I purchased my 2012 LW Ford focus 6 months ago, the car has travelled 58,000 kilometers, it's a 5 speed Manual and the electric power steering Assist has failed twice and once while driving almost causing an Accident. it now needs a new power steering rack that will cost well over 2,000 dollars to replace and get fitted. the check engine light has come on twice also. I'm getting it fixed and will be looking at trading it in for something else.
Poor Quality Vehicle
In September 2020, I purchased a "courtesy car" Focus Active from Metro Ford Newstead (Brisbane). Vehicle had 5600 km on odometer and was in as-new condition. After a thorough test drive, salesman agreed to have wheel alignment checked to correct wandering, steering faults, tramlining etc. This did not happen so I took JAX Northlakes, a very reliable company I have used for 4-5 years - cost $69. This improved the situation but the maladies prevail. Tried adjusting tyre pressures which did not improve the situation. Commentators elsewhere sugges...t that Hungarian sourced Hankook tyres are inferior to those made in Korea and that I should replace with quality road tyres (eg. Continental; Pirelli; Michelin). Can't afford this and should not have to consider. Currently, vehicle handles like a barge, is dangerous at even moderate speeds, on these tyres. JAX man swears by Hankooks and claims to use successfully on his own vehicles. On tyres made where? Spent $325 on window tinting which helps reduce headlight glare from following vehicles. The "automatic" rear view mirror dimmer does not work! Focus is roomy front and rear, seats are adequate and boot is large for a small hatch (due partly to semi-useless space-saver spare). Cruise control is difficult to use and turns itself on and off - speed increases downhill (dangerous) and slows when climbing. Many things work well though unlockable fuel filler cap is an invitation to vandals to add foreign fluids to the fuel system. My 6 yo phone does not recharge wirelessly though there are 2x USB ports and also 2 cigar lighters (seriously??) and no ashtray. Manual gear paddles work well and very useable though occasionally self activate. Good sound system though have spent money and lots of time on converting CDs to USBs - love DAB. Large centred digital speedo is very readable though doesn't mirror speed of too-small uncentred analog. Too many buttons and scrolls and most are too small to find especially at night. Cavities for 5 cups/bottles in front for two people and two in the rear for 3 people doesn't make sense. Removing the centre holders enlarging the door cavities to take 1 bottle and 1 coffee cup each would allow current tiny unlit buttons moved there - visible and useable. Ford may think it has made a good car but it hasn't. My Ruby Red is a beautiful looking car inside and out but it does not drive as it looks. I test drove a Mazda3 bn SP25 hatch this week - a real drivers' car with much more supportive seats, easy to use controls though a little more road noise than Focus. If I can do a straight swap I will do so. If you must buy a Focus hatch, choose an alternative to the Active, though none of the others have IRS. Happy Driving!
Purchased in September 2020 for A$27,000.00.
Loved the car BUT dual clutch went at 60,000 km, Ford uninterested, then again at 69,000 km!
Being retired we use the car for local trips or longer road trips. Car used 4-5 times a week and is regularly serviced by Ford or NRMA Motorserve who replaced the clutch at 60,000 at our expense. We wrote to Ford Australia and they told us "out of guarantee" The dual clutch went again on a country trip at 68,000 km. Assessed by Ford service centre as having "failed". Told it would be replaced under guarantee by Ford for Free. Waiting for 2 weeks....
Purchased in March 2013 for A$25,000.00.
Ford Focus SA ST-Line Hatchback
Perfect first car with all the safety features and modern goodies. One of the best cars to drive, sticking to the corners even when giving it a boot full from the Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. Can’t complain about the noise from the 3 pot either, very sporty after all it is the ST-Line Model. Can’t wait to soak up the open road and clock those kilometres up as I’m sure it will be very reliable unlike the troublesome LW model with the Powershift transmission.
Purchased in June 2020.
Best Car I’ve ever Owned!
Bought a 2011 Focus Trend Sedan Powershift used July 2018. Been an awesome car ever since. Very fuel efficient, really fun to drive, loves the corners. The boot has good space and is spring loaded so you just press the key and open it goes. 10/10. Onto the next Focus now!
Purchased in July 2018.
Very unreliable car.
2013 model purchased from a dealership for $10k in 2020.
Automatic transmission failed.
Unknowingly had 2 recalls.
Ford didn't even send a letter/email/call about the recalls.
Rung Ford and they couldn't book it in for over a month. So do I just keep paying for this car while it sits for over a month and pay even more to hire a car to use while I wait. Poor effort from Ford, both with their products and service.
Purchased in January 2020.
DO NOT!! I REPEAT DO NOT BUY ONE!
My 17 year old daughter saved up 8k to buy a decent car! She bought a 2012 Ford Focus less than a year ago and had so far spent over $5k!! It’s a piece of absolute crap! I feel so sorry for her! And don’t even get me started on the recall!!! Steer well clear! She could have bought a brand new Kia with 7 year warranty! But only just learning that now!!
Purchased in July 2019 for A$80,000.00.
Refined and sporty
The latest (2020) version of the Focus has just about everything right.
Overall it's a very comfortable and reassuring drive, with good handling and power - but it also has good functional technology that's a little better refined than earlier models. Plus it looks good, but I'm not personally concerned with that (sorry Ford styling guys/gals).
Gone are the mechanical gear lever and park brake; thats all on a cute ratating knob and pushbutton now - so less intrusive and no doubt cheaper. Loads of little extras like lights on wing mirrors to ill...
I have just sold my 2017 LZ auto hatchback. In my 2 and a half years of ownership I found it to be well built with few discernible rattles or squeaks, the structure was very rigid. The rear view camera is large & clear. The controls are simple to use and it had a good heater and cool air conditioning. Over 18,000 km I averaged 8.8 L/100 km, with 90% of the km's being city/metro driving. It's initial acceleration was not overly brisk but once at 40 km/h and above its mid range performance was strong. At 110 km/h its revs were 2,000 rpm. The ride was a bit firm around town, dropping the tyre pressures from the recommended value helped improve the ride. Overall I was happy with the car and had no problems.
Purchased in November 2017 for A$22,500.00.
Zippy car with plenty of features
I have had my 2019 SA focus now for 3 months and it has been a fantastic car. I love the drivability of the 1.5 turbo engine and the 3cyl engine has a great note. Average 6 litres in city driving and have had as low as 5.0 on the open highway.
Impressed by the build quality and functionality of the interior it is a clean but basic layout. Everything is easy to access and the 8inch infotainment system is easy to use and nice and clear. This model has an 8 speed conventional transmission so no problems like the dual clutch of a few years ago,...but does occasionally struggle to find the right gear at low speeds. It sticks to the road when giving it a squirt on the windy roads, a great handling car. I have the optional drivers assist pack which ads a couple of extra safety features and folding mirrors with light on the bottom of the mirrors which helps at night When fumbling for the house keys. Only Minor negatives for me is that the trend model doesn’t have keyless start and I find the halogen headlights are average on the highway. I am sure other owners have had issues with this model focus but so far I have nothing but positive things to say about it.
Purchased in February 2020.
A Great Car
The LZ Focus is fantastic, so I hope potential buyers don't label the LZ with the LW's problems (the LW before the LZ had a major problem with the transmission but I believe that's been fixed now, if you're thinking of buying an LW). The LZ has a great 6-speed auto with an S mode to drive it like a manual with overdrive, and an ecoboost 1.5L engine with as much power as we need on standard unleaded petrol. Great fuel economy: 7.6L/100km stop-start around the suburbs with 2 adults and often 3 grandchildren (child locks help with younger kids). 6....0L/100km on a trip with 2 adults loaded up from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour and back via the coast road at the speed limits. The sedan boot holds 2 large suitcases if you need them, plus lots more stuff. (The salesperson thought we were paying with cash when we tested the boot size with the two large suitcases!) Cruise control is a dream, and the interior is so quiet. Steering and braking are fabulous. Tech is excellent -- phone integration is perfect, and the stereo is great. It's very easy to park: the rear sensors and camera are great. The large display with maps, music tracks and am/fm radio is really good. Our Red Candy colour is easy to see (safe) and looks spectacular. All the interior controls are within easy reach. We added the convenience pack, 6 year warranty and Protektiv Complete Vinyl Kit. We have it serviced at Etheridge Ford, Ringwood, VIC, because it's not expensive and they know what they're doing and include RACV; they also have terrific service staff!! All in all, a great investment worth test driving first and last.
Purchased in April 2017 at Etheridge Ringwood for A$27,000.00.
So impressed - better than I imagined.
Very happy with my Focus sport, great handling especially on winding roads - sticks to the road, so easy to handle and so responsive. Great acceleration -I beat everyone off the lights even the most powerful cars.
Comfortable drivers seat. Plenty of oomph to overtake on highways.Everyone who has driven my car is impressed - a delight to drive.
2014 Ford Focus lemon
I purchased a Ford Focus 2014 model.
59,000kms only 5 months out of warranty and my steering rack has failed. There was a recall for the 2014 Ford Focus manufactured in August between the 8th and the 15th for steering gears incorrectly placed. Mine was built on the 15th of August 2015 but yet no recall was accompanied with my vin. I nearly had an accident when it failed. Ford have declined to fix this under good will even though it’s a manufacturer fault.
This is happening too often. Accidents, failures. It’s a joke. We should all come together and actually take these issues to the media. Out them and show Australia how crap there vehicles are.
Purchased in February 2020.
Good enough that I traded it in for another Focus
Bought it at 50000km, traded it in at 260000km, by which time it was admittedly a bit tired (burning oil and pinging a bit, probably due to valve seals, clearcoat suffering from a dozen years of sunlight).
- engine smooth and quiet (certainly compared to the ZZE122 Corolla it replaced). Did have to wind the lacky up to get the most out of the engine though.
- audio system was reasonable for a stock system. Too much to expect bluetooth in 2005 I suppose.
- reasonable fuel economy (averaged 7.2l/100km).
- fold-flat rear seats
Thumbs ...down: - alternator failure. I read somewhere that proximity to hot parts of the engine is often a contributing factor. To be fair, I did have plenty of warning of this failure (whining noise, both audible and electrical). Amongst other things, I discovered power steering becomes unhappy in the presence of power supply problems.
Purchased for A$17,000.00.
Rubbish from new
I owner this care from new it handles and drives well howeever for me it has been an unreliable car. Right from new I had non stop issues with the Engine warning light coming on. The dealer looked at this issue every time and it this sensor or that sensor as the excuse. Then they always charged me a code reading access fee, what a service rort. Its like charging customers for tool rental its such a gouge. There was never an explanation to why this light kept coming on. They replaced "wiring" but it never fixed the fault.. The final confirma...tion that this car had design issues when i got a repair bill of 1200 dollars plus labor for the replacement of the ECM(electronic control module) unit that failed for no reason. Just drove to the shops stopped and started a couple of times and then the engine warning light came on again. What made matters worst is that the Ford dealer ripped me off, the module over the counter was something like 540 dollars and they charged me 1200 dollars for ordering the part plus labor to install the unit. You would think the dealer and service center would supply the part at the over the counter price. This module rarely fails and consider how lightly the car was used I think i just got ripped off. I got a lemon of car since this engine warning light coming on for no reason has been a constant issue. I will never buy another Ford again and in particular the Focus model considering all these issues that we have had in our family with owning 3 of various focus models. Even though this was the manual version of the car I also had the issue with the manual clutch plate cracking that was replaced under warranty. These cars were really design lemons.
Purchased in January 2015 for A$32,000.00.
The interior is flimsy plastic with inner door being able to be pulled off easily, lower seat area breaking ans basically feeling like the whole thing can fall appart. Ive never had a car with such flimsy interiors. Otherwise drives nicely with enough power for a small car.
Purchased in December 2018.
Very good carto U
On 12000 on my 3rd Focus . No Problems Current model L W Focus 2016 M K 11 Diesel. Travel to work every day.All services carried out.No problems from mechanic.Dont bother.
Purchased in June 2017.
Lemon car and bad customer service
Brought Ford Focus trend 2014 as brand new in November 2014. Nightmare started then:
1: Power transmission issue: excessive shudders and jerk repeated after recall fix
2: water pump broken in 2018 just right after 3 years warranty
3: air conditioner compressor failure in 2018 just after 3 years warranty
4: oil pump broken in 2018 just after 3 years warranty
Encountered the news that ACCC unforced 10 millions penalty on Ford for this transmission issue and requested Ford to cooperate for refund or replacement claim. So I submitted refund requ...est in September. Although dealer diagnosed car twice and confirmed the excessive shudder and have report for all other issues, the claim has been rejected by Ford Australia with the reason that my car has damage.The damage confirmed by the case manager is the painting scratch on side door. Though consider the reason is not acceptable, I still offered to fix the painting myself, but Ford confirmly advised that the case has been closed and no more further discussion. Dont know what criteria for refund. Has the car to be as brand new after years? Have to seek for further help from Consumer Protection and hope some remedies can be provided.
Purchased in November 2014 for A$21,000.00.
Ford Focus Trend 2012 LW
Hi, bought a Ford Focus 2012 Trend LW with 115,000kms on it. The car had been fantastic. Had no issues at all. Too all the people who don’t even own one yet have an opinion to ‘Stay well away from them’ maybe you should spend your time on issues you actually know about. Obviously some Ford Focus cars 2011-2016 had problems, but that doesn’t mean all had problems. There are good ones around and the technology of this car is ahead of its time. Cheap to buy, runs extremely well, smooth ride and comfortable interior with all the mod cons and cold a/c. I would buy another 5 of them. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Problems on these cars should have been fixed so if you are looking at one don’t hesitate as they are well priced. J
Purchased in June 2018 at Auction.
- Focus LW Mk2 (2012-2015)
- Verified purchase
Amazing car, so many extras, solid and plenty of zip
I use my car daily for myself and a 3 and 8 year old. On weekends my partner of 6 foot also fits in comfortably. Obviously with two substantial car seats the middle rear seat is best used for the fold down arm rest (with cup holders!) rather than a seat. I do have large car seats though, the slimline versions may be better.
As a car person I am in love with the purr the engine makes especially when heading out onto the freeway. It has so much zip even my Dad who is a mechanic can’t believe how quick it is!
Styling wise it’s absolutely gorge...ous, the kind of car you enjoy walking up to in the car park, I have the S so It has the extra body kit which does help it to look even nicer than the entry level Trend. The feel and features and finish feel very high end for a price tag of under 30k. It has that great solid thud when you close the door, none of that awful tinny plastic feel you get with the Mitsubishi rivals. 5 star safety rating, looks great, drives great, fuel economy is great, about $60 a tank for nearly 700kms, $310 to service at ford (cheaper if you go to jax etc) So from a fussy picky mechanics daughter to future owners.. go for it you will not regret it.
Questions & Answers
After washing my 2013 Ford Focus Manual with around 75,000kms, 2.0L Petrol. I started the car, let it idle for a bit, then reved it slowly to around 3000rpm. After releasing the accelator the engines reves died down and the engine was shuddering and shaking before it stalled. After the engine stalled there was a noticeable smell coming from the engine. Let it sit for a few minutes and drive it back into the garage. Get back in the car around an hour later as I needed to go out and leaving my estate which is quite steep, travelling up the hill in second gear like I usually do and the engine just starts revving up and down, it felt like I was jumping on and off the accelator, got to the point where the engine felt like it was about to konk out, mind you this was having my foot flat on the accelator while this was happening. So I decide to keep driving to the destination and haven’t had problem since, around a month ago it happened. I did have the fuel tank recall done around a week before this so maybe it could have been something to do with that? Just wondering if anyone else has had the same issues. All comments welcome.
Can you help me? I have a Ford Focus ghear 1.6 do you no we’re the crankshaft senor is in the engine and do have pictures of we’re in engine
I am comparing between a ST line and Hyundai I30 N line premium. Both are equally packed with features and looks good. Question though, why we don't see many Focus on road . The newere one looked very upmarket as I have a 2018 golf comfortline and its at par in built quality. Hyundai felt very plasticky though.
Hyundai I30 is the second best seller after obvious leader Corolla, but Ford is down to 150 cars compared to 1400 from Hyundai I30.
can someone through some light on how is their experience with the 2020 ST line ? Any issues that I should be aware of ? Even car reviews online say its a very nice car to drive, but dont see any on road.
Thanks in advance.
I would 100% go with the Focus. The older models did have issues but the ST-Line is a completely new car and is really good. It it’s lots of fun to drive, handles beautifully. In Europe, specifically the UK, the Focus is the second best selling car and the i30 is not very common at all. A friend also has an ST-Line and loves it, he praises it for the handling too. The three cylinder sounds particular good.
Thanks Cameron. I Know, ford is a top seller in UK. so this is just an Aussie market thing and nothing wrong with the car as such? And importantly, I have heard a lot of compliant about Ford dealer ship. The last thing you need is a service issue. And hopefully ford doesn't pull the plug on Focus just like it did in the US.
Hope to hear from a owner who has owned it atleast for a year now.
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||18" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km||6.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||52 L||52 L||52 L||52 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L||3 Cylinder 1.5L|
|Max Power||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm||134kW @ 4500rpm|
|Max Torque||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm||240Nm @ 5000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany||Germany||Germany||Germany|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018|
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