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Old 05-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Should I back out?

So I went and test drove a 2012 Ti last night with 10k KM on it. Seemed fine, I know what those dual clutch trans feel like as I have driven in some crappy smart cars before. But I didn't read everything on this forum before I went to buy. I think I can still back out, I don't really want another lemon on my hands (already having to deal with 2003 Acura TL trans issues).

I know more people complain about their cars than praise them so I am not sure what to do here...


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Old 05-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Not that anyone can accurately predict the future "lemonness" of a car.. but if it helps; I've had my 2012 SE since July of 2011. I've done nothing but change the oil, change the wipers and put gas in it. The car now has around 27k miles.
As far as transmissions go, I've pretty much only driven manuals, but as memory serves, what's in this car is aeons better than what was in the cars of my youth. My first several cars were mid to late '70s Dusters and Dart Swingers, so you can imagine the comparison or automatics.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Yea, I feel like people that have had issues with the rolling back and the shudder are people that have only driven auto's but I don't want to say that for sure as this is my first day reading up on the situation. I'm just very concerned but I'm hoping it's a smaller percentage than it appears to be.

The specs are 2012 Ti fully loaded, leather, sunroof, nav, etc for 19k after taxes with 10k KM on it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:15 PM   #4
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Yea, I feel like people that have had issues with the rolling back and the shudder are people that have only driven auto's but I don't want to say that for sure as this is my first day reading up on the situation. I'm just very concerned but I'm hoping it's a smaller percentage than it appears to be.

The specs are 2012 Ti fully loaded, leather, sunroof, nav, etc for 19k after taxes with 10k KM on it.
I'm looking into getting a 2013 DCT Ti hatch. From reading on the forums there are more people complaining about the DCT than praising it. But look at it this way, if its working fine people won't start a thread saying how it performs to their expectations, but if it doesn't work they will complain. Its the same with every product and service. If my 2013 Ti performs flawlessly I'm not going to come here and start a thread about it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #5
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my '12 sel DCT has operated flawlessly since i bought it.. I've had all the updates done and tho i prefer a manual, i will say this DCT is better than any 'slushbox' auto i've had.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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Do YOU have any problems with YOUR vehicle? Is it exhibiting any behavior that YOU find to be unacceptable? Have you driven it for a long enough period to know that it's what you like?

If the answer is yes to all that, then who cares what a bunch of random people on the internet have to say? When these cars first came out, a lot of people were apprehensive about the gearbox just because of what some people were posting here. They weren't having any issues, but still wanted to trade in their car because the internet told them to.

My point, is to not get sucked into any of that. If everything is treating you well then have fun with your new car. If something is bothering you about it then don't buy it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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I have a 2012 Ti with the DCt and had one of the issue that others have with the transmission. Keep in mind that this forum only represents a small small percentage of focus owners. Also, most people that don't have issue, don't say anything.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #8
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Ditto on the DCT in my TI. If the car works for you, go for it. Perhaps check the service history with a local dealer; that'll tell you what if anything may have been done or not. If you know the origin of the car, even better; maybe you can talk to the previous owner.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:11 PM   #9
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #10
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It takes some getting used to. I've owned both manuals and automatics and this is definitely different. It doesn't have the same response as an auto when you step on it, but the shifts feel really smooth.
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