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01-12-2013 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by e30og View Post
this car is so rewarding to drive
Ahhhh... memories. LOL
01-12-2013 12:24 AM
Originally Posted by drdab99 View Post
Just bought a 2013 with DCT, after some hesitation due to all the problems reported on this board concerning the DCT in the 2012's. What made me decide to go ahead is the nearly total lack of comments on the board about problems in the 2013 models. I did, however, decide to kick in an extra $1100 for the extended warranty (something I very rarely do for any purchase), which takes me out to 6 years or 75,000 miles. The peace of mind is worth it.

First impressions - this is the best time I've had in a car since my wife and I were dating in high school (if you know what I mean).

Great performance, great build, phenomenal handling. I couldn't be happier. I feel sorry for all of those who have seemed to have had such a miserable experience with their 2012 DCTs, but maybe Ford has figured it out? I sure hope so because I don't want the fun to end.
Very happy for you. Its great to hear from DCT owners that haven't been stuck with defective boxes, especially since this car is so rewarding to drive
01-11-2013 09:36 PM
Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
You'd think with the TCM recall, they'd have added a DTC for "excessive clutch slipping" or something so that at least we don't look crazy when we go to the dealers.
Yep, I mentioned that a long time ago.

If my DCT's clutch is coated in oil and slipping... an error code should be thrown.

The ECU and TCU shouldn't conspire to render the car completely gutless. That's what mine was doing. It drove OK except for the soft launches and the fact that the computer was always giving me a fraction of the power I was requesting, to avoid slipping the clutch. It was a real dog.

The computer KNOWS the clutch is slipping... but it has been programmed to work around it instead of throwing an error code. I'd like to know why turning the car into a gutless hunk of crap is preferable to alerting the driver to an obvious mechanical fault.

The software in these DCTs leaves a lot to be desired, and if I could go back to the firmware mine left the factory with, I would. Of course that's not an option.
01-11-2013 01:38 PM
PratoN (bump)

I don't recall anyone mentioning it yet, but do your 2013 Foci shift into 6th gear at 35 or 40mph?
12-21-2012 12:08 PM
1turbofocus There is no tuning for the MKIII yet , Thats the problem

12-21-2012 11:37 AM
fishin-nole I'm surprised the after market tuners have not been working on these cars. I know they are tuning the new eco boost cars.
12-19-2012 05:00 PM
Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
How about clutches that are "fried" or contaminated with oil?
Can those be "addressed in the programming" so that the clutch engagement is always smooth?
I can't guarantee if it's the new programming or the winter tires or the cold weather, but my shifts got quieter with the 2013 programming put on (After 12B37 that results in 40mph shifts into 6th, but a laggy / less "fun" shift).

It still makes some weird noises and occasionally shakes when turning, but I think that's because the clutch was ruined before the update from 39k miles of bad shifting - whether that be because it is glazed or contaminated with oil.

Ideally, you'd want a clean clutch, yes. You'd think with the TCM recall, they'd have added a DTC for "excessive clutch slipping" or something so that at least we don't look crazy when we go to the dealers.
12-19-2012 04:53 PM
Originally Posted by Kabigon View Post
How about clutches that are "fried" or contaminated with oil?
Can those be "addressed in the programming" so that the clutch engagement is always smooth?
Funny guy, Kabigon.
You know as well as I that I'm referring to factory programming of a new "mechanically healthy" vehicle. Goes without saying that leaking seals and/or abuse have nothing to do with programming. That's a quality control issue. I'm talking about mostly 2012s that, despite having no seal leaks or oil on the clutches, have poor engagement and shifting characteristics. That being said, it's also well documented that many many 2012 owners have no performance issues at all. Seems to be a crap shoot. Maybe that's why it is what it is. There might be too many mechanical tolerance variations in these DCTs to make a program work for all. That would explain why some owners report no problems and some owner's problems never seem to go away.
All this being said, my 2013 was frickin horrible the first 300 miles, got much better from 300 to 3200, and better again at 3200. Three definite steps. Strange.
12-19-2012 04:17 PM
Originally Posted by blackhillsken View Post
Exactly. Programming. Agreed, but I make my living programming fuel injection and I can tell you that EVERY, yes EVERY possible scenario of driving conditions and driver input can be addressed in the programming.
How about clutches that are "fried" or contaminated with oil?
Can those be "addressed in the programming" so that the clutch engagement is always smooth?
12-19-2012 08:55 AM
Originally Posted by mousethis View Post
I also have a 2012 SEL - 3/12, I have only had one issue and it seemed to be a one of...When I would put the car in reverse I would lose power steering so I took it to the shop and they replaced what they were calling a wire harness in the engine compartment. Since this I have been fortunate and feel really bad for those who are having issues, it is bs.

I wonder if there are SELs with issues...I think they no longer offer an SEL though in the 2013s.
The only reason they got rid of the SEL was to make the SE more expensive by adding the features from the SEL onto the SE to bring the price to just below that of the Titanium.

This and some misguided brand recognition as part of a strategy called good better best to streamline the model line down to three standard series S, SE, Ti, along with the Electric and ST as seperate sub model trees.

The transmission issues could theoretically affect any 2012+ since they all use the same gearbox, although the later programming and clutch packs seemed to have been much improved in many cases.
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