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Old 10-28-2011, 06:51 PM   #21
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pil_____ are you messin' with us?! Hopefully, yours has the revised programming too!
Afraid not... I guess we'll find out at some point soon when I bring it back to the dealer.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:29 PM   #22
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mine was built 8/5...pls let us know how the update affects your drive. i've only occasionally experienced hesitation but nothing too bad.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #23
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Well took the car in this morning for several different items and the trans was one of them, Tech drove it and noticed the shudder, flare and flat spot when you hit the throttle, Flashed the new PCM/TCM flash and said it fixed it. Still in the shop for a couple other issues but will see if there is any improvement when it comes home.

Will let you know on initial impression and then after a week or so.

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Old 10-28-2011, 10:44 PM   #24
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Check this article out.............i don't know what to believe



http://content.usatoday.com/communit...ly-fixed-now/1
Which article? Alan Mulally on Ford Quality or Prophet Economist Issues Eerie Warning.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:15 AM   #25
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Well took the car in this morning for several different items and the trans was one of them, Tech drove it and noticed the shudder, flare and flat spot when you hit the throttle, Flashed the new PCM/TCM flash and said it fixed it. Still in the shop for a couple other issues but will see if there is any improvement when it comes home.

Will let you know on initial impression and then after a week or so.

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It would be awesome if that flash fixes these issues.
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About to head over to dealership for "the works" and to bitch at the service guy who told me they'd need the car for a few days to see if I'm eligible for this. But I'm all armed and ready to go. Last time they checked out the car was before any of the TSBs for this issue were out, so maybe it was "normal" then, but it isn't anymore. Glad the Ford Owner site is there because otherwise I'd have had to dig out the write-up.

If I get anywhere with him, I'll let you guys know how the car feels when I get it back later today.
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Keep us posted, not only about the performance but any sort of "hassle" dealership may or may not try and give you!
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Keep us posted, not only about the performance but any sort of "hassle" dealership may or may not try and give you!
Well I went to a nice lady advisor instead of the guy I talked to on the phone. Explained to her that the last time I had the car checked out for the same issues was Sept. 1st, before any of the relevant TSBs were released, so maybe they were told to tell customers it was normal then, but now that the update is out... it's no longer the case. I explained that the TSB just updates the programming on the PCM/TCM to improve low-speed driveability and explained my symptoms and she wrote it in.

So, it seems like I got off scot-free today, and didn't have to argue my way into it, I almost wanted to though, that guy is a real @$$. While I was there he convinced an old man to replace his pads and rotors, fuel filter, and some other crap... totaling something like $700. I'm sure he may have needed some brake work, but the rest was the usual upsell. It's funny, he wanted me to leave my car for a few days to "dig deeper into the problem" when the reprogramming is only supposed to take about an hour. What a waste.

I'll update/respond here when the car is done and I've driven it a bit.
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I had my dealer apply the TSB. I noticed when I'm giving it gas it seems to shift later than it did before. It also doesn't "crunch" while downshifting anymore. I think it still rattles a little when shifting up from 4th to 5th (or maybe it's 3rd to 4th) but I'm more than willing to deal with that. I can only hear it rattle when my windows are up, no heat/AC, no radio, and when the phase of the moon is a waxing gibbous

That's my two cents.
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Got the update today. The dealer I went to was really cool about it, and even shuttled me to work which was really appreciated.

Backing up a step, I simply called the dealer on Friday to set up the appointment today. I had simply said I didn't want to waste my time with the whole "this DCT is different" business, and simply wanted the update. The service advisor initially said, "That internet news stuff is bull crap," as he couldn't find the update for a minute. When it showed, he said, "There it is." and said to go ahead and set up the appointment. Today, after the update, I took the car on a 20-25 mile trip around Tampa Bay, with 90% highway miles, 10% city. Here's some of the areas I evaluated, and what I thought:

Shuddering at lights: Still there, but less prominent. A lot smoother than before, though. Car however has more willingness to crawl up to a light without an accelerator press.

Crawling in R: Better response, don't need to press the accelerator as much to give my car that go to go backwards.

Responsiveness in D while at speed:
Way better. I no longer feel like I'm struggling up hills as the car is more willing to downshift on a press of the accelerator than it was before. Excellent when keeping up with traffic on an uphill.

Responsiveness in D while from a stop:
Way better. Will maintain lower gears longer, and will drop fast when the car detects a maintained speed.

Smoothness of shifts: Better. The car is quite smooth as silk now while upshifting. An occasional torque-converter like shift while going from 1st to 2nd but again, way better than the full-clunk which I got more often before the update. I'm thinking after the "adjustment period" this will get even better.

SelectShift response: Still same amount of delay while shifting manually up/down gears. No improvement here.

Sport Mode: Less clunky on full throttle, but I still need to do more testing with the car in S. Still will keep gears longer than D.

Fuel Economy: 38.2 MPG @ 55-65 MPH on a 20-25 mile loop on mainly level ground with small hills, including some a couple of stoplights. That included several full throttles to merge, and better use of the lower gears while passing. Can feather the accelerator more skillfully now. Glad I can keep the same fuel economy.

Overall Grade: A better car with an hour update. The car really has some zip now. It was worth it. Thank you, Ford!
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