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2012 Ford Focus repairs by problem area

Engine (11%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (38%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 467 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2012 Ford Focus.

2012 Ford Focus engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (14%)

$100 - $499 (3%)

< $100 (84%)

Chart based on 37 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Ford Focus

Engine not specified

27000 mi Ford could never fix my car..I finally sold it at a lost. When an bought an 2013 KIA. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Wagon

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

13640 mi car suddenly started stuttering and behaving erratically, dealer supposedly updated the computer and now drives ok!! 
9920 mi

$2
They changed one of the 3 parts supporting the weigh of the motor. It was giving a slight tremor on the steering wheel 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

21000 mi Engine light came one; TSB 13-12-4, replaced canister purge valve and charcoal canister. Repair attempt failed after 20 days. Engine light turned on; small evaporator leak; replaced capless tube, reset KAM and ROAD test to verify repairs. Car in dealer shop for nine days. Repairs did not work, returned to dealer 13 days later. 
24400 mi Engine light turned on; replace fuel tank pressure sensor; refer problem to Ford tech hot line. repairs did not solve problem. 
27000 mi Engine light turned on; unknown repairs did not resolve problem. 
35960 mi Some vibration noticed through steering wheel particularly when motor is cold. Intermittent pulsing noise at idle. Was in for 60k service at same time. Said they couldn't find source so I will try again in a few weeks. 
37200 mi

A $1
Vibration at steering wheel fixed with replacement of engine mount.  Intermittent pulsing idle diagnosed as PCV valve - not yet fixed. 
40300 mi PCV valve never fixed. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

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

30000 mi Water pump leak. All coolant lost in 2 minuted. 
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. 
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. 
20000 mi Rear main seal leak. Replaced seal and resealed the oil pan. 
128000 mi

US $565
I was losing large a amount of coolant every day, so they had to replace the radiator because of a small hole. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

30000 mi The car would occasionally rough idle with no check engine light. They replaced the an ignition coil and a spark plug. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

159000 mi Check engine light..dealer diagnosed catalytic converter is bad. 
55000 mi

US $775
Internal radiator leak 
45880 mi Insufficient heat. They replaced the thermostat assembly. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

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

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. 
84000.0 mi

US $800
Replace motor and transmission body mounts 
82800 mi

US $40
water pump replacement. I performed it myself with normal tools. 
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. 
58000 mi Back pressure wasn't allowing a quick and normal fill up 
7000 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. 
4700 mi Update flash for power train computer module, ABS brake system & emissions control 
23000 mi Hesitating between gears 1 & 2 
63000 mi reservoir is losing coolant, but no apparent leak 
75700 mi leaking engine mount 
79000 mi

US $50
replaced engine mount since part arrived 
3000 mi Car would exhibit RPM flare at low speeds. Dealer reprogrammed ECU with latest TSB.  
3000 mi

US $23
Reprogram PCM/TCM with latest software updates and perform adaptive learning for Powershift. 
3300 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. 
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. 
11000 mi Vehicle exhibited engine flare on decel. TSB resolved issue reflashed MFT with latest software. 
30000 mi Check engine light came on, dealer determined there was a faulty oxygen sensor in car, replaced part. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

35300 mi

US $100
Oil leak into transmission requiring a replacement of parts and teardown and cleaning of the transmission. 
37100 mi

US $520
Leaking radiator replaced 
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 
41300 mi o2 Sensor failed, covered under Ford's power train warranty. Would have been $250+$90 diagnostic+installation labor for apx. $450 if not covered under warranty. 
58000 mi

US $980
Engine oil leak in two spots. 

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2012 Ford Focus 4dr Hatch

143-horsepower Electric 1-speed automatic FWD

10000 mi This was a software update for the Ford Focus Electric. 
13700 mi We are getting a yellow "wrench" light that indicates the vehicle needs to be taken to the dealer for service. The dealer can not find why the light is on and resets it. The light still comes on--but not all the time. 

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