You have every right to be upset. At this point, class action lawsuits have been started.son was stranded last night by his Focus on the way home from class and told me the error - [Parking aid fault - Service required]. i got online and found this forum.
we tried restarting for several minutes; normally, from outside remotely, from two different keys, and even disconnected the battery for 5min - but nothing worked.
had to lock it down and leave for the night.
returned this morning and gave it one more try before calling a tow-truck.
BEWM! it started!
my son drove it and i followed to our dealer - but only got about 2 blocks (of a 15mi trip) before the car stalled again with same error - this time in the middle of a busy intersection during morning rush hour.
i pulled up behind him, turned on my hazards, and called a dealer recommended towtruck.
thankfully, after a few minutes of waving through pissed-off drivers who were honking and generally being obnoxious about blocking the road, a Sherriff pulled up behind us. he turned on his lights and said he'd direct traffic around until the towtruck showed up.
the towtruck showed in 20min or so, tried to start the Focus a few time and then loaded her up on the flatbed.
arrived at the dealership and explained the problem - told the service rep about the TCM error i'd read here and the extended warranty info posted by you kickass mofos.
the service rep said they may be able to "reset" the TCM rather than replace. I hadn't heard/read here about resetting, so don't know if that's even an option - but the car is still to be diagnosed.
given the number of issues with this same error - rather than extend the warranty - i'm really upset and dissappointed that FORD didn't notify Focus owners of this obviously well-known defect. i understand recalls and such might be cause for concern in a marketing/PR sense, but not nearly as bad a the headlines, posts, social media notes, etc. are when something like this goes ignored and results in customers completely dissappointed in their product.
we have a 2013 Ford Focus Titanium, just over 40k miles - my son is a more careful driver than me; this car was his HS graduation gift, and it's his 'baby'. that, after talikng him out of a Hyundai Elantra. in the time we've had it, we also took the Focus in for the completely horrible, crappy, shaky, transmission that make you feel like your leaving red lights in a blender - when discussed with the dealer, we were told that THAT warranty had also been extended and as long as everything was running, that it would be fine. now i find this TCM issue.
i can't express how disappointed i am in FORD. i am upset, but mostly dissappointed, and up to this point i feel we've been lucky to avoid any real serious incidents, and we really do like the car - previously we owned a Ford Escape Limited and were so pleased with it, our dealer, and the service dept. that i wanted to stick with the brand when it came time for my son's first vehicle. i'm seriously regretting that decision now and will most likely consider another auto brand next time.
Still waiting on the diagnosis, but if it turns out to be something other than the TCM replacement under warranty, this will be the last Ford vehicle i ever own.
Sorry about the rant, but wanted to express my experiences and frustrations with the way Ford has addressed these types of issues with apparently more regard for prospective car buyers than those of us who have already chosen to own a Ford.
The way Ford has treated its buyers and their hard earned money is outrageous. You can see hundreds of posts here for over three years over what was supposed to be a small and limited problem.