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11-28-2012 11:29 AM
FordService
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Originally Posted by Just Tom View Post
May I ask one more question? What's the difference between Selectshift and Powershift? Which of the two would my Focus have? Titanium edition...fyi.
Hi Just Tom,

suss6052 does a great job explaining the difference below; you may also find it valuable to download the Owner's Manual to answer any additional questions you may have: https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...OwnerGuidePage

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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Selectshift is the S gate on the gear shift lever which also allows for manual shifting through the gears without the use of a clutch pedal with the click of the switch on the gear lever. If putting it into S without touching the switch the car remains in sport shift automatic mode which uses gears 1-5, and more aggressively downshifts on braking to bring the engine speed up to keep the car in the powerband.

Powershift is Ford's trademarked name for the dual clutch automated manual transmission (DCT).

The Titanium if it is an auto will have the PowerShift DPS6 with the Selectshift feature.

The base S/SE with the Powershift transmission only have a L range instead of a sport mode as well as a hill grade assist switch that locks the car out of 6th gear instead of the manual shift switch.
Thanks for the great info, suss6052!

Crystal
11-28-2012 09:55 AM
Just Tom
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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Selectshift is the S gate on the gear shift lever which also allows for manual shifting through the gears without the use of a clutch pedal with the click of the switch on the gear lever. If putting it into S without touching the switch the car remains in sport shift automatic mode which uses gears 1-5, and more aggressively downshifts on braking to bring the engine speed up to keep the car in the powerband.

Powershift is Ford's trademarked name for the dual clutch automated manual transmission (DCT).

The Titanium if it is an auto will have the PowerShift DPS6 with the Selectshift feature.

The base S/SE with the Powershift transmission only have a L range instead of a sport mode as well as a hill grade assist switch that locks the car out of 6th gear instead of the manual shift switch.
Thanks for that explaination, that makes sense to me now. This forum and folks like yourself sure are a great resource. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
11-28-2012 09:46 AM
suss6052
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Originally Posted by Just Tom View Post
May I ask one more question? What's the difference between Selectshift and Powershift? Which of the two would my Focus have? Titanium edition...fyi.
Selectshift is the S gate on the gear shift lever which also allows for manual shifting through the gears without the use of a clutch pedal with the click of the switch on the gear lever. If putting it into S without touching the switch the car remains in sport shift automatic mode which uses gears 1-5, and more aggressively downshifts on braking to bring the engine speed up to keep the car in the powerband.

Powershift is Ford's trademarked name for the dual clutch automated manual transmission (DCT).

The Titanium if it is an auto will have the PowerShift DPS6 with the Selectshift feature.

The base S/SE with the Powershift transmission only have a L range instead of a sport mode as well as a hill grade assist switch that locks the car out of 6th gear instead of the manual shift switch.
11-28-2012 09:38 AM
Just Tom
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Originally Posted by slybarman View Post
No.

Edit: with respect to maintenance on the vw, if there is a design flaw inside th hpfp as some suggest, maintenance wont matter. I was probably willing to roll the dice on that. I think the no warming up in the winter thing was the nail in the coffin for me. If I garaged my car it wouldnt have mattered.

Sent from my Obamaphone using FF Mobile.
May I ask one more question? What's the difference between Selectshift and Powershift? Which of the two would my Focus have? Titanium edition...fyi.
11-28-2012 08:47 AM
slybarman No.

Edit: with respect to maintenance on the vw, if there is a design flaw inside th hpfp as some suggest, maintenance wont matter. I was probably willing to roll the dice on that. I think the no warming up in the winter thing was the nail in the coffin for me. If I garaged my car it wouldnt have mattered.

Sent from my Obamaphone using FF Mobile.
11-28-2012 08:35 AM
Just Tom
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Originally Posted by slybarman View Post
I was deciding between the golf tdi and the focus. 3 things pushed me away from the golf, despite the fact I loved how it drove.

1) very few options available as you describe. No leather, no auto climate control, minimal tech, etc.
2) my car lives outside and in the winter it gets snow and ice on it. The tdi will not warm up while at idle, so remote start is useless and clearing snow and ice seemed like it would be more difficult without defrost. With the focus I hit the remote start and come out to a warm car with clear windows.
3) there seem to be design issues with the hpfp in the tdi that have left some people unhappy with very high repair costs.

Sent from my Obamaphone using FF Mobile.
High repair costs is one thing that does frighten me. Every owner I've communicated with have stated that you really have to stay on top of the maintenance or the car puts you in the penalty box. I always do service my cars on schedule, but the point is the TDi seems to be very unforgiving. I must admit, at this point the Focus looks like the smart money.

One more question....while taking a test drive yesterday, I noticed a loud buzzing noise that came through the speakers. I couldn't hear the radio...only the constant "bzzzzzz...." then it went away. have you experienced that in your car?
11-28-2012 07:22 AM
slybarman I was deciding between the golf tdi and the focus. 3 things pushed me away from the golf, despite the fact I loved how it drove.

1) very few options available as you describe. No leather, no auto climate control, minimal tech, etc.
2) my car lives outside and in the winter it gets snow and ice on it. The tdi will not warm up while at idle, so remote start is useless and clearing snow and ice seemed like it would be more difficult without defrost. With the focus I hit the remote start and come out to a warm car with clear windows.
3) there seem to be design issues with the hpfp in the tdi that have left some people unhappy with very high repair costs.

Sent from my Obamaphone using FF Mobile.
11-28-2012 07:06 AM
Just Tom
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Originally Posted by terpsnation View Post
I have a Droid X (original, not X2) and it is definitely compatible w/ MFT.

Can make calls, text and stream music. One bug I've noticed is that randomly when I get a text it will say it's from one specific person in my phone when it's actually from someone completely different. Whenever this bug occurs, it always displays it as from the same person, rather than the actual message sender. Not really sure why it does this, and it seems to be intermittent.

As for DCT, like another poster wrote, it is a little jerky in traffic, but also seems to be intermittent. I drive in DC traffic, and in the morning when I accelerate a tiny bit while crawling in traffic, that car will accelerate noticeably 2 or 3 times. This only seems to happen on cold mornings. I park in a parking garage during the day, and on the way home I don't notice the jerky-ness.
Thanks for that feedback. Glad to know there's somebody else using the original Droid X still, besides myself. Now I don't feel so obsolete. I drove the car last evening and I was overall very impressed with the car. The only real gripe I have is the leg room in the back. By comparison the VW Jetta with TDI which is my other consideration has more leg room but also feels much larger. There's advantages and disadvantages to both. I must say, the Ford stands out a tech feature laden car when compared to the VW. Not to many bells and whistles on the VW. In fact, it's pretty stark when you compare the two. The VW is more basic with manual climate controls and no MFT, manual on/off headlights, etc. Also, the VW being a turbo diesel, there will be higher maintenance cost. One plus is that with VW they do offer free maintenance for 3yr/36k. If things go snap and a part is needed, the parts will also be more pricey. On the plus side of things, the VW can reach out to 50MPG (according to some owners I've spoken to) which is huge and the torque curve on the car is great! Lots of low end torque with that turbo diesel. Still, they're tradeoffs. No question in terms of bang for the buck, you can't beat the Ford. So I'm trying to weigh all of this out. I think I would be happy with either car and by the way, the VW has a few niggling issues with it also....like the Focus. I was hoping there would be a clear cut winner, but since both have issues it makes the decision much harder for me. We'll see what happens today after I talk to the VW guy about payment, etc.. By the way...I got a super low payment on the Focus $312 per mo. Gotta love 0% APR for 60 mos. So that's a big consideration also.
11-27-2012 10:34 AM
terpsnation
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Originally Posted by Just Tom View Post
I'm using a Motorola Droid X. Basically I'd like to be able to stream music from my phone and possibly read text messages, but I'm not sure the Droid X is compatible. However, my biggest concern is the transmission. I live in SoCal and as everyone knows our traffic sucks! Come to think of it...all traffic sucks, but ours is among the worst. So the tranny issue of stop and go..creeping along between 3-5MPH will certainly come in to play for me. For those of you with the 2012's, did the updates eliminate the tranny problem (DCT)?
I have a Droid X (original, not X2) and it is definitely compatible w/ MFT.

Can make calls, text and stream music. One bug I've noticed is that randomly when I get a text it will say it's from one specific person in my phone when it's actually from someone completely different. Whenever this bug occurs, it always displays it as from the same person, rather than the actual message sender. Not really sure why it does this, and it seems to be intermittent.

As for DCT, like another poster wrote, it is a little jerky in traffic, but also seems to be intermittent. I drive in DC traffic, and in the morning when I accelerate a tiny bit while crawling in traffic, that car will accelerate noticeably 2 or 3 times. This only seems to happen on cold mornings. I park in a parking garage during the day, and on the way home I don't notice the jerky-ness.
11-27-2012 10:06 AM
sidepipe79 I stayed away from the MFT but I have a DCT. I love it. I have had no issues what so ever with mine.
2012 SE hatch DCT Build date 07/12
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