I'm having the same issue described by others on this post. I bought my Focus end of December and it currently has around 2800 miles on it. I just noticed the grinding noise for the first time the other day when the car shifts out of first gear. It doesn't seem to happen at any other time. The odd thing is, however, it doesn't make the grinding noise all the time. I know I heard it the other day, as I drove around the neighborhood to verify it was happening. But on the way to and from work today I didn't hear anything. Has anyone else experienced this? Its been causing me a bit of anxiety, as this is the first new car I have purchased and I've really enjoyed the car thus far. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.