In addition to transmission-related grinding, shuddering and halting described by every other reviewer, I have experienced the following problems: At 5,500 miles, the "body control module" failed, resulting in loss of instruments, headlamps, tail lights, turn signals, etc. while driving. The car was, of course, not road worthy, and required 3 days of repairs. At 9,000 miles, the "audio control module" failed, requiring two days of repairs. The vehicle's electrical system is still not quite right. Recently (26,000 mi) a bearing required replacing (2 days of repairs). Finally, the clutch needs replacing (2-3 days estimated repairs). Bottom line: This car is not reliable and should be avoided.
Cosmetically, the car is fine. Positive reviews seem to dwell on "optics" and draw from little actual driving experience. Yes, we all know that it is "stylish" and has a lot of "bells and whistles." The problem is, the bells and whistles don't work (see above).
Not sure where to begin. My Focus has required two (2) control module replacements, one bearing replacement, and one clutch replacement (at 26,000 miles!). I can't imagine what the next 25,000 miles might be like.
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