Originally Posted by Cult Hero
I can't decide between a 2013 Focus or a Mazda3 touring, I mean, I like the Focus design a lot more but threads about transmission problems pop up here everyday. I think that what worries me even more are the uncaring dealers and the lack of solutions coming from Ford. Makes my head hurt.
I have a 2/2012 build and the DCT was a bit wonky for the first 7-8k miles. At 10k+ miles it seems to have broken in and stayed fairly consistent. If it stays like it is then I have no problem driving the car for another 100-150k miles but long-term reliability is a concern right now.
I am giving it a chance to prove my that concerns are unwarranted but if it starts acting up then I am trading that car in.
The Mazda 3 looks like a clown car but that's just my opinion of course. Personally I'd go for a Subaru, VW GTI, or KIA Forte/Optima. I spent some time browsing the KIA forums awhile back and folks seem pretty happy with them.