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Old 11-09-2012, 07:03 AM   #21
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Mine drives so much better now that the weather has turned colder. But still if i'm sitting in traffic for a while, I still get the whiplash shudder and the slipping feeling as it goes into 2nd gear.
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Mine drives so much better now that the weather has turned colder. But still if i'm sitting in traffic for a while, I still get the whiplash shudder and the slipping feeling as it goes into 2nd gear.
Hi 2012SEL2gen,

During your next appointment, I'd definitely have your dealer sit with you in your vehicle so you can show them what behavior your vehicle is exhibiting. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns; I'm happy to see how I can help.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:18 PM   #23
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I'm hearing the grinding sound on my 2012 May Focus Titanium sedan. Its usually when accelerating like others have said. Sometimes I feel a stutter as well, and vibrations here and there. None of this should be "normal" to me. Then again I have 36k miles already on her.
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Mine drives so much better now that the weather has turned colder. But still if i'm sitting in traffic for a while, I still get the whiplash shudder and the slipping feeling as it goes into 2nd gear.
I get that too and hope my dealer will be able to take care of that and also do the MFT update as I'm one of the ones who put 3.2.2 on before they pulled it (and lost the climate screen).

It's embarassing having others in my car when it drives the way does right now.
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I'm hearing the grinding sound on my 2012 May Focus Titanium sedan. Its usually when accelerating like others have said. Sometimes I feel a stutter as well, and vibrations here and there. None of this should be "normal" to me. Then again I have 36k miles already on her.
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I get that too and hope my dealer will be able to take care of that and also do the MFT update as I'm one of the ones who put 3.2.2 on before they pulled it (and lost the climate screen).

It's embarassing having others in my car when it drives the way does right now.
Hi nightridermz3 and Veedio,

Your dealership is always going to be the best place to start when it comes to accurate diagnosis and repair of your vehicle. Additionally, I'm happy to escalate each of your cases; just send me a PM with your VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number and full name. I'm on the case!

Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns,
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #26
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that why i got the 5 speed, 11k no problems
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:24 PM   #27
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I'm wishing I bought the manual, 700 miles on my Focus and I think I'm having the same issue.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:42 PM   #28
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I'm wishing I bought the manual, 700 miles on my Focus and I think I'm having the same issue.
have you consulted your dealer? there are two technical service bulletins and one recall that I know of that apply to hesitation, stutter, etc on the automatic.

be aware that "some" hesitation-stutter IS normal at very low speed shifts BUT this is NOT a one size fits all explanation.

Take your time to read all the posts here because you will see that the transmission problems range from very mild-normal for this type transmission to others so bad the dealer needed to remove the transmission and replace seals and/or throwout bearings.

If you take your time and read all the posts, you may end up knowing more than the dealer and I have found if you are pro-active and know the subject well, Ford can and does want you to be happy.

All my transmission problems completely disappeared when the cold new england weather hit, and I had 12,000 miles at the point. How could these problems disappear if they are normal?

When this transmission is running properly, you can not get a sportier, economical, more fun car unless you want to spend $10,000 more.
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I get that too and hope my dealer will be able to take care of that and also do the MFT update as I'm one of the ones who put 3.2.2 on before they pulled it (and lost the climate screen).

It's embarassing having others in my car when it drives the way does right now.
I agree, when your passengers ask what is wrong, that is NOT normal. Plus how can this problem be so reduced in cold weather if it normal ?
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:52 PM   #30
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I've noticed the same thing with regard to ambient temperature. As the temps in MD have dropped to the 40s and 50s the grinding noise is pretty much gone. The first time I noticed it was last year during an indian summer.

Think ford is trying to gauge how much/little they need to do to fix this problem. There are certainly cases of broken seals causing clutch problems. does every DCT that shows wonky behavior have a bad seal? Maybe they can figure out how to give it an ultrasound.

It is interesting that more stories seem to be popping up on the forums about folks getting their clutches replaced.
I have read hundreds of posts on this subject plus reviews in car magazines and car sites. I feel the focus transmission problems break down as follows.

Most people, maybe 60%+ seem to be fine.
another 35% have a stutter-hesitation enough to attrcat questions from their passengers.
the final 5% have severe problems like stutted and stalls in intersectionsm, highway lanes changes etc.

Fixes range from two TSB's and a recall to actually removing the transmission and replacing seals and/or throwout bearings.

This is a great car for the money if it runs right and Ford didn't get this big not caring aboyut customers, but you MUST be proactive, read all the posts across this site by searching focus 2012 transmission. Know the tsb's that are out there, read consumer reports reviews, if the dealer won't help, talk to Crystal here at this board and get your case escalated.

also be aware "some" mild stutter-hesitation at low speed startups IS normal for this type automatic BUT NOT if it is so pronounced that your passengers ask what is wrong.

I have found giving it a bit more gas avoids the problem many times BUT this car is quick, a little more gas may mean you lunge forward off a redlight.
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