. The rough shifting got significantly worse after that and I ended up having to get the clutch replaced. It works great now"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"at stop sign, car accelerated several times. lucky avoided accident. after stop, racing 40 mph. Ford claims it is OK I sold the car, 8000 miles, for $6000. Financial loss"

Michael B., CA (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Noise in rear when driving - increased as speed increased. Took it in and found that my right rear axle assembly had to be replaced (it was a scored axle bearing). Fully covered under my Extended Warranty"

Frank M., NY (2011 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

Premature brake wear

"Break pads had to be replaced in 30k miles"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Normal Brake wear"

Charles L., MI (2011 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My drive to work is very short, so I think the stopping and starting constanty contributed to the quicker than normal break wear"

Anonymous, OH (2011 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

Glass defects

"Windshield shattered"

Bonnie G., NM (2011 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.

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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

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