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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,751 miles

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2006 Ford Focus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2006 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 302011

Focus 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


Transmission problems. Transmission intermittently does not kick into gears when accelerating. I went to get on the high way, (speed limit 65mph), got up to 55 and the transmission just started revving as if I was locked in neutral, almost caused 2 accidents from moving traffic, as my car was driving considerably slower than the rest going the speed limit). Very dangerous and very scary. Pulled off at next exit(was considerably close). Car would then not go over 25 mph. It's like it would not switch into the next gear. Had to call a tow. Ford garage says tranny definitely has problems and needs rebuilt/replaced. It had happened a few times before where I would go to accelerate and would get stuck in one gear, but after a few seconds would finally kick into gear - when it did finally kick into gear, it was a strong jerk as if I punched the gas. After looking around online, apparently many people with the same yr make model have had this problem.

- Ottawa, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 112010


  • 84,000 miles
Key would not remove from ignition. After a couple of weeks noticed that the transmission was not locking when in park. You didn't have to push in the safety button for it to go into gear. This is a major safety issue to me since many Focus owners have simply gone to leaving the key in the ignition after it sticks there and find out the cost from the dealer to fix.

- Waverly, IA, USA

problem #1

Jun 072007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,253 miles
Ford 2006, Focus zxw, when parking the car, the moving the automatic transmission stick to park does not lock in all the time. It does seems to park, car does not roll, but trans mission stick easily move away and fll into other gears, and the car moves. When it does not lock unable to remove the key. Most of the time after about up to 3 min later you hear a ting sound then it locks. Once it locks key can be removed. I also had the same issue with 2003 Ford Focus 2 years earlier, dealer replaced the lock then it would release the key, every time I parked.

- Adelphi, MD, USA

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