Per 2010-08-26 21:38:24
Here in Sweden most Fords have 6 year rust guarantee, but the Focus has 12.
(Most Ford Focus here come from Germany plants.)
The seal putty on Fords apparently are hygroscopic (holds water). I have
gotten a couple of new doors and a new tailgate so far, and the company has
gotten new doors on the company Mondeo. The local car painter has been full
up fixing up Fords. Mine is a year 2000, but I know they also have fixed
2002 and maybe even as new as 2003 models.
Not long ago I found new rust bubbles on top of the door sills, but now they
will not fix it anymore.
I suspect that Ford could not accept rust appearing on the “new” Focus, but
now this has become the “old” model, after the release of Focus II there is
no more good-will fixing anymore.
The rust through guarantee will take care of just that. But the car will
look ugly many years before the rust has worked its way through the doors
and body panels, but I suspect that many 10-12 year old Focus will
eventually have to be fixed for free by Ford anyway, when that time comes.