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Old 04-28-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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Trade in automatic for manual?

I have a 2012 Titanium with auto transmission. I've had countless issues with the transmission on the car - a problem well documented in the other sub-forum dedicated to the DCT.

The two Ford dealerships I've brought it to have only been able to perform software updates and hope for the best. Some days it runs fine and other days it is so so awful.

Anyway, I mentioned to my dealer this morning I was thinking of trading it in for a manual transmission and she said she's had a bunch of people do that to avoid these issues.

My question is: Has anyone traded in their auto car for a manual? How was the experience?

It seems like this car has not held value that well. I paid 22,000 for it when I bought it new and the KBB trade in value for the car is 12,500. Seems like I'd have to trade it in for a 2012 or 2013 focus with manual.


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Old 04-28-2015, 08:22 AM   #2
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Thankfully I was aware of the transmission issues when I bought my '13 with manual. If you really like the car, then do it. Personally, if I was going to buy another focus, especially a used one, I'd try to find an ST in the high teens.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:43 AM   #3
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I was pretty nervous about driving a manual. I had only done it a few times before. But it was the only thing that I could get financed for. Just swapped out the rear motor mount last week and now I'm loving the manual and the car overall.
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Old 04-28-2015, 09:48 AM   #5
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I have a 2012 Titanium with auto transmission. I've had countless issues with the transmission on the car - a problem well documented in the other sub-forum dedicated to the DCT.

The two Ford dealerships I've brought it to have only been able to perform software updates and hope for the best. Some days it runs fine and other days it is so so awful.

Anyway, I mentioned to my dealer this morning I was thinking of trading it in for a manual transmission and she said she's had a bunch of people do that to avoid these issues.

My question is: Has anyone traded in their auto car for a manual? How was the experience?

It seems like this car has not held value that well. I paid 22,000 for it when I bought it new and the KBB trade in value for the car is 12,500. Seems like I'd have to trade it in for a 2012 or 2013 focus with manual.
If you wanted an automatic, why not contact Meagan the ford rep here and get your case escalated.
There is a revision F fix that appears to be a PERMANENT fix for these so-called "normal" symptoms.
make Ford do their job before you cost yourself thousands in lost value when you didn't do anything wrong.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:39 AM   #6
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I sent a PM to the FordService account... hopefully they can help... getting real sick of brining it into the dealer for the DCT problems.
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If you wanted an automatic, why not contact Meagan the ford rep here and get your case escalated.
There is a revision F fix that appears to be a PERMANENT fix for these so-called "normal" symptoms.
make Ford do their job before you cost yourself thousands in lost value when you didn't do anything wrong.
Good advice. Also, if it's been in the shop for the same thing more than 3 times, you may want to look into lemon laws. Having Ford buy it back will get you the most for the car, and they really don't want to do that so they'd probably make you a good offer on a trade in first.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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Can't do Lemon Law, the car is almost 3 years old and has 42,500 miles on it.
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For dedicated manual drivers, a manual is the ONLY way to go. For folks who have now and then driven someone else's manual, and are thinking maybe buying a car with a manual transmission... STOP! You better know the issues of owning a manual BEFORE you buy one.

The main two problems are in busy traffic. One on congested city streets, the other on congested freeways.
If you have a commute slogging in 2mph to 10mph traffic for an hour each way every work day, having a manual tranny would drive you insane pretty fast. (unless you were already insane and loved the manual so much you do not care)
Ditto shifting several times every few seconds for the stoplight every other block for miles..

So think over how you really have to drive before buying the manual.. or you might be really sorry.

And i I had to drive for an hour each way to get to work in heavy traffic? I would move. And keep the manual. LOL
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Good points.

I drove a manual for 7 years or so before getting the focus. The main reason I didn't get a manual was that they had none at the dealer, and I needed a car that day!
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