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wife slide thru an intersection this morning, in the path of an 18 wheeler doing 40 mph. for a pos it took the hit pretty good. she walked away with a scratch on her thumb. she's been saying she wanted a new car. maybee its a set up.
 

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some injuries don't surface for days
Glad she seems ok
 

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Wow, glad she's ok.
You should hook her up with a Excersion next so she can really take a lick!
 

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Bet she had to get a new pair of pants too! Glad all is well.
 

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Hey don't knock the Focus. Believe it or not, they are building Volvos out of the Focus now. The new Volvo S40 is Focus based as is the V50 wagon. I drive one for work - 500 watt Sonyo stereo, ABS, all speed traction control, heated leather seats and more. Ford has done a nice job moving this car up from an economy car to a darn nice smaller car.

Glad the little lady is alright.
 

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revdog said:
wife slide thru an intersection this morning, in the path of an 18 wheeler doing 40 mph. for a pos it took the hit pretty good. she walked away with a scratch on her thumb. she's been saying she wanted a new car. maybee its a set up.
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that's no POS after a bang up like that it's proof that she should get another one.
 

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Well guess you dont have to worry about the next 50 recalls on the focus!
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and those recalls are?
 

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Recall - `A' Pillar Trim Replacement
Recall - Defective Wiper Motor Switch/Gear Cover
Recall - Rear Seat Back Hinge Replacement
Recall - Decklid Wire Harness Replacement
Recall - Wheel Bearing Inspection/Retainer Installation
Recall - Speed Control Cable & Servo Replacement
Recall - Fuel Fill Hose Replacement

With 9 safety recalls to date and 6 defect investigations, the Ford Focus is proving to be an embarrassment to Ford Motor Company and its new President William Clay Ford, who are trying to stress quality in the wake of the Ford Explorer/Firestone ATX, Wilderness AT tire debacle.

Not since General Motors introduced its ill-fated X-car in 1980 (Buick Skylark, Chevrolet Citation, Oldsmobile Omega and Pontiac Phoenix) which had 13 recalls in its first two years has a manufacturer had so many recalls. Among the Focus recalls are 351,000 2000 models whose roof pillars can cause head injuries in crashes and 203,700 2000 models whose left rear wheel falls off.

The Focus' sinking reputation was further hammered hard by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's announcement of 6 major investigations from February to May 2002. Evening up the wheel problem, NHTSA launched a new investigation into wheels falling off the 2000 models, only this time it was both right and left rear wheels. Airbags that deployed inadvertently and that burned drivers were the subjects of two investigation in 2000-01 models. The 2000 model was hit with a investigation into engine compartment fires, which has now been upgraded to cover 2001-02 models as well. 2000-01 models are being investigated for engine stalling. 2000-2002 models are under investigation for collapse of the front suspension.

In November 1999, CAS wrote then Chairman William Clay Ford and warned him about Ford overall reputation for poor quality and covering up defects to avoid recalls. The Focus fiasco shows Mr. Ford has a long row to hoe before he can restore some of the luster to his great grandfather's company

Focus Investigations

Investigation: PE02-016

Subject: Rear Wheel Bearing Failure
-Rear wheel bearings may fail, causing rear wheel to loosen and separate from vehicle.

Investigation: PE02-020

Subject: Air Bag Burn Injuries/Vehicle Fires
-Air bag deployment may cause burn injuries and vehicle fires.

Investigation: PE02-026

Subject: Inappropriate Air Bag Deployment
-Air bags may deploy in low speed impacts, causing injury.

Investigation: EA02-014, PE02-032

Subject: Electrical System, Engine Compartment Fires
-Fires start in the battery area of the engine compartment.

Investigation: PE02-040

Subject: Engine and Engine Cooling System
-Engine stalls

Investigation: PE02-044

Subject: Front Suspension Lower Control Failure
- Front suspension may collapse, causing loss of control and crash
 

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MTM,
Those recalls are old news. The Focus had a bunch its first year but not since.

Belive it or not, the most recalled vehicle in US history is the current BMW X5. We seriously looked at one, until we did some research. Not only is it the most recalled, its one of the biggest POS ever tested in Car & Drivers long term testing.

The Focus has grow into a world class small car. Give credit where its due.
 

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MaryTylerMorphine said:
Recall - `A' Pillar Trim Replacement
Recall - Defective Wiper Motor Switch/Gear Cover
Recall - Rear Seat Back Hinge Replacement
Recall - Decklid Wire Harness Replacement
Recall - Wheel Bearing Inspection/Retainer Installation
Recall - Speed Control Cable & Servo Replacement
Recall - Fuel Fill Hose Replacement

In November 1999, CAS wrote then Chairman William Clay Ford and warned him about Ford overall reputation for poor quality and covering up defects to avoid recalls. The Focus fiasco shows Mr. Ford has a long row to hoe before he can restore some of the luster to his great grandfather's company

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in its first production year only. the letter was to Jack Nasser then the president and CEO the person that caused the problem and is now in the soup line.
 

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The wife and our two kids went to Europe in 2000, and the travel company set us up with a Focus. I said no way is this car going to be big enough for 4 people and their luggage. However, everything fit, the car had plenty of power (was cruising at 140 km/hr in Czech Republic) and got great gas mileage, which is very important when you are paying $4 per gallon. I told my wife I want one of these when we get back to the States.
She got a 2001 and loves it. It does have a lot of road noise, but other than that it is a great car.
 
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