Originally Posted by Shorty Long
seems more and more likely that significant transmission problems will occur on an early build at some point for many if not most owners...it's not a matter of if but when. is this a major design flaw? should i drive around with my breath held as I move up past 25k on my car?
The problems described here seem to be mostly clutch-related, either from oil on the clutch plates or bad programming. If the symptoms are abrupt engagement, clutch chatter, etc., the trans itself shouldn't be harmed and should lead a long and uneventful life. Grinding noises though could mean gears are clashing in a way that puts metal bits in the gearbox fluid, which can't be helpful. So I guess it depends.
Most manufacturers are pretty good about extending warranties on components with an abnormally high rate of failure. Let's hope Ford will "step-up" if DCTs start failing even though they don't seem to care much if they're merely unpleasant to drive.