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#169 of 833 Ranting about my Focus experience...
Jun 17, 2009 (10:44 am)
I bought a 2005 Ford Focus hatchback in May 2008 to replace my gas guzzler of an SUV. I loved the car, it had power, pep and looked great. However, I ended up disliking the lack of power options (no AC in the summer was a bummer). So I went to Bay Ford in Port Orchard, Washington and traded it in for a 2007 Ford Focus SE sedan.
Almost right out the door, my trunk refused to latch shut, so I had to give it up for a few days so they could replace the latch. After that, it was smooth sailing until winter, when my power steering pump burned out. I've driven without steering before, so I learned to live without it so I wouldn't have to pay for a new pump.
Then my transmission started messing up. Thankfully it was still under warranty so I took it in and they replaced some stuff dealing with the overdrive (which was the main problem), at no cost to me. This was at about 53,000 miles.
Less than a month later, my overdrive light on my cluster came on and my overdrive shut off. I went back to the dealership and had them take a look at it (this time I was at 56,000 miles). They told me nothing was wrong, and sent me on my way.
Two months later and with an expired warranty, my transmission started slipping. Within a week, my car was struggling to get uphill. I made an appointment with the manager at the dealership to discuss my problem.
I told the manager that this issue was so severe that my transmission was most likely failing when they first looked at it, and how they missed it was beyond me when they had my transmission lying in pieces in their shop. He told me essentially there was nothing he could do since I *poorly* maintained my car (mind you, it was beyond my control). Words were exchanged and now my car is sitting in the shop, and thousands of dollars are about to go out the door.
Has anyone had this kind of experience with their transmission failing?
#170 of 833 2003 ford focus transmission
Jun 30, 2009 (1:13 pm)
92 k+, when car is cold tranni shifts fine. after 20mi. or so it starts jerking from 1st to 2nd gear and overdrive will not engage, trans. overheat light comes on, but if you re-start car light stays off, as a result of no o/d engine light comes on, had it checked it it shows P0761 shift solenoid "c" performance or stuck off, have you had this problem? ford does not know which of the solenoids is PO761, please help i'm on a tight budget, if you know the answer please contact me direct carvaz4611, i know i'm not supposed to but i'm at the y. thanks
#171 of 833 Re: 2004 Ford Focus Z3 Transmission From HELL [buffee]
Jul 02, 2009 (4:32 pm)
Just an update on my transmission from HELL. Well I just wrote a check for 2800$ for the new tranny.....& to add insult to injury. The service manager at Homer Heller Ford...just called to tell me laughing" oh BTW you did have an extended warranty that expired last month" after I had called them 20 times since May & have a contract that clearly shows I did NOT purchase an extended warranty....and on top of it, 2 of Ford's people called me last month..wanting to SELL me another warranty for 1,000...even though evidently I had one. I am furious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#172 of 833 over reving between 1st and 2nd gear
Jul 04, 2009 (2:14 pm)
i been having this problem since i bought the car. i had it tranny rebuilt and it was working for one day. because at first it didn't have first gear at all and that was fixed. i was hoping some can help me this problem.
#173 of 833 Re: over reving between 1st and 2nd gear [brian104]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:11 am)
Take it in and have a free computer scan done to it.
Call around to major auto parts stores and find who offers this service free-of-charge.
#174 of 833 Re: 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions [aokrongly]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:49 am)
A HUGE thank you to posting #76 aokrongly ( 2002 Ford Focus Transmission Repair Instructions by aokrongly) . I had the exact trouble as listed and my car service wanted me to have a rebuilt transmission for 1700. I googled this problem and came upon your blog. I went to auto zone and had them put on that machine to confirm the code my service station told me, it was. That is free and mine in Dunedin FL was very nice!! While there I bought silicone gasket seal for 5.00. I called my dealer parts dept first and he had no idea what part it was if I said solenoid A or 1, but if it was what he was thinking then he was out but another local dealer had it. I went there,skipped the description and gave the exact number part aokrongly provided. and paid 49.21 with tax. Then I paid my sons friend, who is very car techy 50.00 for the one hr and 15 mins it took to change the solenoid using the exact directions provided !! What a blessing!!!
My car works fine!! And it cost me 100.00 dollars not thousands!
Thank you soo much!
#175 of 833 transmission (!@#$%^&)
Jul 07, 2009 (7:51 am)
Hi all you focus owners. I really like this car,its my 3rd ford product ,Escort no problems 110000 miles. Okay tranny goes out of drive gear on highway (auto) light goes on used 2nd gear to drive home. Car has been parked ,when I start it up the light is still on, it drives in D but cuts out like its in N. #2 gear works. I always had a problem with the tranny loading up from 2nd to D at about 35 mph not all the time. (dealer told me it was the ignition wires and put knew ones on,solved the problem) The car has 70000 miles,why would the gears work and then not work,the fluid is full .Does anyone have the same problem or know whats up.thanks
#176 of 833 Re: transmission (!@#$%^&) [teejay3]
Jul 07, 2009 (8:03 am)
Honest to God, I think this is happening to most focus owners. My 2004 ONLY had 26,000 on it last month, the SAME thing happened, but it cost me 2,600 , because I had to replace the transmission. Ford dealers want to cut corners. My own mechanic told me when my car hit 19.,000 miles, that normally(at least at their shop) These cars had transmission issues beginning at 30,000 miles.
To add insult to injury, even though I spoke to my dealer at least a dozen times....they NEVER told me I had an extended warranty until the DAY after it ended, the end of last month. I have NO paperwork that shows I had bought an extended warranty..not even the original contract. They just didn't want to pay for the repair...I was also told there are NO issues with Focus transmissions, I told them they need to go ON LINE and view the Focus chat rooms..it might enlighten them. If you do not have ANY warranty with ford, I highly recommend you taking it elsewhere, that way you know you won't be screwed.
#177 of 833 2006 Ford Focus Owner
Jul 18, 2009 (7:18 pm)
I've read through all the posts and sadly I have the same transmission issue. 64K mileage. I pulled the code and got P0772. I have no Reverse, 3rd or 4th gear. I'm going to try #76 however, I'm nervous #76 fix will not address the reverse gear issue. Plus, my code is a little different. P0772 is a Solenoid E stuck on. Does this mean that I should purchase Solenoid E in addition to Solenoid A? Or, should I just purchase Solenoid A? I've already purchased the Mercon V ATF and the filter kit from Advance Auto. I have to wait until Ford opens on Monday to get the solenoid(s). I haven't dropped the pan yet so I don't know the condition of the solenoids or the wiring harness. I'm considering dropping the pan tomorrow to drain the TF and replace the filter. This way, I can inspect all the solenoids to see what I'm up against.
Any advise on the reverse gear?
#178 of 833 Where is the "E" solenoid?
Jul 18, 2009 (11:09 pm)
This is a bit newer than most of teh models we see here, but you are heading in the right direction.
If the computer is telling you solenoid "E", then only replace "E".
As far as inspecting the solenoids.... I don't know what you would be looking for or at but it shouldn't hurt anything. Just make sure the wires are on.
I cannot remember as to how the solenoids are labeled, but I will do a search here if I can stay awake. The "A" has the white wire, thats all I know now, not much help I guess.