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 1 of 5)

problem #96

Dec 272016


  • 20,000 miles


Vehicle stationary in driveway. Completely dead, no lights, power, nothing. Vehicle has been to dealer 5 times for same issue. First time had only 1,364 miles. Dealer has no fix. Recharges battery and returns to me. Case opened with Ford, they will not buy back vehicle. Resolution from Ford each time: Bring back to dealer every time it happens for battery recharge. Tcm module replaced. Did not fix problem.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #95

Sep 072016


  • 14,000 miles
The car started not accelerating when gas was pushed, delayed then caught and jerked like transmission was bad, also the gas milage got worse after owning a little over a year. Almost hit by semi-truck getting on the interstate because car wouldn't accelerate! in town, at lights, would jerk when at a stop or at take off, almost causing people behind or front of me to hit me. Took it to one local dealer, said they adjusted the (tcm) transmission control module and in about 1000 miles it would be corrected and we should see better gas milage and no jerking or issues with acceleration.. didn't happen, took to a different Ford dealer near us, they said no parts to fix it. One month later called them back about part, and they said "no known fix from Ford at this time". they said we could just leave the car with them if we didn't feel safe driving it, they would add it to 3 other ones out back!!!. took the car back to our original dealer bought it from and they offered no apology and said we could trade it on another one of their cars.. no thanks. Highly disappointed in Ford... thought they were much better company. Safety apparently not an issue with them.. I called Ford corporate and opened a case number on the issue, only to have my case closed within one day because they deemed the car "within working parameters" after saying they discussed it with the dealers we took it to for repair. When I asked what that meant, they said couldn't tell me because it was Ford confidential information!. now no one at Ford Corp. Will return my calls, or the dealer I took the car back too. Lost all contact with Ford at this point. Seeking a lawyer to see options on how to salvage some issue that will hit my credit rating, since I basically won't be making payments on it anymore and gave it back to the dealer. Shame on Ford!!!!!! selling cars they know have an issue....

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #94

Jan 182014


  • 82 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. While accelerating from a stop at 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the vehicle violently vibrated and failed to downshift intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two separate occasions where it was diagnosed that the dual clutch transmission needed to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82.

- Cookville, TN, USA

problem #93

Nov 282016


  • 27,000 miles


My vehicle starts shrugging & shivering when I push on the gas pedal. The shiver is at times too hard to control and can't Focus on driving. This has been the fourth time with the same clutch issue and the dealer says I got to live with the problem until they get a new clutch ordered which is 21 weeks from now. I have a kid at the back seat and not comfortable to drive.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #92

May 052015


  • 15,000 miles
See attached statement word document for full details. I have owned this car for two years now, I purchased it in December of 2014. At the time I was commuting 120 miles daily to support a project. I was very early on the car began to jerk and shake. I retuned it first for a defective tire, defective backup sensor and unsafe transmission functionality. Kings Ford (cincinnati oh) replaced the tire (I had to pay for the tire), replaced the backup sensor (warranty) and ¿reset/updated¿ the transmission controls firmware. After this, I retuned the vehicle multiply times for unsafe transmission functionality. After about two more times of kings Ford ¿resetting/updating¿ the transmission controls firmware they finally replaced the clutches. This was at 20,000 miles. Since then I have taken the car to kings Ford two more times for unsafe transmission functionality. Each time they ¿reset/updated¿ the transmission controls firmware. Yesterday, I called Ford roadside to pickup the car and return it to kings Ford due to unsafe transmission functionality. Also, I have another faulty tire and the air handing actuators in the dash are making grinding sounds. I have had multiply near accidents due to the vehicles unsafe transmission functionality. The vehicle has disabled itself in high speed interstate traffic. I had navigate the car from the fast lane to the right shoulder without any available power. I narrowly missed a set of large commercial trucks! once at the side of the road, I had to cycle the ignition before the car would respond to accelerator inputs. There have been multiply other instances where the car fails to accelerate correctly when merging into traffic¿nearly being rear ended, certainly leading to a few road rage incidents.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #91

Oct 272016


  • 32,212 miles
Automatic transmission, slips gear as you accelerate from 1st to 2nd gear from a stop, between 10-20 mph. Dealer states that the clutch needs to be replaced at 32,212 miles.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #90

Sep 032016

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 23,500 miles


Car shudders in stop an go traffic between 1-5 seconds in 1st gear and 2nd gear after the car is warm/hot from driving on the highway. Car shudders on turns randomly on side streets/city streets. When the car is hot after highway driving it has difficulty accelerating, specifically a delay after stopping at a light when turning left between 2-3 seconds. The transmission makes a rattle noise between neutral, 1st gear, 2nd gear and sometimes 3rd gear no matter where I'm driving or for how long. When I turn the car off after putting it into park on hot days the car will make a big jerk and loud noise from the transmission. To make a note this did not happen just on a specific day but continuously over the 2 years (mostly during the summer and very little during the winter) I have had the car even after 5 complaints to Ford and multiple transmission module updates.

- Rockville Centre, NY, USA

problem #89

Oct 252016


  • 30,000 miles
I bought my 2014 Ford Fiesta in December 2013 and shortly after this the car began to shudder when accelerating from a stop or slower speeds. I have taken it back to the dealer from which it was bought for this issue and it was resolved for some time, but the issue is now resurfacing. The Fiesta tends to shudder and hesitate when trying to accelerate and has made it dangerous at intersections or when trying to speed up to enter a highway.

- Timonium, MD, USA

problem #88

Oct 132015

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 43,500 miles
The transmission caused the car to rev up while driving or to jerk as if the vehicle is about to stall.

- Demopolis, AL, USA

problem #87

Sep 012016


  • 13,000 miles
Transmission module failed for the third time. Lurches, engine revs, no power, fails to go. Ford parts are on backorder for 30 days or more.

- Ruckersville, VA, USA

problem #86

Aug 042016


  • 61,000 miles


Transmission control module has been a recall on my car since 3 months after my purchase. Everytime I take the car in to be serviced they all say the same thing "nothing is wrong" but I have my cars vehicle health reports the past years and they all say the recall is an error my car has left me on the side of the road having to be towed, also had them suggest buying a new battery after a year is ridiculous, also the fan motor on the car has been replaced 2 times and the vehicle still overheats today as we speak. I bought this car brand new and it has been a awful worry everyday driving will it overheat or is the transmission going to go today" I believe this car has been a lemon from the day I bought it. Ford has also accepted their part in the transmission by offering to extend the warranty from 36000 to 150000. They know this is a problem. Ford is having me take my car to dealers all over trying to get them to fix the transmission all of the dealers say the same thing nothing is wrong. I would like the peace of mind I deserve from my new car purchase I pay my payment every month why cant I have that peace of mind" I have to leave work everytime they want me to take the car elsewhere and I bought this car for peace of mind. Why is it no one wants to do anything about it. A lemon is a lemon and another vehicle should be offered or something this is not right. 2 years of this constant battle over what is wrong with the car, why have the vehicle health report option if you want me to ignore what it is telling me> I don't get it.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #85

Aug 012016


  • miles
The car has significant issues with the transmission, which has been res configured about four to five times. Car vibrates and has issues with accelaration. Dealers won't do anything but warranties keep getting extended by Ford. I started having the issue about six months after buying the car and it keeps happening.

- Westbury, NY, USA

problem #84

Jun 132016


  • miles
When I accelerate on take off my car shutters bad and I need to know what to

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #83

Aug 212016


  • 48,985 miles
2014 Ford Fiesta 1.6L with " power shift " dual clutch 6 speed transmission purchased this vehicle in April 2016, used with 36,675 miles Ford factory certified ( CP0 ), within 1200 miles the transmission would slip and shudder up hills, dealer preformed an adaptive relearn on the tcm, corrected the problem for a short period of time. Shudder and grinding noise in reverse, then as well as in forward gears happened approximately 3 months and 10,00 miles after purchase of the car. Took car back into dealer and dealer stated the clutches failed the required test to determine replacement of the clutches again. ( clutches were replaced at 28K miles with previous owner). Dealer stated they would order the clutches and notify when they are available for replacement. This was August 11th 2016 the car had 47,268 miles at time of service. The dealer never issued a rental car even with a problem affecting the transmission was determined. The incident that happen today August 21st 2016 that warranted this complaint is as follows. While stoped at a stop sign on a residential roadway shortly after starting car, my car failed to say stoped and lunged into the roadway and broadsided a car and then even with the brakes fully decompressed the car lurched forward again striking the car again after trying to turn away from the car to prevent the impact. Impact was minor as the transmission was causing the movement and my brakes were fully decompressed. The class action lawsuit addressed the involuntary engagement of the transmission causing the issues of lurching forward without user input. There is no open recalls on this vehicle. To date nothing that Ford has done has corrected the problem permanently and this has caused an excessive depreciation of value in this vehicle. I personally do not feel safe operating this car.

- Port Allegany, PA, USA

problem #82

Aug 032016


  • miles
I got a notice in the mail about the tcm. Had the clutch module replaced when I bought the car new. Still shutters when going from 1st to 2nd. Almost costed me an accident when pulling out of my driveway because it didnt want to engage. After this car is paid off... I will never buy an american car again. Btw. Ford tells me there is nothing they can do until the tcm fails completely.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #81

Jul 252016


  • 59,278 miles
Purchased car in June 2014 and in September 2014 I began seeing the transmission module recall every time I did a vehicle health report took it in every time the report came back, every time the Ford place I bought it said they could do nonthing to help in early March the transmission completely quit and I had to have it towed only to have the Ford place tell me that I had to replace the battery. The car was barely 1 1/2 years old and so I did and they said that I could keep bringing the car back but Ford would not let the fix the module due to whatever. They did extend the transmission warranty from 36K to 60 K which leads me to this point I have had the car back at the dealer at least 3 more times each time I have to leave the car and it never gets fixed the milage is at 59 K now and I took it to a different dealer in another town today and they said it was fixed and I came back to work and did another vehicle health report and it is still showing as a factory recall I will upload the report to you. Also so the car has had to have a new fan put on it 2 different times for overheating I cant afford to have all this work done this car has caused me more pain than I can deal with. I have tried to trade the car and am upside down I have only this vehicle and must work and have never had such horrible luck with a new car this car is the most I have ever spent almost $17000. It is not right for this to be happening. When the car broke down and the transmission would do nothing I was stranded on the highway, I have complain with Ford and the dealer since I bought this car and nothing ever gets done.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #80

Sep 182015


  • 9,000 miles
Shuddering upon turning right, left, take off during accelration. It was in motion, charleston SC. Was afraid to pull out in traffic

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #79

Jun 252016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced difficulty driving up an incline. The contact stated that the vehicle would immediately roll backwards. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission software needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not provided.

- Jackson, GA, USA

problem #78

Oct 152015


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. While driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle shook violently and jerked forward without warning. While the brake pedal was depressed on an incline, the vehicle drifted backwards and crashed into a tree. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 18,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #77

Dec 122015


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Fiesta. While driving in a parking lot and attempting to shift gears, the gear failed to engage and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the clutch was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Lake Grove, NY, USA

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