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Man Drives Faulty Ford Focus Until His Brakes Are Flaming: Video

We’ve all by now heard of the consumer complaints regarding Ford’s 6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission, as fitted to the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, and other models.

A recent series of videos on YouTube rather elevates our concerns to an entirely new level.

Carscoops shared the clips Wednesday, in which a stressed driver in a late-model Ford Focus continues his commute even as the dash delivers repeated warnings like “Transmission fault. Service now,” and “Transmission overheating. Stop safely.” Over time, the car loses all brake pressure – probably from the constant strain of having to hold the car back while it attempts to surge forth – and by the end, the rotors are glowing red and there are flames coming from one of the calipers. Eep.

By the end of it all, this Ford Focus was reportedly totaled.

We know what you’re thinking, and we agree; the driver absolutely should have found his way to the side of the road while he had the chance. Even still, this video series is disconcerting because, according to the publisher’s comments on YouTube, the car was just “fixed” by the dealer two hours prior to the incident, and really, no car with just 33k miles on the clock should have such issues to begin with. That said, we can’t rule out the possibility that the driver was somehow at fault.

What do you think? Watch the videos above and weigh-in in the comments section below.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Eric

    My focus has 2436 on the odo, I’ve had nothing but trouble with it, and just Friday it gave me the error you speak of in this article. It’s been at the dealership since. They’re telling me nothings wrong


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