|Today 01:41 PM|
Hey everyone. I'm having big problems with my focus. Rather than paste the entire thing here again here is a link to my thread...
|Today 12:01 PM|
|12_SESport||Just wanted to update you guys. The tcm was the culprit. Funny enough I just got a recall letter from Ford staying I needed to get my tcm replaced for my issue I had. Unfortunately the shudder is back again. The worst part is I've been paying down this car religiously so I can trade it in and the dealership I went to said they won't take it because they have too many being traded in and because of all the transmission issues these cars are having. It's funny how that Ford dealership a year ago sold me this car telling me it's such a great car and not to worry about the complaints for the transmission because they were unfounded. I went to a second Ford dealership this weekend to be told the same thing except they aIso threw in that even if they did take it on trade that i would not like their offer because they will pay auction price only for these cars. It's sad when I'm trying to give Ford a second chance and they don't care. It's not like they're going to lose money on me buying a new car from them. Sorry my rant is over. I hope others are having better experiences.|
|Today 09:00 AM|
If it works together better most people won't worry what it is. Most people people don't care as long as it works. eg a very popular non-Ford model often called "whitegoods on wheels" gets ranked regularly as the number one selling car in the world.
I guess it is a wait and see how the new ecoboost and gearbox combos work in the US and how well the plant they use to build the US models can actually put them together properly and the dealers properly service etc.
|Today 05:46 AM|
|Today 02:23 AM|
In S or Sport mode the gears shift at higher revs and holds the gears longer more like if you were driving stick. It's what the sales person recommended I do around town. This seems to result in the gearbox being more in the right gear for turning and overtaking and the car labors less. But as you guess the car chews more gas but not a lot really too much but enough to cause a marketing person to worry about how many cars they won't sell. (NOTE people don't care a penny about what the fuel economy of a car is if it is constantly in the shop or splashed across the front page of the newspaper and forums that the car is a lemon)
I found manual mode a good option if you want to stretch the legs of the car. What I do notice is that to get the best out of the gearbox, like a manual, make sure you shift gears at the right rev points. Get it wrong and just like a manual the shift can take quite a bit of time as the gearbox gets the revs correct.
I raise these points as the gearboxes seem to die after a period of time. People get them fixed and later the problem is back. Has the gearbox been set to shift to too low revs as some have said to get better fuel economy? Now that the DCT gearbox is being phased out could Ford release a TSB which offers more reliability for D mode? If there was a survey if people wanted 0.5MPG better fuel economy or less days and cost lost for the car being in the shop people would vote for more reliable car.
I raise this as an option as Ford did something similar a few years back with one of their cars where the turbo was set too high and caused reliability problems and they reduced the boost when the customer brought it in for service. Ford could reset the the shift rev levels for more reliability instead of fuel economy.
Another possible solution for people with the DCT gearbox as Ford moves to Focus models with the torque converter.
|Yesterday 11:17 PM|
Neither set up should be more reliable than the other.
Only the 2016 Focus with 1.0L EcoBoost I3 GTDI engine and optional automatic transmission will have a different gearbox, a traditional planetary automatic transmission.
|Yesterday 05:50 PM|
I read a few pages back where someone said they had a fleet of focus with 100,000plus miles on them with very few issues..
Do the S and SE models 6speeds differ from the Ti other than the lack of the manual mode?
Are both 6 speeds DCT?
6-speed PowerShift automatic (opt. on S and SE)
6-speed PowerShift Automatic with SelectShift® Manual Control (included in the SE Plus package and std. on Titanium)
I ask because i doubt many fleets would order up Ti or SE with PLUS
|Yesterday 05:28 PM|
I was wondering if the DCT gearboxes where you can put it into sport mode with the option to manually select the gears are more reliable than the versions where you only have the D and L options?
Whilst I am assuming that the mechanicals are the same in the gearbox I am curious to know if the programming is the same.
eg when in D they are programmed the same but S is different to L in auto mode. This true?
Does anyone know?
If the sports mode set-up is more reliable I'm wondering if converting them from the D+L set-up to the sports mode is another option to help with the people with problems?
|Yesterday 02:34 PM|
Just got a letter from Ford stating that they will provide certain VIN's with a software update and no-charge extended coverage for the TCM. They have "developed new software that will alert the driver of a possible TCM circuit failure before symptome progress."
Having experienced the "no acceleration" problem before, I am hoping that this will offer some type of early warning so that I won't get a "surprise attack."
Will still look into a possible new TCM, but this seems to be a step in the right direction.
|Yesterday 06:46 AM|
1. With all the new fangled gadgets being put on the cars, lane monitoring, blindspot monitoring, GPS, satellite radio, ABS, airbags and the like there are simply too many systems to get perfect all the time. The manufacturer can only do so much T&E before turning it over to the public. Once that is done the systems will be used and tested by the public in ways the manufacturer could never dream of. So recalls are likely to occur. Even with the all the modeling and simulation that is done today before releasing just about anything, its still just a prediction. Know one really knows the MTBF's of any product until it is placed in use.
2. Car manufacturers are made to care more about their products and the safety of others. This is probably due to the news and internet but, still made to care. Earliest recall in my life that I can remember is the Ford Pinto. This recall was for the U bolts that could cause a gas tanks explosion if a rear impact were to occur. Am of the thought that the only reason this occurred was due to it making the national news.
So with all that, if we go back to the days of the 50's and 60's where cars were much simpler I am of the thought recalls will be less but since manufacturers are being mandated to make cars safer and safer, along with consumers desiring more gadgets, recalls will continue to occur.
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