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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,348 miles

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2010 Ford Focus drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Aug 302016


  • 77,210 miles


Sudden loss of power while in motion, wrench light coming on. My teenage daughter has almost been involved in a couple of serious accidents because of this. I understand it is a known issue with the throttle body, but while Ford has extended the warranty on Explorer and a few other models so owners can have new parts installed, it has not extended the warranty to the Focus this despite thousands of online complaints from Focus owners. This repair will cost me about $700, and I cannot afford it. I will never again purchase a Ford.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #28

Apr 012016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked and lost acceleration while driving at various speeds. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred on numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Maumelle, AR, USA

problem #27

Jun 062016


  • 92,000 miles
Transmission is leaking before 95K miles properly maintained, also transmission has started to make a loud wiring noise where it sounds likes its gears are wearing. Was advised to drop transmission and tear into it to see what is broken but there is a confirmed problem. Was also advised by dealer to sell before breaks if not wanting to pay to explore for problem

- Boynton Beach Fl, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 012015


  • 12,000 miles


After 3 service bulletins for various parts of this transmission I believe Ford should give a lifetime warranty for the entire transmission.

- Hopkinton, MA, USA

problem #25

Jul 082015


  • 75,000 miles
Engine surged/faded a few times lately and twice the wrench symbol came on, but the dealership said no codes were reported and they could find no problems. Today while driving on the interstate the speed suddenly decelerated to 0 so I pulled over to the shoulder to avoid being hit from behind. The wrench symbol displayed again. After turning the key off/on the wrench was gone and the car started moving normally at highway speed. A few minutes later the same action repeated bit while sleeping on the shoulder I hit a metal obstruction on the road which a caused a flat tire. After changing to the spare the engine symbol displayed, but the car operated at highway speed normally. I stopped at an auto parts store where the read the stored codes, P2111 and P2135. It is now back at the dealership for service.

- Newton, IA, USA

problem #24

Jan 022015


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. When the ignition was started, the vehicle vibrated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #23

Apr 202015


  • 70,252 miles


We own a 2010 Ford Focus and for the past 6 weeks we have started having problems with the car losing power while driving. The car does not shut off but all ability to accelerate is gone. Once we stop the car, turn it off and restart it, the ability to accelerate is restored. This has happened several times in the past six weeks. It is especially dangerous when it happens on a four lane road when there is no chance to coast over to the side and you have to stop in the middle of fast moving traffic, turn off the vehicle and restart it. It also happened when turning onto a busy four lane road from a shopping center. We were turning left across traffic with plenty of room and time to make the turn until we lost acceleration, putting us in harms way with oncoming traffic. Fortunately the oncoming drivers were paying attention and stopped while we were stopped, turning off the ignition and restarting to regain ability to accelerate. In researching online and talking to the local Ford mechanic, it looks to be a very common problem with the Ford Focus. The problem centers around the throttle body and sensors, causing a disengagement with the ability to accelerate. So far we have been fortunate and have not been in an accident but I can no longer put my family in this vehicle until it is repaired. It is just too unsafe with this issue.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #22

Mar 232015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 55,767 miles
While driving late at night 12:30 a.M.from work on mn hwy 169 N I was exiting onto mn hwy 62 w, slowing down to 20 miles hr. Car slows down to 5 miles per hr., wrench light comes on. Car stalls rpms won't go beyond 2. car sputters & will not go forward. Pulled over in a safe place by exit ramp. Turned off car & restarted car is fine. Looked up on-line and saw similar complaints involving the throttle body malfunction. Called my Ford dealership. They had heard of this compliant. They repaired the problem for $837.19. On 03/24/15. I believe Ford Motor Company owes us a recall. Luckily there was no traffic. The incident could a potentially dangerous. I hope you can help me. Thank you for your help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hopkins, MN, USA

problem #21

Feb 192015


  • 123,000 miles
When I drive my car it jerks when I drive a certain mph.. I was on the free way and it felt like I wasn't going to be able to stop or didn't no if my car would stop... my power steering is not working when I turn a corner it makes a grinding noise and when I found out what the problem which was my power steering pump I got it fixed an now the power steering leaks out an still makes the noise.. I feel really unsafe in my car an am afraid to drive with my son in it.

- Maple Heights, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 052015


  • 86,000 miles
When driving this car and the speed reaches about 40 mph the traction control light comes on and the car reduces speed and you can push the pedal all the way down and it will go no faster than 30 mph. The only fix is to hit the traction control switch on the dash and this turns the traction off and allows you not to get killed. I took it to the shop to see if any trouble codes would pop up and the scan said the car was fine no issues. When you drive the car it tells a whole different will not be long until some one gets to an intersection and a truck is barring down on them and the car will not safely accelerate to get you out of danger. I have found nothing that will fix this problem so I will try to sell it back to a dealership. Sad thing is we still owe $5000. On it but don't feel safe in it. New car time, skipping Ford this time until they take some accountability and try to fix this issue.

- Saint Cloud , FL, USA

problem #19

Dec 152014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 65,800 miles


The car started jerking forward at a stop light - turned the heat off and it stopped jerking. Pulled into a parking space and put the car in park it started revving itself and jerking forward (made it up to 2000rmp before I could turn it off). Was at a stop sign and the car started jerking forward - before I could turn the heat off the car stalled out completely. Took to the dealership said the throttle body needed to be replaced. Car jerked forward: Idle, park and occasionally in drive. I know that other Ford models have had problems with the throttle body and I believe that Ford recalled and fixed the other models. It makes me wonder if the Focus is having the same problem as the other models did. Maybe the recall should be extended to the Focus also.

- Berkley, MI, USA

problem #18

Jul 012014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to respond. In addition, the check engine and wrench warning lights illuminated intermittently. The contact would have to shut the vehicle off and restart to resume normal function. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Holtwood , PA, USA

problem #17

Jul 162014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power cut off suddenly, and car had to be restarted multiple times to "limp home." The dealer diagnosed a problem with the throttle body and replaced it, but it was not covered under warranty. I understand from the internet that several other models have been given an extended warranty by Ford for this problem, but not the Focus yet.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #16

Apr 072014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I drive approximately 1 hour each way to work and back. During this trip I am spend a lot of time on two lane major access roadways with speeds of 55 mph. Driving at a steady 60 mph throughout most of my trip, I had a sudden loss of power in heavy traffic and the orange wrench that signifies "limp home mode" came on. Since half of my trip is on roads that are rural in amenities, I was unable to limp to the nearest Ford dealership or auto parts place the offer testing services. I coasted to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle which could be done under a roll as it is a 5spd. The car restarted immediately and ran perfect the rest of the way home (about 25 miles). This vehicle ran fine for three more weeks and then began doing the same thing again. One of the things I noticed the most is that it does not seem to do this over 60 mph as one day a week I am traveling at more highway speeds (70 ish) and it has never done this under that type of load. This had been an off and on occurrence since April, yet has become more common. I borrowed a scan tool from my neighbor, drove the car with it plugged in, and today came up with two codes in less than 11 miles of driving. P2135 and P2111 which when I contacted my Ford service technician came out to be throttle body codes. To date it has happened 27 times while driving, has not left me stranded, yet, but has caused rapid deceleration in some heavy traffic. Car does reset itself and runs fine for a while right after, however I am concerned that this could become much more of a hazard as time goes on. Currently has 74,500 miles on car.

- Gilford, NH, USA

problem #15

May 232014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 40,270 miles
I was traveling at highway speed with the cruise control set at approximately 70 mph when the transmission/drive train warning light came on. It stayed for several seconds before turning off. I began to look for the next exit to get off and take a look. After another mile, the same light came on, only this time, the check engine light came on with it. The cruise control shut off and my car began to slow down and would barely accelerate when the gas pedal was pressed. The engine also started to run very roughly. I stopped on the side of the highway and had it towed to the nearest facility, thinking that it was a problem with the transmission. At the shop, they told me it was a defective throttle body. They discovered that the throttle body had been recalled on several other models of Ford vehicles and called them. They were told that mine was not under the recall and not under warranty.

- South Charleston, WV, USA

problem #14

Dec 092013


  • 28,000 miles
Wrench light comes on. And vehicle loses all power. Have to pull to side of road and shut engine off and restart it.

- Union Grove , WI, USA

problem #13

Oct 052013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
While driving my car, I was stopped at a red light and when it turned green I was unable to accelerate. The wrench light was on and I couldn't move my car. I had my grandchildren with me and it was very scary to say the least. It has happened on the highway where I was unable to accelerate and had to put on my hazard lights and reset the car. I have seen online there are similar issues with the Ford Focus and there should be a recall. I am lucky that I and my grandchildren didn't get seriously injured.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #12

Sep 162013


  • 48,600 miles
Every morning when I start my car and begin to accelerate, the wrench icon will appear on the dashboard and I lose all control over acceleration. The car comes to a stop. If I restart car, it drives fine for the rest of the day until the next morning. I believe it is a throttle body sensor problem. This is not safe at all. Especially with a child.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #11

Jul 012013


  • 35,000 miles
Traveling around 75 passing a truck when we lost all response from the pedal and had to veer into ditch to avoid collision...service lights came on and car idled rough we cycled the key and regained pedal control..changed pedal and still have had the issue multiple times. Vehicle will remain parked not replacing a 400 dollar throttle body that has been failing on multiple years of the Focus the factory should handle this is a hazard.

- Wright Wy, WY, USA

problem #10

Jun 262013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Moosic, PA, USA

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