2016 Ford Focus body / paint problems: bottom door flange open to elements

Bottom Door Flange Open To Elements

2016 Ford Focus

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Ford dealer.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2016 Ford Focus & its "Powershift" transmission has a defect trend where the car shudders when accelerating, especially when starting uphill.

Most owners have reported their Ford Focus remains driveable while the vehicle is still at low mileage, but the shuddering is annoying & unpleasant & may reduce the resale value of the vehicle.

However, owners of higher-mileage vehicles from earlier 3rd generation Focus model years report transmission failure & a host of other major & expensive transmission-related problems. Potential buyers beware.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
200 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. seal flange (1 reports)
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2016 Ford Focus body / paint problems

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2016 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252016

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles


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I purchased a 2016 Ford Focus. I notice that on the bottom of the doors that there is an engineering flaw, it seems to be with the flange as it is open to the elements and not sealed. It is not flush and there is an open gap on the bottom of all doors and because the doors are not sealed and it is left open to water getting in and will inevitably cause premature rusting and corrosion.

I have brought this issue up at the dealer and they pretty much ignored the issue basically saying that is how they were made. This needs to be fixed and not overlooked. Someone at the dealership who works there also made a comment there is the same problem with the Fiesta’s. From my research this Focus issue has been going on for several years (among other known problems).

In comparison to other cars, some other Fords included, there is no open gap flange for water to get in at the bottom of the door panels. This is definitely a design flaw. I have noticed other Ford Focus’ on the road that have premature bottom door rusting and corrosion. I am bewildered that this was not caught by engineering before manufacturing the cars. Why did they continue to manufacture cars with this huge potential problem?

If it was a potential known flaw in design, why did they continue with this design? This is unacceptable and blatant on Ford's part.

- Krystina R., Lakewood, US

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