Originally Posted by Sprint
I was going to start a new thread for this but will begin here:
Like many I've got the same DCT behaviors that many here are complaining about (Mar 11 build Ti). Before someone comes at me with the "you should have done your research" comment: YES I knew there would be some quirks, BUT, the real questions that I think are not yet answered within ant of these threads are:
1 - Are these ”normal" DCT noises going to wear out transmission parts prematurely?
2 - Are these ”normal" DCT noises going to damage transmission parts?
3 - How likely is ford to extend transmission warranty if the answer to either of the above is YES? If ford won't extend, what kind of repair bills are we looking at down the road?
If the answer to 1,2 above is no, I'll happily drive the car with these behaviors knowing that it should last a full lifespan. If the answer to 1 or 2 is YES then even a DCT expert is going to be concerned.
What are your opinions on 1,2,3?
1. Ford says no - My opinion yes. I have been driving for a good while and this is the first I have heard of calling grinding noise from a transmission normal.
2. Ford says no - My opinion yes. No one has stated an explanation what the grinding noise is or where exactly in the transmission the noise comes from but there are already reports of clutches being replaces on 2011 and 2012 model vehicles.
3. Who knows - There have been a least a couple people that said Ford gave them an extended warranty after having their clutch replaced. Do not know what warranty was given but I have looked at the ESP warranties you can purchase from Ford and it does not cover the clutch.
I think (or hope) this is going to result in some sort of a major recall where Ford finally figures out what is causing all this and gets the problem cars back in and fixes them.