Ford Focus 2009 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Focus 2009 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Ford Focus 2009: Locked in park, now won't start

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Nov 2018

The most likely cause is a faulty neutral/park start switch that prevents the car from starting unless it’s either in Park or Reverse.

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Ford Focus 2009: Is it a good car?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Apr 2017

The Focus is a great driving car, but there are serious issues with its dual-clutch automatic transmission, so serious you should avoid it, or buy a manual. Consider others like the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Kia Rio, etc.

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Ford Focus 2009: Using too much fuel

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Aug 2014

Ford's claimed economy for the Focus manual is 7.3 L/100 km, which is a blend of city and country driving. The claimed economy in a city driving situation, which sounds like it could be like yours, is 10 L/100 km, while the claimed figure for country driving is 5.6 L/100 km. I would suggest you take it on a long trip and measure the economy in that situation before doing anything else. If it comes close to the 5.6 L/100 km claimed figure you could assume the car is running ok. If it doesn't come close then you assume something isn't quite right and investigate the problem. I would suggest you also give it a good hard run to blow out the carbon that's probably accumulated in the combustion chamber, and see if that helps.

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Ford Focus 2009: Tyres for reducing noise

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Apr 2013

Michelins have a good reputation for a balance of performance, wear and noise, but it's hard to say they will be any quieter on your car than the Goodyears until you actually fit them and see. Road noise is affected by many factors other than the tyres themselves. Things like the amount noise insulation in the car, the body structure, the suspension mountings to the body. The tyres, while they might have an effect might not provide the solution. I recently drove a new Nissan Tiida and the level of road noise in that car would be unbearable over the long term.

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