Originally Posted by buyerregret
I have a 2013 Focus SE, Noisy transmission began after first week of driving. Then, rolling backward unabated, while the transmission is in Drive- when I prepare to pull out into traffic on steep hills. My Focus loaner does the same thing. Why? Isn't a car supposed to stay still when in drive when the brake is released? I have never owned a vehicle that would roll backwards down a hill when in Drive. Until I bought this one! The Ford service shop "cannot replicate the problem", they need to use my hill!
I do not feel at all comforable with my loved ones using this car. With all the experience Ford has making cars, why is it Ford insists on putting the public at risk by offering for sale such shoddy engineering and workmanship. The Ford engineers state they know and admit there is a problem, but do not have a fix. Yet, they insist it is safe for us to drive the car until they can get their act together, whenever that may be. Ford is offering us no solution. They want us to drive this car, despite the obvious safety issue to the public.
Other than this huge failure, I like so much about the rest of the car. We are so disappointed, wanted a nice, safe, economical small car. But now are the irritated owners of noisy, unsafe, big hassle, that the mechanics at dealership won't fix. Lovely. Just Lovely.
I can't comment on the noise but there is no issue with the fact that the car can roll backwards on a hill. The DCT while it mostly works like an automatic transmission is in reality a manual transmission, except in this case the car operates the gears for you. Any manual will roll backwards on a hill even if it is in gear. You must either keep your foot on the brake or push on the gas some. Before automatic transmissions all cars worked this way. All manual transmissions still do.
To answer the question... "Isn't a car supposed to stay still when in drive when the brake is released?" No, the point of taking your foot off the brake is to allow the car to move. Your supposed to have the brake on at all times you don't want the car to be moving.
To assist people who are not familiar with driving a stick shift the car actually continues to apply the brakes for either 2 or 3 seconds after you release the brake pedal so that you have a chance to get your foot on the gas on a hill.