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

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2013 Ford Fiesta drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #232

Aug 082016


  • miles


When I take off from a stop the engine chugs, jerks, chatters, and grinds.

- Glenpool, OK, USA

problem #231

Sep 262016


  • 87,601 miles
Casenumber:1024456 I have been taking my car to summerville Ford dealership since purchased in August of 2015 recalls transmission issues door locks it happened when moving they said would call when transmission rep.came in..I was fine to drive. Then door latches recalled. They replaced, and my drivers window stopped at a point before going down all theway. It seemed to finally go down but felt like scraping or getting hung up. These folks also left a hubcap off last October though..and did not know..I ruled out as human graced and gave benefit of doubt. When I called they were closed. So I brought back and they said it was a relay switch...but I knew it wasn't because it was not acting like that until (door latch) replacement. Then it went away seemingly. I brought back again for check engine light.. then had a fan motor issue they told me to pay warranty and they would cover.

- Ravenel, SC, USA

problem #230

Dec 142015


  • miles
The transmission shutters. Sometimes it doesn't catch at all for a few seconds or move so when you are trying to pull out into traffic you end up stuck lingering in the middle of the road. This could cause a wreck, endangers mine and my already at least one documented case of this already happening.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #229

Aug 302016


  • 44,500 miles


Issues with transmission. Ford power shift transmission has been a issue multiple times with transmission failing to properly engage and grinding noise and jerking when accelerating at low speeds causing steering to shake possible safety issue if this ever happened at high speeds. This issue happens mostly when accelerating from a stop and when slowed to near stop apprx 5-10 mph multiple computer and transmission controll unit reprogram a and clutch has been replaced approximately 8000 miles prior to today's date and having same issues as before

- Peterborough, NH, USA

problem #228

Aug 012016


  • 32,000 miles
My car has transmission issues. It shudders and hesitates when trying to go into has been to service well over 6 times in 2 years. I am told that this is the design of the car and I need to understand that this 6-speed automatic shifts internally different. When on the open road and it is in gear it functions ok. In town going from stop light to stop light is when the issue occurs. It hesitates in acceleration and shudders. It has failed me exiting onto a major freeway by not kicking into the proper gear. I no longer try to merge onto a freeway in this car. There is not a doubt in my mind that this car is a safety issue. There have been numerous complaints just like mine about this car. I have tried and tried to tell Ford corporation and the local dealership about these issues. I have written a letter stating my concern for my safety in this car. I have gone to the local dealership on numerous occasions and made many attempts at getting them to listen to me regarding these transmission issues. I have left there so offended by them acting like there is nothing wrong with this car when I know they know there is a problem. They put in back on me the driver that I don't know how to drive the car. I have been driving for 38 years most have been 5 speeds, I understand completely how a car is suppose to drive and for them to insinuate otherwise is insulting to me. Again this car is a safety hazard and more so than ever now, because the safety latches have malfunctioned on the passenger rear and front doors. I do not feel safe at all driving this car but I have no other options as Ford low-balled me on a trade in because they are aware of these issues.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #227

Aug 232016


  • 17,000 miles
My car has been taken in for 5 times to the Ford dealership for this faulty cv transmission. It's also gone through at least 3 recalls (fortunately Ford has "extended the warranty") on the blasted thing. I've also had them replace the cvt part itself, still nothing. So what's wrong" the damn transmission doesn't work properly. It jars when accelerating, and I mean badly jars. How bad" I'm accelerating between first and second gear, let's say ina turn into an intersection. It will literally stop for a second while doing the adjustment and then continue forward. This is not something that is safe at all. In addition, after the latest "recall", it's made things "worse". the last time I went from first to second gear "flooring it" (just to see how it would handle it), the thing went up to 6200 rpms. The "red zone". it should not do that. At all. These "loons" insist that this is normal, when there are plenty of other cvts out there (let's say, Honda) that have working ones that function fine. Worse, they've been calling the damn system automatic instead of what it really is, a fancy pants computerized mechanical. It's happened multiple times. There are times when I'm just going from a stop light and the damn thing shutters and jerks. When it's into a turn, from stop to start, or up a hill, the thing stutters and sometimes stalls.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #226

Jun 012016


  • 36,000 miles


Manual transmission, when first started (transmission cold) it shutters in reverse then when shifted into 1st it will slightly shutter and from 1st to 2nd, then of different occasions it shifts hard from 2 to 3rd. Once the vehicle has been driven for at least 10 minutes, it operates normal. Called Ford Motor Co. Cust. Care and there is nothing they can do except suggest to take to the local dealer which will cost an arm an a leg. This happens every day when the transmission is cold no matter what temperature or time of day as long as the vehicle has remain parked for at least 2 hours.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #225

Dec 212012


  • 900 miles
Vehicle shutters and losses power through 1st and 2nd gear seems to happen more on warmer days. Problem started around 1000 miles, dealer " replaced clutch " at 1123 miles took it back to dealer for same problem, was told there are no new updates. This vehicle has been to the dealer 12 time for the same problem, they have told be there is nothing they can do...

- Auburn, NY, USA

problem #224

Jul 182016


  • 40,000 miles
This vehicle is unsafe and should be recalled. Dual transmission cluch is a serious problem disengaging while driving slow or fast and shutters at all speeds. Its electronic throttle body (ecb) is defective just like 1.6 million 2009-2014 Ford escape and Fusion and Mercury mariner and Milan vehicles that Ford started a "customer satisfaction program" in lieu of a recall. Of course the ecb is not under warranty (3,000 over) and Ford did not identify the Fiesta as one of the customer satisfaction program cars. $545 plus labor for a car that is 3 years old. No more Ford products for home or work for this cfo.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #223

Feb 102015

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that vehicle has been in the shop five times for transmission related issues. The clutch was replaced three times. The dealer was unable to determine a solution. The contact was unable to determine if the vehicle would be repaired. The vehicle was at the dealer for further inspection and diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure several times and was unable to provide a remedy to the dealer. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 08/04/16.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #222

Jun 162016


  • 40,000 miles


The transmission on my 2013 Ford Fiesta shudders, jerks and pauses/stalls on acceleration while in low gears. When entering traffic from a stopped condition extra time has to be allotted because the car transmission will jerk and pause on acceleration. The driver has no control over the speed of the car, in other words accelerating will not allow the driver to get out of the way because the transmission pauses. This is a very dangerous situation. This car has been to the dealer 4 times. The clutch has been change multiple times. The garage finally gave up on trying to fix the transmission and replaced it. The car has the same issues with the new transmission. Additionally the transmission shifts erratically at low speeds, it's not consistent and smooth. These issues happen all the time, this just isn't a one time occurrence. This is daily driving!

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #221

Jan 052016


  • 50,000 miles
Taken vehicle to dealer 5 times for transmission. Shutters, intermittent transmission staying in 2nd gear which could cause a crash.I am at a loss with this vehicle.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #220

Feb 172016


  • 20,000 miles
Taken vehicle to dealer 5 times for transmission. Shutters, intermittent transmission staying in 2nd gear which could cause a crash.I am at a loss with this vehicle.I wish Ford would replace transmission instead of having technicians replace clutches and seals or clean clutch to remove transmission oil off clutch. I have decided not to purchase a Ford product while I am on this earth. No customer should have to suffer with inadequate engineering designs!!!!

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #219

Jan 172016


  • 30,000 miles
On a cold morning car failed to start and transmission failure came on display. Ford replaced trans module and said my battery was starting to get low. Two weeks later the same thing happened. Car was again towed to dealer who said I needed a new trans module. I informed him this was second module in two weeks and that there must be something else causing the problem. He said there was nothing else. I then found online where Ford has painted the surface where the ground cable from the battery is attached. A youtube video stated the cleaning the surface of paint, applying di-electric grease and re-attaching cable would cure the issue. Have completed this and haven't had an issue since. Ford needs to recall all units to fix this issue.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #218

May 102016


  • 27,607 miles
Reference complaints #'s 10639225, 10744924 & 10820141 for background concerning this vehicle. Also, documents associated with on-going problem are submitted with complaint #10744924. Current issue is clutch #4 being replaced in this vehicle in less than four years! if that isn't grounds for action against Ford for their defective designed transmission then I sure don't know what would be" sure, Ford gave a seven year warranty for the flaw, but it's just replacing the part with the same faulty part that fails every year! three more years then it's out of my pocket!! it's the transmission clutch for heavens shouldn't be replaced every year!!! I own an eight year old Ford F150 that not once has had a transmission issue...matter of fact...I've never owned a vehicle until the Fiesta with such a problem"

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #217

Nov 042014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While driving various speeds, the vehicle accelerated without warning and made a grinding noise. In addition, the vehicle temporarily stalled, accelerated without warning, and then decelerated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired under a recall, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The recall information was not provided.....updated 06/30/16 the consumer stated the dealer replaced the clutch twice. Updated 07/21/16.

- Muscle Shoals, AL, USA

problem #216

May 062016


  • 50,000 miles
You guy know that the transmission on this car is not safe and no recall has been ordered. Shame on you. I guess people have to die from it first. It pushes forward when trying to stop and stalls when you need to go. I have had the clutches replaced atleast 4 times and every 6 months I am back to my car trying to kill me. Shame on this dept. When did this happen you ask? the entire time I haved had this car starting at about 2000 miles.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #215

May 052016


  • 79,000 miles
Transmission shudders, rather violently, between 1-2, and 2-3 shifts. Recently the transmission has shifted into neutral at two very inopportune and frightening times, once on the 202 freeway in mesa, AZ and the other in a 3 way intersection attempting to make a left turn. The vehicle has become unsafe because of the random transmission shifts, whereas the shuddering was just a very irksome annoyance. Ford needs to replace these transmissions. It's ridiculous for a person to own a car less than 3 or 4 years old and have these kinds of unsafe issues.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #214

Sep 012015


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fiesta. While attempting to start the vehicle, it hesitated to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be repaired. The transmission was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #213

Apr 112016


  • 78,339 miles
While driving on the highway the power train/engine malfunction warning light (wrench shaped) warning light came on and remained on until I parked and turned off the car. At the end of the work day I started the car and the warning light was not on. I took the car to a Ford service center and was told wires had melted together and needed to be replaced. The reason I was given by the service center is:" Test drive - check engine light on, no symptoms detected. Ids test PCM koeo-pass. Cont - P2138 (app sensor correlation error), koer-pass, per tsb 13-11-15, bypass circuits LE136, LE137, and RE137 at connector C210, pins 1, 8, and 9 respectively, switch app sensor connector pins 1 and 2."

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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