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Old 07-03-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Just had a "Holy Sh$t" moment

Comin' to work this morning (in my 2013 DCT SE Hatch) behind a lagger, and the guy sloooowly & thankfully makes a right turn & gets out of my way. So, knowing the DCT likes to be driven harder rather than easier, I hit the pedal about 1/2 - 2/3 down. Well, the damn thing drops probably 2 gears, accelerates HARD, & slams me back in the seat! No hesitation, no soft shift, just BAM. Felt the back of my head hit the restraint. Surprised the crap out of me. I couldn't stop laughing & grinning for at least 10 minutes. Anyone going the other way must have thought I was a moron or was listening to the comedy station on the radio. I'm finding out these cars have some potential, although it's not always as willing and able. Instead of a "Dual Clutch", "Dual Personality" might be a better name. lol.
At that moment, I couldn't have been happier with my Focus.


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Old 07-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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Nice to see someone finally praising their DCT lol.
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I see you have a DCT like mine... Every once in a blue moon I will have a situation like yours... Ill do a pull and itll respond instantly or a launch and the thing surprises the heck out of me to the point I get that laugh and grin as well. It happens so rarely though. If only it could act like that all the time...
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I see you have a DCT like mine... Every once in a blue moon I will have a situation like yours... Ill do a pull and itll respond instantly or a launch and the thing surprises the heck out of me to the point I get that laugh and grin as well. It happens so rarely though. If only it could act like that all the time...
I hear ya, Bliky
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #5
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Ive only ever experienced slight chatter from my DCT (update all but eliminated this, happens maybe once a month), but the damn thing performs like a dream. I've become so good at manipulating the throttle, I can downshift 2 gears on command. I dont have the select shift feature on my car, so when Im cruising back roads in the country and they get curvy, I turn hill assist on and kick out my OD gear, this allows me to play around in the 3k-4.5 rpm range without it shifting on me.


I've read countless statements referring to the problems so many people have encountered with their car, and it really saddens me that some will never know what a joy the car they purchased actually is.


Purchased it in early February and I just rolled over 13k. Love this car.
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If only it could act like that all the time...
Tuning makes it like this.
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Tuning makes it like this.
Do you mean "bad" tuning is the problem, or a good tune can fix it?
I've been waiting for a tuner for the '12-'13 non-STs. Is there one available yet?
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Tuning makes it like this.
I hope you meant that bad tuning makes the DCT only actually act nice every once and a while... Or that tuning can fix it because, as of right now, the Injected Tune does very little to fix the DCT. Shifts are a little crisper but nothing more than that... It still has its days. Maybe when they release a DCT tune it will become better!
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Comin' to work this morning (in my 2013 DCT SE Hatch) behind a lagger, and the guy sloooowly & thankfully makes a right turn & gets out of my way. So, knowing the DCT likes to be driven harder rather than easier, I hit the pedal about 1/2 - 2/3 down. Well, the damn thing drops probably 2 gears, accelerates HARD, & slams me back in the seat! No hesitation, no soft shift, just BAM. Felt the back of my head hit the restraint. Surprised the crap out of me. I couldn't stop laughing & grinning for at least 10 minutes. Anyone going the other way must have thought I was a moron or was listening to the comedy station on the radio. I'm finding out these cars have some potential, although it's not always as willing and able. Instead of a "Dual Clutch", "Dual Personality" might be a better name. lol.
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I see you have a DCT like mine... Every once in a blue moon I will have a situation like yours... Ill do a pull and itll respond instantly or a launch and the thing surprises the heck out of me to the point I get that laugh and grin as well. It happens so rarely though. If only it could act like that all the time...

Also sounds like mine! I like that term, "dual personality" lol
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Do you mean "bad" tuning is the problem, or a good tune can fix it?
I've been waiting for a tuner for the '12-'13 non-STs. Is there one available yet?
Good tune makes this car a lot better. Yes there is one available.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=319126



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I hope you meant that bad tuning makes the DCT only actually act nice every once and a while... Or that tuning can fix it because, as of right now, the Injected Tune does very little to fix the DCT. Shifts are a little crisper but nothing more than that... It still has its days. Maybe when they release a DCT tune it will become better!
I mean when you put the pedal down you get the power consistently. The hesitation on launch is gone. The actual shifting so far is mildly better due to it not needing to downshift as much. Not that I think my DCT was "bad"
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