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Old 05-14-2012, 07:12 PM   #151
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That's the dual wet clutch transmission used overseas.

Ours is definately a dry clutch.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #152
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So, I got the 12B37 update for the DCT last friday. As I stated in an earlier post, I was not having any difficulty with my DCT before, but I thought I should get it done since my 1/31/12 build Titanium was eligible. After driving the car for a few days, I am very happy with the improved performance of the DCT after the update.

Before purchasing this car, I generally tried to avoid automatic transmissions in a small car. I had driven quite a few but it never seemed like the tranny matched the engine. While I really wanted a manual 6 speed in my Ti, they aren't available, as we know. But after test driving the Focus, I like the car so much I bought it with the DCT anyway. Before the update, my DCT ran well. No grinding as others have reported. Yes, I did get the surge/touchy pedal when backing up in the mornings, and the hill assist was not there (I thought I had accidentally turned it off), but otherwise the car ran pretty good.

But let me tell you, after this update it feels like I have a different car. No more morning surges at all. The hill assist now works like it was supposed to. But best of all, the DCT is so much more responsive. I now understand why Ford wanted this DCT in their car. The shifting is spot-on. No hesitation, no gear seeking. The gear changing is precise and accurate and the correct gear is now automatically there when I punch it. I am extremely happy with the positive improvements in how the car now drives. I strongly encourage anyone whose car is eligible, to get this update done. I hope everyone has as good a result as I have had.

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Old 05-15-2012, 09:52 PM   #153
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I said I will come back after 500 km, but I am here a bit sooner. Because indeed, it is a great + to have this FSA done to your car. My DCT does shifts better, there is no more "gear hunting" when I suddenly press on the gas pedal while on an incline. I saw today for the first time, while running steady at 100 km/h = 62 mph, on a 32 km (20 miles) run the gas consumption as low as 5.8 l/100 km, which equals 40.56 mpg. The same trip before the update, was about 35 mpg (6.7 l/100 km). It might be only a "one time happening", but... it did put a smile on my face. I will come back later to let you know how things are.
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Voldar ... sa-weeet! I'm getting mine tomorrow, very excited
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:32 AM   #155
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So, I got the 12B37 update for the DCT last friday. As I stated in an earlier post, I was not having any difficulty with my DCT before, but I thought I should get it done since my 1/31/12 build Titanium was eligible. After driving the car for a few days, I am very happy with the improved performance of the DCT after the update.

Before purchasing this car, I generally tried to avoid automatic transmissions in a small car. I had driven quite a few but it never seemed like the tranny matched the engine. While I really wanted a manual 6 speed in my Ti, they aren't available, as we know. But after test driving the Focus, I like the car so much I bought it with the DCT anyway. Before the update, my DCT ran well. No grinding as others have reported. Yes, I did get the surge/touchy pedal when backing up in the mornings, and the hill assist was not there (I thought I had accidentally turned it off), but otherwise the car ran pretty good.

But let me tell you, after this update it feels like I have a different car. No more morning surges at all. The hill assist now works like it was supposed to. But best of all, the DCT is so much more responsive. I now understand why Ford wanted this DCT in their car. The shifting is spot-on. No hesitation, no gear seeking. The gear changing is precise and accurate and the correct gear is now automatically there when I punch it. I am extremely happy with the positive improvements in how the car now drives. I strongly encourage anyone whose car is eligible, to get this update done. I hope everyone has as good a result as I have had.

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I had mine done this morning and I noticed all the same improvements. Definitely worth the hassle and the courtesy shuttle driver who was far too burnt out and aggressive to be driving a motor vehicle.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #156
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While I was at the dealership for another item, I went ahead and let them reprogram my car with the 12B37 update while I was waiting. I had no issues with my DCT performance before so had no expectations of this update but was pleasantly surprised that I actually noticed some improvements with how the car felt afterwards. The shift quality feels about the same as before but I think they improved how the engine torque is managed during shifting. Especially at low speed shifting like in stop and go traffic, shifting really does feel more seamless than before. This update seems to really improve how the engine and trans work together.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:33 PM   #157
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While I was at the dealership for another item, I went ahead and let them reprogram my car with the 12B37 update while I was waiting. I had no issues with my DCT performance before so had no expectations of this update but was pleasantly surprised that I actually noticed some improvements with how the car felt afterwards. The shift quality feels about the same as before but I think they improved how the engine torque is managed during shifting. Especially at low speed shifting like in stop and go traffic, shifting really does feel more seamless than before. This update seems to really improve how the engine and trans work together.
Yeah it's like you can afford to have a heavier foot from a stop now and not have to worry about the harsh 2nd gear.

I have also noticed it seems to want to hold a gear longer. I still also on occasion slowed down to turn into a parking lot and then put my foot back on the gas and it just bogged (fell on it's face)and then suddenly woke up and tried to downshift. Ugh.

I wouldn't say this update is quite perfect for me yet. But a Big improvement in like you said the seamless shifting.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:01 PM   #158
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I've made an appointment for this recall for Friday...I'm looking forward to this update to see if it improves anything at all for me. I'm really hoping it does.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #159
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I have my 10K km service appointment this saturday, I'll let you know it this 12B37 recall applies for foreign markets :)
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I've made an appointment for this recall for Friday...I'm looking forward to this update to see if it improves anything at all for me. I'm really hoping it does.
I think you will.

I got mine back this afternoon -

There is an immediate difference in shifting!

And the difference is a good one!

Or, rather, differences...

It's not over-revving, or hasn't done that yet.

The low-idle rumble is gone. I'm positive I would have experienced it.

Compared to before, accelerating from idle is far smoother (a couple minor nitpicky moments but that's nothing and DCT in general is different...)

On slight inclines the car used to roll backward. I'm not getting that so far and there's one opportunity where it would have, but it hadn't... (middle inclines never were a problem and I could feel something engaging that confirmed it was doing its job to prevent rolling back...)

No grinding noise at all (yet, but of all the issues that grind noise was the least important - it might happen again but without other issues accompanying it I won't worry).

They had tested the A/C (so I didn't need to inquire) and it does seem to work (73 outside temp, and the control was set at LO (presumable 60). )

And the cool thing is, with a loaner car by comparison, I appreciate the DCT far, FAR more. DCT is so much smoother, noise or not.

Keeping my fingers crossed long-term, but chalk me up as another customer reporting an awesome success story!

Thank you, Ford!!

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...I got mine back this afternoon... Keeping my fingers crossed long-term, but chalk me up as another customer reporting an awesome success story!
Man, I am really happy for you , finally you are pleased with your DCT !
And if it is like mine, you should also see some mpg improvements. I tested today in a city driving and while before the update the mpg went up skyrocking when I was stuck in trafic and iddling, today, after the update and fill-up I did yesterday, I saw my mpg not so eager to go up when at idle. That's really great !
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