For 13 years, I had been proudly putting around Spokane in a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo.
I loved that car.
Unfortunately, the water pump went out on top of multiple other issues, and it just became unfeasible to keep it running.
So, I traded her in for a 2016 Ford Focus SE back in June this year. I would post pictures but I can't seem to figure it out anymore.
It's slick black, has cool looking headlights, very sporty. It has neat interior floorboard lights, a backup camera, USB ports, all of this stuff is so new to me but so awesome! The best feature for me was the incredible gas mileage. We drove to Seattle with nearly 1/3 tank to spare in July. Incredible compared to my old Monte.
After my last road trip to visit the in laws in Colville, WA, I noticed the first issue with my prized possession. It began shifting very rough in city travel. Trying to stop and go became a chore. It continued to lurch and it feels like riding a wooden roller coaster when accelerating at a stop light.
After doing some reseach, I see now that there are widespread issues with all 2012-2016 Ford Focus and Fiesta models. It appears Ford installed a manual transmission in these vehicles, and the CPU makes the transmission act as an automatic, which puts too much stress on it and causes it to fail.
I'm not a mechanic. The most I know about cars is how to drive one. Is anybody out there a mechanic that has heard of my issue? Are there any reccomendations that you have, or am I pretty much S.O.L. at this point?