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Expensive Ford Fiesta repairs by problem area

Engine (17%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (56%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (6%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (6%)

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Ford Fiesta repair cost distribution

$2500+ (18%)

$1000 - $2499 (82%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 11 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

37000 mi

US $1500
Transmission broke 
38000 mi

US $400
Battery cables bad corrosion caused ecm to throw code. Dealership blamed the battery saying it was leaking acid.  

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 197hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual FWD

67000 mi

US $437
replaced wheel axle bearing 
73000 mi

US $744
pads, rotors and calipers replaced 
75000 mi

US $270
tie rod end was replaced 
79000 mi

US $1725
steering column was clunking and was replaced 
93760 mi

US $381
replaced brake pads and rotors 
US $168 Left rear caliper slider had become jammed causing uneven rotor wear. Replaced both rear rotors and pads, lubed sliders. Not covered under warranty. Dealer blames new formula road brine state is using. "we see a lot of this since the change" 
67000 mi

US $1400
failing input shaft bearing (a known issue with this transmission) shed metal into transmission. Even though car was out of powertrain warranty period Ford agreed to pay 2/3rds cost of transmission replacement. Part took a week to arrive, dealer installed quickly. 

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2014 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

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

101500 mi

US $100
Replaced clutch pack. Water pump replaced. 
129000 mi

US $147
Replaced broken serpentine belt 
154000 mi

US $1100
Clutch pack replaced 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

62000 mi

US $1300
rear shock absorber leaking Front engine seal leaking water pump leaking 

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2012 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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. 
6820 mi

US $500
Tire pressure monitoring system module failed. Module replaced by dealer. 
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
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. 
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. 
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. 
68000 mi

US $150
Blower motor seized because of ice in the ventilation system. Blower motor resistor burned up and was replaced. 
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. 
115000 mi

US $250
Water pump had slow leak. Replaced water pump, thermostat, radiator hoses, heater hoses, oil cooler hoses, and serpentine belt. Belt was worn, rest preventive. 
123000 mi

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

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2011 Ford Fiesta

Engine not specified

8000 mi

US $3500
Problems with powershift auto transmission. Clutch system had to be replaced completly, but the problem is still there. The motor fan stop working 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Sedan

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

54300 mi

US $3000
would shift poorly 
138700 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. 
234700 mi

US $1296
Electric power assist motor quit requiring replacement and reflash of main computer. 
304000 mi

US $115
Replaced noisy fuel pump. 
347000 mi

US $600
Removed powershift transmission and replaced dual clutch pack. It took a month to get the part from Ford. 
555000 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. 
698000 mi

US $311
Lost power to fuel pump. Body control module failed. Part not in stock and was shipped overnight. 
740000 mi

US $170
Carrier bearing on right side driveshaft (original) was developing a slight vibration above 50mph. Replaced driveshaft and vibration dissappeared 
753000 mi

US $900
Clutch began slipping when hot. Pulled transmission and replaced DCT's clutch unit. 
758000 mi

US $225
Worn front struts. Replaced both struts and mounts. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

56500 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. 
116000 mi

US $2250
Rear right window would not roll up reliably, window track/guide replaced. $250. Replaced clutch pack. Replaced under warranty in May 2016, but started exhibiting shuddering and slipping within a year. Unfortunately, Ford extended warranty would not pay for a second time since car passed 100,000 miles. We will see if this repair holds up throughout the year. $2000. Edit: Noticed car had vibration, dealer said it may need to break in. I waited a few months and problem seemed to get worse (or I became more sensitive and annoyed). Took back to dealer to fix. Info in April trip record. 
121000 mi

US $300
After replacing clutch pack in December, car had noticeable vibration even at idle, which wasn't there before. Original repair was for shuddering/slipping clutch, car drove fine otherwise. Dealer replaced motor mount at my cost, and replaced clutch pack again under repair warranty. My opinion is some mechanics are not following procedure for these repairs. Hard to believe the clutch was causing vibration, it shifted fine. In any case, after second attempt to repair it's working excellent again. 
69300 mi

US $500
Key fob no longer unlocked car, needed to be reprogrammed. This was not covered by warranty. Aftermarket number pad that unlocks drivers door no longer worked;repair attempt failed and it continues to be broken.also a faulty sensor. 
82000 mi

US $1100
Windshield wipers consistently failed when driving in the rain - wipers would stop mid-wipe and not restart for several minutes. Took multiple visits to diagnose - had to operate wipers in the dealer's car wash to replicate the problem. Finally diagnosed as a malfunction of the "body control module", which would intermittently stop sending power to the wipers when wet. Dealer replaced wiper motor first, misdiagnosing the problem. Total repairs (motor and junction box) was $1,100, but only the junction box ($650) was required to fix the problem. 

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2011 Ford Fiesta 4dr Hatch

120-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

115000 mi

US $1000
Broken shifter cable and damaged shift linkages. Dealership's ineptitude made trip as long as it was. 

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