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
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,407 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.

2016 Ford Focus fuel system problems

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2016 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 182019

Focus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


On 8/18/19 sent from yahoo mail on android ----- forwarded message ----- from: "[xxx] to: [xxx] sent: Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 10:58 am subject: VIN #[xxx] to whom it may concern, yesterday I was driving on hwy 17 in Washington state and the transmission issues of my 2016 Ford Focus almost cost me my life. Hwy 17 is a 60 mph, two lane highway surrounded by farmland. While driving on that highway, I maneuvered to pass a semi-truck that was travelling at 50mph. There was more than enough distance from on-coming traffic to pass safely; well, that is if as I pulled alongside the semi-truck I hadn't lost all power even though I was pressing the accelerator. The RPM's went up to "the red" 7-8, I started losing speed and pacing beside the semi- truck. I could hope my acceleration ability came back, or I was going to try to brake and go back when I saw another car behind me in the passing lane, making me a sitting duck. For a few seconds of panic, I considered my options- mostly to go off in the ditch to the left. Luckily, the acceleration came back after the needle on the RPM's went haywire and I slowly was able to get in front of the semi-truck before oncoming traffic hit me. The car behind me sped past me as I got over, with a look that I interpreted as he thought I was trying to kill him. At 47K miles the first transmission faults began to appear. I have attached copies of the Ford services and tickets opened due to the multiple, ongoing problems. I am not part of the class legal action for the transmission issues of 11-16 Focus and fiestas. Respectfully, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 182019

Focus 4-cyl

  • 61,034 miles
Tamara recall. My fuel pump is gone (no longer working) and my Ford Focus has just reached 61000/miles. The car stalls when driving and cuts out in traffic, a seriously dangerous issue. This is an issue that has to be related to other Ford Focus recalls regarding the fuel system and fuel pump. I would like for someone to reach out to me to help me resolve this matter asap! my contact info is [xxx], although I would prefer you call me at [xxx]. this is an issue that needs resolution immediately, it is severely impacting my life. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 262019


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Focus. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 18V735000 (fuel system, gasoline). While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off. The contact stated that the fuel gauge indicated there was a quarter tank of fuel left; however, it was completely empty. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Oct 222018


  • miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford Focus. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 18V735000 (fuel system, gasoline). The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. West valley Chrysler Jeep (21422 roscoe blvd, canoga park, ca 91304, (818) 348-7510) was contacted and confirmed that the parts were not available for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 132019

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchase a 2016 Ford Focus today and there's one open recall on my vehicle. The takata recall and I would like for this issue to be fixed because it sounds dangerous from the research I did on the recall. Plus I have my 1st car wreck a couple months ago and my car was totaled out. I want to be safe behind the wheel and I have a little boy; who will be a passenger in the vehicle I don't want my car to stop in the middle of the street and cause a accident and my son get hurt. Please contact me at: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Bossier City, LA, USA

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