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.

CarComplaints.com Notes: For the third year in a row, the 3rd generation Focus is experiencing massive transmission problems.

Most notably owners keep complaining about how there's bad hesitation and jerking when starting from a stop. This isn't the result of an old, worn out part. In fact, the average mileage it's reported to us is just over 15k miles.

6.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2014 Ford Focus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 052014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My car has generated a horrible smell in the interior. It started out as a faint smell. Then after a couple weeks it has gotten significantly stronger. Took the car to the dealer and they took out the entire interior and cleaned everything. The smell was then gone. It started to smell again about 2 months later. The same exact smell. It is 20F outside currently now and the smell is not noticeable until the car gets warm or it sits in a heated garage. The smell is hard to describe. Its a foul smell, on the same level as a dead animal smell, but it smells nothing like that. The dealer and I have confirmed that it is not the smell that is coming from the ac when water condensation collects in there. This is an entirely different smell than that. It almost smells like some sort of chemical. Im still working with the dealer and Ford to sort out this deal. While they have been accommodating, it is frustrating to say the least. They have talked about replacing the entire interior, but the dealer and I do not believe that will work.

- New London, WI, USA

problem #1

Apr 012014

Focus

  • 3,200 miles
I bought this car new on Dec 31, 2013. Here's my list of problems... 1) trunk was way off alignment, dealership fixed best they could... 2) wipers are hitting the side of frame when they wipe. It makes a very loud noise when wipers are on and is very annoying. Dealership is installing new wiper motors as I write this... 3) molding on both rear doors at top of window keep falling down, also being repaired now. 4) car drops rims when at a stop and almost kills the engine..... 5) car hesitates when accelerator is pressed, then jerks forward. I drive this car very conservatively, like an old man, I take great care of all my cars. I am very disappointed in this purchase! I've owned Ford for 25 years and the quality is greatly going down. Looks like I'll have to file another lemon law suite against Ford....I did win my first suite in 2010 on a new Ford Ranger!

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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