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We've updated the results for the Focus to include owner experiences through March 2009. In terms of successful repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 62, about average

2007: 33, better than average

2006: 41, better than average

2005: 58, about average

2003: 101, about average

2002: 216, worse than average; based on results for other model years, this one is not accurate

2001: 93, about average

2000: 111, about average

We only had a sufficient sample size for the 2005. The other results are asterisked and only visible to members on the site itself.

A big thank you to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in August and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and fully cover all model years.

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Nice! Even though the design is old, it seems the Focus is holding up decently in the reliability arena.

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I'm most surprised that the older years aren't doing worse. They certainly don't have good reputations.

One possibility, I'm afraid, is that people are just living with some problems instead of fixing them. This tends to happen with minor stuff after the warranty ends.

We'll have updated results in August. More pariticipants needed so we can provide full and not just partial results for all model years.

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We've updated the results for the Focus to include owner experiences through June 2009. In terms of successful repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2008: 69, about average

2007: 60, about average

2006: 9, better than average

2005: 46, better than average

2003: 115, about average

2002: 188, worse than average; based on results for other model years, the actual repair rate is probably a bit better than this

2001: 143, about average

2000: 131, about average

We had sufficient sample sizes for the 2003, 2005, and 2007. The other results are asterisked and only visible to members on the site itself.

A big thank you to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in November and February. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and fully cover all model years.

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Just signed up with my 09 wrx. Wish I would have seen this earlier to sign my focus up.
 

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Just signed up with my 09 wrx. Wish I would have seen this earlier to sign my focus up.
Thanks. Better late than never. We have slightly more owners signed up for the Impreza and WRX than for the Focus, 414 (plus another 29 Saaburus) vs. 405.

Updated results again later this month.

We're going to start providing new stats for the odds of requiring no repairs and the odds of getting a lemon. These require larger sample sizes, so additional participants would be helpful.

For the details, and to sign up:

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We've updated the results for the Focus to include owner experiences through September 30, 2009. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2009: 39, about average, close to "better than average"

2008: 65, about average

2007: 68, about average

2006: 34, better than average

2005: 47, better than average

2003: 117, about average

2002: 173, worse than average; based on results for other model years, the actual repair rate is probably a bit better than this

2001: 129, about average

2000: 113, better than average

We had sufficient sample sizes for the 2003, 2005, and 2007. The other results are asterisked and only visible to members on the site itself.

A big thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in February and May. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and fully cover all model years.

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We've updated the results for the Focus to include owner experiences through December 31, 2009. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2009: 22, better than average

2008: 64, about average

2007: 84, about average

2006: 60, about average

2005: 41, better than average

2003: 126, worse than average

2002: 128, about average

2001: 95, about average

2000: 85, better than average

We had sufficient sample sizes for the 2003, 2005, and 2007. The other results are asterisked and only visible to members on the site itself.

A big thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in May and August. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and fully cover all model years.

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It's in the survey, actually, though right at the minimum sample size. Did something on the site or in the email imply otherwise?

It was a short model year.
 

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Just enhanced the related repair history survey so that it can (optionally) be used as a personal car maintenance record.

As always, more participants would be helpful. Updated Car Reliability Survey results in May, with a preview for participants in mid-April.

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Updated stats in about two weeks. Continue to need more Focus owners to fully cover all model years.

And seriously looking forward to the 2012!
 

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We've updated the results for the Focus to include owner experiences through March 31, 2010. In terms of repair trips per 100 cars per year:

2009: 22, better than average

2008: 52, about average

2007: 93, worse than average

2006: 65, about average

2005: 58, about average

2004: 72, about average, very small sample size

2003: 112, about average

2002: 90, about average, small sample

2001: 148, worse than average, small sample

2000: 144, about average, small sample

More consistent from year to year than in the past, because more participants and more data per car.

A big thank you, once again, to everyone who has been helping. We'll have further updates in August and November. With more participants, we could provide more precise information and fully cover all model years.

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For the updated stats next month, many years of the Focus were initially just one to three responses short of the minimum. We've been able to get these additional needed responses in most cases, and hope to get the others before the month is out.

It would be preferable to not have to cut it so close. Even a few more participants per model years would be very helpful.

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I have seen you post here and other car forums but I haven't signed up yet so I'm curious what else you have been using the data for. I don't see any ads or anything on your site.
 
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