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2012 Ford Focus repairs by problem area

Chart based on 380 repairs.

2012 Ford Focus repair cost distribution

Chart based on 13 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 Focus 4dr Sedan

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

Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2014
Sep 2011

12000 mi
Loose trim on bumper was re attached 
Apr 2012

22000 mi
The steering needs constant correction at highway speeds, there is a tsb for this and it requires replacement of the steering gear. The revised part carries the same part number as the old part but has a different finish on the steering gear. The front strut bearings are defective, causing grinding noises during low speed turns, had to be replaced according to tsb The keyless entry isn't reliably unlocking and locking the doors, according to the tsb, a reflash of the body computer to a new software was required. The vehicle's oil life monitor wasn't working properly. It never alerted me to change the oil in 21k miles of driving. Had to be reset and a reflash of the oil life system software. 
Ford Focus in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2013
Jun 2011

1000 mi
MFT locked up. Pulled 7.5 amp FUSE to MFT per SYNC tech support line. Dealer replaced MFT Screen & reprogrammed. 
Aug 2011

4300 mi
MFT issuses.... updated to latest software, still locking up. Radio loud when reentering the car, GPS not responding, blank display. 
Feb 2012

15000 mi
Headliner came loose. Replaced driver side door hinge and handle for keyless entry not working all the time. 
Dec 2012

30000 mi
leak replaced ALL clutches Replace HEADLINER 
Jul 2013

40000 mi
MyFordTouch control module 
Sep 2013

44000 mi
The last software update resolved all MyFord Touch issues. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

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

Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2014
Nov 2011

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. Piece of weatherstripping came lose on passenger side rear door and was getting stuck in door, making it difficult to close the door. Parts ordered. Dealer applied anti-rattle tape to the back of the front passenger door panel to silence what was becoming a persistent rattle in the vicinity of the map pocket. 
May 2012

7500 mi
Replaced beltline molding that was coming loose. 
Aug 2012

11000 mi
Steering gear was replaced pursuant to TSB to correct steering wander at highway speeds. 
Ford Focus in Washington, United States
Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
Nov 2011

3000 mi
Car would exhibit RPM flare at low speeds. Dealer reprogrammed ECU with latest TSB.  MSFT sync system is very buggy, latest TSB applied to sync system. 
Jan 2013

21000 mi
Replace clutch pack assembly, seals, other transmission parts per TSB 11-12-13 due to bad seal leaking oil and causing slippage. 
Jul 2013

26000 mi
Transmission grinding between gears. Reproduced concern on test drive with tech, but Ford will not replace transmission again. 
Ford Focus in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2011 - May 2014
Oct 2011

9000 mi
Steering gear replaced pursuant to TSB. Since brand new at highway speeds, there is minor steering wander that required small corrections. TSB addressed this issue. 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 Front passenger door speaker booms and vibrates much more than any of the other speakers. I have the Sony system. Mechanic stated speaker was installed correctly and did not fix. 
Dec 2011

12000 mi
I finally got them to replace my speaker. 
Jan 2012

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. 
May 2012

19500 mi
PCM, Trans control, and ABS updated to latest program pursuant to a customer satisfaction campaign. 
Aug 2012

23000 mi
Body Control Module reflashed to fix intermittent keyless entry problem. REMOVED BOTH FRONT STRUT ASY'S REPLACED BOTH FRONT SPRINGS AND BEARING PLATES, REINSTALLED SPRING ASY'S, PERFORMED ALIGNMENT. ROAD TESTED HEARD NOISE IN FRONT END, INSTALLED CHASSIS EARS FOUND R/F WHEEL BEARING AND R/F AXLE SUPPORT BEARING NOISEY, REPLACED R/F WHEEL BEARING AND AXLE ASY 
Sep 2012

24000 mi
REMOVED TRANS, FOUND INPUT SHAFT BEARING IN CASE BAD, REPLACED BEARING, SEAL AND ALL SNAP RINGS, REASSEM TRANS, REASSEM TRANS, RESET CLUTCH, INSTALLED CLUTCH ASY, REINSTALLING TRANS UNABLE TO SHIFT REV TO 1ST, REMOVED CLUTCH AND FOUND NOT RELEASING, REPLA 
Dec 2013

49000 mi
Transmission was leaking at bell housing. Seals replaced and new software flashed. 
May 2014

53000 mi
Another attempt to repair the transmission. 
Ford Focus in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2011 - Feb 2013
Aug 2011

4960 mi
Ford MyTouch system freezing up and rebooting 
Jun 2012

17980 mi
Firmware update for jerky automatics transmission Low washer fluid warning light would not activate. Speakers on front driver-side door and rear passenger-side door buzz when outputting low frequency sounds. This occurs even when bass is set below zero. 
Oct 2012

21040 mi
Rear cargo cover lift strap replaced 
Feb 2013

24180 mi
Front-end squeak when going over bumps at low speeds. Front struts had dry/rubbing jounce bumpers. Removed front struts and removed springs from struts. Lubricated strut shaft and jounce bumper and reinstalled. 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2015
May 2011

1000 mi
Auto parking buttons were not connected when arrived from factory. 
Mar 2012

18000 mi
Rough shifts. TCM/PCM update 
Jan 2013

37000 mi
Rough shifting Passanger door handle sicks open, preventing closure. Parts inspected/replaced, lubricated. 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2012
Aug 2011

11000 mi
Vehicle exhibited engine flare on decel. TSB resolved issue 
Ford Focus in Michigan, United States
Apr 2011 - Oct 2013
Apr 2011 Car said hood was open intermittently while driving even though hood was closed. Alarm also went off at night. Dealer replaced hood latch and hood latch sensor. 
Jun 2011

3000 mi
Body panels were misaligned. Door would stick and it looked terrible. Service manager had to drive car back to assembly plant for fix. 
Jul 2011

4000 mi
Update of MFT/Snyc due to the fact that the previous version was not stable 
Sep 2011

8000 mi
Reflash of MyFord Touch. Still terrible 
Nov 2011

12000 mi
Myford touch still buggy 
Mar 2012

16000 mi
Self install of MyFordTouch update. Done via USB stick, and took about 50 minutes. 
Aug 2012

24500 mi
Replaced clutches 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Focus in Missouri, United States
Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
Aug 2011

6300 mi
gas gauge does not read properly reads full for over 150 miles same as before Dealer didnt fix it, still broken 

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2012 Ford Focus Repair Histories

286 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2012 Ford Focus. 128 of these members (44.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 380 repairs to 2012 Ford Focuses--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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