Originally Posted by csvt2060
Thanks everyone for the support and the positive comments!
Yea, you tell this story everytime a defense on transmissions is needed. They did have shift flare problems on the 2010 Escape and Fusion (two years ago) which was fixed with a new valve body. Other issues were with trans software reprogramming. They are using the 6F35 transmission on all Ecoboost Edge, Escape, Explorer, and all 2010-2012 2.5 and 3.0 Fusion, along with the all new 2013 Fusion. I hope Ford wouldn't risk widespread issues with this trans used so many of their vehicles. I guess time will tell but it doesn't take much to be better than the DCT. Comparing this trans with your old Taurus AX4N and 4F50N is irrelevant.
Considering a 2011 Fusion slammed abruptly into first gear with less than 10,000 miles on it I don't believe for a second that the problems are cured in the absolute sense.
I wish you the best of luck with the car. The 2013 Escape's I've driven have been great, but that 2011 Fusion (which was last year and not two years ago by the way later overheated and failed that same day.
Just because they are using it in a lot of vehicles does not mean that its a good transmission, they had done the same thing with the AX4N/4F50N and look how well that worked out for them. To be fair a lot of that might have been because the previous owners never changed the fluid, or if they had changed it they hadn't done it at the recommended 15-30k miles.
That wasn't meant as a defense of the DCT at all, but rather a warning that unless the car is properly maintained, it is certainly will fail due to fluid breakdown if nothing else. Even if its properly maintained however the older ones were known to fail. If history holds to be true then they are in world of hurt, however if they have done their homework correctly, particularly since they actually worked with GM's Hydramatic division in this case it might be an acceptable transmission this time, but only time will tell. I have a slight bias against this type of transmission, but it has its place, primarily for those who don't want anything to do with feeling the mechanical act of driving.
Just because I like my DCT doesn't mean I have to defend it to those who either don't like it, or have had units with software or physical defects.
To those with leaky gearbox seals that leaked into the clutch housing and destroyed the clutch pack, or had issues with the servos or mechatronics I wish you the best of luck in getting ford to acknowledge this and repair it in a timely manner, but if its a matter of not being compatible with the transmission then I wish you the best of luck in finding a nice comfortable torque converter automatic to glide from place to place.
Just because I haven't had issues with mine doesn't mean that there weren't defective units. Mine just happens to be one of the majority that isn't.