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01-30-2015 01:52 AM
Los_Torta
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Originally Posted by TooOld View Post
Interesting. Do you have the lifetime powertrain warranty through a Ford extended service plan? Would be great to use at say 200k, then 300k, etc. to get new clutch assemblies.

How did the dealer essentially give you the DCT for free? For example, let's say the DCT costs $800 on the vehicle's invoice. Did the dealer sell you the vehicle (not counting Ford rebates / incentives) for $800 less than invoice?

If so, congratulations.
This dealer provides lifetime powertrain free of charge, many large dealers do this. The company I work for get its fleet cars from this dealer, so they gave me fleet pricing, in addition to discounting the cost of the DCT so I would take a car from the lot.They also let me have the Sirius radio for free. so the final price was just a hair above invoice but way below msrp.
01-29-2015 09:28 AM
Just Tom
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Has anyone been successful in getting a lemon law or buy back from Ford?

At 67,000 miles we are back in for our 3rd or 4th clutch assembly. Just curious to hear what others have experienced. Didn't read all 14 pages.
Yes. Ford agreed to buy back my 2013 Focus. I didn't need to get an attorney involved either. While there has been some frustration with the process, overall I'm very satisfied with the outcome. They offered to replace my car or refund all my money.
01-29-2015 09:03 AM
TooOld
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Originally Posted by Los_Torta View Post
I got "lucky" that my dealer offers lifetime power train warranty, so they will cover the clutch should it go bad. Even so, I still regret not getting the manual. The only reason I got the Powershift is because they essetially gave it to me for free, so I would buy off the lot and not have to order a build to spec car. The DCT is the weakest point in this design, it is no wonder it will be the last dry DCT made by Getrag. The issue with the design is not that it is a bad design, with the notable exception of models with the black seals that would leak, but that it is severely unrefined in comparison to the competition in the North American market. Expecting drivers to change their operator habits to get an acceptable driving experience is akin to Beta testing in my opinion, it is simply asking too much from the consumer's investment.
Interesting. Do you have the lifetime powertrain warranty through a Ford extended service plan? Would be great to use at say 200k, then 300k, etc. to get new clutch assemblies.

How did the dealer essentially give you the DCT for free? For example, let's say the DCT costs $800 on the vehicle's invoice. Did the dealer sell you the vehicle (not counting Ford rebates / incentives) for $800 less than invoice?

If so, congratulations.
01-29-2015 02:22 AM
Los_Torta I got "lucky" that my dealer offers lifetime power train warranty, so they will cover the clutch should it go bad. Even so, I still regret not getting the manual. The only reason I got the Powershift is because they essetially gave it to me for free, so I would buy off the lot and not have to order a build to spec car. The DCT is the weakest point in this design, it is no wonder it will be the last dry DCT made by Getrag. The issue with the design is not that it is a bad design, with the notable exception of models with the black seals that would leak, but that it is severely unrefined in comparison to the competition in the North American market. Expecting drivers to change their operator habits to get an acceptable driving experience is akin to Beta testing in my opinion, it is simply asking too much from the consumer's investment.
01-27-2015 08:20 AM
kickstand
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Originally Posted by BeastMD View Post
Try searching. There have been a few successes. All depends on your state laws.
I did a search, I got so many results it made my head spin

Way to go Ford, you did a great job on this one
01-26-2015 07:43 PM
BeastMD
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Originally Posted by kickstand View Post
Has anyone been successful in getting a lemon law or buy back from Ford?

At 67,000 miles we are back in for our 3rd or 4th clutch assembly. Just curious to hear what others have experienced. Didn't read all 14 pages.
Try searching. There have been a few successes. All depends on your state laws.
01-26-2015 07:42 PM
BeastMD Class action lawsuits rarely help the consumer. They just make the lawyers rich.

They did one for my former Xterra for a faulty radiator that allowed coolant into the transmission, thereby killing said transmission. All nissan ended up having to do was extend the warranty to a whopping 80000 miles, repaying people that paid out pocket before that prorated depending on miles when it failed. Problem was most of the vehicles that had the suspect radiator were well past 80000 miles when the settlement came out. It was a ticking time bomb unless you hacked your Xterra and bypassed the radiator in the chain. Didnt hurt anything to do it but it made it take a lot longer to warm up the transmission in cold weather and impacted gas mileage a bit in a negative way.

The transmission cost some upwards of $4000 to replace.
01-26-2015 04:57 PM
kickstand Has anyone been successful in getting a lemon law or buy back from Ford?

At 67,000 miles we are back in for our 3rd or 4th clutch assembly. Just curious to hear what others have experienced. Didn't read all 14 pages.
01-26-2015 04:53 PM
TooOld
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Originally Posted by dan50 View Post
Sure, but a typical outcome of a class-action automobile lawsuit involves: a) an extended warranty and b) money in the class-action attorney pockets. As Ford has already done a) I'm not sure what a class-action suit would accomplish. Oh, yeah: b).
As an owner, you'd get your $13.77 "settlement" check.
01-26-2015 04:37 PM
brochado
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Sure, but a typical outcome of a class-action automobile lawsuit involves: a) an extended warranty and b) money in the class-action attorney pockets. As Ford has already done a) I'm not sure what a class-action suit would accomplish. Oh, yeah: b).
It would have been nice if they'd have extended the warranties on ALL their DCTs and not just within a certain manufacturing time frame (which mine didn't make by a whole 6 days, of course)
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