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Old 06-23-2011, 04:38 PM   #41
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Ford would like you to wait 5 years or 60,000 miles.......
You have no idea how close to the truth this comment really is

And from experience it doesn't just apply to the Ford Motor Company either
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:13 AM   #42
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I am writing in regard to my 2012 Ford Focus SE that we had purchased on May 26th, 2011. I have been having the same issues as many other owners of this newest model of Focus. Hesitation with acceleration, stuttering or fluttering while idling, and most recently a "grinding" occasionally occurs while the gears are shifting.

And now that our newest problem with the grinding of gears in between shifting has arose, it goes back in on June 21st.
Just wanted to let you know mine is also exhibiting the grinding noise. I've posted this in a few other threads. Taking it to the dealer Tuesday. I understand some amount of fluttering or shuddering may be normal given the type of transmission, but I'd be shocked if the noise I hear when it shifts is normal.
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Just wanted to let you know mine is also exhibiting the grinding noise. I've posted this in a few other threads. Taking it to the dealer Tuesday. I understand some amount of fluttering or shuddering may be normal given the type of transmission, but I'd be shocked if the noise I hear when it shifts is normal.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:49 AM   #44
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In this video... they make a comment about the 6 speed auto shaking and stuttering... but they also mention that the trans. works very well for them...

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...X6c3PFJCBISfRH

Realize too that these 6 speed autos are only 1 year old... there is bound to be problems with the new technology... this is the primary reason i generally DO NOT buy the first model year of any car... I would love a new Fiesta or Focus 5 door hatch and although I am looking into getting one of these newer models... a good recommendation would be for some people to wait a few years before purchasing the new model car. I bought my 07 in 08 and passed up the 08 because it was the first model and did not come with a handling package. In a few years the new Gen Foci will be more refined with less problems and PROBABLY get even better MPG. I know its a hard draw not to get the new model but being an early adopter doesn't always pay off...
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:30 PM   #45
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I am thinking there will be a 'reprogramming' coming soon. And yes, wait for 2013-14 for changes and updates.

First on the block buyers pay extra, for attention and factory bugs.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #46
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Just wanted to let you know mine is also exhibiting the grinding noise. I've posted this in a few other threads. Taking it to the dealer Tuesday. I understand some amount of fluttering or shuddering may be normal given the type of transmission, but I'd be shocked if the noise I hear when it shifts is normal.
Left my car with Landmark Ford today. Took a ride with a service guy, he heard the noise and said he did not think it was normal. Got a call from the service dept. just now saying they don't know what is causing it and they want to talk to a couple of Ford engineers about it and get back to me tomorrow.

While I'm relieved to hear they agree there is a problem, I'm a little concerned the only option will be to replace the transmission and they will have the car for weeks while they obtain the part and replace it.
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I've owned two Audi's with DSG dual-clutch gearboxes. I never had any issue with them displaying ANY odd shaking or vibration. It is quite simply not "normal" operation for any properly running/designed transmission.

This is Ford's first go-around with this kind of transmission so I'm not terribly surprised that they're having issues like this. It's early and there will be a learning curve. The good news is that these are highly dependent on software and problems with early production models *should* be fixable as software upgrades.

I believe they'll get it sorted out eventually. But I'm ever-so-glad I stuck to a good ol' 5-speed rower (which incidentally shifts like buttah).
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Left my car with Landmark Ford today. Took a ride with a service guy, he heard the noise and said he did not think it was normal. Got a call from the service dept. just now saying they don't know what is causing it and they want to talk to a couple of Ford engineers about it and get back to me tomorrow.

While I'm relieved to hear they agree there is a problem, I'm a little concerned the only option will be to replace the transmission and they will have the car for weeks while they obtain the part and replace it.
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I had the bad luck to rent a 2012 Ford Focus from the Enterprise rental car in Morristown, NJ. The car had 3000 miles on it, and, I later was told, had been in the shop six times for transmission problems. I was told this after I drove a horrifying hour through rough shifting and terrible shaking, only to have the Focus finally give me the dashboard readout "transmission failed, seek service immediately," or something like that. When I shifted into reverse it sounded like something was going to fall out the bottom of the car! Luckily I was able to switch to another rental car. But I will never buy a Ford Focus if that's the kind of junk Ford is selling.
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I had the bad luck to rent a 2012 Ford Focus from the Enterprise rental car in Morristown, NJ. The car had 3000 miles on it, and, I later was told, had been in the shop six times for transmission problems. I was told this after I drove a horrifying hour through rough shifting and terrible shaking, only to have the Focus finally give me the dashboard readout "transmission failed, seek service immediately," or something like that. When I shifted into reverse it sounded like something was going to fall out the bottom of the car! Luckily I was able to switch to another rental car. But I will never buy a Ford Focus if that's the kind of junk Ford is selling.
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