definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,750 miles

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2012 Ford Focus Electric Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 052018

Focus Electric

  • 13,000 miles


The Ford Focus electric has two "drive" modes: "D" and "L". the latter is more aggressive in regenerative braking. When I approach a right turn into my neighborhood, there is a short segment of cement between the two asphalt roads. I believe the traction/steering control gets confused, and the regenerative braking disengages, causing the vehicle to accelerate and lurch forward, even if I am braking/decelerating. Steering behavior also seems affected. The first time this happened was very disconcerting as I thought I was going to crash into the vehicle stopped at the cross-street I was turning onto. I can reproduce this consistently.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 082017

Focus Electric

  • miles
TL-contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus.... general recall inquiry -- electric steering locked up in driveway before leaving house twice within the last week... contact called dealership and dealership stated entire steering column and electric steering system needs to be replaced. Clutch was replaced twice already. 0 recalls associated with this VIN

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #2

Dec 222015

Focus Electric

  • 37,000 miles
While driving vehicle on the highway and using cruise control vehicle fails to maintain speed. The cruise control abruptly shuts off without warning and driver has to take over. The vehicle maintenance light turns on/off periodically. Dealer has investigated and diagnosed this as the wiring harness under the passenger seat short circuiting and causing power issues. I believe this may be related to the existing wiring issue at the Michigan plant (www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/recalls/Ford-recalls-160000-Focus-escape-models-for-wiring-problem). may be related to reports of sudden power loss in Focus electric vehicles.

- Chesterfield, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012

Focus Electric

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus electric. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the cruise control would independently activate and the speed would increase to 70 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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