Ford Focus owners have reported 18 problems related to manual transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Focus based on all problems reported for the Focus.
Was told this car had "automatic transmission". After a few hundred miles on it, I noticed the transmission shifted sporadically and with no prediction. Engine shuddered, car lost power and was not safe to drive. The key here is no prediction as to how the car will react when under acceleration. Took to dealer and was told "this isn't an automatic transmission - it's a computer- controlled manual that has to learn how you drive". Dealer uploaded a computer update from Ford. The next hundred miles of driving almost caused numerous accidents due to lack of acceleration and uneven performance. 6/4/2012 I tried to merge into traffic and car refused to speed up. I almost caused a major accident, but numerous drivers slammed on their brakes and/or swerved and averted multiple collisions. Took the car to dealer 6/5/2012 and told them what happened. Was told by head tech "it just has to get used to how you drive". I told him there were three different people driving this Focus. He said we can't, because that would just end up totally "confusing" the computer. As the car is too dangerous to drive, it is still at the dealer. Miles on vehicle are under 800.
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I bought a 2005 Ford Focus zx3 at the end of 2004. At 42,000 miles the clutch went out without any warning. I have driven manual cars since first getting my license over 20 years ago, so I know how to drive a manual transmission. I looked up info on the internet and found that Ford knows of the problem (TSB# 05256 NHTSA id# 10018945 dated Jan. 1, 2005). Now that the clutch (which Ford knew about ) went bad, Ford says it is not a warranty part and they will not replace, leaving me to pay for it out of my pocket. I don't think customers should pay for Ford's bad parts.
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The contacts son owns a 2001 Ford Focus. While driving 55 mph, the contacts son noticed smoke rising from under the hood, followed by flames. Approximately one minute later, there was an explosion. The fire investigator stated that the fire may have been caused by the transmission. The fire destroyed the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 70,000. Updated 09/12/07.
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After stopping at a stop light I was shifting through the gears on my manual transmission and when I went to shift in to 2nd gear, I missed 2nd and accidentally went into 4th but realized it before letting off the clutch, it then got stuck and would not move from that gear. I could not get anywhere to get it fixed so I was forced to sit on the side of a major road in 20 degree weather for more than 45 minutes.
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Purchased this car in 11-05 with 32600 miles on it from creditable dealer. 6 days after purchase, car was towed back to dealer who had to have car taken to Ford dealer to have entire transmission and clutch replaced. Dealer tried to lay the blame on the driver as "abuse" - in 6 days!!!! 2 days ago, the check engine light has come on, but has since gone out. Had I known what I know now about this Ford 2003 svt, I would have never purchased it. I am afraid it is turning out to be a complete and total failure and lemon (even though still covered under factory warranty) and I will fight tooth and nail to have Ford pay for repairs.
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Once on a 3 lane expressway (7/29/05) and once on a busy street (8/4/2005), the stick shift disconnected itself from the transmission leaving me in neutral the first time and 1st gear the second time. The 2005 (245 miles on it) Ford Focus left me in a situation where I was a sitting duck and almost got rear ended the first time and yelled at the second time. The dealer (frontier Ford, santa clara, CA) reconnected the linkage the first time it was towed in. It failed again on 8/4 and was towed in again. Now the car has been sitting at the dealership since 8/4/2005 awaiting parts. The dealer said my manual transmission car was not the only one to exhibit this failure. This is obviously a safety hazard and Ford is doing nothing to fix it but tell me that the cable assembly is on order.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 25 mph it became very difficult to shift gears. The dealer advised the contact that the clutch needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileage was 4000.
2005 Ford Focus. The consumers vehicle has been in the shop for over a month. The first indication was that it would not shift right and the transmission locked up. The consumer had to drive it to the dealership in 3rd gear. The part was on back-order, and there were so many on order that there was no known date when the part would become available.
Manual transmission reverse and first gear failed, causing car to over rev engine. Car was taken to dealer where I was told a pin claimed lose in the clutch. During towing of vehicle, tow truck driver noticed that there was a large amount of rust on the undercarriage of the car. This problem is not yet resolved.
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I had my car in the shop five times for transmission problems. The fourth time they replaced the transmission. When I got it home the fluid was all over the place. So I took it back the mechanic, and now I have to wait for another transmission.
My transmission in my 2001 Ford Focus blew up before that I went and checked my fluid in it and there was nothing in it its a 5 speed and I never tampered with it so I put fluid in it that Ford recommended after telling me its not Fords fault there was no fluid in my car and after I put the fluid in it it blew up no gears nothin just grinding.
Started to notice that the transimission would clatter at any speed. Clatter became pronounced and took the car in and it had a bad bearing. This problem seems to be a common one. While the car has 60k on it all the miles are highway as I drive it 100 miles round trip per day.
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See all problems of the 2000 Ford Focus.
Manual transmission is loud and coarse. Gear clatter prominant at all speeds. Occasionally difficult to shift into gear.
Manual transmission has difficulty shifting into reverse, gets stuck in shift and grinds gear, sometimes won't go into reverse, takes some play of the clutch to get the shifter into reverse.
The reverse gear takes effort to put it into its component.
At 45mph while going up hill brakes and clutch went to floor, causing driver to lose control. Dealer has inspected vehicle. Please provide additional information.
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and without warning the vehicle will accelerate and it will be hard for the consumer to get control of the vehicle. Dealer notified. Mr.
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|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Transmission Shudder problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||