19: Transmission Glitches
When Ford began switching to fully electronic transmissions, there were a lot of glitches that came into play. First and foremost, the Fiesta was the most notable of these cars that were affected. The PowerShift system would stop working altogether and cause the vehicle to stall out. Long before these problems, Ford has also had numerous recalls which pertained to the transmission shift solenoids which were on the outside of the transmissions. The electronic technology that controls the transmission in many Ford vehicles is prone to failure.
There have been reports that the NHTSA was going to probe the problem with the Fiesta, but nothing came of it as of yet. There is nothing more frustrating than paying top dollar for a vehicle only to have the transmission fail on you. Most of these vehicles just left the dealership parking lot and there is no reason for failure.