Ford Focus Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Ford Focus 2014: Shuddering in the transmission

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2019

Ford has a responsibility to fix the problem, and they seem to have tried, but failed on five separate occasions. The next step is to contact Ford directly (13 3673) and lodge a complaint about the problem and your concerns with the dealership. If that doesn’t elicit a satisfactory response contact the ACCC and ask for their advice on further action you could take.

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Ford Focus 2009: Locked in park, now won't start

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Nov 2018

The most likely cause is a faulty neutral/park start switch that prevents the car from starting unless it’s either in Park or Reverse.

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Ford Focus 2015: How reliable is it compared to competitors?

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2018

Ford changed from the LW model to the LZ in 2015. The LW had a dual-clutch automatic, which was very problematic and should be avoided; the later LZ had a regular automatic transmission and has none of the problems that beset the LW. In short the LZ is worth buying, and can be compared to the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla for reliability.


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Is the Ford Focus front wheel drive or all wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2018

All Ford focus models are front wheel drive except for the turbocharged RS performance car, which is an all-wheel-drive.

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Ford Focus 2012: Does the manual gearbox have problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Aug 2018

The auto had serious problems with the Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission, so serious that it’s a car to avoid, but of course those problems don’t affect cars with a manual gearbox. The manual is a good little car that can be bought with confidence.

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Does the Ford Powershift issue affect the diesel-powered Focus?

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Jul 2018

The problem affects 2010-2016 Focus cars with petrol engines, at this time the transmission in your car is not affected. Once you know what is causing your problem you can decide what course of action you will take.

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Is a 2012 Ford Focus affected by the Powershift dual-clutch transmission problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 25 May 2018

Not all cars with the Powershift have been affected, but many have and it’s impossible to say yours won’t be at some time. If the deal with your dad is a good one, and it seems as though it is, then it’s probably worth taking the risk. If you can feel any shuddering when you drive it then it’s likely you could have a problem; if you don’t then you could be in the clear. It’s not really dangerous to drive it, but it is annoying.

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Does the PowerShift transmission problem apply to all petrol/diesel Ford Focus models?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Mar 2018

The PowerShift is Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, and is used on petrol and diesel engines. If you really want to buy a Focus buy a manual.

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Will the transmission problems of the Ford Focus affect its value?

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Mar 2018

You’ll get market value, and on the Focus that will take into account the transmission problems it suffers. I don’t believe you can escape the fact that it has issues.

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Does the PowerShift transmission problem span across all Focus models?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Feb 2018

The PowerShift is Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, and is used on petrol and diesel engines. If you really want to buy a Focus buy a manual.

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