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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,500 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

problem #2

Feb 142015

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


This is the second time that my car accelerated on its own, once while stopped, the second time while driving. The first occurrence of occurred while stopped at 0 miles per hour at a drive-through, I had to push on the brakes harder to prevent the car from hitting the car ahead of me. A second occurrence occurred yesterday on February 14 of 2014. I was driving at 35 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone when the car automatically without warning accelerated; I had to steer the car into a snow bank and I almost hit a large tree I am very concerned about the above occurrences and I will get in touch with my Ford dealership tomorrow to see what can be done after the first incident I took the car to the Ford dealership wart was evaluated and I was advised that there is nothing wrong with the car.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 252014


  • 7,000 miles
Traction control issue.... during snowstorm, trying to drive up a hill with a left hand turn, tires lost traction and car electronically reduced RPM speed... loss of speed almost sent car sideways into ditch. Had to turn around and get run at hill 4 more times.... each time when traction with tires was broken...rpms were dropped to nothing leaving car stopped near stalling in middle of hill. Will be dealing with dealership soon.. I feel that the fix for this is going to be remove fuse for traction control.....or disable traction control system.. this car is a stick shift... I can see how another 120 reports on this page with auto transmissions, may be the same issue.....

- Longmont, CO, USA

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