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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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 2014 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

"Some times the clutch is adjusted and not replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"known problem with that particular transmission/clutch - several visits due to noises, etc and wanting to get it right with otherwise fine car"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"recurring clutch issue that has been fixed several times. shifting issues very dangerous on freeway and bridge"

Susan, CA (2014 Ford Focus)

"occasionally made loud clunky noise, but never at dealer. traded for corolla at 5 1/2 mos. with 8k on odometer"

Michael H., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"They adjusted the clutch once but it needed to be replaced so they did that eventually"

Loretta G., NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I told you before,the transmission was jerky, They tried to adjust it twice, but finally installed a brand-new one"

Pierre L., QC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Coolers and lines

"We get transmission overheating messages when going up steep hills"

John W., CO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gear selector or linkage

"car would lock in reverse and engine would not start"

Jay M., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Clutch shudders from going from one gear to a higher gear."

John W., CO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When clutches begin to show wear, the transmission has rough shifting, usually in the first or second gears."

Scott B., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It shifts badly when the temp is hot. IE summer time"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Adjustment was made and car operated well for a while. It is now showing the same problem is beginning."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"About every 8000 miles I have to get the clutch replaced. It's fine when new but slowly starts acting up as time goes on. My car is still under the powertrain warranty so Ford replaces the clutch for free. It's not a big deal."

Anonymous, DE (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would shutter when shifting at slow speeds. After two adjustments at the dealership, our service adviser provided us with a rental car for a week as they removed and replaced the clutch mechanism. Car runs great now."

Kenneth S., TX (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stumbling upon starting from a standstill."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Stuttering and rough shifting on takeoff. Problem recognized by Ford. After a couple attempts to fix, at least part of transmission was replaced at no cost to us. Works OK now."

Harold B., MD (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has a history of rough or erratic shifting. It is a known problem by Ford and adjustments and computer updates have been implemented, never totally resolving problems."

Steve L., AL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic transmission was changed for this year and it would shift gears roughly. When I told the dealership they checked it out. I tas under warranty and was fixed."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At acceleration, the car jumps and jitters, like the clutch is being popped. I've had it in at least 3 times in the first 2 years I owned it, and they never really fixed the problem. They always say its working within their perimeters, but it is a big problem that I've given up on them ever fixing."

Kimberly K., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford lost lawsuits all over the world because of these transmission problems. The federal government should have made Ford recall all of these vehicles. My car lost probably 60% of its normal resale value."

Fred P., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"problem was fixed under warranty, if not would have cost $1500 to $2000."

Mike C., ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rough shifting is a common issue with this year of Focus."

Michael D., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car was returned to dealership 3 times because of rough shifting. The problem returns 4 to 6 months after repair."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After two days of work on the transmission by the dealer, under warranty, the performance has improved but still not great."

Robert O., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Acceleration from standstill to cruising speed is hampered from a rough shifting, primarily in 1 and 2 gear. The transmission winds much higher RPMs that I would assume it needs. This is worsened with a temporary stop and/or attempting to climb a grade."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer advised this is a known issue with the ‘14 focus; they have repaired several times and provided loaner vehicle - but can’t replace the inconvenience!"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"noises - see previous"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shifting has returned after about 15000 more miles, Ford will likely be replacing again. Ford is taking care of mostly but trying to trade or sell vehicle will be almost impossible. Not sure how a transmission like this makes it through testing to production"

Darrell W., NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"after driving an hour or more when the car is really warmed up the transmission most of the time shudders between first and second gear"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Extremely rough automatic transmission shifting, much worse than a beginner driver learning to use a clutch. Has been adjusted/fixed by dealer 3 times."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally, The clutch would would engage haltingly or roughly at first or second gear. I knew of this problem at time of delivery but I needed the car for Uber/Lyft. The shop didn't have reservation until a month later. Soon afterwards, the car runs fine and I experienced much smoother shifting with the new clutch pack and software tuning. No further problems appeared after 25k of driving."

Heru M., NJ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We've brought the car back to the dealership a number of times, but this issue keeps coming back. It seems to be an engineering problem with their transmission."

Steve T., WA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My car revs to 5 whenever I go 40, 50, 60 or 70 miles per hour"

Anonymous, (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The shifting would be rough especially at low speeds in the lower gears."

Eva S., TN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dual-clutch system makes the first couple of shifts from a standing start feel like you are in an earthquake simulator. Multiple software adjustments and even replacement parts have not fixed this issue--which is endemic to this make-model-year."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Manual/automatic transmission in this vehicle is a known design problem with no fix from Ford. It is a notorious problem with this transmission. Too bad, because early Focus models with torque converter didn't have this problem. Not hard to see why Ford phased out the Focus."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting has been a character of this vehicle's driving experience from the date of purchase."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has had a lot of transmission problems in the last 15 years. I had a 2011 Fusion with trans problems. I thought they had the problems fixed by 2014. I was wrong. What pisses me off is that they won't replace the trans until the car stops running. So I live with with the shuttering, hesitation, etc. Needless to say I will never buy another Ford. So be it. HBC."

Henry C., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would shake as I accelerated. I found out after I bought the car that there was a recall on the transmission."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Ford Focus)

"The rough shifting was due to the double clutch which was replaced by Ford and it now shifts fine"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission does not seem to know what gear to be in at times. Up and down shifts trying to find the correct position"

Dana I., CT (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifts like a 15 yr old's first time in a stick. HORRIBLE; goes to neutral when turning so nearly rear-ended or t-boned all the time. Can get whiplash from the shifting! Car is under Lemon Law Consideration"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting at low speeds only"

Joseph S., MA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This transmission is a manual transmission with electronic shifting. The transmission engages and disengages at slow speeds normally while in first gear. Ford has had a clutch pack on order for three months"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"shifting out of first is delayed, makes noise and seems to grind a bit"

Robert O., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it would pause like could not make up mind about what gear to be in, while going through intersection, dealer said too intermittent to fix, traded for corolla"

Michael H., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission "shutters" on acceleration when engine RPM is low. Problem is intermittent. The dealer says that's the way these work, but it's not"

Peter E., MD (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"lunging,,, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rolling back on hills"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"Starts out shifting kind of jumpy and then smooths out"

Michael J., WA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hesitation when starting from standing start (not always)"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Chattering very bad between gears. The dealer had to reprogram the computer. This only half corrected the problem. It sounds like the transmission is coming apart"

Brian R., AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car continuously revs high and shits late or slips down to 1st gear and takes off with abrupt torque from a stop. We had it in for one TSB repair, an ECU reset twice, excessive gear train noise and it's still no better"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad clucking and banging in stop-and-go traffic. Very rough from a dead stop. At highway speed, smooth and good gas mileage, but everywhere else - TERRIBLE!"

Anonymous, HI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ongoing problem that Ford knew about and it exists in almost all the Focus models with automatic transmissions. Very annoying"

Anonymous, ME (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not severe, but still not smooth"

Kevin P., WA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifts rough and does seem to know what gear to be in. Dealer reprogramed computer at 5000 miles. This did not solve the problem. Have to take back and see if they can find the problem"

Henry C., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is related to the former problem, i.e. sluggish shifting to a more efficient gear going uphill"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shift from stop position through what I would consider 2nd gear on a manual transmission. Make a rattling noise when trying to go up a hill in "1st" gear. I can manual shift better than this car does automatically!"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Grabs--jerks--races and searches for the proper gear"

Laureen F., NC (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is very moody, jumps around in gear and is impossible to drive in stop and go traffic"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the transmission is always hunting for gears at low speed and when the car is floored it has a hard time finding what gear it should be in"

Jared N., IA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car has a "trailer hitch" feel on acceleration and shudders when shifting between first and second alot of times"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I repeat, this car is a piece of crap. Grinding, jerking and stalling in traffic. Terrible mpg-22! Dealer blew me off saying the noises were normal, and didn't believe me when I said it jerked thru intersections, especially when turning"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission "stutters" from a standing start and at low speed all the time. Ford recalled my car because of it and I will have to make another trip to the dealer because the problem continues"

Daniel M., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"With just 20,000 miles on the car it started giving poor MPG and was shifting badly like the automatic transmission bands were slipping. Then I got a warranty recall notification from Ford about a transmission issue. They fixed the problem with a two day repair"

Suchin C., AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stuttering at low speed shift as speed increases. recall to fix, but I have had it adjusts and reprogrammed, but it is still rough"

Joseph S., MA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The Focus jerks during takeoff and sometimes in any gear in city driving when accelerating. The car jerks hard continuously until it shifts out of first gear. This jerking is hard and it slows acceleration"

Daniel M., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shudders when taking off from a dead start"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When new, Focus would not downshift at 45mph or higher when pressing on gas pedal; very dangerous to get on freeway. Also, gas mileage was 9 mpg. Dealer supposedly "fixed" it, and now get good gas mileage, but now there is perhaps 3-4 seconds hesitation before downshifting when pressing on gas pedal at low speeds. But at least can get on freeway without danger now, even though starting up from a stoplight, especially when engine is cold, is still somewhat dangerous"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This was associated with the transmission problem mentioned previously. Had they not tried to avoid the issue for so long, we would have had a much better experience. Everyone one will make an occasional mistake. How you handle it speaks volumes. They did not handle this well initially"

William L., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor shifting at low speeds"

Anonymous, AE (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would stumble when accelerating from a start and sometimes while underway. It began to concern me in terms of safety. The Ford dealer diagnosed a clutch problem that apparently is common in this model and replaced the clutch under warranty. It works fine now"

Ted S., CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting was the symptom that indicated the clutch needed to be replaced. So they were really the same problem"

T H., IN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the problem since the car was new . The dealership kept telling me there was nothing wrong and I needed to drive with more consistent actions as the car was self adjusting . I had to find evidence of a factory recall before the dealer acted"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"delayed shift then shifts hard"

Billy P., NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car will buck as it accelerates"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Flops around like a fish out of water. Almost impossible to maintain a constant speed between 40 and 70 when in heavy traffic without selecting the manual mode. Their advertising suggest that the next gear is lined up for a quick shift, but it may be lined up, but the shift is sloppy and variable"

Tom W., ID (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I feel the transmission shifts to hard and sometimes downshifts to soon, especially at highway speeds"

L K., WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission had a severe "trailer hitching" feel when shifting from 1st to 2nd"

Anthony R., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"delay in gear engagement. transmission chattered"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car shakes when starting from a complete stop. Ford knows about the problem and has a back order on the parts needed to fix problem"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was very jerky every time it tried to shift"

Ruth P., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"After 15 minutes of driving, transmission would shift roughly from 1st into 2nd into 3rd starting from a full stop"

Steven M., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough movement through gears, delays in shifting"

Robert O., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shifted irradically, Ford repaired on a recall"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes after fully warmed up the transmission will shift to fast into the next gear from a stoplight or, if not at a full stop kind of bang into the next lower gear when accelerating at slow speeds"

Philip B., AZ (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Transmission makes rough shifts at low speeds and up hills. Transmission seems to get confused going up a hill or when immediate speed needs to be built up. It is not sure which gear to go in during these instances"

Frank G., VA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"got it fixed and was covered by my warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission is very rough and jerky when accelerating from a full or nearly full stop. Apparently this is a common problem due to the design of the transmission. The dealer said it "wasn't bad enough" to fix, and extended the warrantee to 100,000 miles. I really want to get rid of this car, but who's going to buy it with the rough shifting. I really hate this car"

Leslie M., PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rough shifting. solved via redesigned clutch replacement and computer adjusts by Ford under warranty"

Richard T., PA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer has worked on this twice, needs to go in again for corrections"

Ken B., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes it doesn't shift timely and gets very high in RPMS before shifting"

Michael G., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"New clutch and it is horrible again jerking skipping rough shifting"

Kenny L., TX (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a good transmission"

Henry C., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"at times it does not know what gear to be in, computer programming problem"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission shudders when starting from a stop. Problem is intermittent."

John W., CO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission would slip and sometimes would not go into reverse."

Ronald I., NM (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"sometimes very jerky when speeding up or moving from a full stop. Dealer adjusted but never completely resolved. It's more an irritant than problem. But it would be a big factor in decision to purchase any Ford car."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would not move forward without shaking violently. The problem was made worse with more people in the car. The car could not pull away from a stop in a smooth manner."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was very irritating and I thought it might stop working but it was okay until they replaced the transmission."

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Continuing problem with this year of the Ford Focus. Transmission shifts poorly. Clutch got bad enough in previous year that Ford replaces it under warranty. At this point they say that, while not operating well, it is still within manufacturor's spec."

T H., IN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the double clutch system in transmission was slipping causing eratic shifting. my local ford dealer determined the clutch system in the transimission had to be replaced. they did so and now every thing works better than when brand new.all at no charge to me. They even furnished me a brand new vehicle to drive until mine was fixed."

Victor A., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"At times, pulling away from a stop the transmission slips. This was addressed shortly after purchasing the vehicle and was covered under warranty. The problem has resurfaced again and will be scheduled for another appointment at the dealership."

Anonymous, ID (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"whats to describe? transmission slips"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After about 10k miles the slippage has been such that they have replaced the clutch 3 times, so far. It has been on approximately 13 vmonth interval basis that I take it back...stays under warranty..."

Anonymous, (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Within the first year I started to notice slippage to the point of finding myself in neutral on a left turn in an intersection. At that point I thought that there should be some sort of recall about this issue so I went to a local Ford dealer. They said there was a recall on this car and they diagnosed it to find out if it fell into that category. It did and they fixed it for free. That was the first clutch assembly and selenoid replacement."

H B., ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has had a slipping, shuttering, jerking transmission ever since it was new, and Ford will not repair it."

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has a serious transmission problem get it fixed at least every year. Also the heater core went out."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a known issue with this year and model and was recalled but took years to get fixed and running properly."

Paul L., NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Drives like a teenager learning manual transmission, but dealer says it is within normal parameters."

Thomas H., IN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was poor design. Ford should have replaced the transmission or replaced the car."

Fred P., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Even after replacement of transmission, the car hesitates and won't go through gears smoothly."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"While driving the car would slip out gear sometimes."

Dustin O., AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The slipping trans caused to car to stop. ACE Motors in Woodbury, NJ fixed it as part of a Ford recall on this transmission."

Frank G., NJ (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Will be the third time the clutch in the automatic transmission will need to be replaced."

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dual clutch transmission used in these cars is total junk. The dealership has had it back repeatedly. Ford will not stand behind their products. I will never buy another Ford."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping during a shift to the next gear"

John E., OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission is annoyingly slipping, is scheduled for repair in May 2015"

Don M., MD (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"On several occasions, while driving at 50mph, the car lost power while the engine RPM went very high. It was like being in neutral. I pulled over and the transmission worked when I "tested" it on the shoulder. I can't reproduce this"

Peter E., MD (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"pauses.. lunging is the biggest problem...jerking"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"Like I said, it starts out from take off kind of jumpy"

Michael J., WA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My car will randomly shudder upon taking off from a stop. Sometimes it is worse than others, so much that I worry that it is a safety problem. I have had the dealer look at it twice...they say it is within Ford's allowable limits"

Gayle S., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has an "automatic-manual" dry clutch transmission. Doesn't shift smoothly every. Commonly is in the wrong gear, doesn't downshift and shudders and slips in the wrong gear all the time"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"see previous comment"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes doesn't immediately engage from a stop when the accelerator is pressed and then, all of the sudden, BANG!"

Anonymous, HI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It would shift from one gear to another and then also do a lot of shuddering when when going at slow speeds. Resoled with PCM/TCM software upgrade"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"Part of total problem. See other comments"

Henry C., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just Bad"

Mike T., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"The transmission started slipping when the car had about 16000 miles on the car"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"what else can i say it was slipping and shifting poorly"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission shudders and vibrates whe taking off from a dead stop"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Shuttering"

Jeff S., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"slipping badly on steep inclines"

Billy P., NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission proforms poorly on snow. I get overheat alarms. Car barely moves going up steep snowy hill. Our 2003 Ford focus does much much better"

John W., CO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The trans slipped from day one that's the reason I've only driven it 22000 miles in three years"

Miriam P., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has increased the transmission warranty to 10 years because of problems"

Louise B., SC (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle shuddered from accelerating. Fixed under warranty"

Anonymous F., CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"was covered by paided extra warranty and the problem was fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when I gun it, for example to make a left turn to beat approaching traffic is slips into neutral which is very dangerous and could cause an accident. I told Ford and they blew me off"

Michael G., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a good transmission"

Henry C., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic transmission slipped a bit going up hills at low speed. Ford recalled the vehicle and replaced a lot of stuff in transmission. Then exactly the same sequence of events happened a second time and there was a second recall and a second repair by Ford. Transmission is OK now"

Bernard C., OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"The transmission was impossible to fix."

Fred P., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The last reprogram seems to work very well now."

Marie M., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford has had a known problem with trans. control module in 2012 to 2016 Focus automatic trans..The first to second shift feels like a kid is sitting behind you and kicking your set back. I have had clutches replaced,TCM replaced and tranny adjusted more than once and I still have the problem. I am retired and this was to be my last car...like the ride ,love the mileage but would trade it in a minuet if I could afford it but I can't. The tranny problem has also given it a bad reputation so even if I could afford to get different car my trade in really sucks. This is my first Ford in over 50 years of driving and it will be my last....I tell everyone that is considering a Ford product that if you buy one you deserve what you get...I will have to live with my mistake but I will freely advise others not to make the same mistake I made. Ford will not step and replace the tranny just extend the warranty out farther for the TCM problem but when that's up I'm on my own...THANK YOU FORD...old school saying Ford= fix or repair daily. I paid top dollar for a hunk of junk as far as I'm concerned. If I wanted a car with what I consider a major problem that Ford knew about over multiple years. I would have bought a 10-15 year old junker and expected a few problems not a new car with built in problems right from the factory. If I ever get a chance to buy another car it will not be American made sorry to say. Have a nice day......"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a definite slipping of the transmission as it advanced through gears. The Ford dealer said that they adjusted the transmission computer. The issue seems to be taken care of but the dealer said that it would probably reoccur."

Michael S., OH (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"a class action suit was filed and Ford is fighting. I do not like the manual transmission that the computer does the shifting."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The local Ford Dealer reprogrammed the computer as the first FIX for the transmission problem. They sent us home admitting the reprogramming did not fix the problem. They then ordered the clutch pack"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"First to second gear slippage by the electronic shifting of the manual geared transmission. Software has been reloaded three times and it has improved. Ford went to this type of transmission in 2012 to improve gas mileage. Was told that the transmiss"

Victor S., CT (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am assuming the transmission issues are a software problem, yet the car is suppose to have the most current software installed"

Anonymous, OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"this car is a piece of crap and I unloaded it recently. The transmission made grinding noises, the car stalled and jerked thru intersections, its a safety hazard. Ford dealer useless-said its not a problem and I should ignore noises I hear. Prick"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car diagnosis said transmission failure. service immediately. i put the car in R and backed up a bit, put it back in drive, havent seen the problem since"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The software for the transmission is part of the "stuttering" problem described previously"

Daniel M., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hesitation starting off, rough shifting, transmission shifting a lot. Did have 2 software up grades, did little to improve problem"

L K., WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The TCM was part of a Ford Recall to reprogram it"

Steven M., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall for re-programming the transmission computer in hopes of addressing the issue; to no avail"

Robert O., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Worst Automatic transmission that I have ever experienced. Feels like a young person trying to learn to drive a manual transmission. Have had Ford Dealer reset the transmission multiple times"

Ken J., MI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had the computer updated 3 times"

Louise B., SC (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Yesterday I just had the software on the PCM and TCM updated because there were still problems with shuttering and poor shifting"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My understanding is that he issue is well known. The transmission is essentially a manual transmission converted to auto. the car shutters after slowing then speeding up again. there are frequent rough shifts associated with the stalls"

Steve L., AL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Slight jerkiness on takeoff and staying in lower gear to long. It was repaired when it first occured in 2016 but has reappeared after warranty time limit was up and Ford refuses to repair again. REPAIR COST IS 1600.00 which is unaffordable for a pensioner"

Paul G., AB (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"The car is dangerously sluggish when I try to accelerate going uphill; this despite my giving it more gas; it almost stalls"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford recall for Transmission Control Module issues. 1st time Ford updated TCM software, second visit Ford replaced TCM along with the software update. No issues since"

Larry E., CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shakes at outset. hybrid transmission doesn't work properly. Ford said transmission control module needed replaced but when I took it to a dealer they replaced the clutch. I had to take it in three times before they replaced the clutch. They claimed they did software upgrades but they never worked"

Miriam P., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Dual clutch was replaced for a third time but Ford has covered all of the costs. Each clutch has been better than the prior edition. So it is mostly an inconvenience to have the car in the shop even though Ford has provided a free rental car."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch Replaced under recall (or under warranty) at no cost to me"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford fixed this at no charge"

Anonymous, MT (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutches only last about 12000 miles before chattering and rough shifting begin."

Scott B., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would almost stall when it started to move. This happened regularly. I actually had two clutch replacements over three years."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch caused jerking when excellerating from a stop. It was replaced under warrenty"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The unusual clutch design caused problems mainly when the engine was running hot, so it was most problematic when driven far from home. The car would buck and stutter and sometimes stall when starting from a hard stop. Had to drive the car for over an hour before bringing it to the dealer to ensure the issue was evident when they test drove it. Apparently this was a known issue and they replaced the entire clutch with no argument and no charge. Since the replacement, car has run wonderfully. No problems at all."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"slippage from stop thru 3rd gear. Had to replace clutches on auto trans"

Philip B., AZ (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car would putt, putt, putt and not shift smoothly.There was a recall on the clutch and after the first replacement a few months later it had to be replaced again. It was covered but it was a inconvenience. Has worked fine since the second replacement."

Teresa T., NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the fourth clutch replacement for the vehicle and the 8-9th time that we had to have the transmission serviced."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch kit installed at dealer 2016 NOT in warranty due to salvage title on Focus. Dealer replaced clutch kit AGAIN in 2017 but SERVICE was in warranty second clutch kit & install was FREE no charge parts or labor. Mel Hambelton Ford West Kellogg Wichita.. Car would jerk away from stop."

Francis C., KS (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"National multi model year problem with class action lawsuit in progress. Transmission/clutch/control module is not reliable and requires constant adjustment/replacement. It is technically a manual transmission that acts like an automatic."

Anonymous, KY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The local Ford dealer has replaced the clutch 3 times since we bought the car from them used and has reloaded the the software several times. They have promised and given us an extended maintenance service program."

William A., VT (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Third time for clutch issues with car. First two were warranty"

Don M., MD (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I’ve had clutch replaced in2015, 2016, and 2017, always same issue."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on Car in shop for 3 days for clutch replacement"

Michael M., NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle since new came out with an issue regarding the transmission clutch. We received notice from Ford Motor Co. that they will replace the clutch when the slipping becomes unbearable for the life of the car."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Now known clutch issue with auto shifting manual afflicting all these cars You and most other automotive reviews fail to put enough miles on vehicles to uncover issues that actually affect ownership"

Darrell W., NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car was jerky when it started up at traffic lights. It was still under warranty so Ford replaced the clutch"

Joan G., NJ (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"3rd time"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was under recall if it was outside of certain parameters that the dealer checked for, we experienced poor shifting with the vehicle (it's an automatic). When accelerating the car could be rough and jerky, the RPM's could race sometimes because the gear wasn't engaged, so no power. Since the replacement it has been much smoother shifting itself."

Elsbeth C., NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"was fixed on the recall but I had to pay $200 wonder why?"

Susan S., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This transmission, as I understand it, is a standard transmission operated by a computer so it feels like an autmatic transmission. The car is currently in the shop, for the second time within a year for transmission problems. Last year they replaced the clutch assembly and sensors. I'm not sure yet what it is this time although it sounds like at least the clutch assembly. If I had read about the common complaint (transmission problems) before I bought this car, I would have bought something else. I look forward to trading it in on a Handa CRV."

H B., ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Initially told by Ford dealer that my concerns were not valid, that this is how the power shift transmission behaves. I pushed for diagnosis and tech agreed replacement necessary. In subsequent research and conversation, I found this flaw is common in the vehicle and some have had it repeat after replacement. The dealer’s service writer even agreed with me that this issue should be a manufacturer’s recall for safety and cost. He also agreed it could likely reoccur. Trouble was mostly when going from stop to movement in automatic first gear. Car would often hesitate, lurch, wheel hop. Felt similar as if you stalled it while unsuccessfully shifting a manual from first to second. It was dangerous to pull across lanes of traffic for fear it would not shift smoothly and stop in front of oncoming vehicle. I plan to replace this vehicle prior to the service warranty expiration."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch assembly problem. Replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced severe transmission shudder and jerkiness when accelerating or taking off from a stop. Taken to dealer, needed both clutches replaced (covered under extended warranty I purchased). The vehicle no longer shudders like it used to, but I have experienced episodes of loss of power. TCM was reprogrammed each time this has occurred."

Garret S., MI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was making a loud grinding sound and faultered. It was replaced"

Anonymous, AR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A well known (but not to us when we bought it) problem with Ford's dual clutch transmission gives a herky jerky takeoff from stop. Very annoying. Ford has extended the warranty."

Gregory B., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Terrible dual clutch transmission in shop multiple times with different diagnosis and different attempts to resolve. Issues still persist."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would surge at low speeds when starting and changing gears. Gear changes would often be rough. Replacing the clutches -- under warranty -- cured the problem. The service representative said the clutches were redesigned but they didn't have long term experience to determine if this was a permanent fix."

Eva S., TN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch in the automatic transmission is under warranty due to a recall by Ford. It has been replaced twice and adjusted once in between. I had to change to another dealer to continue to get service. Ford has extended the warranty on the vehicle."

Anonymous, VT (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The problematic transmission had the clutch replaced at 50000 miles and then at 118000 miles it had to be replaced again and they made me pay for it when ford should have paid for it due to the well known design flaw of the trasmission"

Tom W., VA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"i believe that there were two clutches in this particular 7 speed automatic transmission. ford has had problems with them. in Australia, they did a recall, but unfortunately not here in the US. $1000.00 repair (not happy about it) only had 30K miles on it at the time."

Bob G., KS (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission is general has been an issue since day one. That last work on the transmission, which included a clutch replacement, has improved the shifting."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was replaced at 18000 miles and has started acting the same way again. I brought my car to the dealer to have checked out about the shudder at startup and was told my clutch needs replacement again. It is covered by the extended warranty and I'm waiting for parts which I was told would take 1 month."

Charles S., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We had trouble with the transmission early on and took it in but there was no problem when Ford had it. Took it in a second time and was told by mechanic thathis son had the same problem. Finally got a letter about a free replacement of transmission. We took it in last summer before a trip and demanded a fix. The replaced the clutch and haven't had a problem since. Funny, I told them the first time that the problem felt like a bad clutch if it had been a manual."

Anonymous, KS (2014 Ford Focus)

"In low gear or driving slowly the transmission would hesitate. With the warranty it was replaced free"

William S., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced twice. Slips, jerks, noisy"

Jerry C., NM (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch was replaced with out incident"

Kris S., CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Just new car, already fix tranmission"

Mike T., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"took my car back to the dealership because of shaking during acceleration. they checked the car and found that the clutch needs replacing"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer that sold me the car took a couple of weeks to get a replacement clutch for my car"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was chattering. It was replaced and now it's fine"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer repair no issues"

Michael S., MI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was replaced twice. Slipping was the problem from when it was new. The first replacement did not solve the problem, but the second time did the trick, however it took Ford nearly three years to get it right"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Jumps when accelerating. Jumps in reverse, rides like your on railroad tracks. Clutch replaced twice. 3rd transmission is having problems. Same as previously"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium)

"The new belt transmission is terrible"

Kevin H., OH (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch has been replaced twice. At Fords expenseeach time taking a week. They provided a rental but very inconvenient"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Repeated problem with shuttering in low gears that dealer blames on the automatic transmission clutch. It's been fixed twice but is still an issue"

Paul M., MA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car transmission started to slip so took it to dealer and they replaced it"

Bruce R., GA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was replaced under warranty and is working satisfactorily now"

Charles S., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We don't like the transmission with the dual clutch. Ford need to put a different type of transmission in that car"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer recommended that they replace the clutches"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Usual Powershift problem of trans fluid leaking on to clutch plate causing slippage fixed under warranty"

Adam S., WA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission problems. Clutch replaced at 16,000 and 33,000 miles and needs to be replaced again (47,000 miles)"

David R., NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"From 2 months after I bought the car brand new it began "shuttering" when accelerating from a stop. It was horrible when in traffic when you are constantly stopping, then slowly accelerating. It would literally bounce me around. I brought it to the dealer many times for that. The first time they gave me a sheet of paper explaining the 5 speed power shift transmission and said its an automatic that works like a manual transmission, that's why I get 40 miles to the gallon. I brought it in again an"

Loretta G., NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car shuddered going through first two gears"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"5th clutch within 60000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping and chattering in low gears"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"serious slippage -- Ford replaced as warranted work -- replaced the door latches (recall) at the same time although I had no problems with them. This was the second major clutch/transmission problem (averages about 15,000 miles per fix) They extended the warranty period through 110,000 miles, I think"

Robert J., TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was replaced under warranty. Ford also extended the warranty for the transmission system due to problems like I experienced"

T H., IN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford replaced the first two clutches with the original design and that did not fix the problem. i finally had the new design clutch installed and somewhat alleviated the problem"

Kenneth W., RI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Worst car I have ever owned due to constant transmission problems"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought the car used. From the beginning there was a shudder as the car went out of low gear into drive. The first time I took it to the Ford Dealership, they adjusted the clutch settings. There was no improvement. The second time I took the car in, they put in a new clutch. It is working now"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Ford Focus)

"This was a known issue with the Ford Focus, but the dealership where we purchased the vehicle said they couldn't replace the clutch unless the 'Maintenance Required' light came on. We took the car to a different dealership who wouldn't even let us leave the dealership with the car because of how badly it shifted. They replaced the clutch and in the process, discovered that the sensors had actually been removed/line cut so the issue would never be diagnosed through the on-board computer"

Ruth P., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE)

"Very rough shifting - sometimes wouldn't shift. Already had to have one of the clutches replaced. Am currently having same symptoms. Vibration when accelerating. I've been told Ford has extended drivetrain warranty to 7 years, 100,000 miles due to all the problems with Focus"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"automatic transmission clutch replacement at 30000 and 40000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor shifting, jerky starts, car virtually undrivable"

Floyd L., PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had the Clutch Assembly replaced twice with this vehicle within the past 18 months. The slip count was above 250 each time and they found damage to the Clutch Assembly"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Sometimes when accelerating the car would shudder and not change gear smoothly. Seems to be a problem with this model. Work done under warranty"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The automatic clutch went inside of two years. Many people consider Ford's automatic clutch design to be garbage, including some Ford employees"

Anonymous, RI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was in the shop twice over 12 mo for clutch issues"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford built these cars with a PK two disc clutch. System was very sketchy from the factory and has a recall on it. The clutch system shudders when taking off, and has a hesitation when accelerating from a stand still"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced"

Ken B., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car seemed to shutter and slip as it moved through the lower gears. On the 3rd return to the dealer (over a 2 year period) the clutch was replace. That fixed the problem"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This game ok month for part to come in I had to personally contact ford to speed up process Also it is bad again skipping bad shift less than year"

Kenny L., TX (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"jerking and grinding when pressing the gas pedal to move forward from a stop"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I've had the clutch replaced twice. Warranty covered both replacements. Good service at the Ford dealership"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shuttered and lurched from a full stop on both flat and inclined streets. It took Ford three days to fix the problem under warranty"

Michael B., CA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch and seal kit have had to be replaced twice now in six months. It's a warranty issue"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle requires clutch replacement by the dealership approximately 2-3 times per year. Due to some issue with the transmission, it is causing the clutch to wear out quickly. Instead of Ford replacing transmission or figuring out another solution,we are doomed to continue this pattern"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Torque converter would slip when shifting."

Ronald I., NM (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The "torque converter" is a double clutch and there was a problem with it being jerky and causing the transmission to keep switching gears especially lower gears. Ford replaced the double clutch under warranty and it is now working fine"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Was replaced as a part of the clutch replacement"

Floyd L., PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"design problem with transmission resulted in replacement by ford."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission was slipping shifting poorly, at every stop sign. Dealer rebuilt the transmission and was paid for by Ford. Transmission is still acting up on occasion, not fixed to our satisfaction."

Chuck C., WI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Common problem with the 6-speed autos, leaking oil seals and bad clutch packs"

Brian D., CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on transmission. Transmission was slipping and caused vehicle to jolt"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rebuild helped, but it is still a less than great transmission."

Robert O., NV (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car would not start, could not get transmission into neutral"

Michael M., NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We noticed the transmission was slipping going from first to second gear. Fortunately, there was a recall issued on the transmission, and we also had taken out an additional policy to cover transmission issues. We only had to pay $100 deductible for a $1800 repair!"

Karen B., TX (2014 Ford Focus)

"Terrible 6 speed tranmission. Australia made Ford accountable. US hasn't done so. Car is worthless for trade in value."

Fred P., IL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was jerky when driven. We later got a recall notice."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission replaced twice due to shuddering. After after a stop, the car shudders upon acceleration."

Tina C., CT (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Many problems with the transmission of all the Focus since 2014"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After taking the car back to the dealer 3 times they finally replaced the transmission and it works fine so far which has been a year."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission was slipping badly. Fortunately, I had taken out an extended warranty on that, so i was only out $100, as opposed to $1,500 it would have cost me."

Karen B., TX (2014 Ford Focus)

"Automatic transmission started slipping. Car was recalled for total replacement of clutch system. Note: your single question about gas mileage is stupid. We track city and highway mileage separately"

Bernard C., OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"My 2014 Focus is experiencing severe knocking and hesitation as it changes gears. The scheduled replacement parts needed are out of stock for at least the next three months"

Georgia R., NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rebuilt at no cost under warranty"

Kevin P., WA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slipped skipped and jerked. Recall replaced computer but fix only lasted a few months, Transmission clutches were replaced under warranty recall. Working fine so far,"

Dean C., WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"first replaced transmission, then the clutch went out"

Kevin H., OH (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"slipping transmission ? bad shifting"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission provided no power, car would not accelerate. Transmission was rebuilt by Ford under full warranty. We had to wait for 9 weeks for the Dealership to receive the needed parts"

Charles C., WI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When the problem began two years ago, the local Ford dealer said jerky transmission was "normal" for this make and model. I tolerated it too long, took it back again, along with a handful of invitations to join various class action suits against Ford for transmission issues with this model. They fixed it"

William L., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The t ransmission was jerky"

Pierre L., QC (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Purchased from North Country Ford in MN. Believe the car was in a flood, but they state it was not, car has had several problems with Transmission and it has been worked on 3 or 4 times, replacing parts and it fails again and again. Headlights out of alignment and cannot be corrected. Taillights have connection problems, and very poor service from dealer, normally take to other dealers"

Michael F., MN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission experienced shuddering, caused loss of power"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking transmission seal. Ford covered rebuild cost with recall warranty"

Timothy B., MO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission seemed strange in that is didn't seem to firmly drive the car. It didn't have a problem that was clearly defined as I drove it but felt like something was wrong. My Ford dealer, West Hills Ford told me the transmission internal clutches were shot and needed to be replaced which my extended warranty covered except for a $100 deductable"

Marcus B., WA (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Erratic shifting. Replaced clutch and seals. Problem solved although dealer tried 3 times to adjust/reprogram trans"

Anonymous, FL (2014 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

Display screen freezes up

"Display screen was freezing. Something wrong with computer. Radio did not work or any of other features through the display. Computer was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

"It freezing when i try to switch between usb,and Bluetooth"

Jared N., IA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"While in reverse, screen says check surrounding. Then goes black. Lasts a few seconds to a few hours. Dealers don’t care."

Mary C., NY (2014 Ford Focus)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Clock spring in steering wheel had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Unable to pair my phone with Bluetooth. I believe the problem is with my phone which is an older model. Can't say that the problem is with the car's system"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have to re-install phone every 2 weeks. I have to remove phone battery for 2 minutes, I then can install phone"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus Titanium)
Radio

"Occasional loud noises, similar to being hit by a rock, usually followed by the entire sound system not working at all until the car was cut off then restarted. I have not had this repaired yet."

George C., GA (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The Radio would cut in and out at times, and a hill start assist light would flash on. This seemed connected to a problem whereby the car wouldn't start (not even turn over) when the key was turned"

Andrew S., ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When I turned the car off, the computer system in the radio would not go to sleep thereby draining the battery. If car was off more than 12 hours, it would result in a dead battery"

Jennifer H., FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Routine software updates

"Recall only no real issue."

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"This is the same problem with the radio I described earlier."

George C., GA (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The right speaker started sounding static-y, and now has quit working all together"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Focus SE)
Voice control commands

"voice control commands has never worked well. It does not recognize human speech well."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not respond correctly or recognize voice commands. System is nearly useless, extremely difficult to use and should be replaced in its entirety. Ford is aware of this problem and is critizsized repeatedly by car publications. Ford should contract"

Rick S., MA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The voice commands for the music system only work sometimes"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"roof molding came loose on driver side. Too expensive at dealer to replace, so I got aftermarket type for 1/4 of dealer cost"

Philip B., AZ (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rubber seals along both sides of the car body under the doors keeps coming loose"

Dana I., CT (2014 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A small area of the exterior rear molding came loose after a very harsh winter. The dealership fixed it within an hour"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"passenger front door trim molding out of alignment and catching on c pillar. door also sagging a bit"

Michael G., OH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber seal around windshield keeps coming loose on drivers side"

Sandy E., KY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"I had to replace the drivers outer door handle. Not available as just handle, have to get assembly from Ford, about $120! Now need to replace two interior panel plastic clips to hold drivers door interior panel in place."

Christina C., KS (2014 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The glove box didn't close completely. Loose and lacked about 1/2" from closing completely. The whole glove box had to be replaced by dealer"

Donald A., MI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's visor has been loose since car was purchased. When not locked into place it swings around and hits driver in face when going around a corner. Dealer HAS REFUSED TO REPAIR THIS PROBLEM although it is clearly covered under warranty. Also a road hazard killed a tire and it was covered under new car tire warranty for 6 years. Dealer lied and said it was not. We found documentation after it was too late"

Bernard C., OR (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint behind both rear wheels is peeling off in chunks. I’ve never had a car do this before. The car only has 24,000 miles on it and looks showroom new. The soft, almost cloth like fender liners are perfect for holding sand and salt against the metal to dissolve the paint. My daughter loves this car but it is SO inferior to the CR V she talked us into trading in."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Extensive paint chips on hood (more than 2 dozen); never had this problem with my last Focus with over 150K miles"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was trash in the paint. Ford acknowledged this with a TSB. Ford fixed the problem, but the car was in service for several days"

Kevin H., DC (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Many areas of the car were unpainted, only clear coat was present. Had to be taken back three separate occasions to ensure all the painting was done"

Andrew S., ON (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust showed up on the hatch around the license plate holder. Despite the recent age of the car, Ford would only pay part of the repair."

Craig F., ON (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 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

"This vehicle has the low profile tires and by 5,000km from new, there was a drag to the right. On warranty, they found it was out of allignment by 1+ degrees which was corrected. They did not rotate the wheels which I believe the dealership sho"

Thomas G., BC (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"They crack and snap so bad I worry they will fail"

Matthew M., MA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"The car made a lot of noise in the front driver's side. Ford said that a strut was loose but was not dangerous. It was replaced. Since the car had already passed the warranty period, Ford did not pay for it."

Joan G., NJ (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have had the front wheel bearings replaced 4 times by Ford while the car was under warranty. They repeatedly fail after about 6 months or about 5000 miles. When they fail, they thunk and click like a failed wheel bearing does. Ford released an updated part, which was installed, but also failed. I still have this issue and have lived with it since buying the car new. I have not yet discovered a permanent fix."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"They started knocking and smacking with only 500 miles on the car"

Matthew M., MA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Car feels like its hydroplaning on dry roads, suddenly PULLS to right for no reason, constantly fighting steering to maintain control. Has caused injury to my hands that requires surgery. Car is under Lemon Law consideration"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Knocking noise from steering when driving on bumpy surface diagnosed as failing steering rack by dealer, replaced under warranty"

Adam S., WA (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The front wheels would waggle back and forth rapidly when I braked, making the car very difficult to control. It would also pull sharply to one side unexpectedly"

Anonymous, RI (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering vibrates heavily. Known issue. Dealer repaired but problem has returned"

Valerie H., NH (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"I had to spend $400 replacing the rear wheel bearing because of damage done to the hub studs by failed Ford lug nuts. I also had to have several of the other studs chased with a thread chaser. The chrome capped lug nuts that Ford uses on many models rust internally under the cap and cause the lug nut to bulge. The Ford dealer never told me this, so during rotations or swapping Winter/Summer wheel sets they repeatedly over time would jam the lug nuts on with their impact wrenches instead of doing it properly by replacing the lug nuts and using the correctly sized socket. This Spring, when I purchased my own equipment to change out my Winter/Summer wheel set, I took off the winter wheels to discover that some studs had been completely stripped by the abuse. I believe this problem would not have occurred if 1.) Ford made a properly designed lug nut that would not require excessive or abnormal force by any automotive technician and 2.) Ford technicians were trained to replace the lug nuts rather than ram them on with impact wrenches, causing damage to the studs, which is a safety concern."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

"The BCM failed, causing the headlights to stop working while I was driving at night"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"onboard computer chimed an alert about headlights maybe the system didn't sense darkness and didn't turn on automatically as I have them set on auto. maybe a 1time glitch; exterior lights are woking as far as I know for the time being"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Focus SE SFE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The headlights stopped working when the BCM failed"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Drivers headlight is out of alignment pointing to the sky and was that way when purchased, but did not realize it, so they will not fix and was told it could not be fixed unless we pay to have it done"

Michael F., MN (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"Horn just stopped working; not a fuse Will not pass state inspection. Next step is to have the entire steering column taken apart to locate the problem - and then necessary repair(s). Should;dn’t happen at this low mileage/city driving!"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Quite working"

John D., CO (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Fuse shorts out no interior lights"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Recall of door handles. Sometimes mine wouldn't operate from the outside. I had to use the fob."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I am talking about the buttons in the drivers door which allow you to input a code number. I can lock the car with the buttons but it no longer will take the code and open the car"

Susan B., FL (2014 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

"Headliner around roof window is water stained and affect resale or trade value."

R R., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Plastic trim around drivers side window will not stay in place."

R R., MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Hatchback weather striping seal, not properly installed from factory. Had to be replaced due to distortion"

Anonymous, KY (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"There is something loose in the hatch, whenever you open the hatch something rattles to the bottom than back up when you close it. Also the passenger seat rattles when it is not occupied"

Robert W., NJ (2014 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Interior panels creak and rattle"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)