The most common problems and complaints about the Ford Focus revolve around the transmission and include grinding sounds, shuddering, problematic shifting and gears slipping. Specific model years may have their own issues, but overwhelming the transmission seems to be the main problem throughout.
The Ford Focus was first introduced in 1998, though it was initially only available in European markets. It wasn't until the year 2000 that Ford brought the Focus to North America. It quickly became one of the top-selling vehicles in the world. According to the Ford Motor Company, it was the top-selling foreign vehicle in Russia for seven straight years.
The Ford Focus is also one of Ford's first eco-friendly vehicles. Its compact, streamlined design makes it more fuel-efficient than many other models. Additionally, Ford has strived every year to incorporate more green technologies into their vehicles. For example, Ford uses a soy-based material to make the Ford Focus' seat cushions.
In spite of all this, many Ford Focus owners complain of transmission issues. The transmission is responsible for shifting gears when accelerating or slowing the vehicle, and it is vital to keep the engine running smoothly. A malfunctioning transmission can not only be frustrating but also causes further damage to the engine, and it can be quite expensive to repair.