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Old 08-31-2012, 07:59 PM   #1491
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Thanks for letting me knowI greatly appreciate it, I will keep driving. One other question anyone hear a thud coming from the back of the car when just inserting the key. It dont do it everytime but passenger said they could feel the thud on that side. I Once again discussed this with the dealer mechanic he said "Not sure what that is but shouldnt be hurting anything.
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Likely the fuel pump priming.
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Thank you makes me feel alot better.
Don't know about that. I get a slight whine and thunk when I open my door after it's been parked for a while. I was told that is the fuel pump priming. A thunk when inserting the key should be something else.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:02 PM   #1492
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Another Motor Trend Update

Following up to their December '11 article on the much-improved but still flawed DCT, Motor Trend just put up another article on their website 3 days ago. Strangely it's entitled "2012 Ford Focus SEL First Test." They've never tested the SEL trim before I guess?

Anyway they say this:


The dual-clutch transmission still may not be as good as Volkswagen's excellent DSG unit, but the vast majority of the kinks we suffered with our last Focus SFE tester feel worked out, thanks to an ECU update. That said, when merging or changing lanes on the highway, the transmission did seem to hesitate before deciding if it really wanted to downshift and allow the car to accelerate to thread a gap. Putting the tranny in Sport mitigated this problem.

The transmission also had a bit of trouble when creeping along at low speeds. While lightly applying the brake pedal when reversing into a spot, the car was difficult to control smoothly, resulting in a jerky back and forth experience that I'm sure looked quite ridiculous from the outside.


True that, I get some of that action in my office building parking garage's inclined surfaces. I guess they got a "good" 12B37 update though since they don't mention poor shift quality or anything.

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...#ixzz25AwfluEV
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:57 PM   #1493
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Transmission problem

My daughter just bought a 2012 Focus 29 Aug 2012. Dealer didn't say anything about transmission slippage before she bought it. Soon as she drove it she found that the transmission slips. At a stop the rpms come up but the car doesn't move and she says that sometime it lurches forward without warning once she starts to move.
Really disappointed in Ford for not fixing the problem and that the dealers aren't saying anything- Buyer Beware. My daughter is disappointed that she has to deal with a broken car straight from the showroom floor.
Dealer wants her to give them a 10 when Ford calls about her customer satisfaction survey- I don't think so.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #1494
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Yup, Automated Manual Transmissions ...

It's funny how many 'experts' are praising the VW DSG transmission, and saying how much smoother it is than the Focus DCT. My brother just came back from a trip to Europe, during which he rented an automated Golf for two weeks. He found the shifts very jerky, and said it often hesitated before downshifts. (Sound familiar? ; ) Then, we went for a drive in my 2-week-old Focus, which has the occasional slight stumble, and he found the Focus very smooth compared to the Golf. You can find a lot of complaints about the VW's on the 'net.

As someone said above, it helps to think that you are driving a manual, which will feel like the DCT if your shifts are sometimes less than perfect (which can happen to the best of drivers). Maybe Ford and VW will come out with a perfect reflash in the near future ...
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:33 AM   #1495
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It's funny how many 'experts' are praising the VW DSG transmission, and saying how much smoother it is than the Focus DCT. My brother just came back from a trip to Europe, during which he rented an automated Golf for two weeks. He found the shifts very jerky, and said it often hesitated before downshifts. (Sound familiar? ; ) Then, we went for a drive in my 2-week-old Focus, which has the occasional slight stumble, and he found the Focus very smooth compared to the Golf. You can find a lot of complaints about the VW's on the 'net.

As someone said above, it helps to think that you are driving a manual, which will feel like the DCT if your shifts are sometimes less than perfect (which can happen to the best of drivers). Maybe Ford and VW will come out with a perfect reflash in the near future ...
I doubt that a computer will ever be able to miss a shift and grind the gears as well as I can when I shift a manual.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:35 AM   #1496
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My daughter just bought a 2012 Focus 29 Aug 2012. Dealer didn't say anything about transmission slippage before she bought it. Soon as she drove it she found that the transmission slips. At a stop the rpms come up but the car doesn't move and she says that sometime it lurches forward without warning once she starts to move.
Really disappointed in Ford for not fixing the problem and that the dealers aren't saying anything- Buyer Beware. My daughter is disappointed that she has to deal with a broken car straight from the showroom floor.
Dealer wants her to give them a 10 when Ford calls about her customer satisfaction survey- I don't think so.
If it is brand new, it takes about 1000 miles or so for the computer to learn how your daughter drives. My wife loves her Focus and has never complained about the way it shifts.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:39 PM   #1497
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Or maybe when they finally get an aftermarket tune - just maybe!!!
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If it is brand new, it takes about 1000 miles or so for the computer to learn how your daughter drives. My wife loves her Focus and has never complained about the way it shifts.
The computer doesn't learn how you drive.
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The computer doesn't learn how you drive.
How do you know for sure? Ford's 6F35 does.

"Ford’s 6F35 also has six available final drive gear ratios and utilizes adaptive learning algorithms to make the transmission “customizable” to individual vehicles for a more dynamic driving experience and improved mpg.
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My daughter just bought a 2012 Focus 29 Aug 2012. Dealer didn't say anything about transmission slippage before she bought it. Soon as she drove it she found that the transmission slips. At a stop the rpms come up but the car doesn't move and she says that sometime it lurches forward without warning once she starts to move.
Really disappointed in Ford for not fixing the problem and that the dealers aren't saying anything- Buyer Beware. My daughter is disappointed that she has to deal with a broken car straight from the showroom floor.
Dealer wants her to give them a 10 when Ford calls about her customer satisfaction survey- I don't think so.
I feel your pain here, I have a little over 500 miles I do think it is shifting better but How disappointing is it to buy a new car and have a dealer not mention that this car is different. I read about it but I guess not enough. When both my husband and I test drove it we didnt notice it doing at that time either. I find I noticed it after I drove it for a longer periods of time. I have found Ford has not been easy to work with.My dealer treats me like I'm Mindless and am such a pain. I am keeping this car for now because I have to. I guess all the dealer had to say was this car will drive a little different because of the DCT. When I take it back to them then they tell me EVERYONE brings it back and says that. YOU just need to drive it 1000 miles. WHY DIDNT YOU TELL ME THESE BEFORE I BOUGHT IT. (my dealership said they dont work on commission,why cant people just be honest) I probably would have bought something else on the lot.
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