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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,524 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Ford Fiesta engine problems

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2012 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments

problem #5

May 082012


  • 822 miles


Purchased my Fiesta in March 2012. Shortly after purchase started having problems with the shuttering and hesitating issue due to this new clutch design. The vehicle has been in to the service department where I purchased it the first time the clutch issue was repaired the second time they installed a part of the clutch system. The third time it was in to the service department there was no repair done. The warranty guidelines required the failure to rate at a 270 my failure was a 250. I have contacted a lawyer to get me released from this "death trap". on March 6, 2015, I went to turn left across two lanes of on coming traffic and it shuttered at acceleration and nearly stalled. Keep in mind this is automatic. I was nearly broad sided. I made arrangements for a vehicle because I was told that they did not have a loaner for me to drive while they repaired mine. So on, March 10, 2015, I took the Fiesta to another local Ford service center and upon their inspection was told that the clutch had to be replaced again. The wonderful news to this story is the part is back ordered from the factory and it will take eight weeks for them to receive in the part needed to repair my vehicle. I refuse to drive this vehicle. The Ford Fiesta is not a vehicle that should have the safety recommendations that it has. It isn't safe for consumer use.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 222014


  • 27,000 miles
I have been experiencing a shudder when I go from a dead stop. When I had experienced this I took it to my Ford dealership. After they"looked it over" they said they didn't find anything and it is a year later and it is still doing it and now my check engine light is on. I'm not happy about this at all because I did take to the dealership to get it taken care of and it wasn't. please help me.

- East Moline, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 262014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Reservoir bottle needs topping off every 5000 miles seems to be a leak some where.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 282012


  • 800 miles
While driving the vehicle, driver was entering the freeway, the vehicle shifted through all the gears rapidly leaving the vehicle moving at ~40 - 45mph and not speeding up. The acceleration pedal was to the floor and the care didn't increase in speed and was almost rear ended because all other drivers on the road way were moving at ~60mph. The driver then let off the accelerator and pressed down again the vehicle then revved real high then shifted very hard and shook throwing the passengers forward and back causing a whip-lash type of movement among passengers. The vehicle often grinds while shifting and decelerating. Owner took the vehicle to dealership and the service department hours later called to report the vehicle is driving as expected and no issues with the vehicle and that the grinding gears was expected.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 142011

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I recently purchased a brand new Ford Fiesta 2012, in the first week on using the car I stared to hear a loud sound and shaking movement when the car change speeds, I have taken the car to the dealership I purchased it from. It has been the worse experience with the Ford. I just received the same response, the noise is normal and there is no problem on the car, I just failed for the lemon law here in Florida to see if it will make any changes. I do not and I will not accept to lose my money and my time for a company that do not respect there costumers shame on you Ford.....

- Miami , FL, USA

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