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#625 of 836 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [bernie59]
Apr 26, 2013 (12:49 pm)
I had the same problem(s) with my 2012 Ford Focus SEL. It started in July 2012 at 300 miles and continued until FMC bought it back in December 2012! The story of it senses how you drive is implausible. What if my wife drives it? My son? They tried "reprogramming." (Twice) They rebuilt the transmission (twice). The installed a new transmission (only once). All to no avail.
I filed a complaint with the BBB. FMC was very responsive and made me whole.
Believe it or not, I miss my Focus SEL. It had everything in it. All but a good transmission. I hope they get it resolved so I can buy another one.
#626 of 836 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [jlutzel]
Apr 26, 2013 (2:05 pm)
I just took a video of my 2012 Focus SE with 6 speed manu-matic being stuck in one gear and not accelerating. I put the pedel to the floor and it held at 2500 rpm and would not shift...it felt like I was driving a golf cart with a regulator.
I then put the shifter in S mode, which made no difference AND the S on the dash was not backlite (showing which gear you are in). Going back and forth between D and S made no difference, or going to Park and back to D or S. Once I shut off the car and restarted it, the problem went away.....for now.
If/when this happens again and does not fix itself, I would need to get towed. Luckily I was just pulling out of a parking lot and was able to go back in to it, as I was initially in traffic, stuck going about 10-15 mph....it was not a great feeling and hard to understand what was going on at first.
Also, my Change Engine Oil message comes up every time I start the car, and I changed the oil about a month ago.....do I need to push a sequence of buttons to let my car know the engine oil was changed? This happened after I brought it in for the wiper motor recall, so they probably "updated" the software...possibly causing the transmission glitch at the same time...
I am going to call the dealership tomorrow.
#627 of 836 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [jlutzel]
Apr 26, 2013 (3:58 pm)
New to edmunds, but I found it by looking up the same exact problem as everyone else. This forum came up as one of the top results on Google.
I have been having the grinding issues between 1st and 2nd gear since about miles 17,000. I brought it in around mile 18,000 and they said it was just normal transmission sounds and gave me some piece of paper that said it just needs time to break in and stuff about it being normal sounds. But I was at 18,000 miles. I would think everything has already been broken in by now. And it sure didn't sound normal to me...
Now I'm at 23,000 miles and I just took my car in again on Monday because the grinding was getting worse. I told them about the Throwout Bearings and burnt up clutch issues that everyone on this forum was talking about. I haven't gotten any details on what was wrong exactly, but they did say they have to replace the clutch assembly. And unfortunately they are on backorder right now so I'm without my Focus for a few weeks...
And on a side note, I'm also on my 3rd Navigation/touch screen. Had issues with it completely turning off and not coming back on among many other issues. Now on my 3rd unit and the GPS does not work, it runs super slow with it completely freezing half the time, and bluetooth connection issues with my phone so I can't even use the features more than half the time.
I was attracted to the technology and looks of this car. But I'm ready to trade it in after many visits to Ford.
Also, has anyone actually found a long term fix for this problem yet? I have yet to come across a single Focus owner with these problems to find a long term fix.
#628 of 836 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [bernie59]
Apr 26, 2013 (6:20 pm)
Well I feel your pain! I've had my 2012 focus se for about a year now and only have about 7700 miles in it. ... we too were told that it will "learn" the way you drive and get better. Well that was the craziest thing I ever heard. So. . Meanwhile.. my cute little car shakes shutters and jumps upon alteration. .. and its random. . Doesn't always happen. .as my husband says..it's like driving down a wash board road...eventually things are going to start falling off the car. .. that will probably be the fault of the owner I'm sure! We are actually taking it in in Monday. . Seems like my struts are loose or more likely have been shaken so violently that they have come apart. ..so... I'm also bringing up the shudder issue. .just to hear what they say. . And isn't it ironic that no ones car did that during the test drive? ??
Dazed and confused... and all shook up!
#629 of 836 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [starluck3000]
Apr 26, 2013 (6:24 pm)
Hello, Ford, are you listening? Class action suit coming your way!! I'm sure you're ready.
#630 of 836 2012 Ford Focus SEL
Apr 28, 2013 (6:52 pm)
My 2012 Ford Focus has been in the shop for 25 days now. Needs a clutch, but guess what they are on back order. Ford has a big issue on their hands. I have been given a date sometime at the end of July for a clutch to arrive to fix my car, but then I ask will the car even be fixed or will this happen all over again. I have five more days to wait and I am calling the lawyer to proceed with the lemon law. This is ridiculous.
#631 of 836 Re: 2012 Ford Focus SEL [maryjane5]
Apr 29, 2013 (7:47 am)
That does seem a bit extreme! I can't believe it is taking that long to get a part that to me seems like a common one. ... well I'm going in today. .. curious as to what I'll be told. .... I'm expecting the usual. ."it's normal"....good luck!
Still dazed & confused! & all shook up!
Apr 29, 2013 (9:11 am)
2012 Ford Focus Titanium, 33K mikes and the dealer is rebuilding the clutches after the transmission failed to shift.. The system said the transmission needed service immediately...
This is 4 days after the last transmission reprogramming. Can't wait to see what happens next.
#633 of 836 2013 Ford Focus SE stuck between shifts
Apr 30, 2013 (1:17 pm)
Sam problem as some of you have mentioned... No shuddering or bucking, but twice now, when accelerating around 65 / 70 MPH, either between 4 to 5th gear, or 5 to 6th gear, my car had lost all acceleration, like it was looking for a gear.... Engine would rev, but it was as if the clutch wasn't grabbing. First time they did the infamous TSB (re-flash software), and this time we'll see... I'll keep you posted. Definitely contact Ford Customer Service, as they can elevate the investigation and record all failures.
I understand that it's hard to troubleshoot a very intermittent problem, but by now with the amount of failures I've read about, there should be a known remedy... Time to read into the "Lemon Law".....
#634 of 836 2013 Ford Focus SE stuck between shifts part 2
Apr 30, 2013 (1:20 pm)
Wanted to add that going to neutral and back into D did not correct it.... Had to pull over and shut off / restart the car....1st time was around 9,000 miles, and this time was at 16,000. At 4500 rpms, the car would accelerate ever so slightly, like the clutch was barely grabbing... Seems like a failed solenoid to me, let's see what they find or don't find..... Ugghhh.