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descentgate 10-28-2011 09:40 AM

DCT / PowerShift Transmission Update TSB Thread
 
Well, I just scheduled an appointment on Monday to get my update for my 6-speed dual clutch. Seems like some dealers are willing to hand over the update (another poster on this board did), some dealers will still give the ole "its not a torque converter" mantra, and some dealers (the one I just called) don't know that there's a TSB out there, and when researched will come up with it. And the dealer I called fell into the latter (after I went to another dealer who gave me the mantra).

I'm happy with my DCT but I'm willing to see what this new update does for the transmission (in terms of smoothness and less hesitation). Hopefully, I'll have some noticeable difference. Did anyone else get an update? If so, how'd it work out for you. I'll let you know my thoughts after a good drive on Monday.

Bill3rAIL 10-28-2011 09:54 AM

Where can I find this TSB? Is it online where I can print it and bring it to the dealer?
Let me clarify, that I an NOT having problems with the DCT. If I do have problems in the future, I would like the information to get it resolved.
2800 miles and loving it!

descentgate 10-28-2011 10:07 AM

Bill, the most details on what the TSB entails is listed on the New York Times website. Since September, there have been two released, one each, for the Fiesta and the Focus. All Focuses built before August 12 are eligible, as the update was applied to all newly built models after that date.

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...sumer-reports/

Dr. Woo 10-28-2011 10:12 AM

VW drastically increased the warranty coverage on their DSGs, even though their failure rate wasn't nearly as high as Ford's DCT seems to have. I wonder if that'll be the next step in the coming months since I'm sure less than half a percent of DCTs sold are already out of warranty.

Edgar 10-28-2011 11:28 AM

How can I check for the exact build date of my Focus?

Kickerbeast 10-28-2011 11:32 AM

It will be on the door sticker with all the other information. Think that shows the month and year. The dealer should be able to run the VIN and get you the specific date if the TSB gets that detailed.

VOLDAR 10-28-2011 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Dr. Woo (Post 3873396)
VW drastically increased the warranty coverage on their DSGs, even though their failure rate wasn't nearly as high as Ford's DCT seems to have. I wonder if that'll be the next step in the coming months since I'm sure less than half a percent of DCTs sold are already out of warranty.

Are you sure is not the fuel pump instead of the DSG ? Because HPFP failures have been the ones who "scared" me in long term and made me change for a Focus. To pay (after 36K miles) 10K $ to rebuilt your whole engine, THAT'S SCARRY. Not the fact that MFT resets itself from time to time or the DCT shudders the first 5000 miles.

P.S. The DSG, being a "wet" dual-clutch transmission, needs "oil" change every 40k miles. Which is not cheap if you do it at the dealer shop (arround 600 $). The one in the Focus, the DCT, does not need this "oil" change at all (unless defective).

noahsfocus 10-28-2011 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by descentgate (Post 3873362)
Well, I just scheduled an appointment on Monday to get my update for my 6-speed dual clutch. Seems like some dealers are willing to hand over the update (another poster on this board did), some dealers will still give the ole "its not a torque converter" mantra, and some dealers (the one I just called) don't know that there's a TSB out there, and when researched will come up with it. And the dealer I called fell into the latter (after I went to another dealer who gave me the mantra).

I'm happy with my DCT but I'm willing to see what this new update does for the transmission (in terms of smoothness and less hesitation). Hopefully, I'll have some noticeable difference. Did anyone else get an update? If so, how'd it work out for you. I'll let you know my thoughts after a good drive on Monday.

Looking forward to your comments on how this update improved your drive. My focus was built in May and is eligible for this update as well. The DCT works great and only has a very slight issue with strange vibrations occasionally. I have 7000 miles and slight vibrations have never caused me to worry enough to complain about it.
After hearing about the TSB update for this I am looking into getting this done even if to just improve shifting response and also to take care of any slight vibrations that occur.
Please let us know how it works out and if you recommend this update for others.

Thanks!

Dr. Woo 10-28-2011 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VOLDAR (Post 3873603)
Are you sure is not the fuel pump instead of the DSG ? Because HPFP failures have been the ones who "scared" me in long term and made me change for a Focus. To pay (after 36K miles) 10K $ to rebuilt your whole engine, THAT'S SCARRY.

It most certainly is scary - but that problem was fixed midway through the fifth gen Golf/Jetta run. It's pretty much nonexistent now. But it's definitely cause for concern with the earlier ones. Same thing with the cam follower, which was also warrantied for extra time.

And I'm sure about the DSG. I owned one, still have the letter from VW stating that the warranty was hugely increased. I loved that transmission. Buttery-smooth and lightning fast.

Quote:

Originally Posted by VOLDAR (Post 3873603)
Not the fact that MFT resets itself from time to time or the DCT shudders the first 5000 miles.

P.S. The DSG, being a "wet" dual-clutch transmission, needs "oil" change every 40k miles. Which is not cheap if you do it at the dealer shop (arround 600 $). The one in the Focus, the DCT, does not need this "oil" change at all (unless defective).

I had mine done at around 40k. Cost me around $240. And I had a $34,000 Golf.

Sounds like someone was trying to sell you a Ford... [hihi]

copernicium112 10-28-2011 02:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by descentgate (Post 3873362)
I'm happy with my DCT but I'm willing to see what this new update does for the transmission (in terms of smoothness and less hesitation). Hopefully, I'll have some noticeable difference. Did anyone else get an update? If so, how'd it work out for you. I'll let you know my thoughts after a good drive on Monday.

Can't wait to hear your results. I'm probably going in for the first scheduled maintenance relatively soon and if all goes well for you, I'll bring it up at my dealership.

Keep us posted!


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