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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,864 miles

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2013 Ford Fiesta drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2013 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 2 of 12)

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problem #212

Apr 152016


  • 77,000 miles


Continued transmission problems; jerks, clutch studders; scared to cross intersections because car will stop or jerk; transmission malfunction; seat belts not locking properly; taken car to the dealership more than 4 times due to the same problem (transmission malfunction)

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #211

Dec 192013


  • 12 miles
Makes noise while driving between 30-50 ml/H from day one. Many times, from stationary to move, it will suddenly jump, accelerate, hard to control. Has known transmission problem and sometime will not start.

- Gladstone, MO, USA

problem #210

Jul 222013

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle jerked and the transmission slipped without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The contact stated that the vehicle had to be restarted for the jerking to stop. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 3,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 06/15/16

- Madison, NC, USA

problem #209

Apr 302013


  • 200 miles


This was a brand new 2013 Ford Fiesta purchased on April 2013 that has always intermittently stuttered / bogged on acceleration with sometimes a metal noise. I was told this was due to the "new" type of double clutch transmission designed to improve gas mileage. Clutch was already replaced once and I was told yesterday clutch needs to be replaced again. I took the car in to the shop a month ago as the car was stuttering on acceleration fairly badly and told then they couldn't find a problem.

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #208

Apr 302015


  • 1,600 miles
The transmission has a recall on it. It has been in the shop and replaced 3X. It still is not fixed. It passes the test when its hooked up to the machine but when driven it fails and goes back to the shop. The problem apparently has something to do with Ford and how it is made. Now a engine malfunction light always comes on. The manual says that it should not be driven because it may not shift. I have almost been in countless accidents because the transmission will not shift. It does not accelerate. It jerks, shakes, and grinds. I wrote to Ford and they didn't care. Told me to take it up with the dealership. This has been nonstop since I bought it last year till now and its ongoing. I do not feel comfortable driving my child in this car. Someone needs to be held accountable.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #207

Apr 042016


  • 82,000 miles
On-going issue w/ chugging, gringin and jerking-front derivers side of car. Started in 2014- told dealership steven Ford(patchogue, NY) they stated no issue. Noise got repeadetly worse over time. Had Missouri dealership look at when I foundout there was recall on the transmission- stated reset computer all repaired. Came back to NY with extended issue took to tower Ford (great neck, NY) kept for a week stating they had to diagnosis w/ 260 fee. Was then told it was a part in the transmission - not covered under warranty and will cost $ $5,000 to fix. Was told I could drive off lot-took to outside garage in glen oaks, NY where they informed me I had a hole in my transmission that by looking at could have been noted w/ no diagnostic needed. Tower charged me for the 260 diagnostic and sent me on my way. Ford corporate had been notified of all issues and refuses to help. I am 8 months pregnant- drove this car across the country and no one connected to Ford wants to help- it is a 2013! tower Ford told glenoaks garage that we did this to the transmission when we drove it 6 miles from one location to the other. This car has been a danger to drive and no one advised me of this extensive transmission issue!

- Glen Oaks, NY, USA

problem #206

Apr 082016


  • miles


70,000 miles currently, 2013 Ford fiesa sfe with 6 speed power shift automatic trans. The transmission on this car is a flawed design. Since I've had this car, there is excessive clutch shudder when the car shifts from first to second and from second to third. It also sounds like there are loose marbles in the transmission. I had the tsb/recall performed in April of 2015 but that didn't help. The car was at the dealer for 2 weeks while the transmission was opened up and parts were replaced. To be honest, it's now worse than ever. Unless I'm driving at highway speeds, the car is a nightmare to drive.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #205

Mar 102016


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. When attempting to accelerate the vehicle, it would either lunge forward and accelerate at high speeds and stall without warning, or fail to accelerate at all. When attempting to stop the vehicle, the engine revved, the vehicle accelerated and lunged forward, and stopped suddenly. The dealer stated that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #204

Mar 012016


  • 48,000 miles
Slow on acceleration and then shudders and jerks. Jerky while shifting lack of power going up hill. Has jerked, then stalled and rolled back while going up hill -crossing a busy road it acted up and if the ongcoming truck had not slowed down I would have gotted hit and T boned-scary and unsafe.

- Nevada City, CA, USA

problem #203

Mar 302016


  • 25,000 miles
Vehicle shudder shakes and fails to accelerate when pedal is depressed, typically in first or second gear (6 speed auto transmission). Transmission control unit has been reprogrammed several times, clutch was replaced, control unit reprogrammed again. Issues continue. Vehicle loses acceleration in intersections and poses a risk for rear-end collisions, cannot smoothly accelerate which could cause issues.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #202

Mar 222016


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While in the drive position, the gear switched to reverse independently. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the shifter electronic sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Coulterville, IL, USA

problem #201

Sep 222015


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle shook violently without warning and the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #200

Mar 012016


  • 33,000 miles
My 2013 Ford Fiesta only has 33,000 and is having transmission problems. The car shudders and stalls when first pulling out. This makes driving very dangerous. There is no way a vehicle with this amount of miles should be having this type of problems.

- Prestonsburg, KY, USA

problem #199

Mar 022016


  • 60,000 miles
The transmission shudders and slips violently under 10 mph and between gears. This is a major safety concern and Ford has not repaired my car. My car can easily get rear-ended if this is not fixed and I am not able to accelerate. Please contact me and help Ford recall and replace all transmissions for the Ford Fiesta.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #198

Jul 132013


  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle violently shuttered and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the failure recurred while driving at low speeds. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #197

Feb 172016


  • miles
The car at times will act like it has been put in neutral when it is still in drive. I have had several times when although you put press down on the gas pedal, the car goes no where. It acts like it is in neutral. When it is in drive. It hesitates to go and I have had several instances where I came close to being rear-ended due to the car behind me starting to go forward when the light turns green and my car goes no where. The transmission chatters like a standard shift car. It jerks and I truly feel it just a matter of time before I am involved in an accident from a car that Ford can't seem to fix. I have the transmission repaired 3 times and I am currently waiting on parts to come in for Ford to try to fix for the 4th time. This has been an ongoing problem that started not long after we purchased the vehicle. And there are more then one dates this has happened. When I called customer service, I was told that there is a back order nationwide due to the manufacturer. What is Ford waiting for, people to get killed because of this.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #196

Feb 092016


  • 46,813 miles
Double clutch is slipping mostly at low speed/take off. Has been replaced twice already; current mileage at 46813. Brought in for third occurrence was advised parts on back order from October. Will take 2-3 months before part(s) come in. PCM and tcm reprogammed, still shuddering, could be dangerous in traffic. Not getting economy mpg as advertised.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #195

Feb 052016


  • miles
The car jerks, grinds and shakes as the car starts to pick up speed. What happens all the time

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #194

Dec 152013

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While accelerating from a stop at 5 mph, the vehicle shook and hesitated while shifting into gear. The vehicle shook violently. The failure only occurred while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced and the sensors needed to be re-flashed. The repairs were performed; however, the failure recurred frequently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000. Updated 04/08/16 the consumer stated the vehicle would shake and hesitate on acceleration from a stop. The consumer stated the clutch was replaced three times. However, it did not resolve the problem. Updated 04/14/16.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #193

Jan 022014


  • 17,000 miles
When accelerating from a stop the car hesitates and then lunges forward, and shutters. When driving up a hill or turning corners the car shutters. When accelerating the car makes noises due to the shift forks. When at a stop with the car running and in the drive position, or when stopped on a flat surface the car rolls in reverse. As my son was walking behind the car while it was in parked on a slight incline the car rolled back and hit my son.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

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