Ford Focus 2004-2010 Car Keys Price and Problems
Here is our Ford Focus Car Keys Factfile. It’s our take on the keys that come with the Ford Focus 2004-2010. We cover quality, price and how easy they are to replace, when they’re lost.
Ford car keys are awesome. Fantastic price and quality. It’s fair to say that if all car keys were this good, we’d be a bit short on work! The Ford Focus 2004-2010 uses five types of car key, depending on which model you have.
There are four types of remote key with buttons. The first two are remote keys with a blade, the next two are ‘keyless’ keys, that work on a proximity signal.
This article looks at the traditional style of key. To read our review of the proximity keys on the Focus Click Here. Lastly, they can also have a key without buttons, but there are a few issues discussed later.
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The first type of key on the Ford Focus 2004-2010 is the standard three button remote. The type of blade is a high security design. Other than that, it’s the same remote that they introduced in 1998 and it’s very good.
The second type of remote key has a blade that flicks out. Ford have also done a good job with this key. Of all the flick out style keys on the market, they’re better than average.
The functions on the key are exactly the same as the fixed blade key, they simply look a bit more fancy. These are more expensive than the standard remote key shown above, simply because the parts are alot more expensive.
Cheap versions are available on-line, but they can be very poor quality and just fall apart, so read the reviews left.
The standard transponder key can be used on all newer models of Ford Focus 2004-2010, apart from keyless types. However, with the racy models such as the ST, the alarm may sound as soon as you open the door. To stop the alarm, simply turn on the ignition with a programmed key.
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Prices of spare keys for the Focus have risen lately. Expect to pay around £130 for the standard remote key and around £75 for a key without buttons. For the ‘flip’ style remote key, expect to pay £140. The good news is these can be re-used off other cars! 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. 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 flip versions of the key do suffer from a slightly wobbly blade, but this is after a very long time. The only other issue is the blade wearing out quickly on-high use cars such as couriers, doing many short trips.
This worn blade can stop the key turning in the lock. The good news is a Ford Focus 2004-2010 blade re-cut to the original shape, normally fixes the problem.
The diagnostic equipment that most Auto Locksmith companies use, programmes these without the need for codes, making it nice and simple. Likewise, for a spare key, the key can be copied easily without the need for a key code. So for spare keys there are no codes needed.
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 for a spare key is a long time.
When all keys are lost, codes become very important. Ford Motor company keep very poor records of key codes. They don’t have a central database of every vehicle, unlike Vauxhall, Citroen etc. Instead they rely on local dealerships to record the codes when the vehicles are sold.
The upshot is that key codes for Ford cars are generally not available. The problem is, to cut a key, you need a code. However, unlike the dealer, A good Auto Locksmith can unlock a New Ford and cut a key, without a key number. They should also work out the key number and give you it, which will save you time and money in the future, should you need another car key.
Ford score very low on codes, simply because the lack of codes from the dealer, makes it much more difficult to get a key cut when all keys are lost.
As we’ve already explained, the dealers cannot replace a lost key without a key number, they may simply replace all the locks. The good news is, they’re easy to programme when compared to other vehicles, as long as the correct diagnostic equipment is used.
Therefore, you should expect to pay somewhere between £180-£220 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.
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.
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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
Helpful information on the Ford Focus