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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
367 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.

2014 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 292016

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V005000 (fuel system, gasoline); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 05/03/16 the consumer stated the problem was rectified. Updated 05/05/16.

- Plymouth, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 222014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 734 miles
Purchased a 2014 Ford Focus SE on January 4, 2014 and have had problems since driving it off the dealership parking lot. When driving the vehicle, the steering wheel bounces or sways back and forth. The feel is similar to when it is windy and the car is caught in an air gust. When driving any distance or a speed over 10 mph, the driver must hold onto the steering wheel to keep the car in the lane of traffic. The steering wheel sways one way and once you correct it is necessary to correct the opposite way. The car is driven to and from work approximately 17 miles one day daily. By the time I arrive at work or home my hands hurt from holding the steering wheel so tightly. Prior to the third visit to the service department for the steering issue, a new problem arose. After breaking to stop the car, I lifted my foot off of the break, the vehicle accelerated forward fast enough to squeal the tires. Applied the break again, stopped, removed foot to accelerate and car accelerated on its own again. This is becoming an ongoing issue. As of April 9, 2014 the vehicle has been in at the Ford dealership four times, each time to be told there no problems can be found with the car. It drives the same as every other vehicle of the same make per the dealership. I've barely missed hitting the center barrier on the freeway, taking out the side of a delivery truck, accelerated forward at a dangerous speed in heavy traffic, and the steering is progressively getting worse. This car is unsafe for the public highway. Ford continues to say there is no problem with the car. Afraid to drive the vehicle in fear of hurting another driver or myself.

- Houston, TX, USA

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