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Ford Fiesta repairs by problem area

Engine (19%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (24%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (23%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

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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.

2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

17700 mi The transmission hesitates on acceleration. Feels like you are loosing power. Ford rest and updated the software, but the problem has returned! 
26000 mi Trarns hesitates and shudders on starting away from a.stop. The trans seems to have a design problem. It is now subject to a recall. They reprogrammed the computer to try to correct the issue 
33000 mi program problem, recalled. 
25420 mi clutch was worn out, needed to be replaced under warranty 
25000 mi Software update to address rough shifting. 
31000 mi Clutch replacement to address major shuddering problems with transmission. 
36000 mi Transmission had recurrence of shuddering problem. Clutches replaced again (second time last three months). 

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 197hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

10000 mi Replace clutch master cylinder 
15000 mi Squeaking clutch pedal, can't be fixed 
17000 mi Squeaking clutch pedal never fixed. 
30000 mi Gear syncros were bad, ford recommended replacing entire transmission. 
9700 mi CV joint was damaged, axle was replaced. 
12000 mi very slight knocking sound diagnosed as flywheel issue 
22000 mi Left front axle seal failed. I noticed it while changing the oil the previous week. 
57000 mi oil leak from transaxle. replaced a seal. 

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 123hp 1.0L I3 5-speed manual FWD

15000 mi Passenger side axle seal leak 

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

35000 mi Diagnostic testing. Actual repair scheduled for October 2014. 
78000 mi Reprogrammed transmission shift points 
102500 mi

US $100
Replaced clutch pack. 
13420 mi Transmission operation was jerky on slow acceleration. TCU was reflash. 
57000 mi Failed TCM 
10000 mi Update TCM Firmware In accordance with TSB 
8000 mi A leaking transmission seal caused the clutch plates to become contaminated 

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40000 mi Manual stick shift. Pops out of gear in reverse and first gear. Popping noise in rear of car. Sounds like a spring stretching and going back. 
42000 mi Recall on transmission, rebuilt parts of transmission. 
43000 mi Intermittent problem and cannot find the problem 
44000 mi Intermittent problem and cannot find the problem 
45000 mi Intermittent problem and cannot find the problem 
51000 mi Had to replace the entire transmission. 
12000 mi Very loud grinding noise at any speed above 30, typical of a failing wheel bearing. Replaced driver's-side wheel bearing... Noise still present. Replaced entire driver's side half-shaft, which fixed the problem 

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2013 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

4000 mi grinding sound when accelerating 
30000 mi A seal had broken in the transmission causing fluids to mix. This was causing shuddering when starting off from a light and jolting acceleration. 
50000 mi The 2013 Fiesta is prone to a shuddering and power loss problem that Ford has yet to recall. I was having this problem, the dealer reprogrammed the ecu. The TSB has already been applied earlier and nothing has helped for long. 
57000 mi worn bearing in a transmission had to be replaced. Also shuddering at low speeds still occurs, Ford still unwilling to do anything about it. 

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2013 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

8060 mi replaced bearing in front end under warranty 

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2013 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 123hp 1.0L I3 5-speed manual FWD

27000 mi Sometimes difficult to get into reverse and sometimes pops out of gear. Gearbox was removed and some grease/gunk cleaned. No fault could be found. Update: probably just a feature of the gearbox. 

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2013 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

36000 mi Shuddering under acceleration, hesitation, poor acceleration and improper gear selection. Software was updated, issue not resolved. 
43000 mi Shuddering under acceleration, hesitation, poor acceleration and improper gear selection. Clutch replaced. Profuse shaking. Previous clutch replacement made car unusable. Clutch had to be replaced, again as the installed unit was badly deffective. 
57000 mi Transmission shudders on acceleration, makes grinding sounds. As with all previous attempts to mitigate this issue it was not successful. The dealer is offering no further solutions and has refused to replace the transmission. 
50000 mi Clutch pack replaced 
19000 mi Recall and reprogram of transmission computer 

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2012 Ford Fiesta

Engine not specified

10000 mi Grind shifting gears. Harsh engagement into drive and shudder on accel. Slide shifts and more. Dealership rebuilt the transmission on one visit, reset computer on another and the last visit I was told that there is nothing more they can do. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

61000 mi tcm module failed covered under warranty 
43000 mi Recall, dealer updated TCM software to correct grabby dual clutch issues. 
9000 mi The input shaft was bad. The seals and barrings were almost broke causing transmission fluid to leak. Also had to replace clutch disc because of the leakage from transmission. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

12300 mi Air had entered manual clutch system, causing clutch point to travel and, as a result, making gear engagement difficult (often requiring multiple clutch depression attempts). 
33000 mi Engine wouldn't disengage on first clutch depression. Air leak into transmission fluid system was the problem; temporarily fixed by flushing the transmission fluid. Problem traced to defective slave cylinder; replaced. 
37000 mi Was hearing intermittent high-pitched metallic squealing from the front wheels, along with a fainter metallic jangling. Turned out to be a split axle boot, leaking grease and admitting grime. Dealer recommended replacing; covered by warranty 
656 mi

US $1000
Throwout bearing squeal started day after car was purchased. After throwout bearing was replaced, squeal returned next day. Was told to wait until redesigned throwout bearing/slave cylinder assembly was available before replacing again. 
8890 mi

US $2200
Throwout bearing replaced with redesigned part. During repair, unusual wear found on clutch and flywheel. Clutch, pressure plate and flywheel also replaced, but at my cost. 
17773 mi

US $500
When throwout bearing was replaced by dealer, one of the CV axles was damaged, a differential seal was ruptured, and the carrier bearing shield was not reinstalled. Both CV axles, both differential seals, and the shield were replaced. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

32000 mi Reprogram transmission with newer firmware because of shifting issues. 
15500 mi Transmission didn't shift the way it was supposed to, to a point where it wanted to take off in 3rd, dealer replaced clutch and reprogrammed computer.  
15500 mi Transmission problem came back 1 month later, we traded it in for a new model. 
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. 
85000 mi Transmission shudder never resolved. Ford would only replace parts, not the whole thing, so problem kept returning. Warranty about to end, traded car. 
52000 mi TCM upgraded 
62300 mi Reflashed TCM 
52000 mi

US $100
Torn CV boot on left half-axle. Replaced half-axle 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

27700 mi New TCM and transmission rebuild 
37200 mi leaking front seal 
37800 mi clutch was slipping, computer was set to learn mode, will assess how it runs now and report back to dealership if issue re occurs 
31700 mi Experienced vibration when turning right. Right side axle shaft replaced under warranty. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

29760 mi Replacement of dual clutch 
39060 mi Transmission shudder again 
39680 mi car shudders intermittently after highway run and when stuck in heavy traffic 
44640 mi car stumbles at lower speeds after highway run 
1000 mi Full transmission replacement after experiencing rough acceleration, rough shifting, grumbling noises, diminished power to engine. 
70000 mi Transmission was loud, jerky, stumbling. 
39000 mi Rough shifting; reprogrammed but needs clutch for auto trans 
39000 mi replaced clutch on auto-manual trans 
40000 mi Replace module & reprogram. 
40300 mi Same trouble with the clutch pack and program. 
40700 mi Replaced the clutch pack. 
36000 mi Replaced transmission clutch and seal as per customer satisfaction alert 
24000 mi Transmission still acts up 
13000 mi Flywheel failed. I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic when the engine light and the "limp home" light came on. The Fiesta did make it the additional 50 miles to the dealer. Still hesitates, bursts, tach jumps around, stutters, etc. After the flywheel repair, the car made grinding noises in reverse. It also would shift through all four gears before I got to 30 mph. Returned to the dealer and left the vehicle for several additional days. They said it was a computer prob. 
24000 mi Car hesitates and lacks power. 
138000 mi

US $265
Transmission would flip flop between 1st and 2nd in stop and go traffic. ECM and TCM were reprogrammed and problem was solved. 
347000 mi

US $600
Removed powershift transmission and replaced dual clutch pack. It took a month to get the part from Ford. 
362700 mi Front end vibration between 55 and 75 mph, only when accelerating. Replaced left half shaft/CV joint. Rides beautifully once again. 
554000 mi

US $600
Clutch lost friction, replaced entire transmission with a used one because it was cheaper and easier to get at the time than just a clutch. The last clutch I ordered took a month to get from Ford. 
605000 mi

US $200
The last throw out bearing I put in has had a steady whine to it but after 60,000 miles it hasn't changed pitch so we'll wait and see. 
740000 mi

US $170
Carrier bearing on right side driveshaft (original) was developing a slight vibration above 50mph. Replaced driveshaft and vibration dissappeared 
26700 mi trans shifted funny 
25000 mi The clutch pack was leaking so I had it replaced - it was covered under warranty. Was told that this was a common problem with the Fiesta. 
10700 mi Reflashed transmission, noises remain. 
11700 mi The automatic trans. had new grinding and clattering noises. Dealer thought needed repair, but Ford central said (without hearing noises) that "those noises are normal."Weren't there first 10,000, so at my insistence, they authorized repair. 
15000 mi Finally, after much insistence on my part to Ford-- with backup from the dealer that abnormal noises could be heard, the automatic clutch module (of the auto transmission) was replaced and the transmission functioned well without noise. 
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 Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

47300 mi Oil leak 
81000 mi

US $500
Leaks in both output shafts where they leave the transaxle. 
37000 mi Transmission fluid leak. 
126000 mi

US $780
Slave cylinder failed. Replaced clutch because it was very inexpensive to buy and both could be replaced at the same time. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

4700 mi The automated-manual transmission continues to behave erratically. Ford, again, said it works as designed. They did nothing to help me. 
64000 mi Adjustment to rid transmission of shuddering 
4000 mi

£550
THE WHOLE CLUTCH ASSEMBLY WAS REPLACED. BUT IT STILL HAS A GEARBOX ISSUE 
31000 mi Not shifting properly. Jerky acceleration. Would not engage reverse. Service light illuminated. Dealer attempted reprogram of transmission control module. Control module required replacement. 
59000 mi Fiesta was subject to a recall for bucking and hesitation in the transmission. Software was reprogrammed to see if that resolved the problem. Since then I've noticed a significant improvement. 
48000 mi

US $279
Dual automatic clutch repair 
50300 mi Car fell into neutral. Couldn't shift. Then stuck in park until it cooled. Three separate trips to dealer. Nearly 30 days in the shop. All covered by warranty. I was provided a rental. 
12000 mi Tranmission leaked fluid, resulting in poor performance. The shop had to try 3 times to correct the leak. 
2170 mi Recall transmission work 
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 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 
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. 
39000 mi

US $150
Not shifting correctly 
29000 mi Not exactly sure, but heard the problem was a common one among the '11 Fiestas. 
1000 mi bad,hard shifting 
14000 mi The car had issues with changing gears 
15920 mi update to transmission controller 
42000 mi Transmission seals on input shaft to dual clutch failed. New seals along with new clutches were ordered from Ford. They are currently on back-order, and we are awaiting for them to arrive before car can be repaired. Car is still drivable. 
46000 mi Ford sent out the back ordered 3rd generation clutch-pack needed to repair my leaking input/output shaft leak. 
59000 mi Output shaft #1 and corresponding gearset were replaced. metallic noises from transmission were getting louder and metal was found in gear oil. With the earlier clutchpack replaced, about $4000 in repairs have been covered under warranty. 
57040 mi 2nd gear occasional chatter / shudder. Unresolved. 
45000 mi I thought I heard a small rattling noise from the engine/trans when driving around real slow at 1,500 rpm. Dealer did an inspection, found nothing. 
15000 mi Grinding and jerking when changing gears especially from 1-2, 2-3 
15000 mi Repeat attempt to fix the grinding/jerking whilst changing gear. Mechanic claims that's normal for this model. Nothing replaced. 
33645 mi

US $815
BE8Z-6C315-A NEW FORD SENSOR - CRANKSHAFT POSITION - $11.64 BE8Z-6379-AB NEW FORD BOLT - HEX.HEAD $5.64 BE8Z-6375-C NEW FORD PLATE ASY - CONVERTER DRIVE $69.54 XT-11-QDC NEW FORD FLUID - TRANSMISSION $71.22 W520102-S442 NEW FORD NUT -  FLUID WAS LEAKING FROM BELLHOUSING, FOUND TSB 12.4.6 APPLIES, REPLACE CLUTCH ASSEMBLY AND SEALS PER TSB, REINSTALLED TRANSMISSION, REPROGRAMMED AND RELEARNED TRANSMISSION, REPLACED FLYWHEEL AND CKP SENSOR DUE TO DAMAGE 
34845 mi Car is not accelerating appropriately. I press on the gas and the car doesn't move 
40000 mi Car still not accelerating and stopping properly. Cannot drive vehicle on highway safely. Dealer (DaveSinclairLincoln south Lindbergh st Louis mo) says here is nothing wrong with the vehicle. 
54000 mi Transmission shudder and rear main seal seeping oil. Ford Field Service Action No. 14M01 is a warranty extension for this exact issue. Local dealer replaced the clutch, seals and fluid. $1989 parts and labor, all covered by warranty. 
8000 mi

US $3500
Problems with powershift auto transmission. Clutch system had to be replaced completly, but the problem is still there. 
27000 mi Leakage of engine oil into transmission. Clutches had to be replaced but there were no parts available. Got the clutches replaced but the car just isn't the same. 
28500 mi The transmission was doing a strange sound. Dealer stated they needed 5 days to repair it. 
35000 mi The car jerked when shifting gears. The gears it shifted to wheren't always the correct ones. Car's performance suffered because of this. 
64000 mi Transmission control unit, car stopped running, transmision locked in park 
38000 mi Transmission rebuilt (clutches and associated wearable parts). Transmission connections (spline/bearings) to front-wheel drive system replaced. Front, driver CV joint replaced. 
9300 mi still having an issue with a hesitant first gear 
10540 mi the work order was left open waiting for an expected transmission recall 
36000 mi Poor shifting. Replace seal & clutch pack, reflash TCM & PCM 
25000 mi Would only rev after second gear and wouldn't go into reverse, had towed to dealership, replaced transmission control module (TCM), solved problem - car also shifts much smoother now. Fixed under warranty. 
59300 mi Car wouldn't accelerate after taking an off ramp. After putting car in park and turning off it wouldn't restart or let the gear-shifter out of park. Dealer diagnosed it as a faulty shift module and replaced it free of charge. 
49000 mi Would occasionally get engine malfunction light. Dealer found TSB for this issue. 
89300 mi

US $1000
Loud grinding noise from transmission. Dealer state broken washer allowing gears to rub together, replaced output shaft assembly. An accident might have caused this, as car was hit at rf wheel nine months earlier. 
94000 mi Replaced clutch pack under warranty. I believe it was related to earlier transmission repair as symptoms (vibration at idle) occurred immediately after repair.  
1000 mi Evaluated by dealer in Sept and again in Oct for harshness in Transmission, inconclusive. 
55800 mi Eratic shifting. No reverse. Replaced computer modual and clutch assembly. Had to return to have clutch realigned. Was supplied with a u drive at no charge. Warranty extended. 
16000 mi At slow speeds car has STARTED to act like it doesn't know what gear it should be in (6 speed Auto). Dealer reset transmission computer, when this did not solve problem replacement clutches ordered. 
17000 mi Jerky acceleration at slow speeds. Replaced dual clutch in 6sp auto and reset transmission computer. Covered under Ford's extension to warranty. Behaves correctly after work. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

40200 mi Warranty repair of leaking transmission end cap seal. Axle seals found to be damp from fluid, replaced at same time under warranty. 
16000 mi Broken left front halfshaft 
18700 mi Throwout bearing was making chirping noise. Dealer inspected and determine slave cylinder was defective. 
24000 mi Transmission making a mild gear whine noise at certain loads and RPMs. Dealer inspected and concluded noise was normal to design and operation. (I only had it inspected due to previous transmission repair.) 
30000 mi Throwout bearing was squealing on cold start with clutch pressed in. 
115000 mi

US $1000
Broken shifter cable and damaged shift linkages. Dealership's ineptitude made trip as long as it was. 
46000 mi Manual Transmission Shifter was sticking. 
35340 mi Clutch assembly needed to be replaced, uneven, intermittient shifting (auto) for a few months. (diagnostics 1 day, repair 1 day) 
8000 mi I noticed an oil leak on my garage floor and took it in, apparently, there was a torn CV joint boot. 

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