2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0 from North America
The engine lacks power; will often attempt to stall out and runs very rough.
The transmission shifts very poorly, and sometimes will bang and jerk or not go into the proper gear.
Wheel bearings and strut mounts had to be replaced at 50000.
Door panel had to be replaced at 21000.
Rust is starting to develop under the the driver's door.
The infotainment system is oftentimes infuriating, especially the voice command portion.
The car is good on gas and it looks decent.
I regret the decision I made to purchase this car daily. I do not feel safe driving it, and it's embarrassing to have to explain to passengers that the shaking from a new car is deemed normal, as is the jerking from the transmission in the city.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th July, 2014
Please read your annual Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue, every year. It will give you the good and bad cars out there. In it you would see that Ford has had some issues with the newer Ford Focus hatchback and coupe, the Ford Focus ST, and also had issues with the Ford Focus sedans... especially the last two years. And their new car prediction of the Focus is not good... but they do recommend the earlier Ford Focus sedans... years 05/06, 08/09 and 10/11. So there are a lot of great used Ford Focuses out there.
Too many people are buying cars based on past experiences with the make and model. Those days are gone; you have to research, research, and research some more before you spend your hard earned money on any vehicle out there.
Next time you should test drive a car before you buy it.
I would never use the word 'great' to describe any Ford Focus; decent is more appropriate (yet still very kind) IMO.
Never pay any attention to publications such as Consumer Reports. I have found their ratings totally meaningless.
First off, they are horribly biased against all American manufacturers.
Secondly their "problems" often aren't problems at all. I have no qualms at all about buying cars they rate "Much worse than average" in reliability. Our current twelve year old American car has over 130,000 miles on it with a total of $77 in repairs. CR lists it as "Much worse than average". A previous car of ours was also rated "Much worse than average". It only lasted a measly 325,000 miles before starting to have problems. Ratings services are incredibly unreliable.
Actually I did drive it, these problems showed up down the road. Do you actually think I would buy a vehicle without driving it first?
Amazingly a lot of people DO buy cars without a test drive. One of my good friends just goes into a dealership, and negotiates a price and buys the car without even seeing it first. I can't imagine doing that, but a lot of younger techno-geek types know or care absolutely nothing about cars, and if they know the car has a lot of electronic gadgets, they could care less about any other aspect of the car. My friend didn't even know if his last car was front or rear drive, or if it had a 4 or 6.