Originally Posted by 04SVTF303
Bought my Focus last Friday. Shifts like crap, makes noise, and occasionally it has a shudder when accelerating. I have 350 miles on it. Took it back to the dealer and was told it's the way it's supposed to run. It has the current software and everything, and still drives like crap. Not too happy at all.
The best way to stop this, is to drive it like you stole it. Do a few full throttle runs and just generally flog it. Then take some time and learn it's quirks. It's not an automatic, and if you expect it to act exactly like one you will be disappointed.