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Old 11-08-2011, 03:58 PM   #281
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OH MAN!!! I really wish I had read these before i purchased this car...i was afraid that it was only me having this problem but now i'm even more afraid to hear that so many more people are experiencing it as well. I am experiencing the exact same thing, automatic transmission can not accelerate from 1st gear into 2nd with out the car shaking and feeling like it will stall!! I am terrified that i wll be stuck with a lemon. I called Ford Canada and they acted dumb saying they've never heard of this problem before, now I have to find the time out of my schedule to actually go to the dealership and try to get an answer or more lies about this!!! I am so disappointed and mad right now!!!! Why didn't I just go Japanese like I said i would
Oh lord...u sound exactly like me!!! I decided to go with the 2012 Focus when my 1999 chevy lumina died on me (it was a car i bought when in a bind, and got for $700, that lasted over 2yrs). I love the look of this new focus, and years ago had the 1996 escort wagon and I loved. That. Car.

I was deciding between going with the focus hatchback, the hyundai elantra touring and the toyota matrix. In the end, i went with the ford as the maintenance would be cheaper i figured (when the car would eventually break down) and also was cheaper to insure.

I've had the car for exactly a week. There are only 600kms on it at this point, but i am experiencing the shuddering feeling, and also find the car has a hard time moving from 1st to 2nd gear. I thought maybe it was just the car needing to get used to me, but thought i would google and found this thread. I only read 10 pages of this thread and am glad i'm not going crazy lol.

I figure i will wait till my 1st service (between 5 and 8000kms) and see if it evens itself out before rushing back to the dealer. Tho i will say, its nice to see that someone from ford seems to be watching the forums and trying to help you all out.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:17 PM   #282
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For your info, the 8 speed will be a more conventionnal automatic transmission.Chrysler has already one in the 2012 300 and Charger.Ford already announced that one 8 speed will be made for the F-150 and the other for smaller cars.
Quite frankly (and this applies to both Ford and Chrysler) - an 8 speed torque converter automatic from a company that could BARELY make a working 4 speed transmission (and some 5 speeds - lets not forget the disaster 5r55 in the Exploder and Ranger) is outright scary. Ford and Chrysler in-house transmissions are NOT that good.

The only decent ones to come out of both are the 5/6 speeds used on their HD Pickups.

There's a reason I got the stick in my Focus; I don't trust Ford automatics.

A "good" manual driver can drive very smoothly. Unfortunately, there's so many different things going on when a "good" driver drives that isn't thought about going on behind the scenes that it is almost impossible to recreate that by a computer.
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:01 PM   #283
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Quite frankly (and this applies to both Ford and Chrysler) - an 8 speed torque converter automatic from a company that could BARELY make a working 4 speed transmission (and some 5 speeds - lets not forget the disaster 5r55 in the Exploder and Ranger) is outright scary. Ford and Chrysler in-house transmissions are NOT that good.
Even if NOT that good,they are still better than the Powershift crap we got right now.Ford may pretend that the 8 speed wont be in the Focus in the near future,but the decision belongs to the buyers and not to Ford.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:06 PM   #284
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Quite frankly (and this applies to both Ford and Chrysler) - an 8 speed torque converter automatic from a company that could BARELY make a working 4 speed transmission (and some 5 speeds - lets not forget the disaster 5r55 in the Exploder and Ranger) is outright scary. Ford and Chrysler in-house transmissions are NOT that good.
I don't mean to sidetrack this discussion, but to respond to the above comment, I presume you are referring to recent history. Looking at it from a historical perspective, Chrysler made one of the best automatic transmissions in the history of automatic transmissions -- the TorqueFlite A727 and light-duty A904.

And now back to the regularly-scheduled soap opera.
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It happens every single time i drive this car hot cold whatever. And the service manager at the dealership felt it too......So glad yours isnt the same. Not sure where to go next with this soooo frusrtrated!
ChrissyP - I responded to your PM a few days ago, but keep in touch with me and your dealer so we can let you know if there are any updates.

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I've had the car for exactly a week. There are only 600kms on it at this point, but i am experiencing the shuddering feeling, and also find the car has a hard time moving from 1st to 2nd gear.

I figure i will wait till my 1st service (between 5 and 8000kms) and see if it evens itself out before rushing back to the dealer. Tho i will say, its nice to see that someone from ford seems to be watching the forums and trying to help you all out.
Hi peebs1984,

Hey, you are a member of the community, so I'm here to help you as well. Waiting till your next appointment is perfectly fine, as many initial concerns were resolved. You are welcome to contact Ford of Canada Customer Relationship Centre at 1.800.565.3673, or shoot me a PM if I can assist.

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ChrissyP - I responded to your PM a few days ago, but keep in touch with me and your dealer so we can let you know if there are any updates.



Hi peebs1984,

Hey, you are a member of the community, so I'm here to help you as well. Waiting till your next appointment is perfectly fine, as many initial concerns were resolved. You are welcome to contact Ford of Canada Customer Relationship Centre at 1.800.565.3673, or shoot me a PM if I can assist.

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Thanks Natasha. It certainly does help to know that you are keeping on top of everything, and paying attention to people's complaints. I will definitely remember that IF i need it. a brand new car is a new thing for me, so i'm sure i need to adjust just as much as the car does. Thanks for offering the help, and hopefully i won't need it lol.
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I don't mean to sidetrack this discussion, but to respond to the above comment, I presume you are referring to recent history. Looking at it from a historical perspective, Chrysler made one of the best automatic transmissions in the history of automatic transmissions -- the TorqueFlite A727 and light-duty A904.

And now back to the regularly-scheduled soap opera.
The 3 speeds weren't bad, it's just when they added overdrive that things started to get bad.
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Thanks Natasha. It certainly does help to know that you are keeping on top of everything, and paying attention to people's complaints. I will definitely remember that IF i need it. a brand new car is a new thing for me, so i'm sure i need to adjust just as much as the car does. Thanks for offering the help, and hopefully i won't need it lol.
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Grinding Transmission, Ford no help.

I've gone through every process I can. My transmission makes a grinding sound that is at it's worse when shifting from 1st to 2nd. After a couple of visits to the dealer, they ran an update on my vehicle. The vehicle seems to shift more softly, but the grinding sound didn't change. What it did do was significantly reduce my in-town fuel economy. The dealer didn't not think there was a problem and seemed not to have even noticed the grinding. So, I made a video recording while driving that clearly records the grinding sound. I gave this to them on a disk. I waited two weeks without hearing back. I called today and they said that Ford is acknowledging that they are having difficulty with this issue, but there is no fix for it. Well, what am I supposed to do other than start a lemon law arbitration process? Other than this, I like my car. But Ford is going to have to do something. Otherwise, in the end, I will have severe transmission trouble, possibly after my warranty ends.
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I've gone through every process I can. My transmission makes a grinding sound that is at it's worse when shifting from 1st to 2nd. After a couple of visits to the dealer, they ran an update on my vehicle. The vehicle seems to shift more softly, but the grinding sound didn't change. What it did do was significantly reduce my in-town fuel economy. The dealer didn't not think there was a problem and seemed not to have even noticed the grinding. So, I made a video recording while driving that clearly records the grinding sound. I gave this to them on a disk. I waited two weeks without hearing back. I called today and they said that Ford is acknowledging that they are having difficulty with this issue, but there is no fix for it. Well, what am I supposed to do other than start a lemon law arbitration process? Other than this, I like my car. But Ford is going to have to do something. Otherwise, in the end, I will have severe transmission trouble, possibly after my warranty ends.


I too, have been to the dealer...even tho they acknowledge there is an issue.... they have been told by ford to not fix do not attempt to fix it. One reason they have stated a do not fix is so that all of us unsuspecting loyal customers don't have a leg to stand on when using the lemon law.... because there haven't been three attempts to "fix" it so how's that for customer appreciation? Sorry just a bit upset still ... it's been 5 months with no fix in sight............
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