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Old 03-05-2015, 11:13 AM   #81
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Excellent write-up, this has confirmed my feelings from driving the car that I just need to treat it as a manual, even though it's an automatic. I've seen several comments around the forums so far that the DCTs are "terrible transmissions" but I think that stems from a lack of understanding of how these things actually work. I've noticed getting off of the highway or idling at a light that the transmission works like a manual - it will slip backward if I've got my foot off the brake and throttle. For me this isn't an issue and I've quickly figured out how to behave in the car. Again, your write-up actually explains my assumptions, thank you!
Ah, I see you have a 2012 that's never had a software update? The rolling backwards was addressed in a software update later on and that actually adds some of the traditional automatic "creep forward". I'd go to the dealer and simply tell them that you know there is a software update available for the transmission and would like that performed. It also helps with other DCT issues and is recommended in general. Just remember that the transmission is always learning/adapting so drive it "with spirit" as much as you can after getting the update done so it learns to downshift quickly when you want it to and perform well in general . Hope this helps!
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Ah, I see you have a 2012 that's never had a software update? The rolling backwards was addressed in a software update later on and that actually adds some of the traditional automatic "creep forward". I'd go to the dealer and simply tell them that you know there is a software update available for the transmission and would like that performed. It also helps with other DCT issues and is recommended in general. Just remember that the transmission is always learning/adapting so drive it "with spirit" as much as you can after getting the update done so it learns to downshift quickly when you want it to and perform well in general . Hope this helps!
It really does, thank you! I bought the car used so will that service cost me anything and if so, about how much?
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It really does, thank you! I bought the car used so will that service cost me anything and if so, about how much?
Shouldn't cost you anything since the transmission is still under warranty.
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Shouldn't cost you anything since the transmission is still under warranty.
Okay, not to derail this thread but a friend and I were literally just talking about this 5 minutes ago. Since the car is used and was sold to me "As-is" from a dealer, is it still covered under the original manufacturers warranty? I've never owned a car this new before so I have no clue. NINJA EDIT: Also, how long is the OEM warranty if it still applies to me?
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Okay, not to derail this thread but a friend and I were literally just talking about this 5 minutes ago. Since the car is used and was sold to me "As-is" from a dealer, is it still covered under the original manufacturers warranty? I've never owned a car this new before so I have no clue.
Yea I would assume so. I guess maybe if it was a rebuild write off then they may not apply.

2012 Focus have a 7 year 100k mil/160k km extended warranty on the trans now.

You could always just call your dealership and ask though to verify. Give them your VIN
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Yea I would assume so. I guess maybe if it was a rebuild write off then they may not apply.

2012 Focus have a 7 year 100k mil/160k km extended warranty on the trans now.

You could always just call your dealership and ask though to verify. Give them your VIN
Cool, thank you.
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Yes, it is 7 years/100k on the seals, clutches AND software, the things that need to be covered the most so you are definitely good... and with Ford the warranty follows the car itself and not the owner or numbers of, like those ones that are 10 year/100k powertrain, those drop big time for 2nd owner and are non-existent for 3rd+ owner.
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Yes, it is 7 years/100k on the seals, clutches AND software, the things that need to be covered the most so you are definitely good... and with Ford the warranty follows the car itself and not the owner or numbers of, like those ones that are 10 year/100k powertrain, those drop big time for 2nd owner and are non-existent for 3rd+ owner.
Great, thank you so much for clarifying. Luckily there's a very reputable dealership just down the road from me so I'll try to visit them this weekend.
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A good dealership definitely goes along way and I think is a huge difference in these forums from jaded to the accepting haha.

My dealership just did the full fix (seals, clutches, reflash, etc) without alot of hair pulling or anything. Very happy with this car now!
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A good dealership definitely goes along way and I think is a huge difference in these forums from jaded to the accepting haha.

My dealership just did the full fix (seals, clutches, reflash, etc) without alot of hair pulling or anything. Very happy with this car now!
Yep, I had my full fix at 18k and now at 38k there is no sign of any issues at all... I just make sure to "get on it" after she's fully wamed up and when it's safe (merging on to the freeway, overtaking, etc.). The transmission is always learning and adapting so if you make sure to get on it, even keeping it floored as it shifts through the gears, that's "clutch scrubbing" I was talking about earlier... it's actually GOOD for our car to drive it hard sometimes! :)
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