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Old 12-18-2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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DCT in the 2013 models - big improvement?

Just bought a 2013 with DCT, after some hesitation due to all the problems reported on this board concerning the DCT in the 2012's. What made me decide to go ahead is the nearly total lack of comments on the board about problems in the 2013 models. I did, however, decide to kick in an extra $1100 for the extended warranty (something I very rarely do for any purchase), which takes me out to 6 years or 75,000 miles. The peace of mind is worth it.

First impressions - this is the best time I've had in a car since my wife and I were dating in high school (if you know what I mean).

Great performance, great build, phenomenal handling. I couldn't be happier. I feel sorry for all of those who have seemed to have had such a miserable experience with their 2012 DCTs, but maybe Ford has figured it out? I sure hope so because I don't want the fun to end.


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Old 12-18-2012, 07:30 AM   #2
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I was very happy with my 2012 for the first month too.

8 trips to the shop later.....
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:34 AM   #3
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I was very happy with my 2012 for the first month too.

8 trips to the shop later.....
i feel , unfortunately, it's all a crap shoot.. i have a May '11 build SEL and never had a problem w/ the transmission at all.. I've had all the updates but saw little difference before or after each update.

I feel bad that many have to go thru all the crap they are going thru w/ their cars.... it just should not be.. I know im a lucky one.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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I wonder if there is any software differences between my 5/12 build and the 2013s.
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I wonder if there is any software differences between my 5/12 build and the 2013s.
Technically there was no new FSA beyond 12B37 and therefore there should not be any newer software, however some people did report that there is a theoretical difference between the earlier software vs the later version of the 12B37 update in that the later update refuses to shift to 6th gear before 40 mph and then shifts down again at 39 instead of being able to get into 6th at 35 mph at light throttle or steady state cruising and then shifting back down at 33-34 mph.

Now if there were further changes at the factory level this we don't readily know.
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Technically there was no new FSA beyond 12B37 and therefore there should not be any newer software, however some people did report that there is a theoretical difference between the earlier software vs the later version of the 12B37 update in that the later update refuses to shift to 6th gear before 40 mph and then shifts down again at 39 instead of being able to get into 6th at 35 mph at light throttle or steady state cruising and then shifting back down at 33-34 mph.

Now if there were further changes at the factory level this we don't readily know.
My 2013 rental also didn't shift into 6th until 40mph. Can other 2013 owners verify this?
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I wonder if there is any software differences between my 5/12 build and the 2013s.
I have a 2012 SEL - 5/12 build as well and do not seem to notice any issues. I attribute the way that the transmission revs as normal. But then again, I do not know what I'd look for to determine otherwise. I always have power when I need it and think that the stop n' go in the city is just like a manual.
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I have a 2012 SEL - 5/12 build as well and do not seem to notice any issues. I attribute the way that the transmission revs as normal. But then again, I do not know what I'd look for to determine otherwise. I always have power when I need it and think that the stop n' go in the city is just like a manual.
I also have a 2012 SEL - 3/12, I have only had one issue and it seemed to be a one of...When I would put the car in reverse I would lose power steering so I took it to the shop and they replaced what they were calling a wire harness in the engine compartment. Since this I have been fortunate and feel really bad for those who are having issues, it is bs.

I wonder if there are SELs with issues...I think they no longer offer an SEL though in the 2013s.
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I also have a 2012 SEL - 3/12, I have only had one issue and it seemed to be a one of...When I would put the car in reverse I would lose power steering so I took it to the shop and they replaced what they were calling a wire harness in the engine compartment. Since this I have been fortunate and feel really bad for those who are having issues, it is bs.

I wonder if there are SELs with issues...I think they no longer offer an SEL though in the 2013s.
The only reason they got rid of the SEL was to make the SE more expensive by adding the features from the SEL onto the SE to bring the price to just below that of the Titanium.

This and some misguided brand recognition as part of a strategy called good better best to streamline the model line down to three standard series S, SE, Ti, along with the Electric and ST as seperate sub model trees.

The transmission issues could theoretically affect any 2012+ since they all use the same gearbox, although the later programming and clutch packs seemed to have been much improved in many cases.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:53 AM   #10
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My 2013 does not have any transmission issues. Hey you have the same one. I have a performance blue Ti + handling package sedan

It's a 8/28/12 or 24 build I forget now.
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