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Today 09:11 AM
ChrisFocus14
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Originally Posted by Wades99 View Post
Thats good to hear! Its such a nice car to drive so its a shame that it has these dct issues. Will post any updates or issues I have breaking in the new transmission ;-)
Thanks for your updates, sounds like we had similar situations coming from the Mazda, this really does feel like an upgrade.

I just got mine back from the shop as well, all they did was a re-flash but the shudder is now VERY minimal (almost unnoticeable) and the grinding is gone. I usually ALWAYS heard the grinding at this one spot by my work, and did not hear it this morning. I'm concerned that, as others have said, the flash works for a bit then it's back to normal. If it comes back, I will demand part replacements like you just got, and if that doesn't fix it i'm going to have to find a way out of this car. Such a shame, I really do love it. Fingers crossed that the re-flash worked, but i'm not convinced it will stay this perfect.

Please keep us posted on how the new transmission and parts work out, as that may be my next step.
Today 05:59 AM
Wades99
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Originally Posted by Downunder View Post
This means you now get the chance to run in the gearbox/clutch like you want to. Have fun over the next 1000KM breaking it in.

There was an earlier post about somebody who had similar problems like you. He had problems in the beginning and started to drive it like they recommend here

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/m...look-here.html

and after awhile it fixed itself. I think he drove it over 10,000 miles and he said it got better and better.
Thats good to hear! Its such a nice car to drive so its a shame that it has these dct issues. Will post any updates or issues I have breaking in the new transmission ;-)
Today 03:34 AM
Downunder
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Originally Posted by Wades99 View Post
Got my car back today. They replaced the transmission and clutch. Feels way better already. Will see how it goes this time!
This means you now get the chance to run in the gearbox/clutch like you want to. Have fun over the next 1000KM breaking it in.

There was an earlier post about somebody who had similar problems like you. He had problems in the beginning and started to drive it like they recommend here

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/m...look-here.html

and after awhile it fixed itself. I think he drove it over 10,000 miles and he said it got better and better.
Today 03:13 AM
Wades99
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Originally Posted by Wades99 View Post
I got my 2014 Focus 6spd powershift in March this year which had 30k km on the clock. It was in very nice condition and drove really well and seemed like a nice upgrade from my 04 Mazda3. It was still covered by the 3 year new car warranty so was very pleased with my purchase.
After a couple months I started to notice a shuddering while accelerating at low speeds or from a standstill. The whole vehicle would kind of vibrate between gear shifts. So I got onto google and searched ford focus shuddering and then I find all these forums and news articles about it . I did read some of the topics about tips on driving the dual clutch transmission which I thought was working but it still comes back. It has slowly go worse and you can even start to notice it in the higher gear shifts.
I have it booked in next week for the Ford dealer to take a look. So hopefully something can be done.
After reading all these posts its starting to make me think I should have stayed with a Mazda3
Got my car back today. They replaced the transmission and clutch. Feels way better already. Will see how it goes this time!
Yesterday 05:01 PM
ChrisFocus14
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The last week or two, the shuddering has continued but also turned into an ungodly grinding noise, which is worse going up a hill or turning, usually shifting between 1st and 2nd gear or 2-3. No other time does it make the noise, and it usually happens when the car has warmed up a bit (after 20 mins or so of driving).

I'm pretty upset since I traded a car I couldn't trust for another one. My car is scheduled to be looked at at the dealer on Monday morning. Had to argue with them for a while about getting a loaner so I could get to work (you know, the whole reason I bought a new car...) but eventually the sales guy got me one. Something tells me this problem won't go away.

I will follow-up with the results, but i'm starting to worry about what kind of lemon I may be stuck with for the next however long, and I haven't even made a payment!!!!!!!! It's ridiculous that Ford puts these cars on the street knowing the issues they have, I can GUARANTEE you that this is why the person who had the car before me traded it in. It is in beautiful condition with only 25k miles, why else would you trade in?

-Chris


Just wanted to do a quick update, they had my car in this morning and seemed to know exactly what I was talking about. They did the flash update, i'm picking it up from the dealership tomorrow morning. They claim there was no leaking in the seals and the clutch looks ok so they didn't replace parts, but I don't believe them. However, this is the first time it's in the shop (new to me) so i'm willing to give them one try. Took some coercing to get a loaner from the sales guy but I got one. Something tells me the grinding will continue after the update.

Wanted to THANK EVERYONE on this thread, as cars aren't my specialty and this info helped me get ahead of the issue. My biggest concern is that it won't be fixed and i'll be stuck with a problematic car.

Will post an update after driving it for a bit.

Thanks, Chris
Yesterday 02:16 PM
mr_cassandra
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Originally Posted by 12_SESport View Post
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.
How much stuff like this does it take to get owners really, really mad?

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.

This directly conflicts with the many discussions on these forums about how this problem was limited AND ONLY AFFECTING A SMALL AMOUNT OF PRODUCTION.
Yesterday 02:11 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by 12_SESport View Post
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.

Thanks for keeping us all updated. I want to look into some options on my end. What's your updated mileage?

Meagan
Yesterday 09:09 AM
Downunder
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Originally Posted by 12_SESport View Post
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. I hope others are having better experiences.
Trade-in prices from Kelly Blue book is a useful place to see if you are getting ripped off or not.

Kelley Blue Book - New & Used Car Price Values
Kelley Blue Book best-resale-value-awards

The sad news is that when you trade in a 3 year old car it's value can drop to as low as 33% of the purchase price. One of the categories that holds its price well is large SUVs. So after 3 years despite the fact it burns more gas, when you consider the extra trade-in value you may be ahead compared to a compact car purchase. So when you trade-in your Focus you could consider a Toyota Tacoma with a resale value of 81% after 3 years. This type of craziness makes your head spin when you are trying to work out the cheapest way to get around.
08-30-2015 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.
08-30-2015 09:00 AM
Downunder
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Originally Posted by mr_cassandra View Post
Odd that it is being phased out as it seems to be in growing use in a collection of brands worldwide. The North American car of the year 2015 was the VW Golf family including the GTI and R models. The R even uses DCT in its all wheel drive.
The new ecoboost engines with the new 6 speed auto or the new 6 speed manual combinations now in Europe and other markets are a step up from the 2liter DCT combo currently offered in the US.

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.
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