Ford Focus Gearbox & Transmission Problems
Ford Focus 2014: Shuddering in the transmission
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.
Ford Focus 2009: Locked in park, now won't start
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.
Ford Focus 2015: How reliable is it compared to competitors?
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.
Is the Ford Focus front wheel drive or all wheel drive?
Ford Focus 2012: Does the manual gearbox have problems?
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.
Does the Ford Powershift issue affect the diesel-powered Focus?
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.
Is a 2012 Ford Focus affected by the Powershift dual-clutch transmission problems?
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.
Does the PowerShift transmission problem apply to all petrol/diesel Ford Focus models?
Will the transmission problems of the Ford Focus affect its value?
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.