Sporty handling, relatively low noise, and a well-done interior make the Focus feel more like a small sports sedan than a humdrum compact. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy. Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though. The most irksome of those is the PowerShift automatic transmission, which stumbles at low speeds.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available. ESC available 2001-2003, 2009; standard from 2010. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2008.
Road Test

Sporty handling, relatively low noise, and a well-done interior make the Focus feel more like a small sports sedan than a humdrum compact. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy.

Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though. The most irksome of those is the PowerShift automatic transmission, which stumbles at low speeds. While updates have improved refinement, this transmission is still hesitant in stop-and-go traffic and sometimes transmits drivetrain vibrations through the cabin. Rear-seat space is tight for this class, with little leg room for two adults and very cramped quarters for three people. A more minor consideration is the radio controls, which are needlessly confusing.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (143 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (159 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Cluthch replacement and clutch adjustment have been identified as problems in this model"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When starting out from a stand still, the car shudders because the clutch is not engaging properly. This happens regardless of how slowly or quickly I begin to accelerate"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occurred several times prior to making a service appointment that resolved the issue."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalls on this model tell all you need to know"

Andrew J., ME (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the clutch (or torque I don't remember) replace/recalibrate/reset or reprogram. I was told they replace one part (sorry I do not remember if it was the clutch or something else and I don't have the service records with me) under warranty but now at 100,000km it doing the same jerking effect which seems to be occurring more at low speed in the city"

Anonymous, NB (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing of shifting. Symptom was a slight shudder"

Frank R., NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The problems were corrected"

Paul B., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the car would shudder om take off"

Curtis S., IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had my Focus back to the dealer three times now to have the clutch/transmission reprogrammed. It is going bad again although it has been only a few short weeks since it was adjusted last. I'm not very happy"

Gail B., CT (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall. Caused the transmission to drift back on hills"

Brian P., IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous comments"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was having difficulty with lurching especially when first taking off and occasionally when the gears shifted. I reported, took the car in for adjustment and have had no additional problems"

P H., OH (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"something was adjusted, - reprogrammed..? it was OK for about 3 days then went back to fluttering and now getting less gas MPG"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle hesitates at times due to the electric clutch"

Michael S., ME (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"so called computer assisted manual transmission, effectively automatic from the driver's perspective. Has tended to lug, shift sluggishly, but is better after computer adjustment"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All three problems were related to the same thing, leaking seals that dripped on the clutch and caused it to slip. After taking to thing apart and drying off the plate and replacing the seals, it ok now"

Thomas F., WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the dealer adjusted it a few times and did some computer updating. Feels better that returns to same"

Robyn L., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on low speed shifting chatter"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"Not sure if this is the correct category. On four different occasions the gear lever has stuck in park and would not go into drive or reverse. All four events happened in heavy traffic or in construction zones when I was required to stop"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"I'm told that the strange shifting is just the type of transmission ford has in this vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission problems persisted for a year before Ford found a solution. Also SYNC sucks voice recognition is poor. it requires too many steps to get to a solution or answer"

V N., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Transmission made a noise, and then a notification came up saying there was an issue with the transmission. Had to have it towed to a dealer."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Horrible transmission despite being pulled four times and the seals and clutch being replaced makes strange rattling noises, shifts roughly, hesitates between shifts, etc."

Rand M., GA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Despite being a known problem Ford has dragged there feet on coming up with a total fix. It’s too bad that Ford acted this way because the car would be fantastic without the transmission and fuel line issue. Either of which could have been deadly."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical problems with the focus transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch chatter problems in the automated manual transmission used in this Focus"

Harry S., MD (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My automatic Focus would be noticeably jerky in first gear. A trip to my dealer fixed the problem with a software update."

William O., VA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Prior to repair, which has now happened 3 times, the car shudders from a stopped position and when shifting gears. This is a known problem with this year-make. A class-action lawsuit againt Ford is in progress for the problem. It's a transmission design flaw that can only be temporarily fixed, so it re-occurs after about a year/15-20000 Km."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"when shifting from 1st to 2nd there was sometimes a stutter during the shift. It was like the transmission went back and forth between the two gears. Took it to dealer and under warranty it was repaired. However the stutter has returned and will need to take it back to the dealer under warranty."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"acts like the clutch shifting in the low gears can't complete the shift"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car still shifts roughly in the low gears despite repairs."

James R., MI (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch software adjustment made twice prior to Ford admitting a problem existed. Since admission of clutch shifting problems on this auto transmission Focus the clutch has been replace 3 times"

Michael O., WI (2012 Ford Focus)

"Whoever designed the whole transmission system should be fired from Ford. They can't fix it or adjust it to my satisfaction. It continues to have trouble figuring out when to shift an while t does the motor runs very fast."

T F., WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transition from first to second gear often has a shudder"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"when at complete stop you excellerate the car shutters due to the clutches (2) not engaging."

Paul B., CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration issues from stopped position. Occurs infrequently but when it does it is worrying."

Thomas O., ON (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle shutters so much from every start it's uncomfortable and annoying. I have taken it in 3 different times to be told this is how the car is supposed to operate. This is not true! I couldn't join the class action lawsuit because I didn't have enough service record documentation nor did I have any major work done on the transmission. Nothing was done with it because I was tired of taking it in and being told the same thing every time I complained about the problem."

Robert W., KY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"when starting from being zero, there is often a shuddering of the transmission"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Third warranty repair for the same problem over the last 3-4 years. I've been informed that this is now part of a class action suit"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"chronic clutch pack chattering problem in automatic transmission--clutch pack has been replaced three times"

H S., MD (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced clutch assembly. Had caused rough shifting and idling. Replacement was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"seemed to be part of the same problem, not shifting smoothly or not at all."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tis is one of the bad Focus trans. This IS how it shifts with bucking, slipping, slow start, poor gear changes, clunking. It runs this way until something breaks and then Ford fixes it. Ridiculous"

Ronna H., SC (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch slippage due to design flaw admitted by Ford"

Kenneth K., GA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission will jutter after the car has either been turned on and off frequently during shopping trips or after starting it again following a long drive at highway speeds."

Donald H., IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Whining noise from the transmission at speeds under 45mph"

Dave S., NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem continues as it will take over $2000 to repair. Not willing to spend money on 8 yr old car. Most likely will sell soon."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Read previous commenr"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Get whiplash some of the time when the transmission refuses to shift cleanly. It is very rough sometimes and other times it behaves itself."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission shifted very rough, and also then stopped operating, and had to be towed to dealership for repair. This might have been a little longer than 12 months ago. Because of problems with the transmission in this vehicle Ford motor company had extended the warranty and repairs were no cost to me. I like the focus, but I will not buy another with this transmission type unless I'm convinced that the problems with this particular transmission type have be resolved."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting at any rate of acceleration. Just waiting for it to die."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When the car starts moving from a stop, the transmission regularly hesitates or shudders slightly. This has been happening for years. In the fall of 2019, my transmission went out at less than 50,000 miles; the repair was covered as the parts were under extended warranty following a recall. The rough shifting alone isn't that much of an issue, but it's indicative of a bad transmission in the 2012 Ford Focus. While I generally like the car otherwise, I won't buy a Ford again."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Better described as a shudder. Two software "flashes" had no effect. The problem is unchanged for the past 60,000 miles. The warranty has been extended twice, but has now timed out. I flat tow this vehicle behind a motor home. It has been towed more than 60,000 miles that don't show on the odometer."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission has been an issue since purchased. Was completely replaced at one point, but continues to slip and idle rough. Am told no repairs needed it is just this transmission on the last few checks. Maybe adjust but that is it."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When starting to move the transmission would chatter trying to shift to a higher gear. It seemed to go back and forth between first and second gear."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant trouble with acceleration and switching gears in this automatic transmission resulting in stalling especially upon initial acceleration and 1st to 2nd gear and multiple near accidents and dangerous situations."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It started when new. It's the famous Powershift dual-clutch transmission fiasco. My car shudders when accelerating from lower speeds and has been in the Ford service shop 4-5 times over the years. The first year it was replacement of parts, like solenoids, inside the transmission, and software updates. After that it has been more transmission software updates, but nothing has changed the bad behavior. Ford last told me it was operating "as designed." If that's how they meant it to be then sad for them. Otherwise the car had been reliable and comfortable, except for some infotainment (SYNC) issues that caused the screen to go blank."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm sure it's no surprise for me to note that the transmission has always been rough, and the shifting has always been jarring. Lately, though -- and too soon for me to have worried about a repair visit yet, given COVID -- it has turned into a safety concern. As in, I'm in the highway and the transmission sticks such that I can't exceed roughly 50 miles per hour, even though the RPMs race up over 6000 trying to make the shift. Worse, yesterday, I was taking a short one mile trip that involves two stoplights. I was stopped at both, and when the light turned green and I pressed on the accelerator, the vehicle simply did not move for several seconds. (But then this morning I took the same one mile trip and had no problem whatsoever. Go figure.) Again, haven't taken to repair shop yet."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Extreme shuttering"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifting can often be loud and extremely jarring, particularly when acceleration up steep hills at slow speeds"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The new Focus transmission is very inconsistent in it's shifting: sometimes it's relatively smooth, but usually it jerks, hesitates, and occasionally feels like it's going to stall-out (though it never actually has). This has made for emergency situations and narrowly avoided accidents. The engine will also sometimes 'rev' when I am trying to slow down"

Patricia M., PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally happens but not steadily"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car hesitates and or jumps as starting out in 3rd gear. It is an automatic transmission. Has been to Ford for service 4 times"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shutters during acceleration"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough gear change with slow acceleration"

Jill M., MO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Jerky starts"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifting into 2nd gear can be rough, especially when accompanied by the shuddering from the transmission slippage"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The defect in the transmission causes the shifting to become really rough, sometimes nonexistent (car won't move) until the automatic clutch is replaced. My real complaint is that they keep fixing the problem but do not fix the defect that leads to the problem"

Gary R., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As is well known, never take off in a hurry or in front of traffic. Major jerking"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes the car will not shift quickly causing the RPM to spike before it finally shifts and the car lurches faster. Sometimes it makes a grinding noise before it shifts"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would jerk upon accelleration"

Ray J., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I think Ford knows that this has been an issue. They made some adjustment that was a recall, but it didn't totally fix the issue. We started using a higher octane gas and that seems to have helped the issue"

Jay S., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting and overheating required warranty work over a few day's"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn clutch plates replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was related to the clutch problem"

Robert K., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has a known transmission issue where the clutch does not always engage correctly. Dealership has done diagnostics three times and has reprogrammed and replaced the TCM. Still not functioning correctly"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is due to the design flaw which Ford has acknowledged"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All seems to be associated with slipping transmission and computer"

Judith J., VA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shift at low speeds occasionally"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking input shaft seals and clutch packs were replaced under warrantee. Transmission computer module replaced under separate manufactures warrantee"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car does not shift smooth and when starting it bucks and the transmission slips. also when you hit the gas after slowing, it often does not go into gear or goes into the wrong gear"

Ronna H., SC (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This ford has had an issue with rough shifting since I purchased it. At first they said it was just the way the car worked. Then it came out with a recall. I had it repaired but it still has intermittent rough shifting"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It has had continual problems with rough shifting. Began a few weeks after I had it and was told that's just how it shifts. Kept getting worse. I've had the clutch replaced at least 2 times. I've had other warranty work 1-2 times a year for the same kind of thing. Clutch and transmission recalls"

Suzanne K., WI (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission has slipped and rpm's rev at times...transmission ;jerks...I have taken it to dealer 4 times since purchase for trans adjustment. Not happy with it"

Robyn L., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It really wasn't a significant problem, but it cost my attention. I reported it and it was taken care of to my satisfaction"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission didn't shift properly. The computer was reprogrammed and that corrected the shift problem. Ford notified me that the clutch and transmission warrenty has been extended"

Thomas K., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous transmission statement"

James F., TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hesitation when shifting from stop to start. It is a manual transmission in the engine but I shift as if it were an automatic. They tried to fix it but it still is rough"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL)

"The transmission required two trips to the dealer for flash updating. It now shifts smooth"

Michael S., FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting...poor design....new clutch and software helped"

Thomas F., VA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission stutters sometimes in low gear"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Between 15 and 20 miles an hour the car jerks as I accelerate"

Sonja S., TX (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a sporadic occurrence, usually on acceleration"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford fixed it for free but it was not a recall just a customer service issue. They had this problem with a lot of the 2012 model trans. It has been problem free since"

Stanton S., MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper kept binding on rotor resulting in premature pad and rotor wear. Gearshift rough and inconsistent. Shuddering and hesitation"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission makes a rattling/clattering noise when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. Researching online I found other people are having the same issue. Although apparently not dangerous(?) the car sounds like a junker. I took it in to be looked at and"

Terry H., MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tranny sucks. Well known problem by Ford, but keeps happening since they do no permanent fix"

Kent H., PA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"in low gear the car sometimes feels like the car is a manual transmission and that the driver doesn't know how to operate the clutch so it shudders and lurches...but it is an automatic trans and the driver has no control over how the car shifts"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting especially from the start position"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus)

"Transmission is not smooth, it's jerky and noisy. Dealer says it operating normally"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When shifting the car would buck, hesitate, and lurch. Ford admitted there was a serious issue, made an effort to repair, then said the performance was acceptable by "Ford Standards". It ended worse than it began"

R T., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"on starting from a stop the transmission shudders like it cant make up its mind what gear to use. very annoying"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting from first to second. Ford service was in denial about transmission problems, saying that is normal and this is a new & different type of automatic transmission. They would make computer adjustments, which would help the problem for a"

Jack S., OK (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Internal seal leakage. Common problem for this car. Ford has issued extended warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It wasn't really rough shifting but "chattering" when accelerating. This is the problem common to this Focus that Ford recognizes and has extended the factory warranty on the car for this problem. The transmission did leak a little which led to the"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"i could feel the jerking of it"

Curtis S., IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was at the dealer multiple times in order to update software and make other adjustments"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was a new type for this year. Ford has recognized issues and is covering the adjustments/fixes"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This repair was caused by issues with the clutch and was included in a recall as well. The car would start out from a dead stop with a very rough movement"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic transmission - but car "pauses" when going from one gear to the next"

Patricia H., CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting as we start off from a stand still. Ford is aware of this and has issued a recall for transmission parts. we have been waiting for more than 5 months for the back ordered parts to arrive at the dealership"

Bob P., SC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hesitation problem"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"as I said before, occasional jerking in reverse"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trans (at times) will be jerky or shudders at lower speeds and when in stop and go traffic or pulling away from a stop"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has service bulletin on leaking transmission seals causing fluid to get on clutch plates and cause skipping slip and poor shifting. Ford warrants and replaces seal and clutch plates if needed. Since fix, no problem. Trans much better"

Stephen F., TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"well known problem with the 2012 automatic transmission - grinding on shift from 1 to 2 - slipping in heavy traffic - Ford refuses to fix"

Kathy K., KS (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hesitation upon start-up. Ford reprogrammed the yransmission and checked the clutches and extended the warrenty n the transmission. All this was performed as a recall"

John H., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Known problem with this transmission. It occasionally shifts roughly and inconsistently"

Neil T., AZ (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shift and rattle between 1st and 2nd gear"

David C., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Mystery issues that seem to baffle the local dealer"

Rob R., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"this was one of the reasons that the clutch was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car shift is very rough. Switching gears takes too long, especially going up hills"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"see last comments"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"shifts rough from 2nd to 3rd, computer program was reloaded but made very little difference"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Same problem as earlier stated. We are going to take it in this May for the 4th generation repair. Ford has been great with our concerns. It has increased the warranty several fold"

Robert S., IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting during slow to moderate acceleration from a stop. Dealer insists that it is normal!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had factory recall from Ford motor, letter in mail, dealership said nothing wrong, still jerks between low gears"

Andrew L., MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical of this car. Loud noises when changing gears. Slow to engage. Grinding"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Focus would shudder while shifting"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise heard between first and second gear change and between second and third during gentle acceleration"

Ron E., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very rough & frequent shifting at speeds under 30 mph with occasional but infrequent power loss"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifts hard from 1st to 2nd gear. This is a common problem that Ford is addressing without a recall"

Kenneth H., IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall issue"

Kathy M., IL (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Known problem with Ford Focus - double clutch shift hard sometimes"

Jeff R., MN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to a recall issue, the vehicle would sometimes shift roughly or feel like it was jerking a bit when shifting"

Adam D., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shifts in a jerky fashion, slips gears. Known issues with Ford Focus due to style of clutch in the vehicle"

Paul G., BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This occurred before the replacement of the Transmission Control Module. Problem is now resolved"

Sharon H., IN (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car drove fine, but clutch disengaged when at a stop. I didn't mind it, and it saved fuel. Complaints forced Ford to update software. Since the update, the car has not run well at all.,"

Richard W., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission still makes "jutter" sound when shifting from low gear. Not that concerned about it since Ford mechanic said this is "normal". Still, it's annoying"

Donald H., IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After two months of owning the car Ford had to replace seals in the transmission. The car going from stop into 1st and 2nd gear shifts very hard and has a slight vibration. The car tends to jerk in low gears. Ford says it is within spec. BS"

Sandy N., IA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"late shifting or hesitation. returned to the dealership 3 times"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The DCT transmission in the 2012 Ford Focus is programmed to shift like an automatic transmission and does a poor job of controlling the clutch causing the transmission to shift rough or at the wrong time"

Kevin G., GA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the transmission rattles and jerks sometimes almost stalls. Repeat trips to dealer for adjustment and control module replacement and clutch adjustment"

Robyn L., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has acknowledged a problem with this transmission & has extended my factory warranty on it"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission shifts very roughly. They have calibrated it several times, and tells us that this is the way that this transmission performs"

Sharon G., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on low speed clutch chatter"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission design problem was recognized as such by Ford and was put on a list of recall and replacement at no-cost for the owner"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Made a terrible noise every time it shifted"

Anderew D., MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is apparently a known problem for this car and Ford has twice "updated" the electronics for the transmission. Car still shifts into gears erratically and RPM jumps are sudden at times. Will likely be bringing it back again for mechanical work"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shifting when starting - a common problem with this dual clutch automatic. Dealer rebuilt it and it no longer has this problem"

David S., MA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When starting from a stop, auto trans wouldn't move the car dependably. Dealer replaced the gear pack which seems to have corrected the problem"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hesitation and rough jerky shifting especially at low speeds in1st to 2nd gear. have had jerking or lurching movements when rolling up driveway....trying to go into neutral"

Cory K., MB (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rough shifting is a problem rampant among the Focus of this year, and thereafter. It has finally resulted in the replacement of the clutch assembly, in my case, which is scheduled for my car in the near future when the part arrives. The rough s"

Joel B., MA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Lurched and grinded between gears. Took the car in multiple times - at first they didn't do anything. Eventually they made some changes and it seems to be smoother now"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shudders, shifts rough, jerks, feels like a poor driver with a manual transmission. Extremely discomforting as it feels like something is always about to fail"

Lewis L., GA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Has been to the dealership for fixing 8 times since purchased. Currently involved in Class Action Lawsuite against Ford."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"well-known issue with this car which Ford has declined to even attempt to fix, don't think I can add anything that isn't public yet about this. The terms of the class action that were decided are extremely unfavorable to car owners considering the safety issues it has caused."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"He dealer repaired the issue."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission repeatedly shakes and slips"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car lurches forward after having been put n park."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"2012 focuses were on recall for transmission problems so they changed the software and put in a clutch a few years ago. It sometimes slips a little but no longer under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"ford can not fix it"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm sure you've heard of the problems with the Focus transmissions. Ford needs to issue a recall."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2012 Focus models had an inherent transmission issue, causing a shaking when accelerating from a stop, which affected all three 2012 Focuses I am aware of personally. It's my understanding this was a general problem with the transmission design. There were multiple attempts by Ford, over the years, to address this with firmware updates and hardware recalls, but I believe it has finally been fixed with the partial rebuild we received from Ford last August (2018). Since that rebuild, we have not had any more issues."

Pat F., MN (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission was on a recall for slipping"

Susan M., MI (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission shutter is persistent and Ford cannot resolve permanently. Known vehicle defect."

Stephen F., TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"great car worlds worst transmission"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This seems to be a problem that continues to get worse with time. I have had the transmission serviced, both as part of a recall and at my own expense but the issue continued. The last time it was serviced, my MPG went down by over 5 and has stayed at this lower level."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has been having a slipping problem with the Dual Clutch on the 2012 Focus and has not yet found a fix to my knowledge. I have had the clutches replace 2 times and it has just started to show signs of slipping again. Ford has stepped up and covered the cost of the replacement both times, but a permanent fix would be the better path."

Steve M., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is a manual automatic transmission. Original equipment clutches were cleaned once to resolve slipping due to an internal leak. In 2016 clutches were replaced with a new design, but clutches still slip and chatter when car is under load (with passengers, especially when accelerating hard). I think the clutch system is poorly designed, probably undersized for the vehicle. Ford extended the warranty to 75,000, but the dealer recently stonewalled our complaint, telling us that the transmission is supposed to behave more like a manual transmission. I would consider a manual transmission that behaves this way faulty."

William A., MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was fixed under a recall free charge"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This has happened and been into the dealer six times in the past three years. I have an extended warranty and the keep fixing the part that is bad."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes it slips but then will run fine for a while"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Even with the computer software upgrade, the car slips in and out of gear frequently, whether going slow or highway speeds. While Ford had a recall on the software, they said the slipping is my problem to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the same problem that the car was issued a recall for after we bought it and it was taken to the dealer for repairs multiple times and still occasionally has the problem. It did not shift properly."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford used a manual transmission and designed it to shift automatically. It was not successful. The clutches slip and cannot be repaired."

Kenneth K., GA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Gears wouldn't engage when move ng vehicle from a stopped or slow position. Would jerk , slip and not move."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had clutches, actuators, and TCM replaced between 40000 and 46000 miles in several service visits with 4 months. At 80000 miles the car started slipping, rough shifting, hesitation in low gears. Ford dealer would not replace parts again because there was no engine light. At 105000 miles I learned from another Ford dealer that they could ha e and should have replaced the parts. Now it need a a whole new transmission module, my cost $2,200!! Not only will I never buy a Ford again, but I tell everyone about this so they don't either. I have been trying for months to get Ford to pay for all or some of this because of the dealers refusal to repair the vehicle when I first complained. They have repeatedly refused. Worst company EVER."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After coming to a complete stop, then try to go the transmission slips and then jerks."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant slippage and shuddering from the transmission on each acceleration at any rate of acceleration. We are just waiting for the transmission to die."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has a known/documented design flaw that causes the trans to slip. Ford cannot fix and us unwilling to compensate for the problem."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem started about 5 years ago. A leaky seal causes contamination of the clutch disk and slipping, primarily in first gear upon acceleration from a stop. The car has been fixed by the dealer about four times and the last repair did not completely fix the problem, but performance is now acceptable."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Subject of a recall and class action lawsuit."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This issue has plagued Focus owners for some time. We were taking the car to a dealer almost annually to have the clutch replaced, computer updated, etc. and each time were told Ford had a new clutch or fix that they promised would last longer. Each time this never happened, and now that the car is over 100k miles Ford has completely abdicated its responsibility to fix it instead trying to offer owners double their settlement in the class action if they use it to buy a new Ford. After this experience, I don't think I could ever buy a Ford again even though I qualify for their employee discount and could get a good deal on one."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was very jerky, would not shift up"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent slippage rough shifting. Not constant enough to require servicing according to extended warranty but still an irritant . Reason for looking at other new cars"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine shuddering during gradual or low speed acceleration"

Jayson B., OH (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly designed clutch plate has been replaced twice. It will be replaced again in the coming weeks with an updated model. Ford initially declared the slipping and gear hunting was the way the transmission was designed. Had to wait several weeks for parts each replacement time due to a shortage of clutch parts. Bigger problem than Ford has admitted to. Dealer has been good. Zone Rep terrible. I will not buy another Ford product"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would "shudder", be slow to shift or slip and then re-engage"

Victoria C., MD (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It is common for a grinding noise and shaking to occur when the car shifts from first to second gear and second to first gear"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the fourth time since purchased new that I've had this issue. This time it did not fail the "shudder test" by the dealer, so they just updated the transmission software"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission causes the car to shudder when starting from a dead stop ans after shifting to 2nd gear. This is especially pronounced when accelerating rapidly or if the front wheels are turned"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon start to drive the trans will occasionally slip"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"You step on the gas and sometimes it doesn't accelerate"

Dean R., PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple Ford repairs for numerous slipping failures"

Robert B., IL (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"has been to dealer for recall service at least twice, but it still is rough shifting when pulling away from stop"

Charles L., NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The automatic transmission in this car is a dual-clutch transmission, so it behaves like a manual. The clutches started to wear out and it caused a very bad shutter while accelerating from a stop, and even between gears (1-2 upshift usually). The clutches were replaced, but I am still experiencing some shutter about 12 months later"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My car is automatic with some weird shift option I have never used. Transmission was slipping particularly going up hills. Got a recall letter that this model has a clutch that is failing. Dealer adjusted it. Kept doing it. Dealer replaced clutch. Overall it was not a terrible experience"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"recalled by Ford. they said it was not good, but "within" tolerance. "good news" warranty extended. bad news still bounces around"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has trouble catching when starting from a start or a crawl to what I assume is second gear"

Steve W., AR (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have taken vehicle in 3 times"

Anthony G., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Gears are slow to engage"

Margo L., NC (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting and slipping appear at times. Dealership updated software and that helped. Still happens at times, but may be related to my own change in drivings style. More vigorous driving style seems to help. Different gasolines may also have an effect"

Judith J., VA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Under higher temperature conditions the transmission would slip as speed increase, increasing the amount of time to shift to next higher gear"

Thomas S., NV (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"same as previous comment..I'm not sure if trans slips but it is jerky, RPm's rev, and in the past feels like vehicle will stall at times"

Robyn L., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Year ago had transmission rebuilt at dealer after constant slipping. A week ago started again. 2 days ago car was towed to dealer after "Transmission Malfunction" light and complete loss of transmission function. Car is currently in shop awaiting diagnostics"

Harold F., TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch shudders at time and can shift hard. Ford releases periodic updates to the programming of the computer, but my car still has issue. Dealer claims its normal - but actually it seems a problem with many cars (that's why it's normal)"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission continues to hesitate when changing from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th gears. The transmission was rebuilt and clutch replaced. It has been computer programmed three more times since taht rebuild and the transmission still hestiates"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Upon acceleration from a stop the transmission felt like it could not determine the proper gear range & shifted up and down erratically. A recall maintenance was done & new seals installed. So far all is good"

James F., TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Well known transmission issue, Ford has extended warranty on"

Andrew J., ME (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"this was a recall and software update for the slipping transmission"

William T., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto transmission was terrible. Check engine light would come on. Had it services several times and the problem persisted. Sometimes dangerous when slipping in traffic. Finally traded it in on a 2010 Fusion"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shutters at low speed. Transmission would slip slightly at highway speeds. Transmission seals were replaced. Clutch is bad. Waiting for new clutch, 12 week back order. Under Ford warranty"

Barry W., WI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"focus doesn't want to drive up our (fairly steep) driveway, even in great weather (live in ATL). I even try putting it in 1st gear and it barely makes it; i feel like it's going to quit any time. we've had it repaired by dealer. It also makes weird n"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ditto"

Stanton S., MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough riding - dealer fixed it"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This happened in 1st 2nd gear. I t has now been corrected and shifts correctly"

Paul B., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Tranny sucks. Well known problem by Ford, but keeps happening since they do no permanent fix"

Kent H., PA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes lurches"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"still occurring extreme periodic shudder still waiting for months on parts dealerships are telling me not receiving to fix the warranty repair"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Serious problems with rough shifting, and slipping. MPG dropped dramatically"

R T., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At times when starting from a stop the car felt like I was on an ice patch. The trans was leaking fluid onto the clutch and causing slippage"

Frederick J., NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"from a complete stop when accelerating car would shudder and buck. felt like going over a wash board. Hope you're old enough to know what a wash board is"

Gail B., CT (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is an automatic - yet is labors and stalls when shifting from one gear to the next"

Patricia H., CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle would hesitate, buck and stutter on acceleration. There was a loss of power, grinding and general poor performance"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"travels to far before gear kicks in"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent -- daily -- stuttering and slipping -- seems like the car will not get moving. A concern when trying to merge with traffic"

Randy M., NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to hang between gears. Car is scheduled for a warranty-covered replacement of clutches"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"occasional jerking in reverse"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car shuddered when accelerating or rounding corners"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on and then it seem like the car became hesitant and then it was like in low position and would not change to Drive. The dealership said that the transmission seal needed to be changed and the transmission was leaking"

C I., PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shudders and growls much of the time. Dealer could not solve the problem. I blame Ford, not the dealer. Otherwise, car has many fine characteristics. Problem is more annoying than serious"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has service bulletin on leaking transmission seals causing fluid to get on clutch plates and cause skipping slip and poor shifting. Ford warrants and replaces seal and clutch plates if needed. Since fix, no problem. Trans much better"

Stephen F., TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the car would shake like a manual transmission does if you're not handling the clutch correctly. (letting it out too fast) But, this is an automatic.It would do it after it was warmed up"

Anonymous, IA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"In heavy traffic the transmission slips, shudders, stalls. Really a problem when we drive to Los Angeles from San Diego"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission continues to chatter even after their adjustment? And has clanked on occasion.. I wait for it to break so they will have to fix it properly!"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is a nightmare; auto transmission rumbles stutters and jerks and the dealer and ford finally have agreed there is a problem"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"dealership replaced with updated unit. No charge"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am not certain if the problem is slipping or what. The manual feature on the automatic transmission is not working properly. It has been recalled a couple of times and is now currently on the 4th generation correction. We will know if it will wo"

Robert S., IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting during acceleration from a stop"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shudder on acceleration. Ford knows that this problem persists in Focus 6 speed automatic transmissions and has extended the warranty to 10 years on transmissions"

Ernest S., NL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"when shifting delays before next gear engages"

Andrew L., MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seemed to be related to clutch problem"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"erratic acceleration. The problem was fixed on a recall but the delay inattending to the large number of cars by the dealer was months after the recall"

M-D G., SK (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Automated shifting clutch required new shifting software as shift points were not being selected properly causing strong vibrations at shift points and roll-back on hills when starting out"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had my 2012 Focus back to Ford 4 times to work on the slipping transmission. The last time they rebuilt the transmission and seemed to have fixed the problem"

Michael T., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My son noticed the problem and I received a recall notice shortly therafter. I took the car in and it was promptly repaired"

Marilyn C., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle has the automatic dual clutch. The 2012 model year was the 1st year Ford used this transmission system. From a standing stop (i.e. idling) on taking your foot off the brake and accelerating, the clutch shudders"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Infrequent power loss & ability to accelerate"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem goes along with my other comments. There is a well known problem with this vehicle's transmission and ford has extended the warranty period for certain transmission problems. We were notified by letter from Ford Motor Co. to have the ve"

Kenneth H., IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shudder at start to drive"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not smooth in shifting, jerky"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission has significant shudder when pulling away from a stop. Dealer says it is "normal" although there is a recall for this issue"

Al S., PA (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission felt like it was slipping during certain turns. A recall seemed to fix the issue"

Adam D., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"felt transmission slipping while driving at any speed. Problem was fixed because of recall"

Brenda C., NY (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Took excessive time to change to next gear. Was repaired at Dealer"

Vicky H., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to some seal leaks, the transmission felt like it was "chattering" when I started from a dead stop. It felt like I was on some sand on the road"

Thomas F., WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When starting from start into drive, there was some hesitation and jerky start"

John M., TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had to be taken out and re-built"

Richard W., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was brought into Ford after purchase. Transmission rough to shift. Transmission hardware refreshed no improvement. Car brought back no appointment availability from dealer. Brought to other dealer. Transmission recalled. No parts availabili"

John H., UT (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear main seal was replaced in June, 2014-at 41,000 miles. Under warranty. I reported to dealer that my car experienced excessive shudder during light acceleration in early 2014. Ford sent letters out to me and others that the transmission warranty"

Sharon S., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle sputters when backing up and hesitates when taking off from stopped position"

Anonymous, PE (2012 Ford Focus)

"Vehicle recalled by Ford for the experienced transmission issue. The issue was repaired at the dealer and is now back again 6 months later"

Ken V., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"This is intertwined with the double-clutch failure I commented on, which is a known issue with the Focus that probably should have been a recall. To Ford's credit (or the dealer), they didn't charge us for the bulk of the repair, which won our service loyalty. When we bought the car used from a used car place (not a Ford dealer), we also bought an after-market warranty that listed clutches as being covered, but the warranty company refused to cover the double-clutch since it was a dry clutch, so watch out."

David H., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A few software updates mostly helped to resolve the issue. Still has an issue on occasion."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The Trans Cont Module failed. Car disabled."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have the TCM module replaced. Common issue and it was a must fix as car became undrivable."

Keith L., KY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has been replaced twice transmission continues to shake and slip"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't know whether this falls under Transmission computer or Transmission replacement, but my battery kept dying on the car. AAA kept having to jump-start my car, and I finally took the car to my local Ford dealer. They said the error code they received from the car's diagnostic computer indicated the Transmission system (the electrical computerized thing) was always on, even when the car was turned off (draining the battery). It was all covered under warranty, but they had to replace the whole system. I have had no problems since."

Brainerd W., VA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When the stutter was repaired the first time we were told it was a program problem with the transmission."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not drive properly, going normal and then no power. This happened two times before the dealer got permission from Ford to replace the transmission computer."

Thomas K., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"particular transmission can be manual or automatic and shifted.roughly after some in town driving (in automatic), Dealer downloaded a newer program into the computer which helped minimize the rough shifting, though not completely removing it."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission computer needed a re-boot in an attempt to fix the vibration problem. This repair reduced the frequency of vibration but did not eliminate it all together."

Thomas O., ON (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm not sure if the transmission control module (TCM) is responsible for the starting issues. This model year had a number of issues with the TCM and I have had it to the dealer several times to have the computer reprogrammed. In fact there is a pending class action lawsuit regarding this model year and transmission issues."

Rick R., CT (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would have trouble shifting. It would not shift from park to reverse. Ford did replace the computer module and did not charge for it."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stopped shifting properly and than quickly stopped shifting at all."

Sandra B., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car wouldn't shift, wouldn't allow starting, and caused dash lights to all come on. Luckily was covered by warrenty."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Computer needed to be replaced. Ford offered an extended warranty for transmission problems but my car was past the authorized mileage. Transmission has been a problem for the entire life of the car."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it has always bend rough jerked,slipping .had to take to dealer,put on computer to reprogram like 3 time sense new."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the first year the 6-speed transmission was used and it took around 5 years before they figured out the programming of the transmission to allow for a smooth shifting between 1st & 2nd gear when driving in congested traffic. Once the issue was corrected, it drives wonderfully. Glad I stuck it out through the rough times and didn't trade in."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has always stutter and felt like it was going to stall in first gear and low speeds. It has had several software updates at the dealership."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a common problem with 4 cly. Motors. All is well and good now"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall problem they fixed no charge. Was driving home 3 miles would die every block or so have to pull over turn off and restart to get home 4 times"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would not start in my driveway and was towed to a mechanic. He diagnosed the Transmission Module Assembly was broken. The car was then towed to the Ford dealer. It was replaced under a 10 year warranty (8yr old car) for no charge."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very sudden, one day just would not engage in reverse. Drove it straight to dealership and had it repaired and turned out it and the accompanying solenoid problem were covered recall issues so it was a free repair"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Chronic problem with transmission ( slipping, rough shifting, stopped while driving on freeeway) which continued after multiple warranty covered repairs, just waiting for the issue to reoccur as "recall warranty" has expired"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to have many software updates to fix shifting issues"

Scott H., CT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Same problem as with the clutches in that the computer would try to make the car accelerate until the clutches grabbed"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They reprogrammed the transmission module, but only helped a little"

Scott G., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission control module completely failed once, forcing me to have my car towed to the dealership"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Updating transmission computer software is their "go to remedy" for slippage/shudder issues"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am not sure (I don't have the paperwork), but there were recalls on my car because of the transmission. From early on in my ownership, the car lugged (it is an automatic) and wasn't responsive (or was over-responsive) to acceleration. At one point about 6 months ago it seemed to be stuck in a lower gear and sounded like it was revving constantly. Then when I stopped and parked, it wouldn't go into reverse. I took the car in and had work done on it under warranty/recall"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Auto warning light and transmission shut-down. Ford replaced the computer control system for free; as it received an extended warranty. This potential problem (and the new infotainment/blue tooth ratio system were identified as potential problems. Ford is known for good transmissions and I did not get the blue tooth when I purchased the car"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As the first in a series of diagnoses the Ford Motor Company recalibrated the Transmission computer for the recall"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Control module replaced twice. Computer had to be reset several times. Poor shifting,slipping"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car not shifting properly. Ford replaced the trans control unit under warranty"

Ed V., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission control module malfunctioned and had to be replaced.It was covered by warranty, but to get access to it, they had to replace parts costing over $1300 and I had to rent a car for two weeks at my expense. Highly unsatisfactory"

Bob G., MA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission computer failure. Replacing the computer & the clutch fixed the "jutter" problem experienced during shifting from low gear"

Donald H., IN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The computer has put my car into emergency mode so I can't get out of first gear until after visiting the mechanic. We've had to get the computer adjusted multiple times with recalls too"

Heather R., WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shifts very rough. Was extremely shaky until the recall was complete"

Anonymous, HI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on the Transmission PCM. Replaced the clutch at the same time under warranty. Fixed rough shifting issue. Ford covered everything for free and extended the warranty on the PCM for 175,000 miles, which is nice"

Adam D., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Jerky shifting from 0 to ~20 mph. it is an electronic manual transmission. They've had problems with this early generation of this type of transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled issue corrected by delealer for free"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission speed up and slow down"

Henry G., MI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Fixed by dealet"

Ron S., CA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission computer module replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am not sure if it would be called the transmission computer, but the transmission has never operated properly. It was recalled a couple of times, but it has never been properly repaired. It is the worst car we have ever owned"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer continued to update the transmission comupter service to correct the gear changing hesitatiom. it is still not working without hesitation changed from 2nd to 3rd and then 3rd to 4th"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission shifted rough and required flash updates"

Michael S., FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A failure with the transmission computer caused the auto to simply not start"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled, and reprogrammed, no issues before or after"

Fred H., MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission control module failed"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have made 5+ visits to the dealership because the transmission bucks in first gear. They adjust the system, and the adjustment lasts for a few months, before it begins to fail again. Big waste of time, and very frustrating to drive"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced the computer controlling the transmission"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would not get into gear to drive. None of the selections worked, Reverse, Sport mode, or drive"

Fernando N., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally some slippage. Finally fixed with a software upgrade"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed to select a gear on one occasion"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed to be reprogrammed due to what seemed like slippage and rough shifting"

Joseph C., TN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"In to dealership at lest three times to get computer re-booted"

Robert M., CT (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had intermittent no-starts caused by the TCM"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"had to have 2 tsb updates performed on transmission"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission hesitation and lagging. Dealer had to reset the computer and load patches. Ford covered this at no cost to us and extended the warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"TCM lost communication with shifter, leaving me stranded several times. I established thru on-line chat with distant Ford mechanics that this was a known problem. However, local dealer danced around before replacing at my expense. Ford recall out now"

Thelma K., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Upshifts would change prematurely"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was reprogrammed several times to fix hard shifting problem"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford as acknowledged they have a "bad " transmission. Ford has extended the warranty on the car to 100,000. I have to date, not taken the letter back to the dealership to switch out transmission, or have explained to me exactly how I am going to ge"

Charles S., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced Transmission Control Module. Was covered by Ford Warranty"

Sharon H., IN (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have major issue with transmission getting 'stuck' between normal drive and sport shifting mode. Had TCM replaced. Still happens. When it does car appears to enter 'limp' mode. Not a good situation. Still working on the issue"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission Control Module failed causing problems with gear selection. Dealer replaced the module and problem was cleared. Ford has since extended the warranty on this part to 150,000 miles"

Beth K., NC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has acknowledged a problem with this and has extended my factory warranty"

Anonymous, AL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"since the clutch replacement I have had to take the car in for the same shuddering problem but it is usually fixed with a computer adjustment for a short time"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission module stop overheated and blew out computer and car would not start. I had to have car towed to dealership and waited for 2 weeks for it to be repaired. I have an extended warranty that I paid for after 36 K mile expired"

Efrain T., NY (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"repeatedly told it is a TCM transmission control module that needs to "updated"....that temporarily smoothes out the shifting pattern....it is not a smooth shifting car"

Cory K., MB (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission Control Module failure. Automatic transmission was not switching gears"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have reported to them that I think the 6-Speed automatic transmission doesn't respond well. It sometimes lugs/shudders and doesn't respond when I accelerate too quickly"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"frontsealkept leaking , replaced 3 times and eveytime it would damaged the cluches"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slipped due to seal leak on the dual clutch system. Dealer replace seal and clutch under warranty. Works great now. Down for 6 days"

James S., GA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission seals were replaced. Warranty extended to 7 years or 100,000 miles on clutch, transmission input shaft seals, and Transmission software calibration"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford Replaced my clutch free of charge and has extended my warranty to 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Went to dealer for oil change. Dealer pointed out leak. Car was still under warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"leaky transmission seals"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals were leaking"

Wayne C., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was repaired but I'm concerned I will have issues down the road"

Sandy N., IA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was the second time they had to change the joints since it is the second time I had a leak from the transmission. First time it was in 2013 and it took 2 months to have the parts to fix the problem. I hate this car now with all the troubles"

Martin P., QC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car suddenly stopped running while stopped at a red light and would not restart. Required towing and multiple days of repair that was covered under a warranty extension due to a recall."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue began with shuddering upon acceleration. Had a couple visits to service centre (ultimately a recall was issued). More recently problem was combination of very rough shifting and shuddering. Seems to be remedied with latest service about one month ago."

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car completely stalled and after about 30 minutes I could drive it a short distance to the dealership"

Patricia V., TX (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"TCM failure, known issue."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Module sensor for transmission faulty. Would not shift into higher gear and reverse stopped working"

Amelia K., ON (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It happened at the same time as the transmission computer problem, and the car would not engage in reverse suddenly at all. I drove it directly to the dealership and they repaired it same day for free as it turned out to be a recall issue"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A recall that I had not heard about until it failed on us"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle shudders and shakes, while going up the slightest incline. Slow to engage from a stopped position. Noisy, rough ride"

Margo L., NC (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to a recall, the entire transmission had to be replaced on the Focus. This is a nation wide recall on the 2012 Focus with a duel clutch trans"

Rodney H., MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission slips into neutral"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We often can't shift out of Park on startup"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"dual clutch auto trans clutch shutter, not fixable. selector module failure, car disabled in traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced one solenoid after failures to move when stopped in drive"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Third time this happened since I got the car. Transmission warning displayed on dash, trans goes in to "limp mode" (dealer's words). Fixes itself if I let the car sit for a few hours. Brought car in each time, can't find anything wrong with it"

Edward C., IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Previously mentioned issue could be related to this part"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Started it up in the a parking lot and the transmission made a funny sound. The transmission sensor light came on and the car wouldn't move. Turned the vehicle off and on a few times before we were finally able to drive it"

Todd C., AB (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"This was a known issue with many of this model that probably should have resulted in a recall. We didn't know at the time we bought it, and not all Focus double-clutches have the failure. To Ford's (or the dealer that did the job) credit, they didn't charge us for the bulk of the repair, which won us back a bit, and we've taken the car to that dealer for other service since then. Caveat: we bought an after market warranty when we bought the car (used), but it didn't cover the particular double-clutch since they said it was a dry clutch, so be sure that your warranty actually covers it if you buy one of these. Apart from that issue, we've been happy with the car."

David H., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was not operating properly, and was hesitant to shift, so I got it replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At times the transmission shifted hard. It was not bad but since I had it in for an oil change and it was just under 100K miles, it was still under warranty. I asked them to look at it and they replaced the clutch. It's the second clutch to be replaced."

Barry W., WI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch failed and was replaced along with clutch levers. This was the third time the clutch was replaced under warranty. I had to pay for replace of clutch levers."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had to be replaced after shift forks and throw out bearing failed."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was recalled due to the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After intermittent problems for over a year the clutch was replaced under warranty."

Thomas K., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuing problems with dual clutch transmission. Third time clutches were replaced (all under warranty). Like clockwork every 20,000 miles."

Thomas B., IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has had problems with oil seal leakage on these clutches, we had the clutch replaced under their extended warranty in 2017 at about 57000 miles. Now in 2019 the clutch is slipping again and would cost $1700 to replace. We are VERY disappointed that the replacement would fail so soon!!"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We weren't made aware that there was ongoing issues with the 2012 Ford Focus upon purchase from the dealer. Only after driving performance (i.e. poor shifting, jerking upon accelerating) decreased and inspection did we learn of the replacement program by Ford. Unfortunately, the cars are ineligible for the program after 100,000 miles. The most frustrating moment is when the maintenance technician at the dealership the car was purchased from admitted that they replace several of these a day because this is a known issue with this model. We bought ours in 2013."

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch plates have been replaced 5 times, Transition TCU has been replaced 2 times"

Stephen F., TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Significant clutch chatter due to transmission oil leakage onto clutch plates due to seal failure. This was the second rebuild by Ford. Luckily, it was covered by waranty as was the earlier rebuild."

Earl M., ME (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been done multiple times by the Ford dealer. Parts are on Ford because it was a certified used car when bought with 11,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After multiple erratic transmission shifting and reprogramming the software Ford approved replacing the clutch"

Thomas K., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I had the car in for 60000 mile service I asked them to check the transmission, they found that it matched the criteria from Ford for a warranty repair of the clutch seals. There was no charge. This has been a very efficient and smooth operating transmission"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The automatic shifting got wonky, slipping out of gear, not shifting at appropriate RPM's, etc."

Richard S., OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford now admits that the dry clutch used in this automatic transmission is of a problematic design and has set empirical data points to determine if adjustment or replacement is necessary. Amato Ford’s service department writers have been obnoxious to the point where we will never buy another Ford product."

Michael O., WI (2012 Ford Focus)

"I told the Ford dealership about the rough shifting of the vehicle - esp. from a slow/stop to accelerated speed (such as going over a speed bump). They checked it out, confirmed the issue and replaced the clutch. Problem solved."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Wasn't shifting properly. Downshifted unexpectedly. Wouldn't shift out of neutral when it should. Very dangerous to drive. Luckily I was within a mile of the dealer Service station. Luckily I had paid for the Extended 7 year warrantee."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After owning this car since 2012 the clutch was just repacled this year, 2018. Which has improved shifting to within normal expectation"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch burn out caused by transmission computer problem."

Sandra B., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Several adjustments and finally replaced clutch"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has a problem with leaky oil seals on these clutches, I had the original replaced at about 57000 miles under Ford's extended warrantee at the local Ford dealer in July 2017. The problem came back at about 75000 in March 2019. I had the clutch replace at 80700 miles in April 2020 at my expense."

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford will not continue to service this clutch under warranty and the cost to replace these parts to owner is over $1000 each time and this would need to be done every 6 to 12 months. I just live with the problem."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had the clutch repaired or replaced at least once per year since owning this car. We purchased the car maybe 6 years ago"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Standard dual clutch issue in the Ford Focus. Vehicle would shuttter when accelerating from a stop."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was shuddering when shifting gears. Dealer service recommended replacement. Problem was minor but given the known fragility of the Focus DPS6 clutch we opted for replacement for safety reasons."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had the extended warranty so it was replaced for "free". I just noticed that in lower gears it would slip and not have the same pick-up as it used to."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seized transmission fork. Replaced both forks, electronic actuators, and clutch assembly."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch slippage and vibration began in 2015. After a recall and 2 years of cancelled bookings the clutch was replaced on warranty in 2017. In 2019 the problem occurred again and the car became inoperable. The dealer said that the replacement was at my cost because Ford does not have a warranty on warranty replacements. Despite my efforts to have this covered by warranty I had to pay $3,000.00 to replace the clutch."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought this car from carmax and hadn't even made a car payment when the transmission went out. It was a $1700 repair 3 months later it was in the shop again for the same issue. 6 months later it was again in the shop for the transmission control module"

Heather C., GA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"In slow , stop-and-go traffic auto-trans Clutch would slip and then grab leading to unexpected acceleration"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Third time it's been replaced. The Ford 6 speed automatic is an engineering mistake and Ford is not stepping up to the table to satisfy owners. The warranty extension on the transmission doesn't help the long term problems owners face .They need to follow VW's commitment to make customers happy when the company make a big error"

Margaret S., FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was shifting eratic at time. A Ford technition test showed an error due to the clutch and it was replaced under factory warranty"

Thomas K., PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"this is the fourth clutch since new, they tell me this is the final clutch and will not be a problem again! we'll see. they did extend waranty on clutch to 160000 km and have be very easy to deal with"

Gary H., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After several attempts to resolve the 6-speed transmission, this final solution has resulted in a transmission that works well and is how it should have all along. They finally got it RIGHT! :-)"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

""Power shift" clutch had to be replaced twice during a cross country drive"

Victoria C., MD (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just got my second replacement clutch under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the clutch replaced for the fourth time at 100,000 miles. The clutches needed to be replaces approximately every 20,000 miles. Also the main engine seal was replaced twice. Very disappointing!"

Brian G., MI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"4th time the automatic clutch has been replaced. To be fair, Ford extended the warranty to 100,000 miles and covered all 4 replacements"

Gary R., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Disengaged on hill while shifting and engaging cruise control at same time. Ford took care of the clutch replacement under service notice. Absolutely no problem with repair"

Dale M., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch pack was replaced under recall from Ford Motor Company. The transmission shuttered and seemingly could not find the right gear at times"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Third clutch for known transmission problem with this vehicle type"

Robert L., NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had several instances of clutch disengagement or or transmission searching for correct gear accompanied with message transmission malfunction"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was under Ford warranty. I brought the complaint to the dealer(s) 8 times. The clutches were replaced twice. Final fix was to repair the fluid leaking on the clutches"

Ray J., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting required replacement under warranty & multiple software upgrades to improve shifting"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When they replaced the clutch, they damaged the brakes, but refused to admit they did it. Had to replace brakes"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"got a recall notice to improve transmission control module. Dealer said transmission clutches need to be replaced before the controller could be upgraded. Told this is about a $2,000 job but was covered under the extended warranty. Fixed and all seems normal"

Robert K., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had a full clutch replacement twice. The car has to b in the shop for a full day, not just any day, when the clutch guy is there. The first replacement was no good. The last one seems to be better. This is a really bad thing about an otherwise good car. I never would have bought it had i had any idea. the clutch has just been terrible"

Michelle G., BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Well-known issue with 2012-2016 Focus models is the dial-clutch transmission problem. Lot of clutch slip which wears them rapidly, to the point they need to be replaced once a year or more. Covered under extended warranty by Ford, but a hassle to do once a year. Sometimes a brand new clutch is installed and exhibits same problems as the just-removed clutch"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford acknowledges faulty clutch design which has required clutch replacement every year since we bought the car. It is covered by Ford. However a loaner 2015 Focus still has the EXACT same problem. This design flaw obviously has not been resolved"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trouble with clutch due to problem with shifting incorrectly. replaced after 2nd time"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was disrupting and i wasnt compensated for the cost of my hotel since it happened while i was out of town and couldnt return home. Codt me several hundred dollars"

Aleatha H., CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Still waiting for the parts to repair the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told it was needed and covered under warranty so I had no cost!"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced dual clutch"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"scheduled my third clutch replacement caused by bad transmission seal"

Steven J., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch failure at around 40000 miles requiring replacement and three or four days at the dealer awaiting parts. A loaner was offered but we didn't feel it was necessary for us"

James B., MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was stammering between 1st and 2nd gears and sometimes on initial acceleration. We called the Ford dealership. They informed us that it was under factory warranty. Not sure if it was a recall or not. They replaced the entire clutch system"

Kevin N., OR (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would hesitate before engaging in gear. Problem was fixed under warranty"

Elwyn F., MD (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Known issue with this transmission (oil leak in clutch housing). Initial fix failed, dealer elected to replace clutch under Ford tech service bulletin. No problems since then"

Simon C., MD (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking seal caused fluid to get onto the clutch drive surfaces"

Eastep T., WA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hard shifting, 1-2 shift"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Took many trips to the dealer to get this problem repaired"

Brad S., VA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting at low speeds for 2 years. Finally remedied with clutch replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I *believe* this will be the resolution to very jerky shifting (dealer has ordered parts but not scheduled the work - backordered nationwide). It's either that or transmission replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After fighting with the dealership and Ford's management, the dealership replaced the clutch, but only after a lengthly battle. It was the dealership, that finally came to our aid, with a "good will" gesture to replace the clutch. This came after r"

Anonymous, RI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Still malfuntions occasionaly"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SE)

"It was the clutch pack that was slipping. They replaced it and it now has a 100.000 warranty"

Randy M., WA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I feel the oil leak was caused when clutch was replaced. The select shift transmission was good for a while after clutch replacement but feels like it may be getting bad again. All items were covered by warranty"

Thomas H., VA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At 22,000 miles the transmission was replaced with a new one by a Ford dealer. The engine main seal was also replaced. It woked good for about 20,000 miles. At about 50K miles the clutches needed to be replaced again"

Brian G., MI (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was replaced. Transmission computer was also worked on causing main computer to malfunction. The car would not start. But this was fixed and the car is fine now"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd time clutch has been replaced on this car. Transmission begins making grinding noises when shifting which get progressively worse, then later the clutch starts slipping"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had to be replaced twice due to leaking transmission fluid, I believe"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch replaced and problem fixed"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford Replaced my clutch free of charge and has extended my warranty to 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the clutch replacement that took place in the last year was the third time that was done"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hesitation when starting from stop"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission seals and clutch were replaced due to clutch shudder at low speeds"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Technician did not replace body fastners"

Raymond J., FL (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch has been replaced TWICE! And system has been rest numerous times. The transmission is a mess"

Debra M., FL (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford dealer determined that there was a problem with the clutch and replaced it under warranty. I did not noticed anything wrong with it"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch shudder"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stutter when beginning to drive"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was an occasional spinning of the front tires from a complete stop. It felt like the tires were spinning as if they were on loose gravel, but they were on asphalt"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall issue handled really well"

Sylvia S., TX (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"within 6000 miles of use I was having a shuddering problem when the car shifted. I took it in and was given an unsatisfactory reason and that it was taken care of. Within a week it was doing it again. Then they replaced it"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch is making noise at 85 k miles, I am waiting for replacement as I'm still driving car and I'm not experiencing any transmission issues except for the noise"

Efrain T., NY (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car surged after 5mph as if gear want engaging properly. Dual clutch was replaced and ended up being a recall item from Ford"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford knows it has a problem with its dual clutch transmission and it was no problem to have the poorly-designed clutch pack replaced under warranty. When the clutch is working properly, this is a terrific transmission with crisp, sporty shifts. It"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem has been recognized by ford but it is not fixable so they have extended the warranty to 10 years on this part! This issue can be dangerous when not used to driving the vehicle"

Anonymous, PE (2012 Ford Focus)

"Had to repair/replace clutch inside transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Driving in rural Nebraska (live in Michigan) it died on the highway. Took 3 days to get fixed. The best you can say is cost of repair was covered by the warranty. I had to pay most of the tow, hotel and food costs. Will never buy a Ford again"

Mary C., MI (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Started in first year was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting. We received a letter about a recall because of the issue. Ford resolved it by putting in a new torque converter"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Vehicle could not engage gears. Electronic shift forks and throw-out bearing failed which cause the clutch to fail. This would be the third clutch replacement overall."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual 5 speed transmission. Clutch and gears still worked but gears would not stay connected. Mechanic could not figure out why."

Salvatore S., CT (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has serviced the transmission 5 times under warranty while I have owned the car. It is now out of warranty. The issue has returned. I haven't been able to get a clear answer from ford regarding the current status of the issue. I am hesitant to have the transmission repaired / replaced, for fear that the issue will return just as quickly."

Gadoury J., ON (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I believe this was covered under a recall, but the dealer used my warrantee to do the job"

Robert K., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"received a warning suddenly that there was a transmission issue and to get service. AAA brought car to dealer. Ford replaced transmission completely, at no cost to me, as it was under a lifetime warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was shuddering upon exceleration. Clutch packs replaced in the automatic transmission for the second time under warranty."

Timothy M., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had issue with the clutch and transmission since I purchased the car. The transmission failed do to a design flaw with the vehicle."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would stall when stopped. Waring message said check transmission now. It would take a few minutes to restart and be fine for awhile and the process would repeat. It started when the car was six years old. The dealership fixed it for free."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on parts of the 2012 Ford Focus transmission; as a result, Ford extended the warranty on certain transmission parts through the end of 2019. Fortunately for me (I guess?), with my car at less than 50,000 miles, my transmission went out in September of 2019 and the clutch and other parts were replaced by a Ford dealer under warranty. I was lucky the cost was covered. But even though my vehicle has low miles, I anticipate the transmission will likely fail again before 100,000 miles and at that point I'll probably buy a new car. I won't buy a Ford again after this experience."

Anonymous, NE (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is a double clutch system. A flawed design it was replaced for a new one under the vehicle guarantee. It is unreliable to the point we had an accident and have not used the car since. It suddenly stops it gives a message that it is hot even when the car has only been driven two or three miles. Other days it worked fine. It is a dangerous vehicle. Ford built a nice looking vehicle with many features but it is unsafe and unreliable to the point that the car can't be safely driven."

Anonymous, PR (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission problems since I purchased it. Multiple adjustments, replacement of partial parts, reprogramming of some parts over 7 years until they finally had to replace/rebuild completely. A lot of secondary effects I had to pay for - example - engine block seal due to shaking so badly. Thousands of dollars out of pocket. Almost always taken to dealership and I always incurred secondary costs except for 1 time when a recalled door latch fixed. Multiple recalls on transmission parts/systems but they still waited 7 years until it would not drive to replace it. Transmission STILL slipping even though dealership claims it is rebuilt and functioning normally."

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Major automatic transmission. Many warranty repairs with some repeated. Ford paid us ~$1,800 as a buyout through a legal class action suit that we had to forfit 1/3 of the buyout to the legal company. The transmission problems persisted untill we had to pay $2,600 to a transmission shop for installtion of a new ford focus transmission that seems questionable we're hoping to get another year out of it. The Catalitic Converter including the engine manifold had to be replaced, at some point, for close to $1,000. Nice car but Grrr."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission developed a howling noise in last 5000km, turns out its a bearing going and not covered by warranty. dealer is going to replace with a good used one. very disappointed in the trans. / clutch problems with this car"

Gary H., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is having a strange problem that neither the Ford dealership nor a good Tranny Shop could diagnose. Both said just to replace. Or drive and see what happens. Tranny seems to slip into 3rd or 4th gear when just starting out, at random"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the transmission rebuilt four times. The car has no resell value so I am forced to keep it"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford repaired transmission several ties under Ford extended warranty based on recall. I had to have transmission rebuilt after exceeding the warranty mileage by 1,000 for same problem"

Robert B., IL (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car broke down at highway speeds. Would not move anymore. Ford tried to replace Transmission Control Module twice, and it did not fix the issue either time. They replaced the Powertrain control module as well, and that corrected the issue"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission replaced due to oil contaminating clutch disks. Prior to transmission replacement drive train would shudder under acceleration. After transmission replacement, drive train shudder issue resolved"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Two recalls for the transmission and it is still not fixed"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to stop in las vegas on way home on trip to have repaired. While it was warranty repair, it was unacceptable. More problems with car than i can count. Trans overheated"

Aleatha H., CO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This model year has a dry clutch system for the automatic transmission, which is a very poor design. Luckily I was able to have the transmission clutches replaced under factory warranty at 99950 miles just prior to warranty expiration"

Thomas S., NV (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had a complete failure which required a replacement. The "Forever Warranty" covered the cost but the car was in the shop for approximately a week and a half"

Eric W., NC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had car stall and engine shut off on the freeway"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission replaced twice under warranty. Not having problems currently"

Alan M., NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My transmission completely failed and had to be replaced. Prior to failure, the transmission would shift very hard...causing the entire car to shudder"

Matt B., IA (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"manufacturer required modifications"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My dealer ended up replacing the transmission"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford denies there s a problem with the 2012 Focus trans, yet they sent a Nation wide recall letter to all owners extending the warranty due to this issue. Never will I buy another Ford product. Every one I dealt with at Ford was very unpleasant"

Rodney H., MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dual clutch automatic transmission has experienced problems since it was made. Some require reprogramming, some require more serious repairs, Ours required both"

Todd C., NY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was returned to dealer over 6 times. Received lemon law court award. Transmission capsule was replaced, which seemed to resolve problem"

Warren C., NJ (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission didn't shift smoothly.Dealer rebuilt transmissionl at no lcost to me and stated that the transmission is now guaranteed to 100,000 miles.At this point, it seems to be working fine. A friend of mine has same year and model and had same pr"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Focus has dual clutch auto transmission which had/has drivability problems at slow speeds. One clutch was replaced and computer reprogrammed which hasn't completely resolved the problem"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was one factory recall on the transmission which was done. Later more problems with the transmission that was worked on. Still having problems in heavy traffic"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Went four times to Ford garage for problems with transmission. Replaced it but never corrected problem. When starting engine the battery was discharging completly and had to be towed four times"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am on a list of owners to have my transmission fixed"

Ron E., ON (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Grinding noise from transmission. Dealer repaired under warranty, but repair took 2 1/2 weeks due to lack of parts"

Brian J., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad clutch caused extra wear on transmission gears and bearings. Ford cover the replacement cost of the clutch, but not the transmission"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car disengaged while driving and I had to coast took 6 weeks to get the car back"

Rodney N., CA (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dual clutch transmission would hunt and crunch through gears. Sometimes going into neutral"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"a bearing failed in the transmission causing it to fail and it had to be replaced & couldn't be repaired. Warranted"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was slipping about two days after our purchase from CarMax. Ford replaced or repaired it"

Bernard D., NV (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission was replaced and now having same transmission problems with replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"6 months into ownership and the transmission needed to be replaced. I have had it in 2 more times since and now I am on a waiting list for 4-6 weeks for a clutch"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission design problem was recognized as such by Ford and was put on a list of recall and replacement at no-cost for the owner"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The way Bourgeois Motors handled this issue has been a joke - we brought this car back 4 days after buying it with transmission issues and it took almost 2 years for them to replace it...and it still shutters out of 1st gear from time to time"

Jay K., ON (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dual-clutch automatic is terrible. We had to rebuild/replace twice since new. Ford is standing behind the product (for now) but we are done with Ford products"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sunroof drain plugs needed cleaning out."

Dave P., MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as previous"

Joseph S., BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers side window has a air leak, sounds like the window is not completely wound up."

Neva N., MD (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hard to detect coolant leak"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When it rains, water enters the car via the sunroof. Mechanics can't find source. They said they'd have to take the sunroof apart and it'd cost over 1,000. I bought rubber weather stripping and placed it around the edge of the sunroof glass and it works"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"No category for this. Vehicle was in operable due to serious wire damage. Very expensive repair. I was not able to fully trust the dealership with the repair. Didn't believe him."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It rained all day and I came out the next day to use my car. I have no garage. There was literally about an inch of water (up past the first knuckle of my pointer finger) sitting on the floor of my front passenger side. I took photos of it with my finger in the water. The shop diagnosed it as a sunroof leak - it is currently in the shop now, no word yet on what the exact issue is (seal, glass, blocked drain, broken drain, etc...don't know yet)"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car sat for awhile. Water came in through the (closed) sunroof causing a lot of damage. Ford would not cover under warranty"

John C., OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had a persistent water leak coming from behind the dashboard, for over a year and a half. The water enters by the driver's right foot, gets under the carpet of the car, and pools in the left rear footwell. Dealer has not been able to find the"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather Stripping on body around front door wore through this is the second time this has happened since the car was new. Even with new Ford stripping there is still wind noise."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Trunk gasket failed allowing water into the trunk well and subsequently the passenger compartment"

Joseph S., BC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When it rains hard--and I open the front doors, water comes out."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I purchased the car in November of 2019. I noticed over the last month that during heavy summer rains water will occasionally drip from the center console in the headliner where the sunglasses holder and sunroof controls are located."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car sat for awhile. Water came in through the (closed) sunroof causing a lot of damage. Ford would not cover under warranty"

John C., OR (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Front bushing keeps breaking up (tearing), you cannot fix it alone, you have to buy the whole triangle which costs around $250 each"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine mount broke and had to be replaced, and it still rattles."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"loud rattling at the rear of car."

Ed-Judy G., WI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car dash and trim has rattled since the car was new."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was more a loudness of hearing the motor, not sure if it belongs in the squeaks or rattles column."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a rattle in the dash around the radio area."

Neva N., MD (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I turn the knob for the heater/air-conditioning, it makes knocking noises for about a minute and then it stops."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise at several location in dash area. Unable to locate"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has aged and developed many steaks, rattle, road and wind noise in the last year."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There are always vibrations coming from one thing or another in this vehicle."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The focus makes weird rattling noises when going above 30mph. It also makes very loud cabin noises when driving"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The headliner had become disconnected on one area and resulted in an overhead rattling noise. The headliner was replaced under warranty"

Randy M., NC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As car racks up miles interior rattles are becoming bothersome"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"May have been in an unreported accident"

Anonymous, AR (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The bevel around the shift lever vibrates and rattles intermittently, sometimes to the point I literally can't stand it. When I took the car in re: the transmission, I asked them to fix the rattle also but they were unable to reproduce the problem. I"

Terry H., MN (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dash. Dealer has made 2 attempts to fix so far, with only limited success. Problem has not been resolved"

Simon C., MD (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger seat rattles constantly, sound comes from under the seat"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from headliner which was never properly secured.Rattles in driver side door. Rattles when playing music"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Mystery issues that the Ford dealer techs say they can't find"

Rob R., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Almost since the beginning, I've had rattle problems on the front passenger side. Car has been in the shop several times, most recently it was there for 3 days. However, no resolution has been found though the dealer admits they hear the noises"

Andrew M., DC (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in headliner. All told, took several weeks for dealer to fix with several overnight or 2-3 day repair visits"

Brian J., MN (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattling noise when shifting or going over small pot holes. Sounds like a rattle from the underside of car"

Martin L., CT (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"In first month the car emitted a screaming noise and would not move"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"All of the plastic panels inside the vehicle vibrate and rattle. Dealer installed a large amount of foam padding to resolve, but it still exists"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasional rattle in dash coming from disc player(?)"

Richard L., NY (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind sounds around windows even when closed tightly. Not terrible, but noticeable."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"extreme road noise = tires and wind"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Too loud"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise near sun roof, interior trim seems to be vibrating"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup sensor warning led to replacement of an ECU or MCU model literally on the last day of my warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Back up camera displayed upside down. Was replaced under warranty and works well now"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"Speakers would do weird things, turning on by themselves with loud static, brought it to a local mechanic, and we decided, given the age of the vehicle, to disconnect the stereo system."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"CD just quit working, could not retrieve disc. Dealership could not retrieve disc or fix the player. I need to purchase a new CD player plus the old one sent to 3rd party to have the disc retrieved"

Kevin J., CA (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A CD became stuck and had to be extracted"

Timothy H., NY (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Too far to the side. Needs to have better visibility for safeties time eyes off road"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The entire Sync thing has been a disaster from Day One. Sometimes a given feature works, sometimes it does not. The most recent and prominent issue has been the navigation, which has just been out altogether for months now. But other problems are chronic too, such as the sound system shutting down altogether from time to time. The other dispiriting flaw that isn't strictly within this category is the cruise control, which stopped working several years ago. I was quoted a repair figure in the high three figures and chose not to get the repair. The vehicle has not been all bad. I've driven it nearly 170000 miles over eight years without too many serious service issues. It's just a constant series of annoyances (at least until the transmission really went wonky a few days ago). I would never want another vehicle like this."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"It goes blank and the whole system does not work. It used to come back but now it is completely dead. They said I would have to get a new system for $750 and I declined. I'll just have to do without radio, CD player, etc."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The screen stopped working and because of that, I am unable to use any Infotainment features along with phone pairing."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Screen went blank and never came back on. When they fixed the screen the navigation didn't work so had to take it back"

William B., MI (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"whole my touch system went blank"

David C., OH (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The SYNC system stopped interfacing with the music on our iPhones at about 38,000 miles. They tried reprogramming without success. It was going to require about a $700 repair which was not covered by warranty. I called and write Ford, but was offered"

James B., MO (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Connecting ipod ok at first, then intermittent success, now impossible"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"USB PORT FAILED"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"My phone did not auto pair and was geting frustrating . when software was updated it corrected the problem ."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

"sporatic"

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Focus SEL 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Loses the pairing of both phones setup. Must do a sync reset to clear the issue and setup the pairing again"

Wallace C., CA (2012 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)