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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,128 miles

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2013 Ford Fiesta drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 3 of 13)

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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

problem #192

Nov 022015


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While the vehicle was coming to a stop, the transmission failed and the vehicle jerked severely. A warning message in the instrument panel indicated that the transmission malfunctioned and needed to be serviced. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission control module failed and needed to be replaced. The transmission control program was updated, but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that the transmission control module was replaced twice, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

- 1021 Mckavett Drive, TX, USA

problem #191

Jan 012016

Fiesta 6-cyl

  • miles
2013 Ford Fiesta. Consumer writes in regards to transmission recall notice issues. The consumer stated she went to the dealer several times to try and get a resolution for the transmission issue.

- Warsaw, IN, USA

problem #190

Dec 112015


  • 20,000 miles
When I drive the car in a low gear (usually stuck in traffic or leaving a parking lot) it will flash several warning lights and the computer console will say "transmission malfunction, service now." Then the car will stop responding to the gas pedal entirely. I can usually get it to respond again by turning the car off and turning it back on again. After several minutes, this will work, but it's only a matter of time before it stalls out again. I've taken the car (still under warranty) back to Ford for this same issue 5 times now, and each time they replace the transmission module. Each time, after some time (shortest: 2 days, longest: Four months) the same stalling out presents in the same way. I've broken down/stalled out in parking lots, on surface streets, and on major freeways: Each time in traffic. The first incident happened in August of 2015, then 12/11/15, 12/15/15, 12/18/15 and 1/14/15.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #189

Jan 052016


  • 5 miles
This is the 3rd follow-up in regards to complaint #'s 10639225 & 10744924. The following is my specific event timeline. First event (17sep2013) 1st transmission shudder...2nd clutch installed, second event (30sep2014) 2nd trans joint leaking, third event (10nov2014) 3rd trans dealer action, fourth event (10jun2015) 4th trans dealer action, fifth event (29jul2015) 5th trans shudder...front suspension control arm replaced, sixth event (12sep2015) 6th trans shudder...3rd clutch installed, seventh event (5jan2016) transmission wouldn't shift...transmission control module replaced. All the other individuals who have filed complaints (concerning this transmission), all the issues I've detailed above (for a 3 year old, normally operated car), and nothing more is being done here" was nothing learned from the GM debacle?" this cars design is flawed and holds a potentially deadly defect that Ford just quietly throws parts at and everyone's ok! thank you!!

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #188

Feb 162015


  • miles
I took my 2013 Ford Fiesta in to get the oil changed and to determine why the car was making a grinding/shutter/tugging noise/feeling on February 16, 2015 to randall reed's prestige Ford, 3601 South shiloh road, garland, tx 75041. I was informed there was a recall on the clutch and that it would be replaced free of charge. Prestige Ford did the work on March 6, 2015 and replaced the clutch. A week later the car was still making the grinding/shutter/tugging feeling. I returned to prestige Ford and the clutch was on back order. Prestige Ford replaced the clutch a second time on May 14, 2015. 5 star Ford has replaced the clutch a third time on Dec. 14, 2015 and it is still making the grinding noise and they failed to put water in the cooling reservoir and the check engine coolant light is on.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #187

Jan 012014


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated the transmission failed. While, at a complete stop the transmission jerked violently, causing the vehicle to engage acceleration slowly and shake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer replaced the transmission twice. However, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #186

Sep 042015


  • 10,451 miles
Hesitates, grinds, shutters, lurches when excellerating from a stop or slow speed. It also rolls back from a level stop sometimes when you swith your foot from brake to gas. It has been to the shop at least twice but continues the same things. The explanation is that after its worked on it resets and has to learn how to shift as transmission again.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #185

Sep 042015


  • 10,451 miles
The transmission stutters, grinds, slow to engage can also pop into gear hard when excellerating or hestitates when excellerating. It also allows the car to roll backwards when stationary. Two times in the shop and the explanation is needs new parts, then has to learn how to be a transmissionj again. What"?" it has only 14K mile on it.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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