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Old 10-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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I would like the 2013 owners to chip in and tell us your transmission experiences.


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Old 10-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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I got my car last Tuesday. I have 800 miles on it, about 50/50 highway city I would say. Maybe a bit more on the highway/country road side. 65/35?

Anyhoo. At around 150-300 mi I had some shuddering. It seems to have gotten better as I haven't had it happen again as often. Just once the other day but it was just lumpy all around that was weird. Didn't happen after that.

I usually just drive in D
I've putted around town for a short amount of time in S and played with the shifty buttons including downshifting to slow down for a short while too
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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We have two new 2013 SE's - one with the 201A option. They both have the Power Shift gearbox. We love the cars but have found the gearbox to still have some hesitation/stumbling in the low gears - first and second - but not all the time. You can also hear some clatter from the clutches (I presume) from time to time - particularly at low speed, during cornering - but not real loud. The gearbox seems to be improved from the issues reported for 2012 models. We understand the concept of the auto manual and it may be that driving style can help - we found that using the throttle will smooth out stumbling. However, it is a concern and surprising that Ford would take to market an unperfected concept like the Power Shift gearbox - especially from one year to the next. This is my tenth Ford in a row as a daily driver and I have faithfully stood by the brand. Time will tell how we feel about these cars and what we consider for the future.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #4
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We have two new 2013 SE's - one with the 201A option. They both have the Power Shift gearbox. We love the cars but have found the gearbox to still have some hesitation/stumbling in the low gears - first and second - but not all the time. You can also hear some clatter from the clutches (I presume) from time to time - particularly at low speed, during cornering - but not real loud. The gearbox seems to be improved from the issues reported for 2012 models. We understand the concept of the auto manual and it may be that driving style can help - we found that using the throttle will smooth out stumbling. However, it is a concern and surprising that Ford would take to market an unperfected concept like the Power Shift gearbox - especially from one year to the next. This is my tenth Ford in a row as a daily driver and I have faithfully stood by the brand. Time will tell how we feel about these cars and what we consider for the future.
(emphasis added on key point)

It's interesting they fixed issues in the 2012 model, but did not support 2012 owners by retrofitting what must obviously be legitimate issues since you claim they were fixed in the 2013 model. But which specific issues would those be? (e.g. the blender noise almost everyone seems to get...)

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Old 10-16-2012, 12:19 PM   #5
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We have a 12 SE sedan and a 13 SE sedan. Only difference i can feel and hear is the 2013 when you slow down to a stop the idle stays at 1000 rpm then drops to normal idle. The 12 ( early Dec. 2011 build has not been updated ) does not do this. The 13 seems to be smoother when you make a rolling almost stop then go again. The 1000 rpm seems to make the difference. Both have been quiet and smooth from day 1.


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Old 10-16-2012, 02:43 PM   #6
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(emphasis added on key point)

It's interesting they fixed issues in the 2012 model, but did not support 2012 owners by retrofitting what must obviously be legitimate issues since you claim they were fixed in the 2013 model. But which specific issues would those be? (e.g. the blender noise almost everyone seems to get...)

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I don't think he stated that he was sure anything really changed. His description of his transmission's performance mimics my 2012 build date 25 May almost to a T.
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(emphasis added on key point)

It's interesting they fixed issues in the 2012 model, but did not support 2012 owners by retrofitting what must obviously be legitimate issues since you claim they were fixed in the 2013 model. But which specific issues would those be? (e.g. the blender noise almost everyone seems to get...)

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Don't know about blender noise but what we have experienced can be considered stumbling or hesitation. Not extreme but noticeable in low gears and at low speed. Also, on turns at lower speeds. Both 2013 SE's behave the same. We have noticed that you can modulate the stumbling effect with throttle input. My car has almost 1500 miles and it may be getting better. Again, we'll see.... By the way, we test drove the cars a reasonable distance and they worked fine. I guess the test drive needs to be longer and more effective in changes of speed, gears, etc.
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Are there any youtube videos showing issues with DCT with sound?
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Are there any youtube videos showing issues with DCT with sound?
These are my personal videos taken between 33k and 35k miles (trust me, the clutches are broken-in)

(sorry about the crappy quality):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJ2y5FOsYQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ4DACFVOQo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIbICjK999o

Others:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ_VGo7ws6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3OozxnZxzU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54_3_qF2xhQ

But enough complaining... this thread is for the 2013 Focus Transmission!
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2013 Focus SEL Transmission hemorrhaging Fluid

2013 Ford Focus SE Automatic just used for daily commute to work.

Nearing the 5,000 mile mark I had scheduled the 5K checkup at the dealership. I have felt the shuddering that many talk about when people talk about in the their day to day driving. However a couple days ago there were some weird sounds/smells/and loss of power that I was experience during acceleration and shifting. I made it home, then to work the next day, and then straight to the dealership after work for the appointment at the dealership. After an oil change and tire rotation they jacked the thing up to give the transmission a once over after I had told them about the odd experiences (when I had told them, they played it off as the usual transmission shuddering that is apparently "characteristic of the car") but when they took a look, there was so much transmission fluid everywhere, they couldn't even identify where the leak started and where it stopped. They told me I was lucky I made it in. They said they added a quart of transmission fluid and it didn't come near the dip stick. they game me a loaner car and said it could be up to a week before I get it back..... I am not happy about this. Has anyone else experienced an issue like this? Does anyone know more about the Lemon Law for Wa State?

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