|Yesterday 04:42 AM|
I bought the car in 9/2014. I don't know the build date. The most recent TSB (at that time) was TSB 13-09-04 and I had it done in the first two weeks of ownership. The tranny guy said the clutch seals were already of the newest type and there was no leakage. Seems Ford has upgraded the clutch seals and the DCT itself over time in an attempt to fix this problem. I had the newest clutch seals and they were replaced during the TSB fix. The improvements clearly came from the software fix alone.
As I said, I currently have no problems. If the noise comes back in the Spring, too bad for me. I'll still drive it as now I have a set of Pirelli tires invested in the deal ($650 installed). I leased my Focus and it now has 7000 miles on it.
Good luck with yours.
|12-11-2013 09:28 AM|
What was the build date of your Focus? I got mine when it was cold weather, so I might be in your case. Did you ever have the TSB applied or what it already applied to your car when you bought it?
I'm like you, I kinda wish I had got an Altima or Fusion. Drive it and like it I guess.
|12-11-2013 05:35 AM|
Just wanted to post an update on my 2014 Ford Focus Titanium. I originally complained about the shifting and tranny noises. I had the most recent TSB applied (replaced the clutch seals that weren't leaking and applied the most recent software fix). It drove great and shifted better for 500 miles and then the noises came back. I took it back and the tranny guy said the noises were "normal".
Then came winter and lower temps. The noises went away. Many have commented on this and I read a hypothesis that it is a viscosity related change. I fully expect the noises to come back in the Spring when temps go back up.
I will say that the car is currently giving me no troubles. I did have to get a set of all-season tires (Pirelli P6 Four Seasons Plus: http://www.pirelli.com/tire/us/en/ca...sons_plus.html ) as the Titanium Handling Package came with "Summer only tires" and they could not be driven on snow.
So, I'm driving it. It works well, no noises, shifts fine, no shudders, no new issues. When the noises come back in the spring, I'll do what the tranny guy said and "Turn up the stereo." I won't be buying it at lease end. I won't be getting another DCT transmission from Ford. Also, I found out I prefer a bigger car (like my old Toyota Avalon) that got 24/31 mpg to a smaller car that gets 27/37 mpg. The average cost savings per year at gas prices of $3.25 and 15K-20K miles of use is only $400-$450 per year. The cost of an iPad...
|12-10-2013 10:31 PM|
Hello! I'm not new to FORD and TSB's.......BUT, new to ford cars.
I just thought it was ironic to already have the issue and the TSB noted in the oasis report. Almost like its expected to happen sooner or later.
I haven't noticed anything yet, but only had it a week with 96 miles...
|12-10-2013 10:23 PM|
|12-10-2013 10:11 PM|
NEW but leary...
I just bought a 2014 Ford Focus 11/27/13.
This transmission is unlike any one i've ever had in any car before.
i've had small cars like the Cavalier and the Cobalt (GM).
I have not experienced any of these issues YET, but after reading all these problems with the transmissions, makes me wonder if I made a bad bad mistake buying this car.
I traded in a 2013 F150 on this 2014 Focus mainly because of the gas savings, and no real need for a truck. the 5.0 and the transmission on the F150 was smooth, and quiet, and you didn't even really notice it shifting gears (6spd).
I didn't realize what a DCT was before I got this car, but I knew it was different.
So, have many of these issues been corrected/refined with the 2014 model year?
I got an OASIS report today on my Focus, and it did have a "REPAIR NOTIFICATION" about the shudder and the clutch replacement for TSB
my Focus was built on Nov 13, 2013.
I find it weird that there's already a "notification" in my vehicles history "IF" the even happens.....
Overall, i like this car, but i'm a little leary now. I could had had a FUSION for $1,500 more. . . .
|12-10-2013 01:18 PM|
|12-10-2013 10:23 AM|
|12-10-2013 09:59 AM|
Just had TSB 13-9-4 done. Shifts much better in my opinion. Never really had a bad shudder just noticed it every once in awhile in town.
I appreciate all of the great info here, Thank you!
2012 SE Hatchback 36,006 miles
|12-06-2013 01:47 PM|
Thanks, Dan50. For a car built in 2013, even if is using a different technology and shifting methodology, you really shouldn't notice the shifting at all. I drive a 2003 Tundra to work and I never notice or think about the shifting. I really never notice it on any car I drive, including the many makes and models I rent for work. These lunging and slipping sensations, even if expected, are simply unacceptable for a new car. Of course, there are clearly issues with the DCT's that are not just normal behavior (hence the 254 pages on this thread). My concern is that the clutch replacement and software fixes are bandaids and not true long-term fixes. Until Ford tells me that the new clutches are redesigned or improved to address the actual problems, and until I drive the vehicle and experience reasonable shifting behavior, I'm not convinced that anything has changed. I've seen enough posts from people who have had their clutch replaced and had the software updated and still have problems, not to have too much confidence at the moment.
I bought this car in February, so I'm less than a year out. My wife drives it most of the time, so this week was the first time I really got to drive it since the clutch replacement. I drove it a good bit for two days and took a number of driving approaches (babied it and also got into it) and it really performs poorly. I will agree that very light driving masks most of the issues, but there is still a good bit of noise during shifting and acceleration. At higher speeds it's fine, but it should be fine at all speeds. The throttle response at <2300 is worse than soggy--- and is noisy/rattly.
I drove an Altima recently, and although they've also had some transmission problems, it was a far superior driving experience (related to acceleration and shifting), with similar gas mileage.
Thanks again for your input.
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