Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Ford changed a lot of things for its 3rd generation, just none of them were a good idea.

The transmission tends to hesitate and jerk when accelerating. The new electronically-driven power steering can fail suddenly and without warning. Even Ford's SYNC can be a headache. Actually, scratch that last one --- it's always been a headache.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,671 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Ford Focus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2013 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012014

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated and jerked before accelerating. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission program needed to be updated. The repair was performed, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 11,000. Updated 12/09/14 updated 05/11/2015

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 072013


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving 65 mph, there was a hesitation and vibration when the accelerator pedal was engaged. The failure recurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the transmission fluid was leaking. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Daly City , CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082013


  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving approximately 2 mph, the transmission surged without prior warning. The failure recurred intermittently while traveling at extremely low speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed that there was no defect and that the unexpected surge was the characteristic of the transmission. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 12.

- Coupeville, WA, USA

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