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:
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. repaired engine (1 reports)
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2016 Ford Focus engine problems

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2016 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 132019

Focus SE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


This car has a been a problem since the day I bought it at the dealership. It has a lot of engine and electrical problems is just a pain in the ass. And it has a lot of mechanical failures. I went to the dealership and they told me to replace the engine. It was $7,200.00 and then when I asked them if you change the engine does that guarantee me that the car is going to turn on and they said well if it still doesn’t turn on that will have a separate payment than what it would cost to change the engine, and they didn’t even go in and check the engine. They only put in the computer.

- Franklin E., New Milford, US

problem #1

Apr 152016

Focus ST 2.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles

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engine failure

One of the things I noticed about the OEM pistons is their poor quality casting. Ford left alot of areas unfinished and did a poor job of final machining. They also did not carry over the cross hatching pattern on the inside and outside of the skirt which helps to keep the oil stuck to the piston walls for better cooling.

I also noticed they applied some sort of coating to the top ring-land only. It wasn't applied very well and has already begun to chip off in certain places and its a brand new piston!

- zelgka, Lakeville, US

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