pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,378 miles

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2013 Ford Focus Electric drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford Focus Electric Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #32

Jul 112016

Focus Electric

  • 20,900 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus electric. While driving approximately 20 mph, the engine stalled. After restarting, the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure recurred three times. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V523000 (power train). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,900.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #31

Aug 272015

Focus Electric

  • 19,500 miles
While making a left turn and accelerating out of the turn the engine, power train and breaking system stopped working. The vehicle stopped dead in the street. The dash displayed "stop safely now" and a yellow warning light symbol of a wrench appeared. I took several attempts to restart using various methods the vehicle finally reset and started.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #30

Aug 222015

Focus Electric

  • 27,750 miles
2013 Focus electric. Was just heading to freeway when a warning displayed "stop safely now" a few seconds later the vechile power to motor stopped and vehicle was stalled in traffic with wife and grandchildren in car. Vehicle was on a full charge and 1 mile from startup.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #29

Aug 182015

Focus Electric

  • 60,650 miles


While driving the vehicle, a loud chime sounded, with a red triangle saying, "stop safely now" as well as a yellow "see manual" indication. This was very dangerous because it was sudden and while driving. The car lost all power and I had to attempt to pull of the street so I wouldn't cause an accident. I shifted to park and turned the car off and back on and it resolved the issue. However, 2 days later the same problem occurred but this time I was unable to restart the vehicle and needed to tow the car to the dealership.

- Lincoln Park , MI, USA

problem #28

Jul 172013

Focus Electric

  • 150 miles
In most vehicles the cruise control will disconnect when shifting gears or braking. The 2013 Ford Focus electric does not disengage the cruise control when vehicle is placed in L to utilize engine braking. It continues to maintain speed requiring immediate application of brakes to slow vehicle. Cruise control should turn off when shifted to L.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 172014

Focus Electric

  • 12,200 miles
Focus electric bev (not hybrid) - while driving at any speed, warning indication lights up on dash stating "stop safely now". the car has no power to accelerate anymore. The only control the driver has is to brake or pull over. On freeways or other highway with traffic when this occurs this is extremely dangerous as another vehicle can plow into the back of the car because you cannot accelerate and you may not be able to pull over if there is a curb or in a lane other than the right. This is very dangerous especially at night. Understand that the car has no power and you cannot use the accelerator at all unexpectedly. The only thing you can do is brake and/or steer based on the momentum of the car at the time of the warning. You cannot clear the issue until you come to a complete stop. Turn the car off by pressing the ignition button, waiting a minute or two, then starting the car back. At that time, it may or may not work. Sometimes when this procedure does work, you may only get a mile or two down the road before it does it again. This first occurred on April 17/18 and taken to a dealer to repair on a current recall notice of which symptoms include the car "losing power" among other related reasons. At the time, this event did occur and I explained that to the dealer and they informed me it would be taken care of with the recall repair. After receiving the car back, it happened again on April 29. It was taken to a different dealer this time. They attempted to fix and gave me the car back the next day on April 30th. Upon leaving the dealer on the 30th, the problem occurred again on the away from the dealer less than 3 miles away. I returned the vehicle to the dealer and it happened 3 additional times in the 3 miles back to the dealer. The dealer continues to attempt repair and has not returned the car to me. I have Ford and BBB case numbers..

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #26

Apr 252014

Focus Electric

  • 10,700 miles


Third time this has happened in last month. The first two times, I was close to home. The stop safely warning came on and car quit working. I was able to wait and car eventually started after I exited and reset. The last time, today, I was stopped at a light and as I accelerated on the green, my car stalled as the stop safely warning came on. I had no advance notice. I was able to glide over out of traffic into a side street but not able to get out of traffic turning. I tried to get to the warning but could not get to it. I exited car to try to move it myself with no luck. Once I got back in, I tried for about 5 minutes and it finally started back up. I drove straight home and made appt to take car to Ford. I am pretty sure all my recalls have been applied over the last few months.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

problem #25

Feb 282013

Focus Electric

  • miles
Car has problems with the uncoupling the engine from the power train rolled down hill not engaged scary at Ford couldn't fix so they called specialist who took it apart and put it back together test drive 20 miles would not turn off! still at shop expert to return and try again taking apart car and then doing test drive again. Children and lil people to Transport!

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

problem #24

Nov 122012

Focus Electric

  • 5,300 miles
The car wouldn't start (electric car). A instrument panel message said see owners manual along with red exclamation mark showed. Had to be towed to dealer. Was diagnosed at first with a bad high voltage battery. They ordered one ($25,000 battery). One week into waiting, Ford (factory) said its not the battery and ordered a ground cable from the high voltage to the electric drive motor. It took 27 business days to get the vehicle repaired. Another visit, in Sept. 2012 the cars interior heater failed. They took 7 business day to order and replace the electric coolant heater pump.

- Wayzata, MN, USA

problem #23

Feb 152014

Focus Electric

  • 4,741 miles
While driving I lost the ability to accelerate the vehicle as I approached an incline in the road and a "stop safely now" and "see manual" warning light appeared on the dash. I activated the hazard lights and pulled over into the bike lane. I shut off the car, opened the door and was able to restart the car after several failed attempts. Approximately 5 minutes later, I successfully restarted the car and drove back home, only the car lost the ability to accelerate again as I came through a major intersection. This time the warning signs were not activated until I had coasted to a stop. Then the same "stop safely now" and "see manual" warning light appeared on the dash. I placed the car in park and walked a mile home. The powertrain control module reprogram was completed by Ford in September of 2013. This is the 7th occurrence since the PCM has been reprogrammed by Ford. My safety has been repeatedly compromised and I no longer have confidence in this car nor Ford as they are unable to fix the problem and are unwilling to take responsibility. Please refer to my previous complaint filed prior to the PCM reprogramming and official recall notice.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #22

Dec 222012

Focus Electric

  • 1,000 miles


Multiple times, our Ford Focus electric has abruptly lost power and flashed the message, "stop safely now." It's has occurred during rush hour commute on a 5-lane freeway, causing serious safety risks as we have had to make an emergency stop on the freeway. Sometimes the car will restart after multiple attempts and several times we have had it towed back to the dealer. Most recently the car was in service for 8 days at frontier Ford in stevens creek, then stalled on the freeway on the way home from the dealer -unacceptable! we bought this car for commuting but the recurring sudden stops and safety messages have totally undermined our confidence in this car. We feel unsafe, as this issues clearly puts us and our children at greater risk of serious injury or death while in this vehicle. Unfortunately, the Focus has been in the shop for repair over 30 days during the first year of purchase. We do not want to own this lemon anymore. Ford clearly doesn't know how to fix the issue - it's time for a recall on this unsafe vehicle. Why hasn't the nstb taken any action?

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 222013

Focus Electric

  • 8,000 miles
I was driving on high at 65mph when a safety alarm went off in the car and message read "stop safely now". which I did. Car had died by then. I was not able to turn the switch off but engine was not running. I had to get it towed to Ford dealer who failed to identify any issues. It worked well for 2 to 3 weeks, until 2 days ago when same thing happened. It has since happened 3 times, latest being today. I have contacted Ford about this. I believe it is very dangerous to lose power like that midstream. People behind me can crash into me since I have no propulsion. I have looked through internet and there are other people having same complaint with same vehicle and somebody needs to look into it. I have about 8000K on the car. I purchased about 6 months ago.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #20

Nov 102013

Focus Electric

  • 6,500 miles
The engine abruptly shuts down as I was driving on surface street. I was able to restart the car after numerous attempts to restart. I received the same message other Ford Focus electric vehicle received, "stop safely now".

- Hacienda Heights, CA, USA

problem #19

Nov 072013

Focus Electric

  • 5,700 miles
Driving our electric Ford Focus to work when left-most display screen flashes, "stop safely now!" message at the same moment that all drive power is completely cut off. Coasted to a stop, turned the car off, waited a minute or so, and turned car back on. Fortunately this occurred at 5:30 am on a two lane road, shortly after leaving my home, and before entering the interstate.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #18

Oct 072013

Focus Electric

  • 5,200 miles
This issue has actually happened about 4 times in the last 6 months. For example, while driving home a few weeks ago, my 2013 Ford Focus electric suddenly lost all power while driving at approximately 45 mph. The dashboard error read "stop safely now". luckily I was not on the highway or in an area where I was unable to pull aside off the road quickly. It took me about 15 minutes to get the car going again. I figured out that I had to actually exit the vehicle, close the door and then open and re-enter again to get the car to restart. It sounds weird that I would have to go through that process, but I think the keyless push start had something to do with it. This has been the process to get it finally started each time after I figured it out.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #17

Nov 022013

Focus Electric

  • 561 miles
Traveling on a main artery, very busy road, with 13 year old child in passenger seat. Left-most display screen flashes, "stop safely now!" message at the same moment that all drive power is completely cut off. We were extremely lucky to be able to coast into an unoccupied driveway, otherwise we very well likely would have been the cause of a multi-car collision. And now, am finding on the internet that Ford and the NHTSA have known about this problem for almost a year? I'm having a hard time determining which entity I'm more pissed off at -- the publicly traded for profit auto maker, or the publicly funded government body that exists with one sole purpose: Protecting the motoring public's safety.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #16

Jul 242013

Focus Electric

  • 881 miles
I've had numerous problems since the first day I drove it to work. The most serious incident occurred Aug. 7, 2013, when the vehicle suddenly shut down while my wife and I were driving on the 101 freeway in agoura, ca. A similar incident occurred on Oct. 16, while leaving work, and on Oct. 21, while driving to work. On all three occasions the car would suddenly stop, a stop safely now read-out would appear, followed by a mechanics wrench symbol. Seeking to learn if others had this problem I came across the ODI preliminary evaluation document. My wife were lucky to have come out unscathed in the freeway incident and frankly Ford couldn't give [xxx] one and I currently own 4 Ford. Please stick it to them before someone isn't lucky enough to survive a "limp" condition as they describe it. As for me, I'm currently searching for a lemon-law lawyer. Incidentally, the other 4 Ford vehicles, I never had a problem with them. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 222013

Focus Electric

  • 1,275 miles
The engine shut down with a 'stop safely now' warning. Since it was the first time it happened, it was not clear what happened, so I came to stop in middle of the road. This has happened a total of 5 times now..with two events within a mile of each other yesterday 10/26. Yesterday the first event was at 40 mph again in the middle of the road (luckily not very busy at the time) and I was able to pull over to side of the road. The other two times, it happened while backing out of the driveway onto the road.

- Tabernacle, NJ, USA

problem #14

Jul 172013

Focus Electric

  • 2,267 miles
The first event occurred on 7/17/2013, at 2267 miles. I had charged the battery overnight (at our motel), using the 120-volt charging cord. I had pulled the car around to the front of the motel the car was stationary, in "park, " when the "stop safely now" message was displayed. I just powered the car off and powered it back on. That cleared the ssn message. Then, I drove home, as planned, with no recurrences of the error message. Today, 10/24/2013, at 4127 miles, the "stop safely now" message was displayed (for only the second time), while I was driving down a hill, at about 30 mph. The car had been sitting in the parking lot, at work, and the ssn error occurred after driving about 1 mile. There was no place to pull over, without blocking traffic, but, since I was going downhill, I just continued coasting, made my usual right turn at the bottom of the hill, and pulled over, at a spot where there was a very wide, paved shoulder. Since it was too late in the day (5:30 pm) to get the car (with the power still on and the ssn message still displayed) towed to the local Ford dealer (which closes at 6 pm), I powered the car off and, then, powered it back on. The ssn error, again, went away, and I was able to safely drive home, with no additional ssn messages. Because of a construction detour, lately, I have been driving to work and back, on a major highway, that has a speed limit of 65 mph. Numerous stretches of that highway are both uphill and have little or no room to pull over. The last part of my trip home is us a steep hill, with lots of curve and mostly very narrow shoulders.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #13

Oct 182013

Focus Electric

  • 3,600 miles
My vehicle displayed a "stop safely now" warning during my normal morning commute. The warning was preceded by a failure of the radio portion of the sync system. I briefly turned off the vehicle at a usual stop on my route and upon turning it on, the radio volume, power and tuning were all unresponsive. I attempted to reset the vehicle at the next traffic light by powering down and opening the door, but the radio remained on even after the vehicle was off and the door was opened. I attempted this several more times at each successive traffic light and the radio would not shut off. After one such reset, the stop safely now warning was displayed on the dash. I was stopped at a traffic light at the time and was able to reset the vehicle and safely enter a parking lot and wait for a tow - with the radio still on. My local Ford dealer waited three days to diagnose the issue and unsurprisingly determined it was caused by a defective/dead 12 V battery and replaced the battery. Software was also updated. Upon returning home and attempting to charge, my vehicle displayed a high voltage system fault and had to be towed to the dealer again. The dealer said this fault was caused by a loose connection on a terminal block on the electric motor that was used to signal battery capacity to the on-board computer.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

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