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Old 10-16-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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2014 S/SE ford focus transmission fixed?

Hey Guys,

I am on the edge of buying the 2014, but all the transmission issues here are giving me second thoughts.

The thing is, I see they are mainly listed for the 2012's and 2013's versions.

Do these problems exist still with the 2014's as well?

All the other alternatives I have seen Corolla, Mazda3(iSport for MPG efficiency), Jetta, are priced 1k$ higher than the FF (atleast according to truecar).

Would happy to get any suggestions or alternatives.

Thanks!


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Old 10-16-2013, 08:35 AM   #2
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Hey Guys,

I am on the edge of buying the 2014, but all the transmission issues here are giving me second thoughts.

The thing is, I see they are mainly listed for the 2012's and 2013's versions.

Do these problems exist still with the 2014's as well?

All the other alternatives I have seen Corolla, Mazda3(iSport for MPG efficiency), Jetta, are priced 1k$ higher than the FF (atleast according to truecar).

Would happy to get any suggestions or alternatives.

Thanks!
please check for yourself by doing a forum search for the words transmission and 2014.
There have been posts here from 2014 owners who have had the same problems.

NO matter who posts back to you pro or con, please check for yourself.

It is NOT widespread, but you can not detect them on a short test drive. I recommend you test it over a weekend, turn on the AC, take on 2-3 passengers, go up hills, listen when you go around corners etc.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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Same DCT in the 2012, 2013 y 2014....
Same reported issues.
I'm not sure if Mazda uses the same DCT as Ford, anyway the M3 is build in Japan until next year, Mazda is gonna transfer the building plant to Mexico
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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BTW
It's not all about the DCT
Some guys reported:
Coolant
AC
Front end suspension
Wheel bearing
Paint
Dead battery
Steering wheel
And other problems!
Check yourself by reading the threads
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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BTW
It's not all about the DCT
Some guys reported:
Coolant
AC
Front end suspension
Wheel bearing
Paint
Dead battery
Steering wheel
And other problems!
Check yourself by reading the threads
There's some truth to this...

I love this car even more now that my clutch was finally replaced, but the paint on my car (maybe it's just because of the color I chose) is horrendous, I have a coolant leak that the dealer hasn't fixed yet (pretty sure my engine block is rusting/oxidizing from the inside out), not to mention the rattles...

But all of those things might be fixed by now and I still love the car!*

*Note: I have to love the car because I'm going to drive it past 200k miles.

EDIT: Also, buy a manual.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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Same DCT in the 2012, 2013 y 2014....
Same reported issues.
I'm not sure if Mazda uses the same DCT as Ford, anyway the M3 is build in Japan until next year, Mazda is gonna transfer the building plant to Mexico
The Mazda 3 doesn't have a DCT.
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(pretty sure my engine block is rusting from the inside out)
I don't believe that's possible on a aluminum block...
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There's some truth to this...

I love this car even more now that my clutch was finally replaced, but the paint on my car (maybe it's just because of the color I chose) is horrendous, I have a coolant leak that the dealer hasn't fixed yet (pretty sure my engine block is rusting/oxidizing from the inside out), not to mention the rattles...

But all of those things might be fixed by now and I still love the car!*

*Note: I have to love the car because I'm going to drive it past 200k miles.

EDIT: Also, buy a manual.
What's wrong with your paint? Are you waxing?
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Same DCT in the 2012, 2013 y 2014....
Same reported issues.
I'm not sure if Mazda uses the same DCT as Ford, anyway the M3 is build in Japan until next year, Mazda is gonna transfer the building plant to Mexico
from 2011 forward mazda has been using a transmission they build on their own, after parting ways with former partner ford.

please check for yourself but it uses a torque convert AND a clutch.

I own and drive a 2013 mazda-3 and can tell you there is no possible comparison to how smooth it is versus the dct and its accompanying list of "normal" hijinks.
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from 2011 forward mazda has been using a transmission they build on their own, after parting ways with former partner ford.

please check for yourself but it uses a torque convert AND a clutch.

I own and drive a 2013 mazda-3 and can tell you there is no possible comparison to how smooth it is versus the dct and its accompanying list of "normal" hijinks.
There is nothing fundamentally new about the transmission in the Mazda 3. It's basically the same as any other planetary geared automatic with a torque converter lock up clutch with one small difference, it locks the converter nearly 80 percent of the time with a wet clutch pack behind the converter to transmit power while the converter was locked.

There have been clutch bands and selectors in automatic transmissions for decades by now. It won't be as quirky but they are also not always without fault.
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