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Old 01-09-2013, 04:45 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Kevastator View Post
sorry, but I'd have to go with white XD I have kind of a tradition of driving white vehicles, and I must keep that. Kona blue is sweet though!

I've heard mixed reviews about the dct, is it just in the shop all the time or something? Cuz i dont think really anybody has a ton of miles (50k +) yet to see their durability...

But the 5m trans gets worse mileage though right?
The 5M is short a gear, and also has a shorter top gear meaning the vehicle spins the engine faster to go the same speeds on the freeway, increasing wear rates and using more fuel. Some people think its a fair trade off. Others who have been used to it for the past 3+ years may not want to do that again.

Trust me my old car had essentially the same gearing in 5th gear (gear and axle ratio) as the 5MT, and it really was screaming away at or around 3000 rpm just to do 70 mph.

My old car did have a terrible exhaust resonance at 2k, but it was still very loud at 3000 as well.

The Focus is probably quieter, but since its also heavier its less efficient from a stop.

Originally Posted by Kevastator View Post
But if you could do it again, would you stick with the dct or go 5m?
I'd go with the DCT unless they offered a 6M with the same or taller 6th gear ratio.

The MMT6 in the ST is geared shorter than the DCT, but with a taller final drive that means its got a lower ratio than the 5M, but is still higher numerically than the DCT afaik, but its much closer than the 5M.
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