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.
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There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

Clutch adjustment

"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)

"Known issue with the Focus. Shutters on take off, clutch seems to slip since purchase. Finally went into limp mode and Ford had to service under a service bulletin. Clutch is better, but still shutters on take off."

Frank L., MO (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have experienced rough shifting , jittery and roughness during acceleration"

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

"The care had a shutter when you stepped on the gas. I had it adjusted 5 times. After that not working they replaced my clutch. I do have a letter that my car is guaranteed because of a defect for 100 thousand miles."

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

"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 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)
Gear selector or linkage

"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)
Rough shifting

"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)

"Design problem w/auto transmission. not a smooth shift from 1st to 2nd gear. All other problems experienced with one time events and usually resulted in a factory recall."

Patrick T., MD (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Once warmed up, the power shift automatic transmission shudders badly when starting from a complete stop."

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

"It jerks when you take off but not all the time"

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

"Not only was it in the past 12 months, but the entire time I owned the vehicle (I bought it new). The transmission is terrible and required multiple trips to the dealership, and it was still never fixed."

Neil P., MI (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Focus transmission have a clutch problem that causes a stutter or rough shifting in the lower gears. Ford has recognized the problem and extended the warranty to 7 years or 100,000 miles. The clutch replacement was covered under Ford warranty and fixed in one day. Car works great now."

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

"Since the DAY I bought the car it's had nothing but transmission problems and the rough shifting and slipping. But I now know it's common - wish I would of known"

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

"The transmission still hiccups and slips even after having the computer fixed."

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

"Shaking, rough ride"

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

"When first accelerating from a full stop, car jerks. Recall work corrected some of this problem, but the jerking is just less intense than it was."

J S., IL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"transmission was rattling, high rpms before shifting. noisy."

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

"Despite recalls and factory authorized repairs, the Focus still shifts roughly in the low gears on a fairly regular, but not constant, basis."

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

"Shuddering between shifts. Common problem of the dual-clutch transmission repaired under warranty several times."

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

"Duel clutch transmission (automatic) very problematic. rough shifting especially in stop-go traffic. Transmission also slips on grades. Clutches replaced several times along with controls and other items. Did not resolve problem. Ford will not rectify problem because car does not qualify for Lemon Law."

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

"The dual clutch transmission shudders on take off and often hesitates and then abruptly shifts on the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts. Dealer claims they reprogrammed and checked the clutches but no improvement. These transmissions should be recalled by Ford and replaced."

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

"In stop and go traffic, the car jerks back and forth when starting out from a stop"

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

"Problem was corrected with transmission rebuild."

Tony D., FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"when accelerating I experience rough shifting, I had an adjustment made but not getting shuttering."

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

"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)

"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 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)

"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)

"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)
Slipping transmission

"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)

"This was explained in the previous comments about the clutch replacement."

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

"For readjusted under extended warrany All fine since. Car is also 4 wheel on the ground towed behind a motor home."

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

"from day 1 when I bought the car it's had this issue"

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

"Transmission revs during gear changes and shudders during acceleration."

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

"Ford fixed the Stuttering shift with a recall"

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

"This is a known problem with the transmission lurching. Ford had a recall, made some kind of corrections or changes to the transmission."

Dan R., MO (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Once when I backed up I couldn’t get the transmission to engage for a few seconds even though the selector was on D, but after moving it through the gears and going back to D it worked. Also, when starting out it seems to be in too high a gear and the engine lugs. There was a recall on the transmission a several years ago. On the highway it works satisfactorily."

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

"Cannot not get the Transmission to work properly. Nothing more to say. The one in my car is a LEMON. In the class action suite suing Ford."

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

"Vehicle stuttered and paused when trying to accelerate. Eventually would not go more than 5mp, then start working, then stop again."

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

"The transmission had trouble shifting in first and second. It had three attempts at fixing with only temporary fix. The fourth time it was successful."

Ralph C., NH (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 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)

"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)

"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)

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

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford Focus 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)
Transmission computer

"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)

"I'm afraid to pull out with any cars nearby. The acceleration may or may not work! In the straight away the car has very jerky shifting."

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

"Failing transmission control module caused the car to not start and on more than one occasion completely stall while driving. This condition nearly got me killed when it occurred in an intersection and while merging into traffic."

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

"rough shifting, loss of what ger needed, computer re flashed. Clutch had to be repaired"

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

"We have multiple drivers for this vehicle so the transmission computer tries to learn the habits of the driver so Ford has to keep readjusting the transmission computer due to multiple drivers."

Mark Z., MN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"would not shift into reverse"

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

"The transmission has always slipped/been rough but pulling out of a parking lot one day it just stopped - I couldn't shift, couldn't move, I was trapped without a way to move the car."

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

"A recall for a software fix"

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

"Control module was replaced under warranty but not the clutch. System was recalibrate and appears to be working ok now."

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

"The transmission control module suddenly stopped working making the car un-drivable above 3rd gear. It was fixed under the extended warrantee for the transmission."

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

"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)

"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)
Transmission leaks

"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)

"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)

"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 sensor or solenoid

"Had to pay for a large towing bill"

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

"Transmission control valve replaced under mfr extended warranty, however I was told it may reoccur."

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

"sensor had to be replaced at 38000 miles,was still under warraty"

James C., NV (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"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 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)

"The clutches on my Focus have been replaced twice since I've been the owner, mainly due to rough or hesitant shifting. Although it is inconvenient, I am thankful that Ford is replacing worn clutches under warranty until 150,000 miles. Nevertheless, the clutches shouldn't be wearing out as often as they do (For me, about every 30,000 miles)."

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

"I have had the clutch replaced 4 times in the 6 years I've owned it. Ford replaced it at no charge."

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

"This is the fifth clutch I have had reinstalled in this car. It always takes 2 days to repair for which I have to get a rental car. I can tell when it needs replacement by the shuttering, slipping and grinding noise the car makes as well as hesitation when the gears change."

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

"The clutch has been replaced 3 times and it is working needing to be replaced again. The part they replace the clutch with is defective too. I spoke to Ford they just pass the buck and have no answer for why they send a defective clutch to repair the defective clutch."

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

"Ford recalled the Focus for transmission issues. The car was not shifting gears smoothly. The clutch was replaced at Ford's cost and everything has been good since."

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

"Mine was replaced under recall. I had experienced the shuddering complaints that many have, though I found them less troublesome than some. I found it effective to apply more power when shuddering occurred, forcing the clutch pack to fully engage, limiting the shuddering problem. In the end, it made sense to replace the clutch pack before hitting 100K miles."

Kurt S., CA (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is not good due to the poor transmission. It's a problem for years. I believe Ford tried to correct but did not given several changes. The poor transmission is a problem in all Focus from what I heard people say. I sold the car as trade-in for a new Ford. The 2017 Escape is a nice car."

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

"It had the clutch hardware replaced twice in 2018 and is having it replaced a third time right now (this week). It has also had the software flashed or updated in the last year at least twice. Trying to get Ford to buy back the car right now. All of these issues happened and it just turned 60,000 miles."

E C., AR (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous write up"

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

"Focus transmission clutch went out. It doesn't work right still."

E C., AR (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch has been replaced twice due to hard shifting, no shifting"

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

"Ford has on going problems with this particular transmission. Took to dealer twice to corrected problem. Has shudder on take off, supposed to be normal. Since the fix I should not really complain since I have over 200000 miles. But Ford needs to dump that transmission or fix the shade problem. I do get great gas milage though."

Russell C., TN (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the clutch was slipping, warranty covered the cost of $2000"

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

"I have the well known clutch slipping issue with my Focus. I have had to have the clutch replaced 4 times in 60,000 miles"

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

"was replaced by ford due to a recall"

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

"This was an ongoing problem until Ford issued a recall notice and replaced the entire clutch. Two interim fixes over a one year-18 month period were ineffective."

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

"this clutch assembly has been replaced 4 times since I've owned this vehicle which has been annually at approximately every 5500 miles driven"

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

"Ford is in a class action law suit with this Transmission. I have had 3 clutches replaced, along with a TCM replacement at least 5 times. Bought the car 12/11/2012 first issue started 3 months later, as of last week 4/20/2018 it was in for 6 days getting fixed again. . lucky the dealership we go is kind enough to give us a loaner. what a pain this car has been and it looks like we will be stuck with it for another year, while Ford uses all the appeals they can."

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

"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)

"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)

"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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"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)

"recall on dual clutch that required 5 different visits over several years. Then entire transmission failed and they would not cover that under warranty. In addition, catalytic converter replaced TWICE, and radiator had to be replaced. This car is a LEMON."

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

"Oil seals failed wetting clutch. Had trams rebuilt"

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

"Had the car in at least 4 times with same problem. Would jerk when you gave it gas. Better when gas tank was always kept at full. Had to totally replace trans."

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

"My car was shifting inconsistently. The dealership determined the transmission should be replaced."

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

"See class a action suite for the Ford Focus"

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

"Transmission slipped intermittently. Was repaired under warranty but it occurred again. Eventually they replaced the transmission."

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

"Typical p Lemon law transmission problem with the overshifting transmissions Ford makes. Everyone who has owned one knows."

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

"Transmission failed twice. The first time, dealer did not adequately repair/replace. So far, the second effort seems to have worked. Time in the dealer's shop seemed excessive. Mostly covered by warrantee."

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

"Design Error in 2013 Focus Transmission, required one year delay o repair under warrantee."

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

"Wrong fluid put in transmission. Car recalled to fix problem. Warrant extended to 100000 miles. Same problem had to return for another rebuild or replacement. Have not brought it back but same slipping and rough stuff starting again."

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

"Rough shifting during standing start. Problem steadily got worse over a period of time. Took back to dealer several times (3 or 4). Dealer finally referred problem to Ford Motor Co. which authorized dealer to rebuild transmission. Has been fine since rebuild. Otherwise, it a great car, however, would not buy again if new car had this transmission."

Tony D., FL (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 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 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)

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

"The back up camera won't come online. The dealer ordered a new camera but it has yet to be delivered"

Tyronne H., CA (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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 screen goes blank

"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)

"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)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"SYNC system was faulty. Temperamental. Sometimes it would say that no USB device connected, when there was one. Or it would say there was no phone found, when there was one. On my second or third try, the system would get it right. Sometimes when I said, Call _____, it would tell me there was no number for that person, when, in fact, it's a number I call regularly. It mistakes certain names for others, such as Patty for Debby. When speaking directions to me, it sometimes stops giving directions at a random point, or it will give directions, and then stop for no particular reason. It might or might not stop again. The reliability on the SYNC system is not good. Also, names of songs verbally instructed to play are often misheard."

Stephen A., MA (2013 Ford Focus SE 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)
Radio

"Operating the radio."

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

"The radio started working intermittently. Every now and then it would let out an extremely loud static sound, lasting a second or two. Very startling and annoying. I had to keep it turned off to avoid this."

Lucy G., MD (2013 Ford Focus SE 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)
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)

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

Body control module

"Dashboard complete failure, took 3 weeks to fix"

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

"Went through 2 different mechanics before finally taking it to the dealer. Windshield wipers wouldn't shut off control at all. Took about a month to finally get it squared away and 4 days at the dealership who charged me $600 to replace the module. Unbelievable. Never had so many problems with a car."

Leadbetter K., ME (2013 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

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

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

"center cluster display is scrambled"

Sung K., CA (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Crack in the headlight assembly, caused water and condensation to seep in, fixed under warranty"

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

"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)
Interior lights

"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)

"Interior dome light is intermittent. Ford can not find the root cause."

Mark Z., MN (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)
Keyless entry

"Replacement with aftermarket keyless. Had to take in to get corrected"

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

"Battery exhaustion in remote led to loss of code and keyless capability."

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

"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)
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)

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)
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)

"one time power steering failure due to an electronic problem. The car was still driveable but was mighty stiff to steer!!"

Patrick T., MD (2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced the steering link, cost approx $700. 2 months later, replaced rack and pinion, cost approx $2000."

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

"The steering was loose and the Ford dealer stated that the front right linkage was worn out and had to be replace. The vehicle was just past warranty when the problem popped up."

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

"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)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration was caused by failure of the power steering unit"

Mark T., TX (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)

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

"sunroof drain leaking water into the cab. This has been a continual problem since purchase. All repairs last limited time"

Michael P., SC (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"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

"In the past few months we have noticed a rattling sound in the front of the car - particularly while the vehicle is stopped, e.g., at a traffic signal."

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

"The interior is poorly assembled and full of black hard plastics. There was an engine mount failure which made the interior of the car vibrate even more. Things squeak and rattle on rough road."

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

"screw holding rear air deflector fell into the trim around rear window and rattled around. Fixed myself. Other remaining screw also loose - neither had any loc-tite"

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

"The adhesive behind the roof liner never held, and now the liner rattles consistently. I have no way to fix it, and the dealership wants hundreds of dollars to fix it. This rattle problem is the one thing that will keep me from buying Ford again."

John B., MI (2013 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"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)
Wind noise

"Air leaks around the doors since purchase. Causes loud wind noise at highway speed."

Frank L., MO (2013 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It may not be actual wind noise but more like general road noise when seated in the back seat. Not so noticeable when in the front seat."

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

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

Driveline vibration

"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)

"Sounds like rock in a pan and a lot of shuddering"

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

"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)
Electrical failure

"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)

"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)
Stability control (ESC)