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Old 03-02-2013, 09:19 AM   #731
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You can go look at the 172 step inspection form, it does have a check box for shift quality and noise, but not one for clutch inspection. It's basically all the stuff any reasonable person would do with a carfax and a test drive.

It doesn't give me much confidence that it would catch a bad clutch and it gives me zero confidence it would catch a problematic transmission.

Ford needs to communicate the root cause of the failures and the fix. The seals that leak, why do they leak? Why will a new seal last if the first one didn't?

Honestly, I would avoid a used focus with a DCT for now, until we know they can be reliable. There is a reason a 1 year old car is for sale.
There are many reasons why a 1 year-old car is for sale.

Indeed, I had bought a 2009 Focus and didn't change my mind in the 72-hour turnaround time. Because I skimped on stability control, antilock breaks, and other features.

Two spinouts later, I decided to bite a very big bullet and trade in for a 2012.

I'm glad I did; this winter has been a doozy and it's saved my bacon and the bacon in my buddies on a couple of occasions too.

It is just as feasible that I could have bought in 2011, and trade in the next year out of the same sense of naivety and ignorance that led me to think that a car in a cool icy climate without traction control and the rest would be great under all conditions. My bad, but the 2012 has been nice in so many other ways.

But there is understandable concern with the DCT. For now, it's just a fear. Fear based on inference and supposition.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:41 AM   #732
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When I come to a stop in my 2012 Ford Focus SEL (automatic) ad let off the brake but not push the gas peddle, the transmission makes a squeaky noise and shudders until I give it some gas and then it goes thru the gears fine and smoothly but this slow speed shuddering between braking and accelerating is very annoying and I'm wondering if there are any service bulletins regarding this? Also, when I park the car and shut it off, it lurches a bit.
What is going on here. Does anyone know of any recalls or service bulletins? Need to know ASAP as it is going to dealership on Wed., March 13th. Thanks so much.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:34 PM   #733
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When I come to a stop in my 2012 Ford Focus SEL (automatic) ad let off the brake but not push the gas peddle, the transmission makes a squeaky noise
Same. Why haven't I recorded this yet?
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:00 AM   #734
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Not sure I understand your answer. Please clarify. Thanks. John
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:02 AM   #735
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Not sure I understand your answer. Please clarify. Thanks. John
Sorry, I was just saying that my car is doing the same thing. Some dealers fix it, some say it's "normal." That's really all I can say.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:41 PM   #736
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When I come to a stop in my 2012 Ford Focus SEL (automatic) ad let off the brake but not push the gas peddle, the transmission makes a squeaky noise and shudders until I give it some gas and then it goes thru the gears fine and smoothly but this slow speed shuddering between braking and accelerating is very annoying and I'm wondering if there are any service bulletins regarding this? Also, when I park the car and shut it off, it lurches a bit.
What is going on here. Does anyone know of any recalls or service bulletins? Need to know ASAP as it is going to dealership on Wed., March 13th. Thanks so much.
Hi jfn239,

Your dealership will be able to tell you if there are any applicable service bulletins for your concern. I can assist by escalating your case to your regional customer service manager; send me a PM with your info (VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number, and full name) and I'll get your case into the right hands.

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Your dealership will be able to tell you if there are any applicable service bulletins for your concern. I can assist by escalating your case to your regional customer service manager; send me a PM with your info (VIN, dealer, mileage, daytime phone number, and full name) and I'll get your case into the right hands.

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Picking up the car tonight... they told me the transmission was fine and that Ford wouldn't authorize taking the transmission apart and inspecting the clutches. Bummer.
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I've sent you a private message (PM) with your case escalation information. I recommend deleting or editing your prior public messages that contain your private messages, just to be safe.

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