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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.

5.3

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,536 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 clutch problems

clutch problem

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 162016

Focus

  • 78,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving various speeds, the vehicle lost power and would not accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle shuddered. After shutting off the vehicle and restarting the engine, the vehicle operated normally. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Riley, MI, USA

problem #8

Jul 142015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced failures stalling and shuttering without warning. In addition, the vehicle independently rolled back when operated on an incline. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch pack failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer approximately five times for the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 21,000. Updated 09/22/16 updated 10/4/16.

- Birch Tree, MO, USA

problem #7

Jul 182014

Focus

  • 8,322 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle would shudder and hesitate. The vehicle would independently slow down when making turns. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the automatic clutch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle had been to the dealer for the same repair on four separate occasions and each remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,322.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 112015

Focus

  • 8,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While attempting to accelerate to highway speeds, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician informed that the clutch needed to be replaced again. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Mount Washington, KY, USA

problem #5

Mar 012015

Focus

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the clutch needed to be replaced in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired, but the dealer had to order the parts. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152014

Focus

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While attempting to accelerate from a stop sign, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle jerked and hesitated before accelerating. In addition, while driving at a low speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to part unavailability. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V005000 ( fuel system, gasoline); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000.

- Hanceville, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 152014

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While accelerating from a stop, the engine stalled without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The dealer diagnosed that the clutch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V495000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 2,000. Updated 7/13/15

- Tipton, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 022015

Focus

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle excessively vibrated, jerked, and failed to accelerate at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer reprogrammed the software and stated that the clutch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the clutch was on back order and could not provide a turn around time. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 072014

Focus

  • 3,500 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While accelerating from a stop at 5 mph, the vehicle surged forward and the speed increased to 15 mph without warning. The vehicle jerked and the speed accelerated beyond 20 mph. The failure occurred ten times. The dealer stated that the clutch and seals needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 3,500.

- Trenton, TX, USA

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