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Yesterday 09:05 PM
Tra1969 Even the TI with a manual trans would have been a awesome car. Just wanted a auto trans with good gas mileage. Wish I could talk Ford into putting a auto trans off a 2 liter escape with a tork converter in it would be great and would take the small drop in gas mileage it would cause.
Yesterday 08:10 PM
TKG26 If i could do it all over i would have pushed to get a ST with out the recaro seats..... (but more money)

Otherwise i really should have looked at imprezza or waited for new mazda3 or my old faithfull honda civic(wish they had a hot hatch tho)
Yesterday 08:00 PM
Tra1969 I thought about them but I had a "dodge guy" friend of mine tell me they were not that good and had issues. Not sure if that is true but to me he is a respected dodge person. Do you own one?
Yesterday 07:39 PM
TooOld
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Taking my 2012 back in for the fourth time. I really love the car just hate the transmission. I can almost assume they will have to replace the clutch again by the way it is acting. I thinking of cutting my loses too. Can't afford a escape(with normal auto trans) with the loss I'm going to take on the focus. Been to the chevy dealer and they had 5 focus setting on the used side of their lot already. Mine might be 6 if ford doesn't cut me a deal. That would be five people I would think took a loss on their cars. Good job ford!! Your new trans is a real money maker for you. Not to good for your faithful customers.
I'd suggest taking a look at the Dodge Dart. Those are fantastic vehicles.
Yesterday 06:50 PM
Tra1969 Taking my 2012 back in for the fourth time. I really love the car just hate the transmission. I can almost assume they will have to replace the clutch again by the way it is acting. I thinking of cutting my loses too. Can't afford a escape(with normal auto trans) with the loss I'm going to take on the focus. Been to the chevy dealer and they had 5 focus setting on the used side of their lot already. Mine might be 6 if ford doesn't cut me a deal. That would be five people I would think took a loss on their cars. Good job ford!! Your new trans is a real money maker for you. Not to good for your faithful customers.
12-16-2014 12:09 PM
FordService
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Wow! Less than an hour after my last post I got a call from the other local dealer (not the one that's been putting me off) and we set up a day,, Dec 22, for me to come by to check it out. He seemed optimistic that parts could be replaced and actual service could be performed. Thanks Meagan!
You're more than welcome! Glad to be of service

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I have had my car in to the dealer three times. They gave me a new flash the first time and the other tones said it was within normal range of their tests. I have had Ford reps call me from this forum also. Everyone tells me that is just how the car behaves. My car literally almost dies at least once every time I drive it. I live in the city so there is a lot of stop and go driving and the car can't handle it. It's even more noticeable since the weather has gotten cold and I'm using the heat. The blower from the heat literally cuts out for a second when the car is about to die. Like when you are driving a stick and let the clutch out too fast. It's annoying for sure.
If you'd like me to look into your case, please let me know. :)

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Well, it's been almost 2 months since I've had the clutches and seals replaced. The shuddering is gone, but now I'm experiencing some a little different. This has only happened a handful of times, but there have been instances where I'll give it gas and the car just revs for a split second before actually going. It's like a bit of a hard shift and I've never experienced this in the time I've owned the car, which is now over a year and a half.

My current hypothesis: I think the software update that was installed when I had the clutches and seals replaced is a little buggy. I wonder how often Ford issues software tweaks. I just hope it's a fluke and won't turn into a bigger problem.
Have you been back to your dealer to have this checked out? Please let me know, along with your current mileage.

Meagan
12-15-2014 09:22 AM
RonW956
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Originally Posted by Emmortal View Post
I'm now convinced that it has a learning disability.
12-15-2014 09:15 AM
VisionPilot
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I would tend to agree. They keep flashing it and putting it back in learning mode, I'm now convinced that it has a learning disability. It drives great in learning mode then gets wonky when it's done.

Anyways, mine finally went back in for another new clutch pack and I'm picking it up today. Pretty sure this will be the last one for me, I'm planning to sell it in the new year. 3 clutches in as many years on my '12 Focus, I'm throwing in the towel. My dealer's service department has always been great about it, I just don't trust the car anymore and it's completely killed my enjoyment of it.
I also agree! It's definitely a bug in the software, or an incomplete algorithm in the learning code. Back in July, I had them flash TSB14-0131 (I think, it was the latest at the time), and changed my driving habits shortly thereafter. Whenever I'm not on the highway, I use S mode to "teach" it that I don't want to shift too early. After a few days, the shudders disappeared. It's now been months since I've experienced them. Even so, I went ahead and had the latest TSB14-0197 flashed just over a week ago. Still smooth as silk. Only time I ever shift to D is on the highway, or when maintaining a constant 45mph or higher. But, every single time I come to a stop at a signal, I always start in S mode, just to make sure it knows to hold 1st and not try to think about going to 2nd prematurely. Well, occasionally I do launch in D just to test it out.... still smooth as can be.
12-15-2014 09:09 AM
Emmortal
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I still think 95% of the DCT problems are related to the software...
I would tend to agree. They keep flashing it and putting it back in learning mode, I'm now convinced that it has a learning disability. It drives great in learning mode then gets wonky when it's done.

Anyways, mine finally went back in for another new clutch pack and I'm picking it up today. Pretty sure this will be the last one for me, I'm planning to sell it in the new year. 3 clutches in as many years on my '12 Focus, I'm throwing in the towel. My dealer's service department has always been great about it, I just don't trust the car anymore and it's completely killed my enjoyment of it.
12-15-2014 12:38 AM
RonW956
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Originally Posted by henryd1981 View Post
Well, it's been almost 2 months since I've had the clutches and seals replaced. The shuddering is gone, but now I'm experiencing some a little different. This has only happened a handful of times, but there have been instances where I'll give it gas and the car just revs for a split second before actually going. It's like a bit of a hard shift and I've never experienced this in the time I've owned the car, which is now over a year and a half.

My current hypothesis: I think the software update that was installed when I had the clutches and seals replaced is a little buggy. I wonder how often Ford issues software tweaks. I just hope it's a fluke and won't turn into a bigger problem.

I still think 95% of the DCT problems are related to the software. I just noticed that when I hit the key fob to lock the doors and if i get a nice loud courtesy honk along with the lighst lighting up the trans on my wife's '14 Focus doesnt shudder and the times when it doesnt honk but just lghts up the lights after I lock the doors, it shudders after driving around a short distance... coincidence or related? werid.
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