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Old 07-26-2011, 09:58 PM   #22
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Just as followup: My sense is that the automated manual in the Focus, or in the Fiesta (ie. the Ford Getrag Powershift) -- will NOT go the mileage. It say this, 'cause in reality, it is two manual transmissions in one...

The automated shifting does not double-clutch, like I do. The automated shifting does not, when cold, shift gears (initially) at a walking pace, like I do, to baby the transmission. Though to some degree, the programming will "help it" to operating temp, it is nothing like what I do, on my own manual transmission.

I predict that Powershifts will NOT go to 100,000 miles without problems.

This nonsense about not being able to operate in slow, walking-speed traffic, of course makes sense (when you realize it's an automated manual) -- but I'm 100% sure that most drivers do not adjust their speeds, and the "smartness" in moving off from a stop and the "no doddling" that they should do, when starting off, to suit this characteristic.

So, chatter they will, in urban traffic situations.

And no, they cannot be as smooth as I can, when I drive a manual....!
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