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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,900 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 #5

Jul 012016


  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle shook violently without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the vehicle was operating normally. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 12,000.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 082016


  • miles
Heard noise in steering and tires took car to be checked out was nothing wrong that is how it sounds and drives. This was 2 months after getting the car. In March 2016 turning a curve car steering got hard and locked up hit curve busted axlle and steering component. Replaced axle thought that was all. Then had car taken to Ford I was then informed of $3000 in damages and labor to fix it. I did not proceed to getting fixed. The service manager proceeded to throw the keys at me and got pissed because I wouldn't get car fixed right then.I found out about the issues on the internet looking into the car parts and any issues with the car. The car was in motion.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 272014


  • 8,000 miles
The transmission hesitates when stopped then to accelerate. It has caused me to almost have a few accidents. The front suspension makes noises. Ford can't seem to fix either issue. I know a lot of other Focus owners are having issues.

- Harrisburg, SD, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 232013


  • 500 miles
The car was scary to drive on the highway with uncontrollable swaying had to white knuckle the steering wheel with compensation of darty movements! brought to the dealer they align it 3 times got better but still no complete reward. Then Ford said replace the steering gear ! test drove home with mi snow on the roads wow was it scary to drive it home extra darting fish tail experience. Since last repair it seems to getting bad again 11000 mile later while driving on bumpy roads it darts bad and sway steering ! I believe its a comb of programming issue of steering gear and rack and roll control !!! next will need engineer to look at it!

- Gaines , MI, USA

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