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Old 11-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Focus Ti's Sport mode rolling downhill

Here is the scenario:

Pick a long and quite steep downhill (say 5 degrees and more)
Accelerate to about 40-50 miles before downhill starts then just let car roll downhill in "D" (do not touch accelerator) - it will stay in 6th gear and just roll and will most likely accelerate due to the grade.

Try the same thing in "S" and car will downshift after about 5-10 secs into either 4 or in my case 3 gear (engine will obviously rev up) and will drive like this all the way down - it will perform automatic engine braking.


So the ? being is DCT behaving as designed or not? I asked dealership and was told it is but somehow/somewhere it still reeks of BS for me. This is just a regular car - I would understand engine braking programmed into heavy duty trucks' transmission but Focus?

Anyone else came across this or willing to try to reproduce it?




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Old 11-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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It will do that with cruise control, too. I'm not really a fan of it, to be honest.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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It will do that with cruise control, too. I'm not really a fan of it, to be honest.
This x2. Performing as intended, whether we like it or not.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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This x2. Performing as intended, whether we like it or not.
Wait what? It does not do this with CC on my car
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:53 PM   #5
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Wait what? It does not do this with CC on my car
It does with mine on a long, steep hill...I have to cancel it to get it to stop. I understand the purpose, but it is so loud that it's embarrassing, like the transmission broke or something.

It did it coming back from a Mizzou game with my Dad - the look on his face was priceless. He thought the engine was going to blow up.
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Wait what? It does not do this with CC on my car
it does on mine.. it's maddening... i'd prefer if the CC allowed the car to speed up to say, 10mph more than it's set before downshifting, however, it downshifts after only 1 or 2 mph increase. My old focus never did this... and i don't like it!
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it does on mine.. it's maddening... i'd prefer if the CC allowed the car to speed up to say, 10mph more than it's set before downshifting, however, it downshifts after only 1 or 2 mph increase. My old focus never did this... and i don't like it!
So you have select shift, and are manually in 6th gear in CC? If so there is no way for the computer to shift the car since you've placed it there (unless rpms go way too low)

Unless my car is weird
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i'd prefer if the CC allowed the car to speed up to say, 10mph more than it's set
That's a lawsuit just waiting to happen.

Person sets their cruise at 50, car speeds up to 60 and they have an accident. You know they're going to be blaming Ford, saying if the car had stayed at the 50 they had set, the accident would not have happened. Ditto for speeding tickets.
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Believe its normal... In sport mode t keeps the revs up

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Here is the scenario:

Pick a long and quite steep downhill (say 5 degrees and more)
Accelerate to about 40-50 miles before downhill starts then just let car roll downhill in "D" (do not touch accelerator) - it will stay in 6th gear and just roll and will most likely accelerate due to the grade.

Try the same thing in "S" and car will downshift after about 5-10 secs into either 4 or in my case 3 gear (engine will obviously rev up) and will drive like this all the way down - it will perform automatic engine braking.


So the ? being is DCT behaving as designed or not? I asked dealership and was told it is but somehow/somewhere it still reeks of BS for me. This is just a regular car - I would understand engine braking programmed into heavy duty trucks' transmission but Focus?

Anyone else came across this or willing to try to reproduce it?

It's downshifting so you can accelerate quicker since you're on a sport mode
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