really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,545 miles

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2014 Ford Fiesta drivetrain problems

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2014 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #16

Nov 012013


  • miles


The transmission has been shaking and hesitating on acceleration since about 1 1/2 months after I got it. When it tries to switch gears it jerks and acts like it doesn't want to pull. The RPM's will rev up to about 4,000 and then drop down to about 1,500 and I will have to let off the gas entirely for it to steady out. The car shakes and jerks so hard at times that it feels like it is going to fall apart. I called the dealership and they say nothing is wrong with it, although I've known of several people to have issues with their Fiesta transmissions and I have read of multiple having accidents due to their acceleration issues.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #15

Sep 082014


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that while traveling at various speeds, the transmission exhibited a loud noise and there was an abnormal vibration. Also, the contact indicated that the gears were intermittently slipping and the failure was getting progressively worse. The failure was reported to the authorized dealer on multiple occasions but the vehicle was not inspected or diagnosed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician verified the failure and referred the contact to the authorized dealer to re-flash the computer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Nokomis, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 172014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 4,700 miles
I bought a 2014 Ford Fiesta with automatic/manual transmission in March. It ran awesome for 6 months, a really fun car. It just recently started shifting rough, jumping, lurching, sputtering while accelerating from a dead stop. About to go to the dealer for the first time about the issue. Not happy. The reason we bought a new car was to have something economical and reliable. I have read many other complaints about the same issue for this vehicle. I wish I would have read them before we bought the car. This is dangerous if acceleration is needed to avoid a collision and the car has no power.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #13

Nov 052013


  • 30 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the vehicle began shaking and jerked forward without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. However, the failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 30.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #12

Oct 152014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The vehicle shakes during shifting. Sometimes there is a loss of power. Other times the car accelerates more than expected. I have taken the car to the dealership and they are not able to repair the vehicle. I feel that if the car does not respond predictably, there is a risk of accident. The internet discussion groups are full of thousands of other people with the same problem, some have already been involved in accidents. Ford has acknowledged that the transmission is faulty by extending the warranty. Despite Ford extended warranty, the safety issue still exists and they will not remedy the situation unless someone forces them. Please help.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 282014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 29,900 miles
Whole front end of vehicle shaking when trying to move forward. Bad transmission fluid burning smell. Once moving every time it shifted between gears it would shake the front end of car. After this incident and starting the car the next day it ran fine until it warmed up. When trying to make appointment to have repaired was told it can take anywhere from 1 - 6 months for this to happening even though I have just have the car in the week before to same issue just not a bad. They did take it in after making many complaints but I don't think I will see it for at least a month and suspect it will have a new trans in it when I get it back. It will fail again and again. Guess it is a good thing I bought the 100,000 mile warranty when I bought the car...

- Commerce Twp, MI, USA

problem #10

Oct 082014


  • 3,200 miles


When taking off from a stop light/sign, vehicle shutters. I believe it is coming from the transmission. I have the automatic transmission. After reaching approx. 10 mph, it seems to stop. Appears to be getting worse. Called dealership and they advise they have had numerous complaints. Will not honor any warranty since car was salvaged even though no mechanical damages occurred. (was hit on passenger doors) from what I have read online, this is an ongoing problem with the Fiesta and Focus but yet Ford will not do a re-call. Seems to be a dangerous problem and they are choosing to ignore.

- Andover, KS, USA

problem #9

Jul 042014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 7,200 miles
When we bought the vehicle they said there would be some abnormal noises in the transmission during break in (1000 miles) and it should go away. The noises didn't start until around 4500 miles. On July 4, 2014 we took a 600 mile round trip (mileage at this time is 7200). At approximately half way through this trip we start smelling burnt oil. The vehicle then started to shudder and shack while accelerating from first to second and second to third gears and didn't stop. Took the vehicle to the dealer and they reprogrammed the software and said some slipping is normal operation for this transmission. This worked for three days then it went back to shuddering and shaking but worse than before. 2 days later we almost got hit while trying to pull out into traffic because the transmission would not shift and power wasn't there.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #8

Apr 162014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Transmission shakes and shudders when changing gear. When going home I have to go up a hill and make a turn to go up another hill. When I slow down to turn and go up the next hill the transmission shudders. If I slow down in traffic and restart while rolling I get the shudder. Several times when at a traffic light I have started to go and the car in front stops suddenly I hit my brakes and the car almost stales and then when I do go I get the shudder. Sometimes I think the drive shaft is going to drop.

- Cohoes, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 282014

Fiesta 4WD 4-cyl

  • 6,250 miles
Upon light acceleration vehicle shudders as if engine drops a cylinder. Former mechanic for 40 years. Problem is in transmission. Positive it is clutch slippage. Have an appointment with Ford dealer in cheshire ct. 10/8/2014. Was told a reprogram would be first try to fix. Then a parts replacement. Which I am sure they meant clutches. I have very little confidence that either repair will fix. Also concerned it will probably be even worse if they open it up to replace parts. No confidence in the technicians these days.

- Southington, DC, USA

problem #6

Oct 152013


  • 3,000 miles


The car slips gear and shudders at low speeds, and when coming from a complete stop or after slowing down. The dual clutches have now been replaced twice. This time around out seems to be worse than it was before.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 142013

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 10 miles
Transmission shutters when starting from stop and still does at 14,000. Miles. Road tested by beach Ford and verified.and repair invoice no.focs443177 at 10639 miles still have same problems after service.have notified Ford Motor Co.customer service and they have a file I believe on my problems with transmission power shift 6 spd auto trans.help me try to understand if this problem is fixable because my wife will not drive this car.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 262014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 10,850 miles
I was driving down the highway going 60 mph. Then out of nowhere the car shifts down a gear and it just sits like that and doesn't shift back up so I have to do it manually. Also when I was getting up to 60 mph. The car then wouldn't shift in 6th gear like it was just stuck. This took me 5-10 minutes to finally get it to shift properly.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Jun 202014


  • 19,402 miles
Car jerks and shakes very hard at low and high speeds. Takes off by itself with a fast jerk and rolls backwards when at a complete stop. Car actually has lost power while try to accelerate onto a major high way.I was almost hit by a tractor trailer due to this issue. I'm very scared to drive this car and very much regret my very first purchase of a brand new car.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012013

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • miles
-transmission is very jerky -car has a lot of hesitation after accelerating from a low speed or a stop -shuddering and grinding noise when stopping and accelerating when I first bought the car these issues were minor and I was told they would go away once the car got used to my style of driving but now they have become more severe and happening more frequently making this car a safety issue. When changing lanes and making turns the car is very unpredictable and may soon cause an accident. I have taken it into Ford numerous times and am always told this is how the car runs and these are normal functions for the transmission. I believe these cars need to be recalled and off the road before something serious happens.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #1

May 042014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 3,842 miles
Driving on the highway at 65 mph car looses power you cant accelerate it hesitates and wants to shut off at times it does it wont go up hill and when approaching a stop light hesitates and shuts off you start it back up fine and it wont go transmission fails its automatic transmission does it once transmission warms up.

- Ponce, PR, USA

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