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Ford Fiesta repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (22%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (6%)

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Ford Fiesta transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (25%)

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

4300 mi Dealer found leak in transmission during oil change. Dealer removed transmission and replaced a seal and a few nuts/bolts. 
33000 mi 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 mi Shudder in transmission still occurring. Dealer removed transmission and rebuilt. They replaced a few leaking seals and fixed a gear in the transmission. 
60000 mi Transmission shuttered between 1st and 2nd as well as 2nd to 3rd. This is the third time issue has happened. 
61000 mi Dealer ordered parts to fix shutter in transmission. clutches replaced and transmission rebuilt. 
71000 mi Transmission shuttering and trouble going. From gear to gear. Parts received to fix previous shuttering. Took 2 days to replace clutch and associated parts. In working order now. 
80500 mi Transmission shudders and slips between multiple gears. Also transmission does not lock in occasionally almost producing a stall when pulling out into traffic. Not repaired as want a different resolution than what dealer is offering. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

2000 mi 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. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

2000 mi 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. 
25000 mi Problem with transmission not shifting correctly. Had reported problem multiple times but, was told it was supposed to work that way. Received letter from Ford of extended warranty for known transmission problem. Then they fixed it. 
1000 mi Transmission breakdown. Had to replace but Ford has no replacements -- took weeks to get new transmission. Brand new car! 
12000 mi 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 
9000 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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. 
1000 mi Evaluated by dealer in Sept and again in Oct for harshness in Transmission, inconclusive. 

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Ford Fiesta Transmission Problems

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