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Old 06-30-2014, 06:51 PM   #21
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I guess I didn't explain very well. If I want to pass at highway speeds I push in the pedal and as I do nothing... nothing... sudden down shift of 2? 3? gears enough for the RPMs to jump from, say 2.5 to over 4k.


It just seems to me that I could get a better, smoother response. I learned something from this thread and it improved my enjoyment of the car. Just don't feel like I have this one aspect under control.
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I guess I didn't explain very well. If I want to pass at highway speeds I push in the pedal and as I do nothing... nothing... sudden down shift of 2? 3? gears enough for the RPMs to jump from, say 2.5 to over 4k.


It just seems to me that I could get a better, smoother response. I learned something from this thread and it improved my enjoyment of the car. Just don't feel like I have this one aspect under control.
Well, it is what it is. I don't know how rough the transition is for you, but it's got to raise the RPMs to downshift, and this engine doesn't have a whole lot of power below 3500 rpms, especially for overtaking at highway speeds.

If you have the selectshift option for the transmission you can manually downshift to whatever gear you want.
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No, the transition isn't rough at all. I guess I'm just getting used to the car. Thanks for the insight.
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3500-4500 seems about right. It's happy to do it. You aren't hurting it. If you want to add gas but stay low RPM you are going to run rich and that's not good long term.
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How common in the shudder? Even with the lightest of toe curling accelerations at red lights and stops it's pretty much without fail it will shudder - starting to get annoying and almost seems like it's getting worse.

I'll have my dealership check it out but I'm afraid of the runaround I've read on other horror stories about trying to get issues fixed.
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Great article Joeywhat, My question to you is I use to own a 2010 Focus SES did it have the DCT tranny? If not, Ford shouldn't have "In my opinion" stop using that tranny because I got 28-34 mpg all the time for 38K miles. Why did Ford waste everybody's time and heart ache for 3 more mpg's.
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No, the DCT was new in the 2012 models. It's actually a very pleasant gearbox when it works, and a number of folks are very pleased with it. It may have been smarter to offer the traditional gearbox as well...
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Bit of an exaggeration to say "everybody's time". Understand how the gear box works, which includes acknowledging that it is neither an MT nor an AT, makes a difference. Ford dealers would do well to point that out to potential buyers. I prefer the DCT driving experience in my Focus over the AT experience in my wife's Escape. Personal preference.
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I put the trans in S mode in heavy bumper to bumper traffic and it seems smoother.
Rolling stops seem to confuse it. But seen that with torque converters too.
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... Why did Ford waste everybody's time and heart ache for 3 more mpg's.
A. Consumer demand. Some buyers will choose one car over another for even less than a 3 mpg difference.

B. Government regulation. Carmakers have to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards or pay big fines.

Otherwise I'm sure Ford would have loved to continue using older technology rather than spend so much effort and money developing something new. Another thing is that all the little fuel economy improvements add up. Maybe the DCT only gets 1 mpg better than the manual, but TiVCT, direct injection, and so on each do their part, too. The combined effect is significant.
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