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Used Ford Focus Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Ford Focus faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Ford Focus fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

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Ford Focus (1998 - 2005) Fault Guide
Ford Focus (2005 - 2011) Fault Guide


Ford Focus (1998 - 2005) Fault Guide

View Ford Focus (1998 - 2005) Fault Guide

We know of 32 FORD Focus (1998 - 2005) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 11 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 8 interior problems
  • 3 bodywork issues
  • 9 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD Focus (1998 - 2005)

What to look for:

Start the engine from cold and take it for a test drive. Drive half a mile and stop. If the engine stalls or has been misfiring then the engine probably has the wrong oil.

What it means:

The 16V Vtec must use 5w/30 (a thin oil). The oil needs removing, the system needs flushing and the correct oil fitting.

What to do

Negotiate a £50 discount or have the repair completed.


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Ford Focus (2005 - 2011) Fault Guide

View Ford Focus (2005 - 2011) Fault Guide

We know of 27 FORD Focus (2005 - 2011) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 7 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 5 interior problems
  • 4 bodywork issues
  • 9 recalls

Here's an example fault on the FORD Focus (2005 - 2011)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On the petrol duratech engines and diesel ‘TDI’ engines the cam belt must be changed within 10 years or 100,000 miles. TDCi engines do not have a cam belt.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost around £450.


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