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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,436 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 #12

Sep 252016


  • miles


Takata recall

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 262016


  • 44,002 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 35 mph down an incline, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle shook and took a longer distance to stop. In addition, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle vibrated and accelerated in excess. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,002.

- Lauderhill, FL, USA

problem #10

Aug 172015


  • 8,130 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the anti-brake system warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the anti-brake system wiring harness to the rear driver side wheel was damaged by rodents and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,130.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 312015


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated rapidly without warning when the brake pedal was depressed and caused a crash. The contact drove into a ditch and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries sustained. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Citizenville, WV, USA

problem #8

Dec 192014


  • 11,000 miles
Traveling straight on the toll road at 70mph (speed limit) with the cruise control on the back end of the vehicle started fish tailing and went out of control into a guardrail which total the vehicle. The vehicle was just purchased a month prior. I will submit photos and documents on request.

- Portgage, IN, USA

problem #7

Aug 162015


  • 41,500 miles
While at a full stop on an incline, my brake pedal went back to a neutral position when I took my foot off, but the car stayed fully stopped. Also, when I go to press the pedal again, it is locked up. It is not locked in any kids of pressed position or falling to the floor, but in a fully unbraked, neutral position. This stayed locked for about 10 seconds before I can finally press it again and resume normal driving. This is the second occurrence of this very same incident.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 252014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while traveling 30 mph, the driver side air bag deployed and caused the contact to crash into the side of a bridge. The contact mentioned that it felt as if the brakes failed as well. The contact sustained minor injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 142015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
I backed out of a parking spot. When I put the car in drive, the car accelerated with out me pushing the gas pedal, I attempted to stop by applying the brake and struck another car. The brakes could not stop my car.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Jul 072014


  • 100 miles
This vehicle hesitates upon acceleration, lowers rpms, jerks making a clicking noise and revs up the rpms once it accelerates it has hesitation and is notifiable that the transmission is changing gears there is a lag as if it was a manual and the operator could not change gears appropriately. The vehicle also tends to roll in a reverse motion as if in reverse upon inclination. Upon engaging the brakes there is a popping noise. The vehicle also sounds as though it has the key in and isn't turned over completely to start at times vehicle it turned off, in park, without key in the ignition, and remained this way for any period of time. This 2014 Ford Focus was manufactured 6-17-2014 in the Michigan assembly plant.

- Advance, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 282014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
I bought my car new back in feburary 2014. It does all kinds of things!! it does not shift right. It jerks, slips, revs high. If you need to accelerate it doesn't ever gear down correctly, either too much or not enough. It has completely stalled at intersections and would not move. It would not even rev up. I had to have it towed. It has accelerated into traffic at a red light, twice!! and each time did not have brakes. My children were in the car and it was a near miss. My children could have been killed!! I have had it at my Ford dealership 5 times!!! yes 5 times!!! each time it runs fine and does not do anything wrong while they are checking it out. The manager of the service dept states it is like a smartphone and once you cut it off it resets so this is probably why they can't find anything wrong with it by the time they get to it. I do not feel safe driving this car. But it is my only car. I don't know what to do. My dealership state they cannot do anything. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 292014


  • miles
I have noticed while driving my vehicle that it stutter and makes a loud grinding sound when I am going up inclines and when I am braking. I noticed my car is will be jerking and feels like the transmission is bout to give away when I am in traffic. I took my car back to the dealership because it was still under warranty and explained to them the issues that are going on with my car. They proceeded to tell me that my issues was normal for my car. I asked how could this be normal that a brand new car stutter, grinds, shift gears on it own, jerks when applying brakes or acceleration, and feels like transmission is slipping. I spoke with the mechanic that looked at my car and he said that my model car is like it has a manual engine in and automatic car. He stated that this was normal as far as the manufactures states but actually this is not normal. Cars should not be shifting gear automatically. This issues that my car is having are very hazardous, especially in stop in go traffic and on inclines, just driving period, in the end I feel something needs to be done about this with this making model car especially being that this is a newer model car (2014).

- Gwynn Oak, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 302014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5 miles
I do not know if it's brakes. My car does the grinding sounds too how is this normal on a new car really!!!! I just pulled out of driveway never realized it was that now with no radio on I hear it. This is ridiculous I seriously just left the shop for my stuttering slipping gear issue.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

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