Originally Posted by unfocused1
From my perspective (YMMV), only that transmission noise is anything to worry about. Ford says it is normal but part of me still thinks it isn't, mostly due to what others have reported... and the ESPs not covering the clutches (part of the transmission). The latter is a yellow flag that suggests the noises we hear are indeed abnormal... Why would Ford otherwise not stand behind its automobile design and not cover one of the components therein? Especially something as major as any part of the transmission? (Again, other people who had problems DID get good customer service, with one or two reporting total transmission replacements, so I'm not going to worry regardless...)
And, yes, it is otherwise a perfect car. (Okay, I don't have MFT, but I wouldn't want it...) I still baby mine and I've almost had it a year. If it's just a transmission quirk, no problem. I hate conspiracy theories anyhow...
That's the thing...it's not a transmission quirk. I've been around the racing world for years and have driven many cars with this exact style of transmission. The problem is the design that Ford created is problematic. The software programming has the potential of ruining the clutches, which is a *massive* problem. No software should ever be created to actually hurt or destroy the hardware it runs on. That's a pretty basic tenet of programming.