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Ford Focus Transmission Problems



  • just_focusjust_focus CincinnatiPosts: 51
    2012 Focus SEL Paid $22,000 OTD drove it for 18,000 very aggravating miles traded it in for $15,000. I should hate Ford for the duel clutch my touch hoopty but I bought another Ford (real auto trans, no My touch) I got 35mpg with the Focus but took a bath on depreciation. I no longer care about gas mileage. I would of bought Toyota or Honda but they are not any better. Not a Ford hater but they cost me a bundle on the Focus.
  • 2014 focus titanium power shift 6 speed auto trans w/ select shift.
    once in awhile when you back up, stop and shift into drive.
    the indicator should read PRNDS but actually reads PRNDL.
    this seems strange with only <300 mi.. No other complaints yet.
  • I gave up, to dangerous for my wife to drive, I traded it,,,,good bye Ford
  • NHTSA isn't doing nothing, I called i think I woke the lady up,,,,, when you go to trade it that dealer knows of the Focus problems and they don't even want to trade the car and if they do you wont believe what they will give you,,,,,this is just a shame that Ford would do this to its loyal customers.
  • So tell me do you still LOVE your Ford??????? Go ask your Ford salesman how he feels about the ford Focus transmission????
  • So how did you make out with Ford,,,,, I didn't do well so I had to trade it and alot of dealers didn't want it
  • I also have a 2013 Ford Focus Se. I'm leasing it and only put 6,000 miles on it so far since Decemeber. Yes, I've noticed the power shift gear transmission the day I bought it and took it back to the dealership in which they said is normal. Okay, fine I've been dealing with it, but it is so annoying for an automatic. Anyways, last week I was on an interstate driving home when all of a sudden my dashboard lights came on, rang, and I had no acceleration. I pulled over and waited a few minutes, turned the car back on and I was able to drive home. I took it to the dealership last Saturday and they started working on it Monday. I called Tuesday and they said they couldn't figure out the problem. Everything seemed to be working fine. Today they told me the issue has nothing to do with my transmission. They said pretty much when I turn my car on the electrical system turns on and everything should be on. But mine wasn't turning off when the car turned off in which was draining my battery and sending mix signals to my alternator....yeah does any of that make sense to you? They put a new battery in it and will run diagnostics tomorrow morning. Smh.
  • I own a 2012 Focus SE - bought it new off the lot. I was so proud of myself and all the hard work I put in to afford something new for a change. New to me meant that I could depend on it to run. Being a single mother at the time, it was a great accomplishment. Now to the issues. It all started almost a year after I got it in 2011. I had issues with the transmission. It only seemed to happen when I was backing out. Usually you don't have to apply gas too much to back up, but I had to in order for it not to sound like it was starving for gas and stalling. Took it back, they ran test, computer issues and installed updates. Month passes, it starts up again. Take it back, ran it through again, no issues with that from there on out. Soon I started experiencing it's get up and go, wasn't so fantastic. Fast forward to August of this year. I first noticed sluggish behavior with the transmission and then no acceleration. I am a one car family and this is all I have to get us through. I was at a stop light and when it turned green, my car; still running, did not go when I pushed the pedal. In fact, it revved up but no forward motion. Turned off the vehicle, and then after about a minute I tried it again and it started with no issues and I was able to get home. It ran that way until Aug 31. When out of no where it left us in the intersection of traffic on a Saturday. Was able to get things running again to try and make it to the dealership but the car had other things in mind and I was able to coast to a safe location. It would run, stutter and rev up on its own. Got it back from the shop on the following Saturday and get this, stalled on railroad tracks the same day. Took it back and it worked for about a week and again it died - this time it wouldn't start up all the dash board gear lights were flashing as always but no hope. Got it back only for it to do it again that following weekend. They replaced the Gas tank this time. They stated a faulty valve made the gas tank crush under pressure. So here I am writing this and I am frustrated beyond all belief. Got my car back on Thursday, drove it around and Friday, well it died again. This time it was parked and I went to start it and it wouldn't start. Everything in the car was working, just P was flashing. At least I was not far from home. Now I am without my car AGAIN on another WEEKEND, and now I have to plan my life again around my car. I can not afford anything else. My family have been Ford Loyals. I plan on being a Ford Loyal until I get the wrong answer today. Mileage on it now is 35.8. I have the extended warranty after the first time this happened. Reading all the post here only makes me feel hopeless. I have filed a complaint (like that would do anything) and I have voiced my frustration to the dealership that sold me it... If I get a new tranny, fine, if you give me a whole new car...better. This has to stop and I will not allow this to run my life any more. Certainly couldn't trade the POS for a Toyota or Honda. They wouldn't take it, and I don't blame them either. (side note - yes I do get a rental but it has to be a ford and it is on the lowest scale in comparison to what I drive. - at least they could give me something with some comparisons to what I have now - certainly without the car issues like the last rental Focus I drove the last time I rented. I had that traded out because it HAS trans issues.) :mad:
  • My focus is 2013 titanium hatchback with 10,500 km. I am having the same problem every time I drive in a a busy road like in Toronto. The first time I brought it to my dealer, they reprogrammed the system/computer. The problem became less. The technician said it is normal. After a month I have to bring it back to the dealer because the jumpy transmission came back and it was lagging now a bit when stepping on the gas. The new technician that diagnosed the problem found out that there was a fluid leaking out from the transmission that affecting the clutch function. I am now waiting for the special sealant to arrive to my dealership. 5-10days waiting period. My dealership has the most useless technicians. They don't care very much for their clients' satisfaction.

    I am now thinking of trading this car to Toyota or Subaru. Sad coz I really love the interior of this car and highway driving.
  • jmealjmeal Posts: 1
    Very similar issue here ... 2012 Focus SE with Auto Trans. In what I believe is second gear, the car would shutter (like clutch slip) and, when hot (45 minutes of stop and go traffic) would sometimes jerk between 3rd and 4th ... like you slammed on the break for a second. I brought it in for the fourth time for the shutter issue ... this time I knew I had a leak because I did my own 10K oil change ... I would appear the dealership did little, if anything the other times I brought it in .... and the leak did not appear new based upon the stain on the shield which is under the car. (if you have one of these, you will not see a leak under the car because the under engine shield catches it. The dealer now says that I
    m throwing all sorts of codes and that they need to take the transmission out to see what's up and that Ford may or may not allow them to replace it or repair it. Having had Mazda's and Toyota's for the last 40 years ... I now realize I should have stayed foreign and gone with another one of those or even a hyundia. It held such potential and I thought Ford deserved my business ... at the end of the day, Mazda USA sucked, the cars were good and Toyota USA was great and the cars were 1/2 OK and one, wonderfully trouble free for 20 yrs
  • Nelly, what did you buy for tires the OEM
  • tankmttankmt Posts: 2
    I had a 2012 Focus SE with the dual clutch tranny. I bought it in Oct. 2012. I stated to notice a slippage when in reverse. This progressed to slipping and shuddering in all forward gears at the shift points. This was becoming unsafe. My son said he had seen many reports of transmission problems with this car. 7,000 miles rolled around and I took it to the dealer. They did all the electronic updates required by Ford and the problem persisted. Dealer said a new clutch assembly was needed. They ordered the parts. I became concerned that Ford would be unable to fix the problem with this style tranny. The more I thought, the more determined I was to unload this piece of junk. My son took me by the local KIA dealership to look at their new 2014 Forte EX. Boy was I impressed. I traded that Focus in on a new KIA Forte EX before the Focus parts came in. I was asked about why I wanted to trade and I told them. I gave them the TSB from Ford and directed them to the Ford dealership where I bought the car. Boy am I ever glad I traded for the KIA Forte. The Forte is more roomy and has more user friendly controls. Ford Motor Company, you had better get a handle on the DCT problem. Better yet, go back to the tried and true torque converter and fluid drive.
  • I have a 2013 Focus. I have had it back to the dealer once so far (only had it since July) for the transmission odd shifting and as it didn't seem to know what gear it should be in.
    It's not too bad yet as it only has under 3k miles on it. I had looked at a Kia Sole and a Mazda 3 an liked both of them. However, I thought I would do
    the good American thing and buy a new car made in America and able to use alcohol fuel. So far I have not had some of the problems listed on this forum
    but I am very worried about my wife's safety. It lurches and slows down on it's own when trying to drive slow under forty mph. At high way speeds it's OK so far.
    I traded in a 2005 Hyundai Tucson on this car and now I wish I had it back. It was a much better performing car in most ways. I don't think my wife likes this
    car very much and I can't blame her. I don't think it is safe and I have little confidence in it. Ford, fix this problem please. Our other car is a 2004 Pontiac Vibe and
    is the best car I have ever owned. Sixty thousand miles on it and never had a dealer repair or complaint.
  • You should worry, Ford don't care about you what so ever, when it comes to the Focus if they are moving their mouth they are lying. Mine did the same thing around 3K and by 7K it was like an old manual Taxi Cab chugging around, I traded this piece of junk.
  • tankmttankmt Posts: 2
    edited October 2013
    Don't buy American just to buy American. You had a Hyundai Tucson and a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) and you were satisfied. I also have a 2001 Ford Ranger that had to have a torque converter replaced under warranty, way back. The truck has been fine since. I have always been a Ford man but, not any more. Trust me, unload that thing before any more headaches or worse. A Hyundai Elantra or KIA Forte is a better car. I chose the Forte for the extra comfort. Knee, leg and front seating is much better in the 2014 Forte than the Focus.
  • After 9 months of really horrible driving conditions namely: severe gear change judder; re-programming of the computer module; loss of acceleration when moving from go; unexpected roll back on slopes; noisy clutch motors; and one major transmission repair (which failed after just 200 miles); the Lemon Law arbitrator, through the BBB Auto Line, advised Ford that they must repurchase or replace my vehicle.
    For all those consumers who have experienced similar problems and concerns, and consider their car a LEMON.....PLEASE, PLEASE challenge Ford through the BBB Auto Line. Ford should not be allowed to sell vehicles with transmissions that they know to be suspect.
    Incidentally, the 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus transmissions have been replaced in all 2014 models.
  • well you are wrong Ford wont fix it they will give you the runaround, and if you like the herky jerky dual clutch feel you don't appreciate the finer things in life, keep your Ford you deserve it.
  • quote: Incidentally, the 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus transmissions have been replaced in all 2014 models.

    sad to say, people are reporting the same problems with 2014 models.

    you can read tens more posts about this at by using their search feature for the various DCT buzzwords like shudder, grind, transmission
  • mine started after 10km. I'm now driving japanese car. My dealer told it was normal. What the hell. i felt like i was gambling my life every time I step on the pedal in a busy road of Toronto. This is my first car ever and worked had to get it. That was the biggest mistake of my life. Very embarrassing. This problem has to be fixed and should be a recall. I will never buy Ford again. Unfortunately their victims are always first time car buyers....
  • there's a leak between the engine and transmission that damages the automatic clutch plate. this needs to be replaced.
  • 2012 Focus hatchback - Clutch #2 is going in Monday. So irritated - will Ford just keep replacing the clutch until I turn it back in next summer? And apparently, they still haven't fixed the issue with the clutch, yet they keep selling them.
    We are back to the old 'Fix or repair daily' days - anyone else remember that saying.
    Come on Ford! Get it together. :lemon:
  • Oh and should I mention the MS Sync touch screen radio is a piece of crap! Mine continues to go down- completely black for days at a time. This last time, over a week with nothing.
  • After keeping my car for nearly a month, due to "back-ordered" parts, I got my Focus back. All seemed well these last six months. The transmission was shifting as it should. No bucking, jerking, grinding at all. It was like a completely different vehicle. The Ford regional service manager even gave me a Ford Premium Care extended warranty for 75K. I paid to extend the coverage to 100K miles. I was a happy camper...

    Then, a few days ago, the car started emitting a whining noise when it reached 45mph. The noise seemed to originate from the right rear wheel area. I supposed it to be a wheel bearing. I planned on taking the vehicle in this Monday, to have it checked. Yesterday, the transmission "demon" returned, in the form of a couple "jerks" as the transmission shifted. OH, joy...!!!

    This evening, on my way home, as I attempted to merge onto the freeway, the transmission shifted into neutral at the end of the acceleration ramp. The engine revved to approx. 5,000 rpm as the car lost speed. The cars behind me had to swerve, to avoid a rear-end collision. My Focus then jerked / banged & re-engaged the transmission. After a few seconds, the same situation repeated itself. The car finally settled down & I was able to drive the last few miles until I exited the freeway. Upon ANY type of acceleration on surface streets, the transmission would kick into neutral & allow the engine to rev. At a stop, I tried to shift the transmission into "Sport" mode, hoping this would reduce the symptoms. The shift indicator went dark, when I moved the lever to the "S" position and the transmission would not shift out of 1st gear, no matter how many times I pressed the "upshift" button. I finally gave up & put the shifter back into "D", whereupon the bang / clang / jerk would return.

    This POS is going back to the dealership ASAP. Unfortunately, it has amassed a total of 27,000 miles and is now "over mileage" for any relief under the Lemon Law of the State of Texas. I am seriously considering just to quit making payments on this JUNK & let the bank repo it. My life is worth more than a credit rating.

    As a final note: IF you are considering buying a Focus...STOP!! JUST SAY NO!! From what I understand, the 2014's are just as problematic as my 2012.

    I truly, sincerely, hope that Ford is slapped with a lawsuit & forced to buy back every one of these cars. They are much more a danger to the driving public, than was ANY Toyota!!

    DO NOT accept the dealership bull of "that's just the way these transmissions shift." Raise hell, get an attorney, file a Lemon Law, ASAP!!
  • Let's start by saying My Ford Touch/Synch does very well and it didn't work well in my 2011 Fusion either. The transmission on the Focus is horrible the shutter and hesitation upon acceleration is not good. Making a left hand turn is exciting because you are not sure if the car is going to make it. My wife will not drive the car, she says it is too dangerous to drive. I contacted Ford I had a case for the issue and they pushed it back to the dealer saying the dealer says the car is running as designed. So I opened a complaint with the NHTSA. Now I am working with the BBB ( and the lemon law. Stay away from the Ford Focus!
  • I owned a 2007 Ford Focus that never had one problem. My mistake was when I traded it and bought a new Ford Focus in April 2012. This vehicle has been a headache from the day I took delivery. It constantly shifts strangely and the dealer always has told me its normal. Today I took it to the dealer for what I thought was an oil leak. LO AND BEHOLD they call to tell me that the clutch in the automatic transmission is broken and leaking so they will need my car for over a week because the parts are on backorder!!!!! Apparently this is a major problem as my car has only 19000 miles on it. I am FURIOUS to say the least!
  • The dealer constantly told me mine was running as designed when I complained until today. I took it in yesterday for what I thought was an oil leak at only 19000 miles and now am told its the clutch in the automatic transmission thats broken and leaking! The parts are on backorder because this is a typical problem? UGH!!!
  • there are ford reps at actively escalating dozens of cases like yours, forcing the dealer to replace parts.

    just do a forum search for grinding, clattering, and or transmission.
  • the parts are constantly on backorder.

    there is a clear message there
  • 2012 ford focus. loved it when i first bought it. now....Sync stynks and transmission "failed". Dealer was great about it. Fully covered under warranty (21,300 miles, mind you.) back ordered parts. unfortunately this looks like a chronic design problem and I smell a recall. miss my 2007 standard shift fully loaded BP green Focus. Some called it "ugly". I called it fun! it got killed by an SUV who changed lanes without looking. Sigh......
  • Your scene of smell isn't to good, there is no recall now, in the future, never. Ford cant fix the problem, they are just covering it up. They don't care about loyal Escort and Focus customers.
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