Ford Focus 1998-2004 Car Keys Price and Problems

Here is our Ford Focus Car Keys Factfile. Read about the keys that come with the Ford Focus 1998-2004. We cover quality, price and how easy they are to replace, when they’re lost, so you know what to do if you’re stuck.

Ford Focus 1998-2004

Basic Information

The Focus uses two types of car key. The remote key with buttons is the usual key used on most Fords.

Standard Ford Remote Key

The second type of key is the non-remote type that has the transponder chip inside.

Standard Ford Focus key

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Prices of spare keys for the Focus have risen lately. The remotes are being manufactured less than before, therefore this has added £20 onto the key price.  As a result, you should expect to pay around £130 for the remote key and around £55 for a key without buttons. The good news is that these can be re-used from other cars! As a result, you can save money if you get the correct part. Click below to see our video on how to find the correct used remote for your car.

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Ford remote car keys are the highest quality, hence they are simple, with no moving parts, the buttons are easy to press but do not wear out. If every other manufacturer was like Ford, we wouldn’t have a job!


The style of lock used on the Ford Focus 1998-2004 is very basic. Most Auto Locksmiths grew up on this type of lock and should be able to make keys with thier eyes closed. Therefore, most Auto Locksmiths will be able to do this job. This should bring the price down as everyone wants this easy job.

Also, they’re easy to programme when compared to other vehicles. Therefore, you should expect to pay somewhere between £160-£200 for two keys, one of which will have buttons. This should include the cost of someone coming out to you in a van, which will save you the cost of recovering the car to the dealer.


The equipment that programmes these are so good now that it ignores the need for codes, making it nice and simple.


Again, because this job is simple and most Auto Locksmiths will keep the parts in stock, you shouldn’t have to wait long to get new keys. Waiting more than one working day is a long time.

Watch Out For

There’s a small problem that the Ford Focus keys suffer from. A sharp edge develops inside the ignition lock and wears the key. When this happens, the pattern on the key gets worn away, and after a while the key becomes difficult to turn in the ignition lock. Having a new key blade cut doesn’t fix this, because the lock just grabs hold of the nice new key blade and won’t let it go.

Stuck key in ignition

We hear about and see, new shiny keys that have been cut and are stuck in the ignition lock. To release them, you must replace the ignition! Examine the keyblade. If it looks similar the pictute below, watch out. You may need a new ignition in the future.

Picture of key blade worn.

Saying all this, Ford have used good quality keys, that last a long time. Sometimes the key blades wear, but these can be replaced easily and cheaply. The locks are simple and are long lasting. Overall we’re impressed.

Useful Car Key Man Information

Need to replace the key battery? Click here

We’ve made several videos on this key, which are available below in our Ford Fiesta Car Keys Factfile.

How to change the key battery


How to programme the central locking

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Helpful information on the Ford Focus 2003

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6 replies
  1. robert
    robert says:

    hi i have lost the only key to my ford focus 2004
    i live in medway kent UK
    can you recommend what to/use please
    kind regards


  2. Mrs J Coote
    Mrs J Coote says:

    Hi there i have searched and searched but i have not found my only key to my ford zetec 1999
    Reg V690 Jbb please can you advise me where to replace it at a reasonable price thank you mrs Coote

  3. daniel lynch
    daniel lynch says:

    I have lost my car key for my 2004 Ford Focus and the v5 is missing what my opinion I just want a basic key not remote what’s the cheapest I get and if possible.
    Martock Somerset .

    Regards daniel lynch

    • Steve Bulleyment
      Steve Bulleyment says:

      Hi Daniel
      I would google ‘lost car keys Martock’ and see what comes up. Or ask on Facebook etc if anyone has the number of a local car key man. Or, contact your local garage to see if they have a number. Your car is a very simple one to make keys for


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