Dodgy transmission - Dodgy heater pipe in drivers compartment - terrible customer service
The automatic transmission is dodgy and their is huge class action launched. Please see attached link http://fordclassaction.com.au/
Because Ford have been dodgy when people have complained about the dodgy transmission, they are now being sued by the ACCC. Please see attached link.
On top of this they manufactured a dodgy heater pump running from the engine bay to the heater core within the drivers compartment. This pipe bursts often and s...
2 years old and still happy !
A spritely performer with well weighted controls and great steering feel. Quiet and comfortable cruising on the highway and still responsive enough to offer this old petrolhead some fun in the twisties.
No warranty issues at all after 28000km and fuel consumption typically between 6.0 to 7.5 litres / 100 km.
Sync 2 infotainment / nav superior to many much more expensive cars.
No complaints from me and no intention of trading up any time soon ... well done Ford.
Constant Transmission Trouble
I bought this car in 2016, 2 litre petrol version.
Since that time i have needed a number of repairs.
1. Transmission Control Module
2. Transmission Dual Clutch
3. Transmission Timing Cover
There seems to be a common theme here, all about the transmission? Ford don't seem to think so.
Great big brother car without powershift.
My Jan 2016 ford focus is a great little car, drives smoothly no issues so far great price at time, is the one without the trouble power shift. Good size small family car, good size boot compared to the little brother Fiesta.
Great inclusions with the trend, nav, reversing camera, but missed out on Apple car play by 6 months. But honeslty
not needed if you have nav included with blue tooth, as apple car play uses your data.
Please do passed bad reviews of powershift models scare you from non.
Unfortunately it has the turning circle of a luxury cruise liner, making tight car parks a nightmare. It's an ok drive if not a little bumpy, you'll definitely feel it on uneven roads and when highway diving you'll get a lot of noise leaking in. Fuel economy is ok as long as you're not using it in the city as a work car, constant traffic light stops will reduce efficiency. Very quick off the mark. Questionable audio jack and USB placement (back of the glove box). Don't hate it but wouldn't buy it again. Oh and a chunky middle section leaves long legged folks a little cramped for the sake of some ridiculous "holders".
- Focus LW Mk2 (2012-2015)
I bought this focus second hand from a dealer. Ever since I came across these cars I just loved their colours and even the shape as well as the powder coated black mags. I had a budget of 18k and ended up breaking away from that because I had to get my dream car. Anyhow, it looks like a hot beast, has leather recaro seats with the colour contrast, that are extremely comfortable except when your a larger person and can't fit in them because they do hug you. I do know that if you're taller than 6ft 2 you do find it difficult to store your legs so...mewhere, however I'm 6 ft and fit comfortably. The back seats are built for children because even though they're comfortable you can't own long legs to fit. I get around 500k's per tank, however I don't drive slowly so it could go longer. The wheel lock for steering is probably the worst point. Even when you have it on a hard turn, it isn't very good, so if you have to park in little areas, you have to patiently move around a lot to finally get parked. It's a quiet car to drive, you can hear the turbo inside but from a bystanders point of view, you wouldn't know it had one. An improvement would be to get a louder exhaust system to make heads turn. The actual running cost, excluding petrol is about $600 a year in servicing. I've only had the starter motor jam once and it got over itself once I did a hill start. 2 things I will commend is its incredible sound system... it never peaks out and it's large boot -can pick up many cases from the airport. All in all, it's a great get around car and get away car.
Second family car
We bought the ford focus sport about a month ago as a second car for my wife to use for work - overall its a great little car
Great to drive handles well although a little sluggish if you dont use the gears - yes we bought a manual - coming from the UK where manual cars are the norm rather than the exception as here in Oz.
Interior and exterior are very good and the interior design and trim is excellent quality
As a little run around - its definitely work a look
Bad transmission worst ever
So far the reliability has been good & its cheap too run but once the transmission starts to play up Ford cant fix so its a bad buy & your stuck with it, just join the class action against Ford & hope for the result to be in your favour cause no-one wants it as a trade in
Great Compact Car
After larger car, this ticks all the boxes especially for parking. Great for steering, vision and enough room in the boot.
Nice red colour, good to look at and quiet on the road. Plenty gadgets although we,re happy with CD slot, usually missing these days.
A good choice for us ’young pensioners’ to downsize.
I have owned my Ford Focus Sport (auto) since March and am impressed.
I have traveled 11000ks and so far no issues. The engine is very responsive and is mated to a 6 speed standard auto gearbox. . Interior is well designed with 8" display sync 3 which works seamlessly. Seats are also very comfortable. There are plenty of cars in this segment but I chose the ford for it's handling and styling. The car feels solid . No rattles or squeaks and runs on standard unleaded.
If your looking for a small hatch you might want to consider the Focus . It is fun to drive.
Nice car, handles & drives well
Ford focus 5 door hatch, 2.0L engine, 5 speed manual, nice car to drive handles nice, fuel economy is great, the down side is parts are way over the top, ford has priced parts so high its there way of getting owners into ford dealers to get them to do the work this way they keep getting our hard earned cash over & over again. Spark plugs range from 4 × $27.50 each $100 plus, air filter $30 plus, Driver side wiper blade $27 passenger side $27, rear hatch window $27 3 × $81!! Absolutely madness & that's not counting oil filter, cabin filter, mot...or oil, coolant ect, its a shame because I found ford focus a really nice car in just about every other area, but car company's finding it harder to sell there product and even before they started doing it a bit harder they just wanted to keep us coming into there yards & given us no other option but to get them to do the work on our cars and they keep getting more & more of our hard earned.
- Focus LW Mk2 (2012-2015)
Great car and cheap on fuel !!
I love my ford focus, it is so easy to drive and has all the gadgets you need to get into those tricky places :) The fuel consumption is amazing at only $50 a tank about 90% of the time and never goes over $55 to fill up. I have a turbo diesel version and love it. Very roomy and spacious for a hatchback. Never had a problem with it and only pay for the service itself. In love and will keep it for a long time. Would be great for learners and provisional drivers also.
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Im still in P1. This car is really good. It's the ideal car for the one who like speed and the sound of engine. The smell is kinda weird inside but not too much. The design of AUX jack and USB's place are also weird. They took me so long to find. This car is really fuel efficient. Highly recommended
Got my ford focus at the beginning of the year been great there is heaps of legroom
great glovebox but poorly designed bonnet when you hit the bonnet not very hard the bonnet locks so you can't unlock it
the noise is a bit noisy but you get over it in awhile
Electric power steering failure
Dangerous driving experience.
Spacious front, very little space at the back.
Not reliable at all might be a death trap.
Power steering locks while driving and could possibly be a death trap to you and family.
Ford will not take responsibility in fixing the issue or recall these models, they have advised owners to fork the money to fix the issues and will not guarantee that the power steering fault issues will be fixed in the future.
Love my Ford Focus Titanium
If you love driving, then you will love the Ford Focus. I have been shopping around for a new vehicle for a while, comparing different brands and features. The performance and handling is great. The interior is beautiful and the seats are comfortable. This car has MyKey which is great for parents with young drivers to setup the speed, volume of the radio etc. This car can park itself! I'm yet to try it but one day I will for a bit of fun. Only thing missing which if you've never had it you won't miss it is seat warmers. Some other vehicles had ...this feature but the heater does a great job for those cold days. Sync 3 can expand with new apps and has endless growth with more potential. It's a great feature especially using hands free for everything. I use premium petrol, by choice and it costs me $50 to fill the tank. It goes a long away. I'm extremely happy I shopped around and waited for this car. I've had my car for just over 3 months and I wouldn't change it. The staff at Binks Ford have been amazing and excellent service team. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking for a small car.
Crap gearbox and Power steering issue!
I purchase this car with only 20,000 km on the clock. After driving it around for a couple of weeks the gearbox (Powershift auto) started clunking when accelerating. We had it serviced by Ford which seemed to fix it for a week or two then back clunking. We have had the transmission warning light come up multiple times (which puts the care into limp mode) and when ford plugs their computer in it says there is no fault. We have also had the steering assist malfunction warning come up on the dash for the last couple of years. Ford said same thing....cant find the issue then they reset computer and off we go for another day or 2 till it comes up again. Three weeks ago the steering went and the warning signal came up when we started the car (Thank God we were not driving it at the time). Got it towed to ford and they said that the steering rack was showing a fault. Now this is going to be a $4000 fix!!!! probably not worth doing on a car we could only get $10-12000 if we tried to sell it and hope the gearbox doesn't pack it in after we fix steering. Will be interesting to see what happens with the ACCC case and Ford regarding faulty gearboxes. This is my experience with the 2011 model. The new ones may be ok?
27/9/17 fuel update - had the opportunity to drive on m4/m7 recently and fuel avg came down to 6.9l/100klm. I didn't even reset the fuel economy gauge before the trip either so would have been less if this had been done before setting out. The driving experience just gets better the more I drive it :))
14/9/17 fuel update - reset fuel usage this morning and it dropped to as low as 8.3L/100klm with more flat road driving VS around 10L/100klm on hilly roads and some traffic ;)
After doing much research, comparing and checking, we finally plac...ed an order for our 2017 Focus Sport Hatch 6sp Auto 1.5 Turbo Sync 3 and after just 220 klm on the clock, it has been an absolute joy to drive. We researched other similar cars including the corolla sx/zr hatch (nice look outside but inside the dash looked like it was from the 90's compared to the Focus and the 1.6 non turbo motor doesn't offer anywhere near the pull of the Focus 1.5 turbo), Golf TSI (plain looking and servicing costs very high) and the huyndai i30 sr (similar engine power but the cabin layout and looks of the Focus easily won us over) That said the Focus Sport is not the cheapest car but the overall package as a warm hatch is well worth the extra cash IMO. Warranty is average at just 3 years and servicing is every 15000klm or 12 months whichever comes first. I was very weary of the Focus badge after hearing horror stories about its predecessors major engine faults (LW I and II dual clutch auto) which sent shudders through (literally) anyone thinking of buying a Focus but I made sure I had absolute peace of mind after researching and investigating as much information as anyone could gather from various Australian and O/S car reviews on the Focus. The new LZ engine is a completely different setup and Ford has ditched the dual clutch from the Focus - it is ultra smooth and responsive and a pleasure to drive (in case anyone is interested, I've also learned that Fords poor marketing of the LZ Focus has also contributed to its low sales levels compared to the corolla and other similar cars). Inside the car, the drivers seat can be adjusted to a near perfect driving position with easy access to the number of controls and tech gadgets this car has to offer. The sports style seats feel firm without being hard and provide ample support which gives you the feeling of being encased in the cabin - it really makes you feel like you are a part of the car. Rear seating is comfortable for 2 people (and 1 kid in the middle) and boot space is enough for 2 people to go away for a week with appropriate luggage. For now, we have been recommended by the dealer to keep revs under 4000RPM until he's run in (3000klm) but there is still more than enough power below 4000RPM for Sydney metro driving.....I cant wait to feel what performance is like in the higher rev range (during one test drive before we had made up our minds, I had 4 people in the car and it accelerated from 20klm p/hr to 80klm p/hr with no effort whatsoever. That said I am no rev head but I want a car that has the power if/when needed and the Focus Sport definitely ticked that box.
This is the best car I have ever owned. Superb dynamics, stylish and a real driver's car. The diesel provides exceptional economy with real grunt when you need it. Excellent for those long country trips. Very comfortable driving position with good support. A little cramped in the rear and boot could br a bit bigger.
Great car with disaster transmission
As far as. Performance, comfort, economy and functionality go this Ford Focus is a great little car for the price. It's only fault, and it's a bigger, is the power shift transmission. It's been introduced without enough testing and Ford is paying an enormous cost. My 2013 model has had two reboots and four replacement clutches in 80000klms.
To Ford Australia's great credit, they have offered a very generous proposal to replace my vehicle with a new model, which is a vast improvement on the LW model.
If you are one of the unfortunate owners of a problem car, I urge you to talk quietly to your dealer.
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 ?
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|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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