What a piece of crap it is...
Here's another problem I've come across in my Focus:
When I put the key in ignition, it does not turn at all. Last night I'd spent ~1 hour trying to resolve this, but all in vain.
I've come across hundreds of complaints from several people experiencing the same problem with their Focus. Today, when I'd called the Ford service dept., they acted as if they do not know anything about this problem, but that they'd have to drill & replace the ignition cylinder (cost $300+); and because it's a delicate operation, if some other part gets damaged I'd end up paying much more.
Given that it's a widespread problem, I'm surprised that Ford has not issued a recall for this...
Other than this, I've had numerous problems with this vehicle, e.g., engine stall problem, scratching noise when I press on the gas padel.
There have been several recalls in the last 2 years.
This is my first Ford vehicle, and hopefully it'd be the last one.