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Old 07-17-2012, 05:24 PM   #1151
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I think Ford has a public relations problem. The introduce a new transmission in the 2012 Focus. Put it on the market without any explanation as what a driver will expect before it has broken in.
I really can't blame some of the folks here. They buy a new car with what they assume is an automatic transmission and then are confronted with nuances associated with a dual clutch transmission. Since the car is new they panic and they return to the service department where they get anything but a satisfactory or believable answer.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:43 PM   #1152
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I have to agree with ElGatto. I have and will always own mostly Ford's and never had a issue with any of my cars but the DCT is a great transmission for spirited driving like the BMW's and Bugatti's and the like but the normal slow starting off that most due in say parking lots and around our sub divisions and in heavy traffic are not its best use. I hope Ford can get the programming finessed enough for everyone. Even BMW had issues with its M3 M DCT in the start of the model but I think that they finally got the program usable in the slow taking off as well as the sport use of their cars. Wikipedia has info on some other cars with them at:
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:02 AM   #1153
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dvandy4898,

has your transmission gotten any smoother? I just purchased mine last week and so far has 1000 miles on it.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:38 AM   #1154
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I have to agree with ElGatto. I have and will always own mostly Ford's and never had a issue with any of my cars but the DCT is a great transmission for spirited driving like the BMW's and Bugatti's and the like but the normal slow starting off that most due in say parking lots and around our sub divisions and in heavy traffic are not its best use. I hope Ford can get the programming finessed enough for everyone. Even BMW had issues with its M3 M DCT in the start of the model but I think that they finally got the program usable in the slow taking off as well as the sport use of their cars. Wikipedia has info on some other cars with them at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-cl..._Motor_Company
Thanks for the link ElGatto! I didn't realize just how "new" this technology was. I have been driving for 30+ years, and have been so used to the tried and true Auto trannys, and stick shifters, that it's no wonder I wasn't feeling comfortable with the DCT. But I've never been one to say that something new shouldn't be tried. Think where we'd be if everybody said "let's keep things the same forever" back in the stone age! With most cars out there, the "lemon ratio" is usually around 5% or less. Take those out of the equation, and the rest of the problematic vehicles people have are probably due to a lack of understanding, and effort to do so. I really believe that a better education on the dealerships part, on how this DCT works, and how to drive it, would relieve a lot of this frustration I'm reading. My dealer was outstanding at all areas, except this. Albeit, when I took delivery, he did ask me if I had any questions. Me (thinking I new it all) said "nope, I'm good!" Right there, he should have brought this up, as I would have listened if he mentioned the difference in old tech vs. new. Thankfully, I have the wealth of informed people right here to help aleviate my worries!
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:23 AM   #1155
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has your transmission gotten any smoother? I just purchased mine last week and so far has 1000 miles on it.
It will take 2 or 3 thousand miles before you become comfortable driving a DCT, however, starting off slowly you may encounter shuttering.
Check with your service department and make sure that your Focus has been updated with the latest software. I had to bring mine back for the update.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:23 PM   #1156
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I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus in March and I put 7,000 miles on it and it had the select shift in it did not like how it was shifting and shuddering and at a dead stop and trying to go it would act like it wanted to kill out. than I went back to the dealer and traded it out for the SE with the L in the shifter in May that car I have almost 7,000 miles on it the transmission is still doing shuddering and jerking when try to give it gas Ford Motor Company I've called them and complain but nothing I'm about to test drive the new Dodge Dart and trade the Focus in the transmission was a bad move on Fords part I took it to 2 Ford Dealers about the problem they say that its working like Ford design it.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #1157
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I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus in March and I put 7,000 miles on it and it had the select shift in it did not like how it was shifting and shuddering and at a dead stop and trying to go it would act like it wanted to kill out. than I went back to the dealer and traded it out for the SE with the L in the shifter in May that car I have almost 7,000 miles on it the transmission is still doing shuddering and jerking when try to give it gas Ford Motor Company I've called them and complain but nothing I'm about to test drive the new Dodge Dart and trade the Focus in the transmission was a bad move on Fords part I took it to 2 Ford Dealers about the problem they say that its working like Ford design it.
A Dodge Dart? Are you sure?
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Do have a problem with me trying out a Dodge Dart? If I'm not getting no satisfactory with Ford Motor Company I will go somewhere else. Ford needs to go back to old school on the transmission thats the only problem I do have with the car and it did have the update done to it and a recall done to.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #1159
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Dodge Dart looks interesting!
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:16 PM   #1160
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Do have a problem with me trying out a Dodge Dart? If I'm not getting no satisfactory with Ford Motor Company I will go somewhere else. Ford needs to go back to old school on the transmission thats the only problem I do have with the car and it did have the update done to it and a recall done to.
It's a shame you can't master the Focus transmission. I'm just wary of any Chrysler product having a lot of bad experiences owning a Dodge Dart a while back.
Good luck whatever your decision.
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