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Old 06-06-2011, 08:12 PM   #21
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I've experienced a few minor clunks and some lurching, but nothing too disconcerting.

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Yeah its probably not a big deal, I figure it will calm down a bit after I put some more miles on it.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:06 PM   #22
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Hey anyone have a clunk when letting off the brake but not putting your foot on the gas? I noticed it today when I was stopped at a red light with a slight decline. I wanted to inch up to the car in front of me and so I just removed my foot from the brake. This is when the clunk happened. I did it twice and sure enough it did it again.

Anyone else experience this? It has about 400 miles on it so far.
I may have experienced this tonight. I was pulling into the garage, slowly, of course, an I felt something more than heard it. I actually thought I hit the side of the garage or something on the ground, but when I got out of the car, I found I hadn't hit anything. I got back in and drove into the garage and felt the clunk again. Very disconcerting. I'll drive the car tomorrow and see if that happens again.

The shudder at low speeds that I reported on previously is, I believe, gone. The car has over 700 miles on it now and is nearly broken in, I suppose. I still get some rather harsh shifts at times, however, and not just when the car is cold. I'm not talking about firm shifts; the feeling is like a poorly executed shift with a true manual transmission. This happens in the lower gears.

Other than that, the car is fantastic; quiet, smooth and reasonably powerful. It's great around town and maybe even better on the highway.
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:26 AM   #23
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Hey anyone have a clunk when letting off the brake but not putting your foot on the gas? I noticed it today when I was stopped at a red light with a slight decline. I wanted to inch up to the car in front of me and so I just removed my foot from the brake. This is when the clunk happened. I did it twice and sure enough it did it again.

Anyone else experience this? It has about 400 miles on it so far.
I've gotten this before, and its only on declines I get it, I've always assumed this was the hill assist (which only activates the brakes for several seconds so the car doesn't roll back as you transfer to the accelerator), but if it detects you want to creep, the car releases the brakes. I assumed the "clunk" was the brake release. Its getting much better as the car is breaking in.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:24 AM   #24
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I'll report back on this once I have taken delivery and had my car for a while. I've had a dual clutch automatic in my VW for the last 5 years/70k miles so I consider myself a pro when it comes to normal operation. During my various Focus test drives I did not detect any shift abnormalities or clunking. I can confuse my VW sometimes if I'm slowing to a stop and then get back on the gas and then let off again all in rapid succession. As others are posted you have to remember that it is basically two manual transmissions inside that gearbox. The computer is doing its best to anticipate the correct clutch operation, but it isn't fool proof. Without the torque converter from a traditional automatic it won't feel as smooth. It does sound like there may be some opportunities to improve the shift logic though. Hopefully over time Ford will release a programming update. I've had one or two for the DSG in my GTI.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:32 AM   #25
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I'm liking the PowerShift. Sometimes, it won't down shift exactly when I want it to, but I think it will get better with more driving. I've only put 800 miles on mine, so I do have to adapt to how this car drives.

Inn sport mode, this little car is lots of fun. I've gotten quite comfortable with the button shifter.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:44 AM   #26
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Yesterday I experienced a pretty interesting thing, turn on your cruise control and go down a hill, the car will downshift and attempt to engine brake to maintain your cruise speed... pretty sweet. This thing would rock on the switchbacks.
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I've gotten this before, and its only on declines I get it, I've always assumed this was the hill assist (which only activates the brakes for several seconds so the car doesn't roll back as you transfer to the accelerator), but if it detects you want to creep, the car releases the brakes. I assumed the "clunk" was the brake release. Its getting much better as the car is breaking in.
It may be the hill assist. My driveway is on an incline. The jolt I mentioned feeling may have come from the hill assist. However, I hadn't felt it previously, and I believe I've engaged the hill assist on other occasions. Also, when I felt it the second time, I may have been all the way in the garage, on level ground. My wife told me that she felt the same sensation--she thought she hit something--but she may have been on a hill also.

Regarding the shift button, I like it. There's a slight delay when shifting gears, but it's not excessive IMO.

Last night, I tried something new. I was in sport mode going down a hill. The transmission decided that it needed to be in a low gear to hold my speed so it downshifted and held approx. 4000 rpm. I thought that was a little high so I hit the + button. The trans. went into manual mode and upshifted. Previously, I had used the button to enter the manual mode when I wanted to downshift; I hadn't used it to enter the manual mode for upshifting but I see that it works that way too, as you would expect. Pretty cool.

It doesn't bother me that you can't get out of manual mode unless you shift out of sport; I don't see how it could be done any other way without another button, which I think would be overkill.
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Been experiencing rough shifts when accelerating from stop ever since I got the car. Seemed to get better from 500-1200 miles...but then got worse from 1200-1500 miles. Currently in the shop to correct that. We'll see what they say.
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Been experiencing rough shifts when accelerating from stop ever since I got the car. Seemed to get better from 500-1200 miles...but then got worse from 1200-1500 miles. Currently in the shop to correct that. We'll see what they say.
Service advisor told me Ford would not authorize him to do anything to my car because there was no error code. He said sometimes it takes 5-7k miles to break a car in, and if I still have the issue then I can bring the car back in and they'll look at it. ???? 5-7k miles seems a bit excessive to have to wait before can enjoy a smooth ride in my brand new car.
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Service advisor told me Ford would not authorize him to do anything to my car because there was no error code. He said sometimes it takes 5-7k miles to break a car in, and if I still have the issue then I can bring the car back in and they'll look at it. ???? 5-7k miles seems a bit excessive to have to wait before can enjoy a smooth ride in my brand new car.
Huh? If there's something wrong with the car, the dealer should honor the warranty and fix it or replace it, whether Ford will pay for it or not. You shouldn't have to wait 5-7k miles.
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