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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 8 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 (sec.) 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.
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.
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
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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.

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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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
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Warranty

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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (143 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (159 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (160 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

“Dealer reprogramed it and it is better but still there”

Gary H., WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“jerking when moving forward from stop”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“shuttering when changing gears when accelerating. Had two adjustments to the transmission software and plan to have the clutch replaced. Told it was a common problem”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Our appointment is in a couple of days to get this resolved”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They adjusted the clutch several times before finally agreeing to a replacement”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Issues with these Focus cars when sitting in traffic uphill transmission overheats. And even on even ground the transmission slips. They finally did some adjustment after getting the manager involved & supposed to be Ford fix coming out but by the ti”

Bari L., NY (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealership adjustment, still waiting for recall replacement”

Michael H., GA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“this is an ongoing issue and requires constant attention and time in dealership to make the car shift smoothly”

L M., AZ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“During an at home oil Chang,e, transmission fluid found leaking, found to have a bad value?, was shifting rough prior to that, thought it was because of dual clutch”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

“Ford had a maintenance recall for stuttering transmissions on newer Ford Focus”

Laura W., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shudders when starting from 0 mph and on 1/2 and 2/3 shifts, In addition, transmission makes rat-tat-tat clicking sounds. Dealer has ordered parts to replace the clutches (automatic manual transmission). Will be fixed in next two weeks”

Russell J., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough when switching from 1st to 2nd gear”

Wayne T., ON (2013 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

“Direct shift gearbox is horrible! Shaft seals leak, oil gets on clutch disks and they chatter badly. Also, often nearly stalls after cornering. Symptoms are worst when warm, especially after some time in stop and go traffic. Ford has been relucta”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Took back to dealer for recall and did not help. Car slips when you take off and jolts you very hard as it catches slips and catches”

Michael M., GA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission is very rough and the car sometimes feels like it can stall”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Manufacture defect of clutch and transmission. Also engine support had to be replaced”

Asa S., UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Low gear when accelerating car shakes a bit before shifting”

John C., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Some times it studders”

Gary H., WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Although there is no stick shift, I am told that I have a standard transmission that I do not have to manually shift”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Defect handled in recall”

Mark B., KS (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It was shifting erratic and the dealer said the clutches had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Shifting becomes very rough after every 15000 miles. Going in this week to have the problem looked at again”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Continuous bucking while shifting. Dealer says this is normal! This info was omitted when I was buying this vehicle”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Same as previous page”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shudders, bucks, downshifts at strange times, acts confused”

Peter S., MI (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“has well know trans problem shifting from 1st to second. trans will stumble or shutter. the cause is the dry clutch gets contaminated with oil leak. Seals have to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The 12-14 (at least) model years have the tranny programmed to act like a manual even though it's an AT. Result is sever bucking when shifting and at low speeds”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Took car to dealer 3 times, but was assured that it was normal”

Verale P., OH (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Shuddering”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stuttering, hesitation, lags, jerks”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rough shifting between first and second sometimes seems to slip. Jerky if you step on it. I hate it. It revs high sometimes before shifting. I hate it. Also, it's hard to get into compared with the 2006 Focus that someone wrecked”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stumble or clunky 1-2 shift, odd noise on 2-3 shift”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficulty getting car to go shift and rough acceleration”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Since purchase, the transmission has been erratic; very rough shifts in low gears. Ford recall and extended warranty but problem continues”

Anonymous, NL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car shudders when accelerating from start”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“A low gears the car lurches forward and at times forces you into the steering wheel. Very unsettling in heavy stop and go traffic”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The transmission shifts roughly, skips gears and sometimes hesitates at intersections and on hills”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“going up hill at 30 to 45 mph hear a grating noise”

Gerrard B., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough shifting for past couple years, cleaned to try to fix first time (didn't) and then rebuilt, both under warranty. The both times the electronics weren't put back to normal and windows had to be reprogrammed”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough only when the car was warm and after one trip to dealership, they repaired it. No problem since”

Daniel R., OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a recall but dealer cannot get parts to repair ford just continues to extend warranty to cover”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stammers and bucks intermittently at low speed takeoff. Most noticeable in stop n go city traffic”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Issues Came From Ford's Noisy Dual Clutch Automatic Six Speed Transmission, Was Told By Ford Master Warranty Technician The Noise Was Normal, Which Is Ridiculous”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer insists rough shifting is normal until the problem gets so bad they are forced to address it. I am on my 3rd clutch and numerous other attempts at repair”

Dave F., IL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A stuttering shift when accelerating from stop”

Anonymous, NT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shutters and shakes at times when accelerating from a stop”

Richard P., IN (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“first computer update, then new module. all under extended warranty given by Ford”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Hesitate when pulling out and shifting to next gear”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough shifting”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Select shift automatic transmission clutch components replaced 3 times along with the computer at least once”

William S., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Not shifting smoothly and heating up”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shudders”

Corry V., BC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It has had rough shifting most of the time but last work has made it better”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the transmission would shutter when starting from a stop”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Slips Jerky Hate it”

John K., IL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The "automatic" transmission in 2013 Ford Focuses is a mess! How many visits back to the dealer constitute a lemon? It has been this and that done during about a dozen service calls. The folks are nice and seemingly understanding but how many bandaids can a transmission take? Thank goodness there is a very extended warranty. And I like lots about my Focus. Too bad the car's value is about zero”

Lee K., IN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ongoing problem since purchase. Flashed software three times. Towed into the dealership twice. Stuck in low gear and slammed into gear very hard we thought we had been hit several times at low traffic stop and go”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It has a rough transition from a start to drive”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The 2103 Focus transmission is rough and jerky when I try to accelerate from low to higher speeds, especially on hills and especially when I am moving up hill at a slow speed to begin with. I have had the transmission computer adjusted twice”

Richard L., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle's transmission has been an issue for years with Ford stating that the shudder is expected and within acceptable limits”

Michael W., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When starting from a stop the shifting from lower gears to higher was jerky. The car "bucked" as the transission moved from lower to higher gears. In heavy traffic we thought the car might stall out. When we purchased the previously-owned car in 2014 we did not notice this jerky shifting. It showed up within a week or so of purchase. The car had about 22,000 miles when we bought it”

Donald S., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The dual clutch automatic stutters and hesitates terribly, resulting in a very unsatisfying driving experience and a fear that it will one day stall during, for example, a left hand turn against traffic. We have been told by the dealership that the car does indeed have these driving characteristics, but our car's hesitation and stumbling falls within Ford's acceptable range. From a consumer's point of view, it is most definitely not acceptable. I would emphatically not recommend this car”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission would hesitate to shift between first and second gears and would cause the vehicle to shake”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough 2nd gear shifting”

Michael H., GA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rough shifting at low speeds. Clutch replaced by warranty and recall, but problem still remains, although not as severe”

Lydell B., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“related to other issue, slipping caused by fluid leaking onto clutch plate”

Joe V., MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission slipped a lot when in low speeds. Covered by warranty. Fixed by dealer by adjusting the computer”

Julie W., OR (2013 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

“Ford fixed my isuues”

Linda O., LA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It was explained in the section of the transmission problem. The oil leak caused the change of gears to slip. THIS IS A TRANSMISSION USED BY MANY MANUFACTURERS. I WISH CONSUMER REPORTS ISSUE AN OPINION/ARTICLE ON THE TRANSMISSION USED BY MERCEDE”

Richard H., NC (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission has had this problem several times with car stoppiing and strange things happening”

Allen R., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am not sure if it was slipping or grabing or what. At first it felt like the brakes were not releasing after driving from a stop”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I had my Ford in the dealers service center for more than 6 times due to transmission problems, gaskets had to be replaced, sensors of overheating go off regularly, leakage onto my clutch has had to be fixed, worst of all the transmission does not sh”

Julie G., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“If you accelerate at all there is hesitancy between gears as it revs too high”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“During an oil change at the dealer they noticed transmission fluid on the engine. They test drove and felt 1st gear slipping. They kept the car for a few days giving me a loaner so they could repair. This was 4-5 months ago. So far so good”

John L., IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“While driving normally, my wife and I would sometimes hear a grinding sound from the transmissions, while in lower gears. Our Ford dealer replaced the clutch under warranty”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Slipping transmission was causing hesitation on acceleration. Dealer replaced clutchpack (2nd time) and furnished 100k mile warranty on transmission because of known defect”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“when accelerating from start, car feels like transmission slips into neutral”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“Our appointment is in a couple of days to get this resolved”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“can feel the clutch not engadging”

Gerrard B., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission not reliable: shudders, won't shift or stays in wrong gear, loses power while driving”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Moving from 1st to 2nd at times the clutch would slip and the car shudder. Common problem for this year. Software updates to fix the issue were done”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“shuddering transmission in first gear, very noticeable. had it fixed once by the dealer and now, 12 months later the problem is starting again”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission from day 1 has slipped / jerked from a stop and once while in drive was reversing. 5 X's into the dealer with nothing but minor adjustments. Company states it's within tolerance. Vehicle is unsafe. and MFGR does not stand behind”

Patrick M., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Shortly after we noticed the problem we got notice of a factory recall and fix. It took us about a month for the parts to arrive and the dealer to apply the fix. We have not had any more trouble with the problem”

Michelle H., TX (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Issues with these Focus cars when sitting in traffic uphill transmission overheats. And even on even ground the transmission slips. They finally did some adjustment after getting the manager involved & supposed to be Ford fix coming out but by the ti”

Bari L., NY (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall item fixed by Ford at no cost”

Robert C., MO (2013 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“From the beginning when we bought it new; it had a transmission slippage problem; they fixed it -- year later, happened yet again; making the same noises”

Mel-Jack P., WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission would not select certain gears or go into gear at all. A couple times it took over a minute to engage when stopped at a light. Car would stall when slowing or stopping. Occasionally I couldn't make it up a hill”

Dennis D., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall by Ford and the entire experience has been a nightmare. They kept the car much longer than they said they would. It has caused me to reconsider purchasing ANY Ford products”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This car, as well as a 2012 Ford Focus I also own, is very dangerous on interstates due to slipping transmission. Ford has refused to remedy this problem under lemon laws”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This transmission is junk”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission slipped. Clutch replaced under warranty/recall”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The company has worked on this problem for several years. Could not be happier with the continued effort to repair my Focus”

William M., TN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch seals leaking into clutch causing juddering. Common problem with the automated manual dual clutch transmission. Ongoing problem”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Pressing on gas the car was jerky”

Roger M., ON (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the car has always had a shutter problem, making strange noise the dual clutch manual transmission has been a problem from day one”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“My mechanic said there was a problem and went with me to the dealer to explain so it would be covered under the warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Making noise that seamed like a fail about to start. Fixed with some software update. Better but not totally good”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“See prior”

Julie W., OR (2013 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

“The hybrid automatic/manual transmission on this car has issues. jerky starts, 'missing' etc...I really feel there is a serious issue that Ford needs to address...other than this it is a great little car”

Michael S., OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Computer had to be reprogrammed”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Continually needs "software update" to level out bucking/slipping while automatically shifting. Just a temporary bandaid fix”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The was also worked on when the clutch was replaced. I still seem to have hesitation issues from time to time, especially in stop and go traffic”

Arthur S., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It has double clutch and it jerks on take off and ford has extended the warranty on the transmission”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It had to be re- programmed, but it still occasionally has a slight flutter when starting on a hill”

Robert W., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Upgrade required in order to try to fix the clutch problem”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission computer has been reset and "relearned" several times and problem still exists”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When I used the built-in remote starter for the first time as I left work, it severely messed up the transmission. My car kept stalling on the freeway- sometimes COMPLETELY shutting down- and I barely made it to the dealership. It was scary”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“numerous problems with the transmission. one of 5 trips to the dealer stated they reprogramed the computer. Does not resolve the slipping jerking upon acceleration. Do not buy this car until the transmission is changed”

Patrick M., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“New Ford Dual Clutch Automatic Six Speed, Makes Severe Grinding And Clunking Noises When Shifting Gears, Especially At Low Speeds. Ford Already Replaced The Transmission Computer But It Didn't Solve The Problem”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the car has issues with the tcm”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic Manual needed computer re-flash”

James F., ME (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car went in reverse when Drive was selected. Tried again, grinding noises ensued. The car was towed to the dealership. A computer controller was replaced and the problem was corrected”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They updated the computer program before replacing clutches”

Robert C., IN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Trans TCM failed at 70,000/MI. Covered under Ford warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car engine stopped running and i coasted off the road and had it towed to the dealership and they replaced the transmission computer that is on the side of the engine”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This car a manual/automatic transmission. There was a leak of oil going into the automatic clutch. The leak caused a rough change of gears. Ford repaired the leak and extended the warranty to 100000 miles”

Richard H., NC (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Defective part or improperly installed gasket”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

“At the 18,000 mile check-up the service technician indicated that there was a leak. Subsequently the problem was corrected at the Ford dealership”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“On a trip from Chicago to Virginia my check engine light came on. I had the car at a ford dealer in Virginia for several days to be repaired. The next time I went into the purchasing dealer for an oil change they had to repair the leaking trans”

John L., IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Two seal leaks from transmission discovered by dealer during routine service. Ford has extended warranty on these transmissions to 7 years”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

“Continuously leaking oil onto the clutches causing all of the problems”

Steve S., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a recall for the seal on the transmission and they replaced”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission oil seal leak,repaired under warranty”

Roger R., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine connection to the transmission had to be disconnected. Resealed then reattached. On going leak since purchase. Had to change dealerships to find and correct issue. Mis-diagnosed more than once”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to pay for a large towing bill”

Robert D., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Vista Ford in Oxnard tried to fix the clutch recall and returned my car to me running very rough at 1000 rpms. I took the car back twice and finally have the issue somewhat resolved. I do not believe my car runs as good as it did before dealership”

Laura W., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I noticed that transmission would shudder during low speed shifts. Brought back to dealer, found small leak and cleaned and replaced seals. Dealer repaired and still found issue. Replaced clutch. Problem solved”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“clutch slipping when accelerating, required clutch replacement”

Joe V., MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“extended warranty clutch replacement”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor design, replaced 3 times, each time the part is on back order for more than 3 months. Trying to lemon law the vehicle as the transmission is unsafe especially when going up hill”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Manufacture defect, recall from Ford to have clutch replaced”

Asa S., UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It not a design ready for commercial market. Initial service response from Food was poor. Now after service, one year of defective driving before Ford agreed to repair, the has rumble noise that will not be corrected because it is regarded normal”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent noises from transmission at low speeds, Various attempts at warranty repair. Ford has now issued a related recall and extended warranty to 100k miles”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The said vehicle hesitated when taking off, Ford said this is what this car does. I told them it is worse since first purchased. There was a 3 week waiting period for parts and I was placed on a list. They did replace the clutch. seems to work ok, so”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car shifts really rough and actually feels like it may stall when you are trying to accelerate”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“On minor recall, Ford is not making a new or better part until all of the parts are gone or the nhtsa makes them build a better part it is not safe to drive because car can stall or die!”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine would rev for a second or two before the clutch engaged the correct gear causing a lack of responsiveness and acceleration”

Arthur S., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“While driving normally, in lower gears, we would sometimes hear a grinding sound from the trans. Our ford dealer replaced the clutch plate under warranty, and the problem was solved”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission has had clutches replaced twice, once with less than 8,000 miles and again with 48,000 miles”

David D., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with the clutch shuttering almost from the beginning of owning the car. Ford did replace it free of charge though”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had clutch problems since the car was bought. On the 3rd attempt to fix it, Ford has taken the car in and estimate that they need to keep it for 10 weeks to replace the clutch. Waiting for a new version apparently”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car has been back to the dealer twice and needs to go again for slipping, hesitating, rough shifting and stalling. I only bought this $20000 piece of junk last May”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When I purchased the car didn't notice the ruff start, but it got worse and worse. My car is an automatic with stick option and when I would start out it would jerk really bad so they had to replace the clutch and not runs very good”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the clutch replaced twice. The dealer played as though they did not know what the problem was. Later on I found out that MANY had the same problem. In fact, many could not have the clutch replaced because Ford could not supply cluthc's fast eno”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Focus Unsure Unsure)

“This clutch has been replaced three times taking enormous time and with much aggravation. I have just settled a law suit with Ford over the issue”

Dave F., IL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had the car in to dealer at least five times this past year. Clutch would slip, shudder chassis while driving. Loss of power, engine would rev high. Erratic revving of motor even on cruise control. Transmission seal leaks. Clutch packs many times”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My car experienced a jerking when I stopped at a light and then moved forward. It was as if the car was not getting gasoline for brief moments. The dearlership told me it had to do with the new style of transmission in the car. I am not knowledgea”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

“The double clutch in the vehicle was terrible. We had to pressure for the replacement even after the recall. once it was replaced it drives and works like a dream”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the car has issues with the tcm,”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch pack was replaced 12 months ago. Prior to that we took the car into Peoria Ford twice for software updates and adjustments. Made no difference in rough clutch shifting or shudder. New clutch pack was installed after 3 month wait due to backorder delay. Fast forward to 4/25, updated clutch pack being installed again because the rough shifting shuddering remains. Engine mount damaged also. Car is a piece of crap!”

Paul V., AZ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Automatic transmission clutches being replaced too much. Glad they are doing under warranty since the car started having rough shiting as soon as it was bought at 16000 miles”

William S., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am now on my third clutch replacement due to shuddering”

Corry V., BC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil deal leaked causing transmission to shudder on start off from stop”

Roger R., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch Pack was replaced at 30000 under warranty”

James F., ME (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Waited over a year for parts from Ford after multiple attpempts to reprogram the computer and in the end the replacement of the clutch and the reprograming worked”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“shuttering during shifting”

Gerrard B., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I have had my automatic clutch replaced 4 times since I have owned this car. It has been replaced every year since the car was purchased in November 2012 because of balking , grinding and slipping”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A recall notice in the dual clutch system. The problem is mostly fixed a slight shift problem noticed but not bad enough yet for a dealer repair. This problem abounds the focus cars”

Kevin R., SC (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In late April in small-town traffic the Focus almost stalled out in changing gears. As we were close to the Ford agency we took the car there for service/diagonsis. This is not the agency from which we bought the car. The diagonsis showed what the car needed: A new clutch which the service department installed”

Donald S., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“needed new clutch and tcm”

James G., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Covered under warranty. Great joy by the company. No problems”

William M., TN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has its third clutch installed. The car has noise that is due to the transmission. Ford will not or can not correct this noise. Ford said it should be regarded as a normal characteristic of the car. The car did not have this noise during the first operating year. The service to get the first transmission clutch changed was poor. Poor as in rotten, terrible, very bad. But first year of ownership was good, it stopped there”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When I purchased the car, I was told that the way it was handling was normal for the model... I took the car in for a lock recall, and they kept it to do a clutch recall that I hadn't been informed about. After the clutch replacement, the car drives a lot better”

Wanda T., IL (2013 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wouldn't shift properly, had to have clutch replaced”

Keven H., IL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“They did it twice, but it is ok now. This is over 2-years”

Robert C., IN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ford agreed to replace the original clutch with a newly designed one. No issues replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This vehicle has a fundamental design flaw in the transmission. It has a manual transmission that is controlled by a computer to become an automatic transmission. It will never be right. It's always rough, the clutches will always prematurely wear out and if you keep this car beyond the warranty you are in for a huge bill”

L M., AZ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“it was a known issue when I purchased vehicle, it progressively got worse. Ford repaired under warranty and I have had no issues since”

Thomas F., NC (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ford had dealer replace clutch components to eliminate shuttering, shaking and uneven acceleration from standing start. Ford extended drive train warranty to 100 K miles. Problem was corrected for awhile but has since returned. Final resolution still pending”

Daniel S., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Not shifting correctly. Slipping”

John T., AZ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“driveshaft bearing replaced out of warranty 64,000 miles”

Anonymous, IA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Electric Motor Gear Box began to leak gear box fluid after 8,000miles. Dealer determined that a gasket/seal in the gear box was defective from the factory. Dealer and Ford documented the manufaturer problem and replaced & repaired gear box seal”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

“It would schudder or act like it was not getting gas. When the Ford Dealer rebuilt the tranmission they said the seals left oil leak on the clutches but I still have the problem ocassionally but minor. Just agrivating .When I took it back the second”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission had a leak and was sluggish when up shifting. Dealer fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission had been reprogrammed 3 times due to harsh shifting and slips, as well as a seal leak, when the dealer finally decided it should be replaced under a Ford recall. As of this writing, I have been waiting for 2 months for the parts to come”

Tony R., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Major problems with hesitation with shifting etc lots of lag between shifts; originally told problem with sequential gearbox transmission would need replacing; subsequently told would need rebuilding followed by reprogramming. Wonky for few weeks a”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problem was never completely fixed”

David D., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be rebuilt twice, first time was just a cleaning, second time full replacement because the cleaning didn't work. First time wasn't given full information on time it would take or why it didn't fix things”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The vehicle has been to Ford service 4 times for a transmission leak. They replaced output shaft seal, rear main seal, transmission case, and lastly the entire transmission”

Steve S., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer has had 3 times to fix the auto transmission. 1st. - computer re programmed. 2nd - rebuild, 3rd - another computer update. Ford has now notified me that they are extending the warranty for 7 yrs or 100,000 miles”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The car would jerk periodically and after many trips to the dealer, Ford finally added a Canadian recall, later then the US recall, and they replaced the transmission. We have felt one jerk since then. Will probably need more TLC”

Michelle G., ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The 2013 Ford Focus has a recall regarding the PowerShift system which is effectively a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The major components include a clutch and the transmission. My car has had 4+ repairs regarding this issue. It usually requires a new clutch plate and in some cases a whole new transmission. I haven't had the transmission replaced yet but this is an ongoing issue. Symptoms can include loss of power at the pedal and a grinding/dry chunking sound on acceleration (most n”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Started slipping out of 2nd gear, ended up replacing whole transmission under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dry-link transmissions are the subject of numerous and well documented issues. Went through a torturous process of testing, resetting the computer, etc. before they eventually replaced it. Subsequently Ford issued an extended transmission warranty to all customers due to the problem. Replacement has been "OK", but still sometimes experience rough shifts”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“This car, as well as a 2012 Ford Focus, have had their transmissions replaced TWICE and still have dangerous problems”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I am selling the car as I write because the transmission has started slipping again 10,000 miles after warranty rebuild”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Chronic shuddering with auto trans. Had it in many times for problem, finally resolved”

Robert S., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 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

“Does not shot of when Drive is engaged or does not work at all”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“guide lines disappear. had to have techs reset the system for two occurrences”

Jason A., CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Display died. Car ran and main instrument cluster worked. All other controls and electronics died. Replacement was DOA. Repair took 1 week”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“System turns itself off when parked, will not come on until engine is restarted”

Kevin M., CA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Navigation system would go black and then return at some point. Recent occurence”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“All displays like speed, etc all blank. Repair was computer update (no parts, but still $200)”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A wire rubbed against a frame/firewall component and cut power to the display. This was not covered under warranty and cost over $400 to have fixed”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped connecting to USB devices. Dealer fixed under warranty, works fine since”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“navigation system showed me off a short block. reset by tech had fixed the problem”

Jason A., CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Nav didn't know where car was”

Anonymous, SK (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasional problem initiating trip information”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Would not indicate correct locastion”

Dan T., MN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“I can place calls but I cannot accept incoming calls”

Allen F., PA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

“without reason or warning, center stack won't pair wait awhile, and it self corrects”

Eshelman K., MI (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“As stated previously the Bluetooth worked but when My Cell Phone paired with the Sync system All Audio became disabled though the functions all continued to work”

Gary S., MI (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When syncing the phone to the sync system the audio portion was disabled. Everything else worked fine, just no audio. Entire Radio was replaced by dealership as defective. No Issues since then, all works”

Gary S., MI (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Uncontrollable volume after shut down of vehicle and subsequent restart. Had to reset my touch system and restart of system following day. No problems since”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)
Speakers

“Once I unlocked my door (from the outside) and suddenly every speaker in the car started booming extremely loud static/noise. The car wasn't even on. The noise stopped when I started the engine but if that happened while I was driving I could crash”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“You cannot use voice commands to make a phone call by name. It just doesn't work, regardless of what name you say, it always picks just the first contact in the phone”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“The problem resulted in two ruined rear tires”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Uneven tire wear caused by alignment. Every wheel was out of alignment, I hit no potholes, came this way from the factory. Needs camber kit at $500+ and Ford will not cover it. I had to pay for alignment and tires and now tire noise is back. Lous”

Rick B., CA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Bushings

“There's a clunking noise that comes from the front left wheel when the car starts to move after a stop, and as you make left turns. The dealer said the problem was bushings and tie rods needed to be replaced. He did so under warranty, but the probl”

M F., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“The steering started having a delay from input at steering wheel to response from wheels. Steering eventually locked up totally and i had to have the car towed to dealer where they replaced the steering rack and pinion”

Anonymous, RI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“The rear tires makes loud humming noises due to uneven wear. Especially irritating given the quietness of the EV. I had to pay for alignment and tires. Dealer not taking responsibility or backing their vehicle”

Rick B., CA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Wheel balance

“avoid pot holes at all cost, balance knocked out easily. We live in the country!”

John C., NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Bearing started to go out at 45,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“The power steering unit failed after 36K miles. Costed $2K to repair”

Mark T., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration was caused by failure of the power steering unit”

Mark T., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Dashboard display flashes on and off. Can't use compass”

Keven H., IL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Recalled, wiring harness”

Kevin M., CA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Horn

“Horn quit working when pressing the upper left quadrant of the horn trim, although it had worked when the car was new. Despite mentioning it to the dealer, they have yet to repair it, as they claim that I should just press elsewhere on the horn trim”

Tony R., FL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“short in the driver sun visor. found and fixed”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory defect in vanity mirror lights kept blowing fuses for all interior lights. It was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Problems with dash lights. It would light up, but writing on instrument panels , half was faded out”

Tony D., TX (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)
Keyless entry

“One of the doors electronic locks stopped working due to a short in a wire in the door”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replacement with aftermarket keyless. Had to take in to get corrected”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“When you used remote start it would only stay on for a few minutes and turn off”

Tony D., TX (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It has too much noise. Ford says its normal for the model. It was not that noisy when I purchased it new otherwise I would not have purchased it”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When accelerating from stop, drive train shudders and jerks”

John M., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration on take off”

Dan T., MN (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“transmission bucks shifting between gear speeds at alternate times would not buy this vehicle again”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Vehicle would shut down in the middle of the road unexpectedly. It took multiple returns to the dealership and about a month to resolve. A software fix resolved the problem”

Aaron T., AZ (2013 Ford Focus)

“Onboard charging systems seals failed twice resulting in water incursion and electrical fault preventing the vehicle from charging”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

“bad shifting or trans . Reprogrammed computer still had problems. dealer replaced system and all worked”

Gary G., NM (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Charging port had to be replaced due to failure. Failure showed up by charge ring not lighting properly”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Plastic body panels crack very easily and come out of place”

Dan L., VT (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Entire body lines shifting....Bumper no longer aligned with the body of the car”

Ryan T., PA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Loose trims, does not fit well”

Anonymous, PR (2013 Ford Focus Electric 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The rear driver side door's molding has popped out twice with little reason other than the door was closed. The dealer fixed it the first time with the molding popping out a couple months later”

Justin S., IL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior floor trim was rattling and some velcro was not installed correctly”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“I drove this mainly on highways and ended up with paint chipped off on the front, back and sides of the car. I don't tailgate and I've never had paint chip so easily on a car, especially on the back”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

“Paint is soft and easily chips due to normal every day use. The paint on my 2012 Cruze which has more miles and does the same driving as this Ford has far fewer rock chips and paint peeling”

Richard P., IN (2013 Ford Focus SE Unsure)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Sometimes system freezes and needs to be rebooted”

Dan L., VT (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“SYNC is not user-friendly. It is unreliable, intermittant and frustrating to use, especially with an iPod connected”

R B., NV (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“nothing new to add about Ford's awful Mytouch that hasn't already been published”

Eshelman K., MI (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It's awful. Voice recogntiOn simply doesn't work. Pairing of phones is sketchy. Controls are complicated, and sometimes it just doesn't work”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Has a mind of its own. When playing son gs off of USB will sometimes play the same song over and over. Sometimes decides I want to make a phone call, when I have never issued a voice comment or pressed the phone button. Once refused to change the r”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“SYNC for Directions is very poor. It has given me wrong directions, can't hear me, and is often not available”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Hybrid/electric system and battery (excluding replacement)

“car would not accept charge”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Battery cables

“car would not charge”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Focus Electric Electric)
Electronic ignition

“Car wouldn't turn on. Had full power, turned ignition key. Nothing happened. Ford had to replace the Powertrain Control Module after failed attempts to flash it to newer firmware. Unreliable operation for several days”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Twice in the last year, an ignition coil failed. When this happens in a Focus, it blows a fuse and abruptly stops the car dead -- once in the middle of an intersection, and once down a country road far from a tow truck. It's a simple failure with a potentially catastrophic result”

John R., MA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Car would not start after shutting off. Was NOT battery. Would try to restart and get clicking noise. Was fixed after we replaced starter”

Stacey R., NY (2013 Ford Focus Unsure 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 wind and road noise have gotten louder as the car has aged. It appears that the weather-stripping around the front doors might be the problem although there is no water leakage. Have set an appointment with the dealer”

M F., PA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side door seal has deteriorated to the point I get air leaks around the door, causing heating issues in winter and cooling issues in summer. It's also loud enough to be a distraction and need to increase the volume of the radio”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rattle in hatchback”

Michael M., GA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine intake airbox makes knocking sound when engine is torqued; insufficient clearance”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“a rattle in the back-bought some pads and noise is gone”

Michele S., NC (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Main engine computer died during recall to repair engine wiring problem and dealership did not have replacement on hand”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“car hesitaded between 4th and 5th gears, after three weeks in the dealership they replaced all four fuel injectors and spark plugs”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“Cause-Clutch material in bell housing. Dealer replaced parts and fixed problem”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Ford Focus)

“Had a recall on the rear main engine seal that was causing oil leaks”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Rear brakes wore out very quickly, rotors scores heavily, car was serviced regularly by Ford dealer where car purchased new, they ignored problem despite so called comprehensive service check every 6 months paid for. The dealer then claimed the brakes should have been serviced on the 'severe service' schedule. Just refusing to make even a modest contribution for repairs that were required 40% sooner than normal”

L G., ON (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear brake pads replaced twice and Rotors once”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

“Rotors develop ridges very easily. Original were worn unevenly at around 17000 km. Pads replaced, too”

Anonymous, NL (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear rotors replaced for rust pitting”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Rear O2 sensor went defective”

Trish J., MI (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“$400 to replace a canister. The should have a longer life than 4 years”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Fuel gauge inaccurate, shows less gas then the tank really has. Also affects trip computer, miles to empty less then what it really is. Has happened since the beginning of ownership but only now getting very noticeable. When car was newer it was less obvious and I thought it was tied to wheel set changes for winter road and tires that are different size”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Compressor was leaking and expansion valve was sticking”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Blows warm air constantly. Cannot get outside air from vents and its temperature”

John M., TX (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“Radiator not made properly, fluid leaking out the side, found at 100 miles on odometer”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Focus Titanium Unsure)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Freak accident where a fuel injector failed open and flooded a cylinder with gas. Broke the valve and bypasses the piston rings. Gas and oil mixed, but Ford covered it all no cost to me”

David T., OH (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cylinder head

“they were all rplaced”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“Car has 29,000 miles-driver side window only works sporadically. Usually not at a toll booth or gas station. Passenger side window works sometimes”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Doors would open by themselves”

Anonymous, PR (2013 Ford Focus Electric 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Coolant hose came loose while driving, resulting in the car being disabled (near-complete loss of engine power). I was able to drive very slowly to a nearby dealership. Fixed within 1 day”

Sijie W., NH (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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