Had a 2012 Focus and experienced the same transmission issues others have described- jerky, hesitation, lunging- which Ford apparently still has not fixed. Finally the transmission 'died' completely and car wouldn't go at all. When 'fixed", I got rid if it right away- not worth the trouble. I'll never buy another Ford, who should be prosecuted for selling this piece of junk and not recalling them.
Decent power, but Ford needs to put a 6 speed manual in it! 3000 RPM cruising at 115 km/h is absolutely absurd. The MTX-75 needs to be retired. Fun facts about the S: No low washer fluid indicator, and you cannot turn the traction control off on the S, short of pulling the fuses for it under the hood. Phenomenal on gas, however. Even with winter tires, it's not great in the snow, partially due to the low ground clearance. Tuxedo black metallic paint is gorgeous when clean! The build quality is good, save for the stupid mud flaps; I've lost both front ones because the clips don't hold, and the rear ones are barely hanging on. Only been in the shop once for a wheel bearing when new (warranty)
Fun to drive, quick, great on gas. Decent stereo. Air Conditioning works well.
Traction control switch
Low washer fluid light (hell, my 15 year old Grand Am had it)
Adjust gear ratios or put a 6spd manual in
I am also a bit aggravated by the very negative comments here about Focus reliability and thought I'd chime in.
I have driven my Focus S 5 speed manual for almost 3 years and more than 70K miles.
After dealing early on with two glitchy things (a bad window motor and a bad engine sensor) that were fixed under warranty the car has been absolutely bulletproof.
The 2012 was the first year of the new Focus and I put down the two early fixes as teething problems.
Again, zero troubles since.
The car is truly a joy to drive on twisty roads.
If you buy one keep it simple. Get it with the 5-speed stick and without the Synch bells and whistles.
You will find you have a poor-man's BMW.
Handling (steering, suspension), Transmission (5spMan), Engine (sweet spot between 3500-4500 RPM) , Seats, Exterior styling, Interior Styling.
Reasonably fuel efficient, I get between 32 and 36 mpg depending on season and how hard/fast I drive.
Back seat is very cramped.
Trunk opening on sedan is too small.
First off I opted for the Manual transmission and am not dissapointed one bit with its performance.
Most of the complaints on this car are about the about the auto transmissions and the MY Ford Touch system.
Eliminate these options on your future Focus and you are in the clear in my opinion.
43,000 miles and have only had to replace the rear deck lid because they used some cheap foam in the cut outs near the rear window.
Easy and free fix in the original warranty.
32MPG average in a good mix of city and highway driving.
The S and SE have the manuals but why on EARTH they didnt include it in the other models is beyond me. A huge mistake Ford should correct.
Manual trans option in all models
My Ford Touch needs removed from all models
and replaced with something different.
Better rear deck lid materials.
A quality manual transsmission drivers side floor matt.
The stock one will get a hole in the clutch foot side quickly.
Opt for the all weather matts.