Auto gearbox extremely dangerous
The auto gearbox in the Ford Focus sold in Australia in recent years is faulty. If you try to accelerate quickly it will shudder and jerk to a degree that makes it dangerous to drive. It is commonly known amongst mechanics that there is a fault with the gearbox internal clutch. Unfortunately, Ford, I can only assume for financial reasons won't admit the problem. When someone gets killed it will probably be addressed. My advice is first, Google the problem to check my facts, second, don't buy Ford Focus, and thirdly scream as loud as possible on FB and all Social Media to help those who have.
Nice car, inexpensive
Very dangerous faulty gearbox
Constant problems with the audio / telephone systems. Dealer can't / won't fix them. Ford doesn't care. Vehicle was especially bought for these features and the dealer repeatedly advised they would function as advertised and specified. They don't and are an expensive toy that just doesn't work. Have been a long time Ford buyer but Ford destroyed that relationship with this over priced piece of dysfunctional technology.
December 19th 2014 Update:
I've owned many cars and many of them have been Fords. The brand new Ford Focus I bought is the worst built car I have ever owned. Multiple faults that Ford can't, won't, don't fix. Crap customer service to match crap car.
Extremely poor dealer service in Canberra.
Keep well away from Ford Focus and their 'Powershift' transmission
I bought my 2010 Ford Focus from Thomson Ford at Parramatta and while I owned the car it has been a shocking disaster of problems. Radio reception and volume problems, transmission problems, electronic problems etc. The service department are not skilled in working on these cars and will try and lie their way out of any repair saying that the issues are 'normal'.
The new model Focus has the same engine and gearbox I hear... be warned, there is a good reason why they only provide a 3 year warranty! I had the diesel model. The replaceme...nt parts cost a great deal of money - such as over $6,500 for a new clutch pack and there is no guarantee that the parts that are replaced will solve the issues in the first place, like in my case. Power, economy, room The rest. Poor build quality, questionable longevity if you are the type to hold on to a car for several years.
After my previous car was stolen and written off, I thought I'd treat myself to a new car. I got a 2012 ford focus trend. Ever since I brought it I have been having on going issues with the transmission. I understand they have designed it to act like a manual but I feel unsafe and totally frustrated. I feel like im paying off a ticking time bomb. It rolls back in drive, it constantly makes NOISE and jumps while im in reverse, drive/taking off, it has such a delay when im accelerating, it feels like a manual stalling because it's throwing me b...ack and foward or shaking when I take off. Its so upsetting because I am paying off all this money each week for a car im not satisfied with and do not feel safe in. Its like it's constantly confused what gear its in. If I slow down for example at a roundabout and try to quickly accelerate, there is such a delay I freak out thinking im going to get tboned. But when I actually do come to a complete stop and take off it still does the same thing. I have taken it to ford around 6 times. First repair because my air conditioning was making a horrible noise and was dripping water at my feet when it was turned on. Been several times for the transmission. I have stopped going because they keep telling me its fixed but it still does the same thing. They blammed my wheels at one stage because I brought 18" for it but it was doing the same thing when I had the stock wheels on. Very disappointing. If it was nice to drive i would love it but because its so frustrating to drive, I wish I never brought it. :( Interior & exterior Transmission. ticking time bomb
I've never felt so unsafe :(
My ford focus was a 2nd hand purchase 2005 model ls
Initially amazing was quite hungry on the fuel but as I went from barina to focus I assumed it was to do with size.
Within 6months I needed a new alternator.
The rear wiper fell off after my dad literally just touched it.
I basically have to replace headlights so often and the fuse every time I use the cigarette lighter.
After a long drive from Canberra to Gosford it had a power steering fail all my warning lights came on and I could barely steer to pull over. Thankfully I had I restarted...
Terrible auto gearbox
I have owned my newest model Focus auto for 18 months. The gearbox is the worst I have experienced in 45 years of driving. It shudders, It sometimes takes a second or more trying to decide which gear it should be in. It feels like the clutch is slipping.
It has not improved with time. I have taken the car back to the dealer three times with complaints about the gear box. All I get is, 'the gear box is working normally'.
It looks good.
Gear changes are a perpetual frustration. It spoils all pleasure in driving.
It looks good
I cannot tell you how disappointed I am with this vehicle. I brought the German built titanium model last year. Not even a year on and I cannot handle it any more, literally. It's all over the road, the steering does what it likes whenever it likes, it's been back to ford 7+ times, every time I'm advised 'it's within normal operating guidelines' it's only a matterof time before I'm in a major accident. Ford complaints is of no assistance, no follow up etc. The transmission is horrible, a mechanic mate advised ford has replaced 1000's of them. I...bit the bullet and sold it before it killed me. It's sad but looks are deceiving in ford's case. It looks good Transmission, steering, service cost, worry about long term reliability/durability, warranty backing and dealer attitude is poor
Power Steering Failure
Hi. Took delivery of a new Ford Focus Mk II Titanium in November 2012. Had the car 2 weeks and the power steering failed at 20 Kph, managed to pull over to the side of the road and switch the motor off, on restarting the fault cleared. 2 weeks later it happened again. Took it to the dealer and 3 hours later and many faxes between ford and the dealer they cleaned the earth wire. 1 week later happened again at 70 Kph in traffic. The car has done less than 2,000 Km.Haven't been able to drive the car since as it is too dangerous to drive as you don...e't know when the steering will fail. Ford are going to try replacing the steering rack to see if this fixes the fault but none available in Australia and have to wait until one is shipped from overseas. This is a common fault world wide with this model car with electric power assist. Wish I had read all the reviews before purchasing. Ford are very unhelpful. Very dangerous to drive when power assist fails
Ford focus.... dont ever ever buy it
Gearbox issues. The car is dangerous to drive. Took it 2 times to the ford dealership and they cant do nothing to the car.
Fuel consumption is really bad. 10-11 l per 100km. My previous v6 was better than that.
Interior is all about plastic and no rear power windows.
Dont ever, ever buy this car
Poor service lets this car down. The problem could possibly have been resolved first time around but we're now without a car again for goodness knows how long.
big boot space and glovebox (still not sure what to put in such a big glovebox though)
rattle in the engine when going up hills, Ford service centre can't work out why, fan kept running incessantly & hot engine warning light came on but again, surprise surprise, Ford service centre can't work out why this is happening - when I lifted the bonnet after they'd 'thoroughly checked it out' t...
Waste of money
I hate this car. Has given me nothing but trouble. Has done water pump, power steering rack, serp belt & tensioner, pump pressure sensor, alternator and coolent pump. Would never buy another Ford & will stay away from these European made cars. I have to give one star to finalise review but should be minus 5 stars.
Size is good.
Everything! Plastic European engine parts, very costly to fix, breaks down every 3 months, no dealership wants to trade because they all hate them.
In November 2011 i traded in my Mazda 2 Genki for a 2010 Ford focus hatch. I thought i was getting a good late model car. Upon collecting the car from the dealership and getting it home for a good clean and inspection i noticed a few things wrong, the key that was supplied didn't fit in the door lock, the cruise control had broken since i test drove it, the power mirror on the drivers side didn't work, the tail lights leaked and the boot well has rust in it under the spare tyre when it was removed from the boot well. I had the car back over 18 ...times to the dealership. some things were fixed but the boot leaked from the moment i picked it up to the moment i traded it on a Lancer VR sedan. The dealership manager admitted to me that the 2010- focus was built in South Africa and the build quality was very poor and they have had a lot of trouble with them. The day i traded it in the auto gearbox locked itself in drive and i or the service manager could get it out of drive, hence i sold the car to them on the spot. Bye bye Ford lemon! windows that i could open from the remote control, that was it key didnt fit, broken cruise control, power mirror didn't work, much more!
We purchased a new 2007 Ford Focus from Thompson Ford Parramatta. The sales person, [name censored], was friendly & helpful with the cars features highlighting that it was fuel efficient. One thing that [name censored] forgot to inform us of was that there was a Ford known issue with the Focus Fuel Injection system. That issue was that if any fuel apart from the Premium (most expensive) fuel was put into the car, a noticable rattle (sounds like when a manual car is about to stall) in the engine occurs when ever you accelerate. When the Service ...dept was contacted we were advised that this was a known problem with no known solution (typical) but as far as they are aware it causes no issues with the vehicle. Fantastic! Considering they were so up front with the vehicles issues I feel confident they are NOW being open & honest. With fuel prices as they are today you can imagine how happy we were to find out we now have to fork out an EXTRA approx $500 per year for fuel (Difference in unleaded to premium fuel). In my opinion Ford is an utterly disgraceful institution. They are the Optus of the car manufacturing industry - substandard and severely lacking in client focus. I will never purchase anything from Ford again nor do I urge anyone else to. - It has two cup holders - Poor Acceleration, - Sub Standard Transmission - Noisy Fuel Injection, - Lack of honesty from Sales Staff (Thompson Ford Parramatta), - Withholding information to the public about known issues (Ford as a company) - (I think that is enough)
Do not buy Ford Focus
This car has endless problems. I went to the dealership five times this year which did not include an annual service. It has an engine warning light while it drives and I went to Southside Ford three times to fix this problem and they never fixed the problem and keep charging me for nothing. At the forth visit, the air conditioner was not cold at all and the dealership said that they suspected that there was no leakage and the compressor might be not working properly and this caused the engine warning light on. They quoted it for $2450. I could...not fix it because they are not sure about the exact problem and will change their words again. Today, the alternator is dead and the car did not start up. RACQ came to have a look and said this car was nasty and you better sell this. The alternator costs $1000. I have decided to sell this rubbish because the cost of repairs will be more than a brand new car in three years time. Do no buy Ford Focus and stay away from Q Ford and Southside Ford. Handling Everything such as bad service, expensive service charges, ongoing problems.
Dont waste your time buy a car that doesnt brake down all the time, so I now drive Toyota Hilux and nothing compares to this car thank godness
There wasnt any pros with this car, I had the 2005 cl it spent more time in the car yard, after 18months I sold it back to them
Over rated for a new car
Questions & Answers
anyone had issues with this model? looking to buy one as long as it's not a lemon ,and it is manual
Hi Peter, I probably can't make a comment on a manual MK1 but trust me if you think of buying an auto, my advise would be to RUN as fast as you can away from it. I have had nothing but trouble with the gearbox in mine and have just had it fixed for the 9th time, so fingers crossed they got it this time. Good luck but buy another brand.
Hi I have a 61plate ford focus titanium I have a heating problem it works in all areas but to my feet why what could it be ?
|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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