California Ford Focus Transmision Lemon
Chances are, you are here because you are at the end of your patience with your 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta or your 2012-2015 Ford Focus. It has been in the shop more than it has really been on the road…or so it seems. Symptoms? Shuddering, hesitating, lack of power, stalling, activation of the “Transmission Overheat” warning light, activation of the “Check Engine” warning light, grinding, jerking, and perhaps even total transmission failure.
Take a deep breath and relax for once. You have come to the right place. Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta Lemon lawsuits continue to be among our most active cases.
How Do I Know If My 2011-2015 Ford Focus or Festiva is a Lemon?
If you have taken your 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta or your 2012-2015 Ford Focus to a Ford dealership for a transmission system repair and your clutches and seals and/or transmission control module (TCM) have been replaced at least twice, we can most likely get your vehicle repurchased under the California Lemon Law. A California Lemon Law buyback is NOT the same as the buyback offers you may have received from your local Ford dealership. These buyback offers from Ford dealerships actually have nothing to do with the California Lemon Law and they are not in your best interest.
What Ford Will Do About Your Lemon
Ford’s dealerships have offered to ostensibly “buy” these defective cars back. Dealerships are actually offering a trade-in with a discount on the new vehicle. There are two problems with this. First, the trade in value on the cars is very low because thousands of consumers are trying to get rid of these problem vehicles. Secondly, the new 2016 Ford Fiesta and Focus are equipped with the same transmission system, essentially leaving you with the same problem, only newer.
In a California Lemon Law repurchase, the consumer is entitled to recover their down payment, all of the monthly payments they have made, their current registration fee, all towing and rental car fees, and Ford Motor Company has to pay off the entire balance owed on the auto loan. The only deductions from the refund include the mileage offset which is placed at the mileage on the vehicle at the first transmission system repair, aftermarket items, factory rebates, or negative equity.
Ready to move forward and get rid of that car? In order to move forward with a lemon law claim, you will need to have the actual clutch and/or transmission control module (TCM) replaced. If Ford has reprogrammed the Transmission control module (TCM) and Powertrain control module (PCM) and performed the adaptive relearn procedure to the TCM, Ford does not view this as a “real” repair; it’s just a slight adjustment made for “customer satisfaction.” But these reprogramming repairs are still important in building a lemon law case because in order to win a buyback, we have to prove that your vehicle has a defect, the defect has been subject to an unreasonable number of repair attempts (four or more), and Ford cannot repair the defect. Lastly, we have to prove that the defect substantially impairs your use, value or safety. In order for our firm to obtain a full lemon law repurchase for you, you need to have four or more repair invoices for the transmission system defect and at least two clutch or transmission control module (TCM) replacements. If you are unsure what repairs have been made to your vehicle, call or email us and we can go over the invoices with you.
The California Lemon Law is an important tool for consumers who purchase defective vehicles. Your car is the second-largest purchase you will make and is likely your primary means of transportation for getting to your job. Therefore, if you think your 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2015 Ford Focus is a lemon, do not let your local Ford dealership try to convince you that there’s nothing wrong with the car, or take them up on their offer to “buy back” your vehicle.
If you have a 2011-2015 Ford Focus or fiesta or other vehicle which you believe qualifies as a lemon under California's lemon law, give us a call at 877-955-3666 for a free consultation and case evaluation. If you have a legitimate lemon claim, we can represent you at no charge or out of pocket expense. This is because under California lemon law, auto manufacturers are responsible for your attorney fees. Speak with a California Ford Focus and Fiesta lemon law attorney today and start receiving the professional and aggressive representation you deserve.