Notes: Ford changed a lot of things for its 3rd generation, just none of them were a good idea.

The transmission tends to hesitate and jerk when accelerating. The new electronically-driven power steering can fail suddenly and without warning. Even Ford's SYNC can be a headache. Actually, scratch that last one --- it's always been a headache.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,876 miles

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2013 Ford Focus steering problems

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2013 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 312013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 12,552 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle jerked violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 12,552. Updated 02/11/2014 the consumer believed there may be a problem with the transmission and the tie rod. Updated 02/20/14

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 062013


  • 1,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the front tie rod failed and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact crashed into a parked vehicle and the front passenger's front wheel separated from the contact's vehicle, causing the front end of the frame to drop to the ground. The contact suffered injuries to the back and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but a diagnostic was not performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 1,200.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

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