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2012 Ford Focus repairs by problem area

Engine (9%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (34%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (16%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 401 repairs.
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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

8060 mi Had the PCM updated to the latest to address stuttering during shifting. Turns out Ford had released a TSB for it and Motortrend magazine and the New York Times had released articles on how this TSB updates was overdue and made a huge diff. 
5000 mi Heat shielding beneath transmission tunnel began rattling, with noise coming through transmission tunnel into passenger compartment. Dealer secured shield material with sheet-metal screws. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed automated manual FWD

7500 mi Dealer determined car had defective gas tank purge valves, and replaced them on previous trip. Also determined that the fuel pump had been damaged and needed replacement. Part was on order, and required a separate visit to complete repair. 
8/30 returned car to service as problem returned, but worse. Hearing a slight rattling sound in engine when car was bucking and jerking. Almost lost power several times on way back to dealer. 9/2 car still in for service. 220 miles on car. 
9000 mi Transmission control module re-flashed to latest program. This is suppose to correct irregular shifting characteristics at low speeds under 10 mph. This was also pursuant to a TSB 
13000 mi PCM updated to latest program that is suppose to address drive-ability issues with the Dual Clutch transmission. I was experiencing iradic behavior especially in reverse at times I thought the car would stall out. 
3500 mi Dealer performed TSB 11-10-2 to address low-speed transmission shudders, shifting flares into 2nd and the occasional tendency for the transmission to refuse to downshift upon deceleration. 
3000 mi Car would exhibit RPM flare at low speeds. Dealer reprogrammed ECU with latest TSB.  
11000 mi Vehicle exhibited engine flare on decel. TSB resolved issue 
22000 mi I had taken my new-to-me car in for its first oil-change at one of the quick-change type places. They said it had an oil leak from the rear main seal. Dealer confirmed this diagnoses but did not have the seal in-stock. Dealer was going to replace the rear main seal on my car to fix an oil leak. Turns out they didn't have a tool they needed to complete the repair. Dealer replaced rear main seal to fix an oil leak, changed the oil and rotated the tires. 
64000 mi

US $73
Engine was vibrating loudly. Dealer replaced an engine mount. This happened immediately after I had my car in to have the clutch packs replaced. Dealership states they did not cause this problem. I don't believe them. Initially wanted to charge $199. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

5000 mi Car suddenly bucked and there was a significant loss of engine power, could not keep it at highway speed without high revving the engine. Took to dealer, the only thing they could find was that I had the wrong PCM software installed 

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2012 Ford Focus Engine Problems

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