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Old 05-24-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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2007 Focus - Transmission reliability?

The transmission in my 2007 Focus is apparently in in need of a rebuild or replacement. Big bucks either way!
The engine warning light came on along with the OD downshift button indicator, and the transmission does not shift gears smoothly.
90,000 miles on the odometer, and it has been well taken care of, and serviced faithfully.
Other than disappointing gas mileage, my Focus has been an "okay" car.
I've since been told by several friends who work in auto servicing and repair positions, that the Focus has a dubious automatic transmission reliability reputation, and that the problem I now have is not that uncommon.

Is this a correct evaluation?

At this point; I suppose it doesn't matter as the only two options that I have are to have the transmission rebuilt or replaced; or to just try to get rid of the car for whatever minimal scrap or trade-in value it now has.

What really hurts is that the car is in better condition, appearance wise, than most Focus's that are only a few years old. No dents, scratches, damage history, etc.

I'm finding out that "being American by buying American" can be painfully expensive!


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Old 05-24-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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ZX5 is that a wagon?
If so, then have it repaired
I loved my 2004 Wagon till it was destroyed, parked on a street by a DUI driver
183,000 on thar
My daughters car was totaled at the same time, it had a SPI engine so THAT was a blessing in disguise
Now my Transit Connect that has a Focus transmission has 120,000
All three had no hint of any tranny troubles
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:16 PM   #3
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MORE 'experts'.......................oh, well............the trans should easily make 150K+ and more...............got two like that now, both work perfect.
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Old 05-24-2014, 03:39 PM   #4
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I'm finding out that "being American by buying American" can be painfully expensive!
haha, yep. I have five sisters who drive 10+ year old Toyotas & Hondas and do as little maintainance as possible...hell, one of 'em is a 1999 that's still on its original timing belt..don't try that on a Ford!! Zero repairs other than brakes & tires.

...That said, an '07 Focus is more reliable than 1st-gen models like mine. I'd recommend a replacement tranny, but spend proportional to how long you decide to keep the car. If you're only planning on keeping it another year or so, I'd say it's worth the gamble of replacing it with a junkyard unit; otherwise, splurge for a rebuilt one with a good warranty.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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haha, yep. I have five sisters who drive 10+ year old Toyotas & Hondas and do as little maintainance as possible...hell, one of 'em is a 1999 that's still on its original timing belt..don't try that on a Ford!! Zero repairs other than brakes & tires.

...That said, an '07 Focus is more reliable than 1st-gen models like mine. I'd recommend a replacement tranny, but spend proportional to how long you decide to keep the car. If you're only planning on keeping it another year or so, I'd say it's worth the gamble of replacing it with a junkyard unit; otherwise, splurge for a rebuilt one with a good warranty.
Yep; my options are very limited, and not pleasant to ponder!
If I trade it in as it is; on another car, in has minimal value.
If I have it repaired, a used transmission, installed; will be well over $1100, and a rebuilt transmission at least $300 or $400 more.
I have to wonder how many of those Ford transmission component parts are actually made in China!
"Be American; but American"!
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It's a Mazda transmission.

Junkyard trans is $200-400 around here, you can get the labor done for another $400 if it is beyond your skill set.

Since you have done zero troubleshooting, and provided no info other than "it's not working right", it could be a cheap and easy fix for all we know.
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^^^ It would be nice if the OP could find some decent diagnostics for the problem. Many "Transmission Specialists" only specialize in quick swaps for rebuilt transmissions to maximize profit.

Is the '07 on the same 30,000 mi. fluid interval as the earlier ones? Didn't change types so I'm guessing it is.

Which warning light is a question, one is primarily for overheating of the engine & trans.. What's the fluid look like, how is it working now....
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^^^ It would be nice if the OP could find some decent diagnostics for the problem. Many "Transmission Specialists" only specialize in quick swaps for rebuilt transmissions to maximize profit.

Is the '07 on the same 30,000 mi. fluid interval as the earlier ones? Didn't change types so I'm guessing it is.

Which warning light is a question, one is primarily for overheating of the engine & trans.. What's the fluid look like, how is it working now....
I'm located in Connecticut, which has the highest cost of living in the continental US.
A used transmission goes for between $475 to $675!
Regarding the warning light that came on; it was the light with the red outline of an engine sideview, and the green OD/Off light came on also.
The Transmission fluid was at the correct level, and appeared to be clean, and not discolored.
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Way too much doom and gloom there, replace or rebuild not the only choices there.

Get the codes read.
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Way too much doom and gloom there, replace or rebuild not the only choices there.

Get the codes read.
I had the codes read, and that was what led to the diagnosis that the transmission would need to rebuilt or replaced with another.
It my understanding that even if the problem is a minor one, like a faulty solenoid, valve body, etc.; that it is an internal one that would require removable of the transmission and at least be partially disassembled, in order to identify and correct the problem.

I trust the auto service & repair facility that we use (not a Ford dealership), and they have the best reputation, by far; within our community.
I never heard anyone "bad mouth" them, or criticize their work or prices.
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