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09-15-2015 02:37 PM
drag-t
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Originally Posted by mr_cassandra View Post
Dave I think the problems are somewhat similar on the fiestas
Yeah that's what I'm seeing as well. Found plenty of reviews stating that the Fiesta has almost the same identical issues as the Focus.

I might want to reconsider the Fiesta...
09-15-2015 02:03 PM
mr_cassandra
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Originally Posted by drag-t View Post
Hey everyone,

I have a question that's a little off topic, but DCT transmission related...

With all the issues that the automatic transmission has in the Focus, are any of these problems also happening with the Fiesta ?

I did a search at the Fiesta site and found one thread about 6 pages long, but no more replies since late 2013.

Just curious, looking to pick one up for my son...

Thanks,

Dave
Dave I think the problems are somewhat similar on the fiestas
09-15-2015 01:44 PM
drag-t
A little off topic, but related

Hey everyone,

I have a question that's a little off topic, but DCT transmission related...

With all the issues that the automatic transmission has in the Focus, are any of these problems also happening with the Fiesta ?

I did a search at the Fiesta site and found one thread about 6 pages long, but no more replies since late 2013.

Just curious, looking to pick one up for my son...

Thanks,

Dave
09-14-2015 04:45 AM
mr_cassandra
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Originally Posted by centennial View Post
Glad I was on a lease. I gave up fighting the uphill battle at about 6 months and just waited for the term to end. I see you had a TR-8. I've had two. Very fun rudimentary cars that were much more pleasant experiences than an early DCT Focus.
How were your 2 TR-*'s on day to day drivability? Reason I ask is that was a lot of aluminum V8 packed in to a small engine compartment. The radiator cap could be seen immediately under the hood louvers on mine. The previous owner had wired in electric fan overrides to keep them on, others it commonly vapor-locked o simple trip to the store.
09-13-2015 09:12 PM
centennial
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Originally Posted by mr_cassandra View Post
this is the sad part of this three year saga. Any company and any car can have a problem, but what matters is how they take care of the customer and the problem.

The "everything is normal" memo fooled many, many owners who had never driven some other version of a dual clutch tranny. There is even a thread on this board from an owner helping everyone to understand what is "normal" (which it wasn't)

But the huge giveaway that should catch everyones attention, is that you can read three plus years of posts from owners who got some form of repair that made the "normal" symptoms go away (only to return weeks to months later.)

readers need to ask themselves one question: If a given symptom is "normal" how could it go away after a repair ?
Glad I was on a lease. I gave up fighting the uphill battle at about 6 months and just waited for the term to end. I see you had a TR-8. I've had two. Very fun rudimentary cars that were much more pleasant experiences than an early DCT Focus.
09-13-2015 05:56 AM
mr_cassandra
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Originally Posted by centennial View Post
The happiest day of my life recently was returning my 2012 SEL. Worst car experience I ever had. The way Ford and the dealer spent years blaming me for not knowing how to drive my car and that all the bad things it was doing is "normal", I gave up on Ford after 12 years of exclusive Ford ownership. I drive a Hyundai product now and have confidence that I can lend it to someone else without fear they will get killed in it. I never let anyone else drive the Focus, it almost got me T-boned twice when the trans went into Never-Never Land mode.
this is the sad part of this three year saga. Any company and any car can have a problem, but what matters is how they take care of the customer and the problem.

The "everything is normal" memo fooled many, many owners who had never driven some other version of a dual clutch tranny. There is even a thread on this board from an owner helping everyone to understand what is "normal" (which it wasn't)

But the huge giveaway that should catch everyones attention, is that you can read three plus years of posts from owners who got some form of repair that made the "normal" symptoms go away (only to return weeks to months later.)

readers need to ask themselves one question: If a given symptom is "normal" how could it go away after a repair ?
09-12-2015 02:14 PM
centennial The happiest day of my life recently was returning my 2012 SEL. Worst car experience I ever had. The way Ford and the dealer spent years blaming me for not knowing how to drive my car and that all the bad things it was doing is "normal", I gave up on Ford after 12 years of exclusive Ford ownership. I drive a Hyundai product now and have confidence that I can lend it to someone else without fear they will get killed in it. I never let anyone else drive the Focus, it almost got me T-boned twice when the trans went into Never-Never Land mode.
09-12-2015 11:53 AM
zuckus So i got my car back with the replacement parts. It drives wonderfully, smooth shifts and no grinding. This is my second replacement along with about three other times of just reprogramming. My first replacement had grinding sounds almost immediately but this has not made any noises. They handed me a sheet a paper with a description of the characteristics of the transmission and noted the 1000 mile break in period, can it just act like it's acting now and not change lol.

It's back to being the great car it's supposed to be but with the history of the car I have NO confidence that ford has finally fixed this problem. My first replacement lasted through the winter and then acted up again the next summer, so that is kind of my expectation right now. Starting to keep my eyes open on a good deal for a replacement, I just don't want to take the depreciation hit.

I posted in this thread because it's where i first posted about my problems and just wanted to be consistent even though there are quite a few other threads talking about the same thing.
08-19-2015 10:58 PM
sobhall ^ Good for you, ricomti! My wrangling with Ford continues.
08-19-2015 07:14 AM
ricomtl Well today is the last day I have the crappiest car I've ever driven. The car has been in the garage over 32 days during the past 36 months. The transmission shuddering never got repaired even after 3 full clutch pack replacements. In the past 3 months, the shuddering has been so violent that I didn't even trust it for my summer road trip. I went ahead and paid for a car rental!

The transmission issues aren't the only headache I got with this car. I've had paint chips peeling off in the tail light area (now rusted even with their botch up repairs), chrome trims around doors peeling off, horn stopped working, hatchback strings broke twice, loud banging when braking (this was 5 minutes after owning my new car), link kit had to be changed after a year, suspension loud noise in the winter, steering wheel silver coating peeled off and edges were extremely sharp (got a deep cut on my finger!), rain sensor stopped working twice, issues with the light sensor (day/night) for the auto headlight feature.. and the list goes on.

After exhausting escalations within Ford - they told me they couldn't do anything about breaking the lease early. I was stuck in dealing with the dealer which happens to be the most stubborn and unprofessional people I've ever came across in the industry.

As soon as I involved their CEO/owner, they've agreed in waiving off 2 payments out of the 8 payments I have left on my 48 month lease and finally apologized for their behavior and for the car which clearly turned out to be a lemon. I'm bringing the car back and still have to cought up 3K from my pocket so I can't stop driving this nightmare.

I'm really happy it all ends today. Good luck to all others who are going through similar situations!

Cheers all - this forum has always been an awesome place for advice and sharing! Thanks! :D
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