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Ford Fiesta Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

350 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Fiesta. 61 of these members (17.4%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 65 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Ford Fiestas--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Fiesta problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Fiesta problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Fiesta problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Fiesta repairs by problem area

21% of the Ford Fiesta repairs were to the engine, 18% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 11% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 13% to the body and trim, and 7% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 362 repairs.

Ford Fiesta transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Fiesta transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 20% cost less than $100, 40% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, and 20% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 10 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Fiesta Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Fiesta in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2011 0    
4300 0 Dealer found leak in transmission during oil change. Dealer removed transmission and replaced a seal and a few nuts/bolts. 
33000 0 Transmission had a shudder and slipped when going into 2nd gear. Dealer ended up resetting computer in car to fix issue. Car now is relearning shifting points. 
39700 0 Shudder in transmission still occurring. Dealer removed transmission and rebuilt. They replaced a few leaking seals and fixed a gear in the transmission. 
60000 0 Transmission shuttered between 1st and 2nd as well as 2nd to 3rd. This is the third time issue has happened. 
61000 0 Dealer ordered parts to fix shutter in transmission. clutches replaced and transmission rebuilt. 
61000  

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Fiesta in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 1000    
2000 0 Was making a clacking noise at certain speeds. New car was pulled off lot to compare. Dealer said all of the Fiesta's do that. No repairs made. 
44000  

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Fiesta in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 0    
2000 0 Automatic Transmission somtimes does not shift into gear for a long time after accelerator is pressed. VERY DANGEROUS! Sometimes it rapidly alternates trying two different gears but can't or won't pick one. 
21000  
Ford Fiesta in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 0    
1000 0 Transmission breakdown. Had to replace but Ford has no replacements -- took weeks to get new transmission. Brand new car! 
12000 0 Involved Ford customer service in transmission problem. They offloaded problem to dealer. Service Manager said he couldn't hear noise but transmission tech said he could - service manager won. No Repair authorized - transmission still noisy 
34000  
Ford Fiesta in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2010 2000    
9000 0 The car would not go forward, only would move in reverse. The transmission ground wire did not make a good ground. There is a TSB on this item, but the TSB is only after failure. 
57000 0 Automatic Transmission would not engage to drive car forward after driver 30 high speed miles and stopping. Once placed in park it would not come out of park until engine was turned off and waited 15 minutes. Fix: reprogram transmission. 
58000 0 After driving over 35 miles at highway speeds and stopping car would not go forward or reverse, it was as if car was in neutral. Once car was in park you could not take it out of park. Shut car off, wait ten minutes and then car would go. 
Ford Fiesta in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 0    
1000 0 Evaluated by dealer in Sept and again in Oct for harshness in Transmission, inconclusive. 
 

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