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2012 Ford Fiesta repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (39%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 97 repairs.
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2012 Ford Fiesta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (21%)

< $100 (67%)

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Chart based on 76 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Ford Fiesta

Engine not specified

Ford Fiesta in Washington, United States
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

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. 
Ford Fiesta in Philippines
Aug 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012

24800 mi
According to Ford Dealer, it is rack and pinion causing the loud unusual noise coming from under the car. Not yet verified to fix the problem since no parts yet available. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Fiesta in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2012 - Jan 2018
Dec 2013

15000 mi
Faulty wiring harness generated false "repair engine" warning. Ford replaced the harness. 
Jan 2017

12200 mi
Strut mount upper, failed. Fixed under extended warranty. 
Aug 2017

61000 mi
Defective clutch pack repaired under warranty 
Jan 2018

62000 mi

US $1300
rear shock absorber leaking Front engine seal leaking water pump leaking 
Ford Fiesta in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2014 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

61000 mi
tcm module failed covered under warranty 
Ford Fiesta in California, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

95000 mi

US $25
Passanger side outer CV boot was ripped. 
Ford Fiesta in Arkansas, United States
Mar 2012 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

32000 mi
A/C blew only hot air. They had to replace a shaft of some sort. 
Ford Fiesta in Tennessee, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

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. 
Ford Fiesta in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2017
Feb 2015

61000 mi
Cable were smashed. Dealer repaired under warranty 
Dec 2015

78000 mi

US $500
Noise in the breaks. Wheel bearing rotor and pads replaced 
Ford Fiesta in Maryland, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

43000 mi
Recall, dealer updated TCM software to correct grabby dual clutch issues. 
Jun 2016

58000 mi
Dealer disconnected rear windows when replacing door latches as part of the recall. Also broke screw cover plates, and replaces at our request. 
May 2017

68000 mi

US $250
Key would not turn, had car towed. Told key was worn out, key replaced. 
Apr 2018

84000 mi
Coolant levels are low. This has happened for a couple years, the coolant level goes down slowly over time, more than usual. The dealer has seen and acknowledged this issue, but can find no leak. So, they gave me some antifreeze and sent me home. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Fiesta in New York, United States
Nov 2012 - Jun 2018
Feb 2012

670 mi

US $200
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. Left front brake caliper seized after repair of throwout bearing. 
Sep 2012

6820 mi

US $500
Tire pressure monitoring system module failed. Module replaced by dealer. 
Dec 2012

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. 
Jul 2013

17773 mi

US $500
One of the slides on the right front caliper was not properly lubricated at factory. Relubricated slides and installed new slide seals on both sides. Also replaced front rotors, pads, and clips on both sides. 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. 
Apr 2014

26239 mi
Vehicle has had slow loss of coolant since purchased new. Took vehicle to two different dealers and neither could find the leak. I put car on jack stands and found that water pump was leaking. Dealer confirmed and replaced water pump. Vehicle had slow loss of coolant since purchased new. Took vehicle to two different dealers and neither could find the leak. I put car on jack stands and found that water pump was leaking. Dealer confirmed and replaced water pump. 
Feb 2015

46700 mi

US $600
Cooling system had slow leak since vehicle was purchased new. In February 2014, the water pump was replaced. In October 2014, water pump started leaking again. Water pump was replaced again in February 2015. Since purchased new, the vehicle had clunking noise from front passenger side when temperature went below 15 F. Dealer determined that right front strut was defective. Both struts were replaced. 
Nov 2015

63000 mi

US $110
Had a clunking noise from trunk area when driving over bumps in road. Purchased new rear shocks. Left rear shock was found to be leaking oil when removed from vehicle. 
Jan 2016

68000 mi

US $150
Blower motor seized because of ice in the ventilation system. Blower motor resistor burned up and was replaced. 
Sep 2017

114000 mi

US $150
Shifter was making a squeaking noise. When the car was not driven for a few days, it would become difficult to shift gears. The shifter was replaced, but this did not fix the problem. The shift cable assembly was replaced a couple of weeks later, and this stopped the squeaking and made the shifting much easier. Whenever the weather was cold and damp, it was very difficult to fill the gas tank without the fuel pump shutting off prematurely. The fresh air line assembly was replaced and this seems to have fixed the problem. 
Oct 2017

116000 mi

US $50
Water pump had slow leak. Replaced water pump, thermostat, radiator hoses, heater hoses, oil cooler hoses, and serpentine belt. Belt was worn, rest preventive. The driver's seat lumbar support failed. Driver's seat taken apart. One of the metal supports had completely broken. The entire lumbar support assembly was replaced. 
Nov 2017

118593 mi

US $80
When replacing shift cables on a previous repair, noticed that the frame bracket that straddles the exhaust was severely rusted. Purchased new bracket, primed and painted it with Rustoleum, and installed it. Fuse box in engine bay was corroded. Removed all fuses and relays and cleaned the parts and the electrical contacts in the fuse box with QD electronic cleaner. Replaced the front relay because of severe corrosion. Added foam filter to bottom of fuse box to prevent further corrosion. 
Jan 2018

123000 mi

US $100
Cooling fan on radiator started making a load growling noise. Replaced radiator fan assembly. 
Feb 2018

125000 mi

US $600
During the annual inspection, the mechanic noticed that the rear shocks were leaking. The shocks were replaced with new aftermarket shocks. 
Mar 2018

128000 mi

US $10
When the transmission was hot, it was difficult to shift gears. Disassembled the shift linkage and lubricated the spindle with synthetic lithium grease. 
Ford Fiesta in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2013 - Dec 2013
Jul 2013

21700 mi
The dealer performed TSB 13-3-19 which is modifying the wiring. Problems included: Lack of acceleration Wrench light on Was kinda choking when releasing the gas pedal The dealer performed TSB 13-3-19 which is modifying the wiring. Problems included: Lack of acceleration Wrench light on Was kinda choking when releasing the gas pedal Everything covered by the warranty 
Ford Fiesta in Missouri, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
Apr 2012 Replaced right speaker module 
Jan 2013 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). 
Dec 2013

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. 
Feb 2014

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 
Ford Fiesta in Ohio, United States
Dec 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

56500 mi

US $25
Blower resistor replacement 
Ford Fiesta in Ohio, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018
May 2017

77000 mi

US $350
Throttle Position Sensor had bad connection. Fan speed did not work on 2 or below. 
Jun 2018

95000 mi

US $400
Rear windows wouldn’t go down. Turn signal lever issues. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Fiesta in Texas, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

52000 mi
TCM upgraded 
Dec 2015

61000 mi

US $600
Radiator fan failed to spin 
Jan 2016 Reflashed TCM Odd noise in electrical motor for radiator fan 
Nov 2016

73100 mi
Replaced gas pedal, no resolution. TCM/PCM still showing codes, but not reproducible at shop. Emissions warranty runs out at 80k miles, will likely not get item PCM replaced under warranty. Traced issues further; battery failure made code pulls impossible. Replaced battery under warranty, no resolution. Transmission shift linkage separated, reconnected. 
Ford Fiesta in Ohio, United States
Oct 2015 - Aug 2016
Jan 2016

64400 mi

US $100
Radio made load static noises and didn't work. Repaired under extended warranty. 
Ford Fiesta in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2013 - Apr 2015
Oct 2013

29700 mi
Reprogram transmission with newer firmware because of shifting issues. 
Ford Fiesta in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2015 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

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.  
Jul 2015

15500 mi
Transmission problem came back 1 month later, we traded it in for a new model. 
Ford Fiesta in Louisiana, United States
Apr 2012 - Jul 2014
Jul 2014

4000 mi
Gasket between the engine and transaxle was weeping oil, not enough to leave drops on the driveway, but enough that I noticed. Ford refused to fix the problem. 
Ford Fiesta in California, United States
Nov 2011 - Jun 2016
Mar 2012

3000 mi
Bluetooth phone calls super noisy for the second part. Appears to be a faulty microphone unit. 
Ford Fiesta in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Jun 2015
Jan 2014

20460 mi
There was a crack formed on the left side mirror. Took it back to the dealer and got checked. Next week I was told that it's under warranty, so I took it back and got it fixed. 
Ford Fiesta in Illinois, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2018
Apr 2014

22300 mi
Plastic Clip on Tonneau cover came off and needed to be reattached. 
May 2018

42000 mi
Recall on powershift (automatic) transmission 
Ford Fiesta in Maine, United States
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2016

52000 mi

US $100
Torn CV boot on left half-axle. Replaced half-axle 
Apr 2017

58000 mi
Transmission control module was faulty. Replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2017

59000 mi
Clutch replaced under warranty 
Ford Fiesta in Arizona, United States
Jul 2011 - Oct 2015
Oct 2011

3200 mi
Dealer found leak in transmission during oil change. Dealer removed transmission and replaced a seal and a few nuts/bolts. 
Sep 2012

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. 
Jan 2013

15000 mi
Shudder in transmission still occurring. Dealer removed transmission and rebuilt. They replaced a few leaking seals and fixed a gear in the transmission. 
Nov 2013

60000 mi
Transmission shuttered between 1st and 2nd as well as 2nd to 3rd. This is the third time issue has happened. 
Dec 2013

61000 mi
Dealer ordered parts to fix shutter in transmission. clutches replaced and transmission rebuilt. Front left wheel bearing found to be bad. Dealer replaced with New parts. 
Oct 2014

70500 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. 
Aug 2015

79500 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. 
Oct 2015

82000 mi
Transmission shudder never resolved. Ford would only replace parts, not the whole thing, so problem kept returning. Warranty about to end, traded car. 
Ford Fiesta in Nevada, United States
Oct 2011 - Mar 2018
Jan 2018

61000 mi

US $180
Car demonstrated symptoms of starter problem, but it turned out to be the battery. Replaced battery. 
Ford Fiesta in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2013 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

27900 mi
Ford did not allow for winters in Canada. Snow and slush eroded a connector for one of the pedal sensors and the system light (drive train,transmission wrench light) came on and stayed on. 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Ford Fiesta in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2013 - Dec 2017
Jan 2014 loud clunking noise under vehicle when temp below -10 C blown driver side speaker stabilizer bar blower motor 
Jun 2014

37200 mi
rear shocks blown, leaking fluid, 4 previous trips missed this, letter of complaint to Ford to get any proper service 
Jul 2014

37200 mi
leaking front seal 
Aug 2014

37700 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 
Dec 2014

40300 mi
Trip a year ago to complain about noise in front end, the struts were finally replaced 
Jan 2016

37040 mi

C $35
blower motor resistor is defective. I have purchased a new one and will install at a later date. 
Nov 2017

55180 mi
door latch replacement, warranty recall 
Ford Fiesta in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Jul 2012
May 2012 Check engine light at 930 miles. Faulty mass air flow sensor. Replaced under warranty. 
Ford Fiesta in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

21000 mi
Lower internal seat support in backrest broke. 
Oct 2013

30800 mi
Experienced vibration when turning right. Right side axle shaft replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2014

53000 mi

US $160
Clunking noise when turning. Right lower ball joint bad and was replaced. 
Ford Fiesta in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2011 - May 2014
Apr 2012

6280 mi
Replaced fuel filler neck under warranty. 
Ford Fiesta in California, United States
Jan 2016 - Feb 2017
Feb 2017

53000 mi

US $350
Leaking rear shocks 
Ford Fiesta in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2016 - Jun 2016
May 2016

27300 mi
New TCM and transmission rebuild 

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