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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
18,600 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
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2016 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 102017

Focus Titanium 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


We complained of the loud driving in a semi!! Can't converse with passengers in back seat since you can't hear them! We took it to the local Ford dealer and ...without even a test drive! they came back with excessive tire wear. They said they listened to it with a scope and couldn't hear anything...but noticed all of the tires were slightly cupped on the inside, recommending an alignment and tire replacement with 2/32 wear tread. All of a sudden we have excessive wear despite doing tire rotations, not admitting that there is an issue with this car, so I can replace tires and have it happen again??? The car is not even 2 years old yet. This is our second Ford Focus lease, and it will be our last. When a manufacturer will not listen and do the necessary repairs, we are done. Never a problem with any GMC we have guess Ford just lost our business. Turn it in come March and be done. Our previous 2014 Focus had a transmission problem, but was turned in before it became an issue for us. We had heard it was corrected, so we tried again. Still have 3000 miles left on our, do we drive it and hope we don't get dinged for tires at turn in? We park it in the winter anyway, and turned the last one in with 5000 left on lease. Sort of dumb. Not liking the way they do the inspections on turn in either.

- jlgtc, Traverse City, US

problem #2

Mar 282017

Focus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

Well, our 2006 Ford Focus had this problem as well. I was hopeful that this had been corrected during the engineering process 10 years later. But, NO, we just had our tires rotated during an oil change recently and notices a terrible vibration. The service manager at our local Ford dealership advises us that this model still eats rear tires. Now we are faced with the choice of dealing with the vibration and leaving the tires on as they currently are, or putting the tires back on the rear to cut down on the noise and vibration. This action will cause them to wear out and need replacement more quickly. A visual examination does indeed show considerable cupping on the two tires now on the front of the vehicle. This combined with transmission problems makes me sorry I purchased this model! We loved our 2006 Focus, but apparently Ford is not as concerned with customer satisfaction as they used to be.

- Linda D., BATES CITY, MO, MO, United States

problem #1

Dec 122016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles

I don't know much about cars, but any amount of tire wear at 2800 miles is ridiculous. Either there is a major problem with the tires themselves, or there is a suspension problem. Either way, this is bad! There should be a recall.

- sunygirl#1, Westland, MI, US

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