Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ford Focus hatchback?
ST-Line X and Vignale models have 18in alloy wheels that are more liable to kerb damage, due to having less tyre sidewall. ST-Line X cars get a diamond-cut finish and Vignales a chrome effect that could be more costly to repair than a regular painted finish.
Petrol particulate filter
Owners of early cars have noticed a warning message popping up for the particulate filter that’s fitted to 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines suggesting that it’s full. This should be fixed with a trip to the dealer to reprogram the parameters of the system.
There has been a problem with the assembly of the rear door latch assembly on some cars made between 16 April 2018 and 2 August 2018 that could result in the manual child door locks not working correctly. Speak to a Ford dealer about this, because they'll need to inspect the mechanism and replace it if your car is affected by the recall.
Some of the bolts connecting the front suspension on some models manufactured between 22 September 2018 and 10 November 2018 might not have been tightened correctly at the factory. Speak to a Ford dealer about this, because they'll be able look at your car and check the tightness of the bolts if it's affected by this issue.
Engine wiring loom
There have been two recalls relating to a stud on the gearbox damaging the wiring loom to the engine. The first applies to cars made from 21 March 2018 and 7 March 2019, and the second for those built between 31 July 2019 and 4 March 2020. Any affected car will need to be inspected at a Ford dealership to have modifications carried out and repairs to the loom if any damage is found.
Power distribution box (fuse box)
A problem has been found with the power distribution box fitted to some examples manufactured from 14-16 October 2019 which could cause a number of electrical gremlins. Find out if your car is affected by this because it'll need to have this box replaced if it is.