Print this page Notes: You should probably steer clear of the 2012 Focus. Otherwise, you might not be able to steer at all.

The 2012 is the first Focus to offer Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS). It's also the first year with massive power steering failure. These things are not mutually exclusive.

And while you wait for your steering to disappear, you'll be greeted with a transmission that shudders, vibrates or won't shift at all.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,831 miles

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Nov 202018


  • 129,560 miles


On my 2012 Ford Focus fuel consumption has decreased also once the car gets passed a half tank the fuel volume gauge is not correct the car actually runs out of fuel what's the last quarter of a mark which appears to still have fuel, also front end drivetrain makes loud noise when turning corners, engine will not crank at times and makes funny sounds under the hood electrical sounds. Battery positive lead wiring gets hot. Car will not start, blower fan doesn't work and car runs hot, after being replaced 12/05/2019.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #47

Nov 202019


  • 149,242 miles
It seems as the transmission needs reprogram the body control module with updated software it seems to be stuck on S instead of normal drive and it has problems when accelerate and shift

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #46

Nov 092019


  • 191,000 miles
While in motion on the interstate my consul gave me a notification that there was a "failure in steering assist" and to pull over safely. At witch time I lost my power steering assist. I pulled off at the next exit which thankfully led to baxter Ford South where they ran a service check the next day. After running the check they determined there was a failure in the power steering control module (pscm). The pscm was re programed to the last known code. They informed me that they did not know how long the fix would last. On the same day after driving 600 miles I received the same message and once again lost power steering assist. Note that the same failure has occurred in the 2011- 2012 Ford Fusion, Ford flex, and Ford Taurus. All have been recalled except for the 2012 Ford Focus model. I will attach and highlight my invoice from baxter Ford South.

- Clarksville, MI, USA

problem #45

Jul 032019


  • miles


My Ford Focus has been having electrical issues for several months now. I have asked Ford to look at my car and they stated it will be $150 to do that. I do not have the money. My major concern is the air bags. My light has been coming off and on and I do not think the air bags will employ. I have seen several complaints on your web site and online as well. Some cars have been in accidents and having the same issue and airbags did not employ. I am terrified this will happen and not save a life. I have an autistic 13 yr old that rides in the passenger side and myself are very concerned!. also I have been following online a big issue with the electrical in the middle isle which controls the radio and airbags and whatever other warning lights and controls may be. My radio shorted out with loud popping and srcreehing nose then blew out. I think the electrical is all bad in the unit which may be effecting the airbags. Please I am asking for a very concerned safety concern to save a life regarding the airbags please look into a recall regarding this. I am not the first one tho complain about this. Thank you very much. I do have pictures with the airbag light on and off. It is not a push button! I can send pictures if you need them. I am able to do currently. Please let me know. Please help

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #44

Sep 112019


  • 128,193 miles
Takara recall there is a "steering assist fault" message that comes randomly. The steering is really tough to move while driving, went to see if they had any safety recalls on it but there isn't. this has happened multiple times randomly while I was driving and is not very safe.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #43

Sep 092019


  • 139,500 miles
The brake pedal will go to the floor. Based on my research Ford has a problem with the ABS brake pump which causes the brakes to go soft. The pedal has a long travel is very sluggish to respond. In my opinion this is a extreme safety issue. I believe Ford should be made to recall and fix the problem.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #42

Aug 192019


  • 103,000 miles


Most ability to steer. Wheel locked while driving.

- Queens, NY, USA

problem #41

Aug 112019


  • 111,000 miles
Car suddenly loses all power while driving down the road and completely shuts down, loses all power for about 15 min to hour and the will suddenly start up again

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #40

Jul 122018


  • 54,000 miles
Loss of power steering on public road. Power steering assist failure

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #39

May 232019


  • 123,000 miles
Takata recall everytime I take off in my car it jurks all the time like it was trying to catch to move into next year it jurks as I drive down the road and when I stop at a red light, and a stop sign it jurks and then cuts of so I have to put the car in park to keep it from cutting off I have been on the side of the road 6 times because of this problem the gas meter stop working so I never knew how much gas I had in the car now I can not even drive the car because it has gotten worse want go into gear

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #38

Jul 212019


  • 137,000 miles


The vehicle shudders from a compete stop or accelerating this has happened since purchase of the vehicle. Most recently the car will accelerate when driving or in worst cases while braking. The vehicle has ramped up to 6000rpm while braking going down hill. Upon contacting local Ford dealership about the unintended acceleration, they stated they had not heard of this issue before. Advised me to stop driving the vehicle and have it towed to their facility.

- Danielsville, PA, USA

problem #37

Feb 122019


  • miles
I have a called the dealership I bought my car from. They are refusing to help me. My transmission is going out on my car. That I've had for 1 year. I've had my car looked at 4 times. But the issue wasn't fixed. This car isn't safe for me to drive. I want this fixed.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #36

Nov 012018

Focus 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Over the last 4 months my Ford Focus has completely ran like [xxx] the car bogs out cuts off due to the fuel and cluster jam and it's caused my clutch or transmission to throw codes. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #35

Dec 202018


  • 100,000 miles
Bought 2012 Ford Focus on 3/2016. 5/2016 took back to dealership for stuck window D/T bad motor and reprogramming of transmission control module. 7/2016 car would not start at all, completely stalled out. Took to Ford dealership again...transmission computer/module replaced. 12/2018 car stalled yet again and steering would not work nor would shifter...transmission garage stated they fixed issue. 8 hours later, the car would not run at all. Transmission place refused to touch the car again. Called original dealership and ofcourse, they replaced the transmission control module. And expect us to pay for it again this time! plus the dealership will not replace car until most recent recall is fixed on it. Like hell will I put my 2 children and husband back in this car with the chance of it to stall again and crash. We reside 40 miles away from work so a total of a 1/2 tank of gas at one time is not feasible in western New York weather. 5 transmission problems and how many recalls later and Ford Motor Company will not do anything to make their wrongs right

- Warsaw, NY, USA

problem #34

Oct 112018


  • 105,458 miles
While driving dashboard lights and gauges turn off radio turns on and off and unable to operate or turn off it stays on with extremely loud turns off while in motion on a highway and street. We pushed it to safety then attempted to turn it back on and it did. Today we took it to a Ford dealer the rep hooked it up to the diagnostic machine no problem was was found. Then later that day it did it again. We took it back now they say its the computer system that controls computer programming for the car. Granted they had not hooked it up to the diagnostic machine and the cost would $800. This car is not even 6 years old this is a big concern /liability when you have the dash lights and gauges, the radio turning off and on. The car is shutting off in mid motion. I called Ford today the rep said nothing we can do no other reports about those symptoms have been reported. Yes the rep said symptoms. But other reports have been made on blog chats. Same or similar issues. I have major concerns when a car is shutting down whe driving that is definitely something to worry about. 2012 Ford Focus cost $21000 6 years old needing minor repairs wear and tear understandable tire $50 windshield wipers $30 etc electrical computer programming major repair big problem since potentially your car can shut down in the middle of a highway and you a can cause an accident or worse die. $800 is a lot of money to get a repair done for 6 year old car.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #33

Aug 012016


  • 100 miles
The car cuts off while in motion. At times it will shut off at stop lights, in the middle of traffic or just stop accelerating. It may start back after restarting the car.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #32

Sep 072018


  • 109,000 miles
While sitting still my gas hand went from 1/2 a tank of gas to the full mark. Filled it up even though the gas hand was on full mark. It took $20 to fill it up and for it to kick off. Then when I started to start my car I hand to turn the key twice to get the motor started and then after I took my hand off the key it kept on cranking as if trying to start although it was already running. I drove it to lexington and could feel it revving the motor up without me doing anything. I turned around and drove back to frankfort and took it to big O's. they put a handheld tester on it and said it was either the oxygen sensor or converter for the engine light that was on. I informed them that I had replaced the O2 sensor just 3 weeks ago. He test drove it and said it revved up on him also which he said something was going wrong in the transmission. When I left from there the lights came on by themselves, the check engine light was on, and the gas hand was still past the full mark. On 9/7/2018 although it said the tank was full my fuel light came on. It also quit on me on 9/7/2018 going down a hill and I had to pull over for a while before it would start back up so I could get home. There was a recall on the tcm valve which has been replaced twice and the clutches in the transmission which has been replaced twice.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #31

Aug 282018


  • 120,000 miles
Engine temperature sensor malfunctions and says engine is overheating when it is in fact not as well as when it is.

- Grafton, IL, USA

problem #30

Jun 262018


  • 66,000 miles
Last month check engine came on while driving. Car jerked and acted as if it wanted to cut off and when putting car in reverse the car would not go in reverse. While driving on July 14th after taking the car to Ford dealership which they reprogrammed tcm the check engine light came on for the same code as before about shift fork B issues. While driving the car jerked a couple of times and acted as if it wanted to cut off and not accelerate. Ford states they will not fix the issue unless for the current recalls on the clutch and tcm failure.

- Lugoff, SC, USA

problem #29

Jun 122018


  • 1 miles
The steering wheel locked up and the steering assist came on while I was doing 5 mph. And the fuel tank is being has been deformed because of a vacuum problem with the cap less gas tank. I know that the rest of the 2012 Fusion and escape have been recalled, because of the danger of driving down the road and steering will loose controll

- Kewanee, IL, USA

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