Originally Posted by drdab99
I've been lurking here while making up my mind about a new car. My choices were between a Cruze, Mazda 3, and the Focus. The test drive convinced me, and I pick up my 2013 Ti hatch (performance blue) in 3 days.
I'm going into this with eyes wide open in regard to the DCT issues, and I have a few questions which I wonder if you all would be so kind to answer for me. This is a very impressive forum and I look forward to using this site as a great information source. Here are my questions:
1. Is there any objective data as to the actual percentage of cars which have had issues?
2. It seems that there are fewer 2013 owners posting with problems. Can I assume from this that the software updates have at least greatly reduced the issues?
3. Are there any hesitation issues when using Sport/manual mode? Truthfully, I plan on using that mode most often on my daily commute which takes me thru some beautiful countryside with great newly paved two-lane roads - my favorite kind of driving. I had to give up my beloved 5 speed because my wife has left hip issues which makes it difficult for her to use a clutch. I know the experience won't be the same, but it's as close as I can get.
Thanks in advance for your help. I look forward to spending a lot of time here in the future.
I have an early build (may 11) and never had any issues w/ the DCT since i bought it (it's had all the TSBs applied) and i will say that in 'S' mode it is much more responsive and more pleasurable to drive, tho mileage does suffer some as is expected. good luck w/ the new ride.