Originally Posted by Kabigon
There is nothing "convoluted" about the adaptive learning.
It simply "learns" the unique characteristics of the transmission/clutches.
You tell it what you want with your right foot.
This car is more advanced than the engineers at Ford tell you. It uses complicated machine learning and data mining techniques to predict driver actions. Throttle position, steering position, ambient light, radio volume, and even the genre of the track you're listening to go into the computer so that it can adjust the highly advanced turboencabulator inside the DCT to driving conditions. Some of the computationally intensive model generations are offloaded to the MFT, and in earlier versions of the software it would cause crashes and other random behaviors of the MFT, but has since been resolved.
The issue that most DCT owners, and even some programmers at Ford, don't know is that the system they created is actually capable of detecting bad feelings toward the DCT. The microphone evolved to listen for loud yelling, aggressive throttle actions, and select shift behavior. Once the DCT feels all hope is lost in the driver, it fights back with grinding, jerking, shuttering, and high engine revs.
Some of the dealers have caught on to this so they "reset" the memory of the DCT so that it forgets how much you hate it. Then they try to calm the driver down and teach them that they should really love the DCT so that it doesn't detect these bad feelings anymore.
So what you have to do to fix your DCT is reset it, then convince yourself that you truly enjoy the DCT. You can try to lie to the system, but it is highly calibrated at this point since not all of the DCT memory can really be reset. Once you have convinced yourself and changed your attitude about the DCT, you will realize that your problems weren't really problems at all and now everything is fine.