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: 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,222 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.

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #12

May 112014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles


The engine shuts off, and idle is constantly going too low. The car will sometimes shut off when the clutch is engaged, and the RPM's are allowed to fall to idle range. This is becoming a safety hazard because the car has died in middle of intersections, and while traveling at interstate speeds. Numerous other owners have posted the same issue, some with less than 200 miles.

- Kenosha , WI, USA

problem #11

Mar 062014


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while coming to a complete stop, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent and occurred while the clutch was engaged and while the vehicle was in neutral. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Sunnyvale , CA, USA

problem #10

Apr 152014


  • 900 miles
Jerking upon gears changing.. grinding sound upon acceleration and when turning left. Took it to the dealership, they determined at 900 miles the car needed a new clutch. This was replaced thinking it would fix the shifting issues and the grinding noise. The grinding noise came back yesterday as well as the car trying to cut off and idling very low at stop signs/stop lights.. the grinding continued through 3rd gear. The dealership is still trying to determine what is causing this sound. Replacing the clutch did fix the jerking and hard shifting issues however the grinding sound is still an issue.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #9

Apr 242014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 2,747 miles


Brand new 2014 leased Ford Focus St repeatedly stalls at idle. Has occurred since purchase in December 2013. Brought it in for service at perry Ford in santa barbara. They fixed it temporarily but the issue now persists. Same issue as Focus St thread: I'm now bringing car back to perry for the 4th time in 3 months.

- Santa Barbara , CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 022013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Trouble with the dual clutch automatic transmission from the first day of ownership. The car now has 6K miles and the problems persist. The following problems are even worse during cold weather: The transmission shifts poorly, roughly, misses shifts, chooses the wrong gear for the vehicle speed, disengages and sends the engine to redline then drops into gear with a bang and either slows the vehicle with engine braking because the gear is too low, or lugs the engine with no acceleration because the gear is too high. The transmission is always shifting, and seems 'confused' as to what gear that it should be in. In city driving, if I need to suddenly brake, when I re-apply the throttle again, the transmission hangs between gears and the engine revs to redline then drops into gear and chirps the tires. The transmission also makes grinding noises when changing from 1st to 2nd gear. Also very slow to drop to a lower gear when throttle is pressed for quick acceleration. Takes about 2 seconds for it to downshift and then accelerate. Also, the gear indicator on the console (prnds) doesn't line up with the shifter or illuminate to show which gear is selected, so it's difficult to tell whether I've selected reverse, neutral, or drive. In addition, the display on the instrument panel that shows the gear selection sometimes takes over 30 seconds to illuminate or 'boot up' to indicate what gear is selected. I often end up in neutral when I think I've chosen reverse or drive while I wait for the instrument panel indicator to 'boot up'. the dealerships say that I have the current software, and, "they all do that." Dangerous, and will probably add up to very expensive repairs as it can't possibly be reliable under these conditions.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #7

Mar 282014


  • 12,000 miles
Ford Focus St '14 : on startup the engine revs to 1500 then down to <500rpm and almost stalls. In addition, sometimes while driving, if the clutch is depressed the engine revs will rapidly decrease to this near stall point causing lots of engine shutter. There is a tsb (13-9-7) released, but the engine is throwing 0 codes when the engine shutter happens.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Oct 092013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 1,225 miles


My car has several issues which are not safe to drive with and dealership cannot fix them: 1. vibration on the brake pedal when I let the car go from a stop before pushing the gas. 2. transmission is jerky when I accelerate, it seems to stop, go back and forth, as if somebody's pulling me back 3. antifreeze smell when I turn on the ac (have a headache)

- Gilbert , AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 142014


  • 500 miles
I bought this car brand new on March 10, 2014. About a week after having it I noticed when I accelerate it gets very jerky and the rpms shoot up higher than I've ever seen in another car. There is also a grinding sound when I am accelerating and sometimes even when I am just driving. I am very concerned, and I am taking it back to the dealership this afternoon.

- Jacksonville, AL, USA

problem #4

Jan 312014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 220 miles
2014 Ford Focus St with manual transmission when decelerating to a stop sign or stop light (approx 20-10 mph), and engaging the clutch to coast with the car in neutral, the car will almost stall (drops to about ~500 RPM) and then the engine "catches itself" and will rev to 1000-1200 RPM before settling back to a normal 700-800 RPM idle. This happens at random, but "ac/on" also increases likelihood of occurrences. This happens every trip. I stopped counting after 12 events in the first seven days. The car also "hunts" for it's idle speed (with a warmed engine) and varies from 700-1000 RPM, apparently at random. There is already a Ford tsb for this, tsb# 13-09-07, but it can only be accomplished if an engine completely shuts down and throws a check engine light/code. Due to the fact that this could completely shut off an engine while stopping near other motorists, like the recent GM ignition issue, I believe Ford should recall all these vehicles. It is a 45 minute repair and approx $8 dollars in parts to repair two "crimped wire connections" in the main wiring harness, (S132 & S133). They need to be soldered, not crimped (6 bare copper wires overlaid together and crimped). I have been to two Ford dealerships but they are under strict Ford guidelines not to accomplish the tsb unless there is a check engine light/code. I even offered to pay for the repair and was turned away both times. I believe it is better to accomplish this tsb and remove the concern than to wait for an owner safety issue leading to engine shut down and an accident. There have been numerous complaints about this issue on forums at Focus [search for tsb 13-9-7]. there are youtube videos of this event as well. Please help Ford resolve this issue before it hurts someone. Thank you kindly.

- Rincon, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 232013


  • 2,148 miles
While driving on the freeway the car began to decelerate, gas pedal was non responsive. Traveling approximately 60-65 mph in 5th gear. Deceleration occurred in 5th gear. Was only able to maintain speed in 4th gear, but was unable to go any faster than 50- 55 mph with gas pedal to the floor. Vehicle displayed some shuddering and slight sputter effect. If vehicle was placed back into 5th gear deceleration would continue. Tachometer showed 3000 RPM regardless of gear placement. No warning lights, or check engine lights. Two days later vehicle had the same symptom but only momentarily.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 202013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 528 miles
Low grinding noise coming from front of car after turns, inclines, accelerating after a stop. Sounds like aluminum cans grinding. Also, loss of power in car acceleration for brief periods when driving, especially when accelerating on the freeway to merge into traffic.

- Lake Forest Park, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 102013


  • 1,323 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and the stop safely now warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 1,323. Returned by usps on 11-13-2013. Second attempt on 11-19-2013 failed.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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