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Old 03-03-2011, 10:25 AM   #1
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Ford is quietly updating the PowerShift transmission.

As expected. You can read the article here. I guess this belongs in Fiesta Fly, however I do think this is also somewhat applicable to the Focus as well. Sucks that some customers are experiencing these problems, but I guess you have to expect it since Ford is new with the whole dual clutch thing. Dry versions are especially trickier to work with also.


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At least theyre trying. Its just like any other new product on the market, (apple, xbox kinect etc..) you should wait to buy something brand new to see the bugs it has.
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Posted via FF Mobile Well that sucks, because now they going to lose customers. I understand the problem and its good that Ford is fixing it, but many people wont care. We live in this world, well America where many people arethe gotta have it now, its gotta work perfectly and I dont want to think much.

Ford has had dct over in europe for a few years, but not the dry system. But they should be able to fix the problem and make sure it doesnt have on the focus before launch. I have to disagree with the title though...Slush Box, lol, the manual is the slushbox in comparison to dct.
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Yeah, and unfortunately most customers who don't know jack about cars won't be able to fully appreciate the technology behind dual-clutch transmissions. They think all automatics are the same and that its instant throttle response and 40 mpg rating comes from magical fairy dust sprinkled onto the valve cover. Naturally they'll whine and complain when it shifts hard because they're used to having a slushy torque converter smoothen things out. I could care less if this scares away customers. Let them run off to boring torqueless appliance alternatives. I'll just grab a second or third gen version of a PowerShift equipped car and have fun with something that doesn't break down.

The only part that bothers me about the Fiesta is the lack of defeatable traction control. That's not good to have when you get stuck in ice or snow! I've already had to turn off traction control once to drive over a steep ice-covered hill this year. I think if I was in a Fiesta I would've been SOL. They need to fix that and offer a switch to disable it in their cars. Does anyone know if the 2012 Focus at least offers that option???
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Nothing I'll lose any sleep over when my new Focus comes in. I know they'll take care of it, if I have a problem, and I have a good dealer.
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Does anyone know if the 2012 Focus at least offers that option???
Yes the new Focus both Euro & North America versions traction control has the on/off function which is in the Drivers Assist section of the menu as you can see in our photo

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Woohoo! Good to hear. Hope they'll have a revision for the 2012 Fiesta to do the same.
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I just read the article before finding this, it seems like its just a simple ground and software update. which is not really to bad, cars need updates all the time.

They would not have this issue if they had a set of balls and a manual tranny.
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I don't see how having a manual is associated with having a set of balls?
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Goes to show that brand new isn't always necessarily better. Sometimes it pays to wait until the technology is proven.
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