Sounds exactly like my car and my review. The only shudder I felt was exactly when I drove out the dealer lot with less than 2 miles on the fresh clutches. After that it's been butter smooth and I described my car shifting like a cvt also in my review thread. My clutch part is different but I bet they put a updated programming on both of our cars.Update:
I had my clutches replaced today and new TCM programmed.
I had confirmed before and after that the F1FZ-7B546-B part was installed in my car. In fact, I told them that I would be willing to wait if they did not have it available and were planning on installing the F revision again (that's what I had from about 10 months ago).
When I received the car back today, every single shift, save one, was completely smooth. I could not tell I was driving a DCT; very much felt like the rental BMW X5 that I had. The one shift that jerked a little was when I had just turned the car one and was proceeding from a stop. It was fine after that.
I drove almost 40 miles after receiving the car back. It was perfect on the freeway, streets, and in stop and go traffic.
I am very pleased with this update. More than I was with the F revision last year.
The service adviser confirmed that this was the part in the 2016 model and that I have a "99% chance of this being the last replacement" for this car. He said I should not have any problem with this replacement combination.
Additionally, I had rented an X5 (w/corporate discount it only cost about $15 more than a standard midsize rental) for a day. While it drove a lot smoother than the Focus, I do have to say that I had more fun driving the Focus (especially after the replacement). There are a lot more blindspots on the X5. Never knew how much I appreciated the Focus' blindspot mirror (and the large overall mirror).
Obviously, it was much quieter in the X5. Next time, I'll take the Camaro convertible if it's available again. My other option was an Explorer for the "luxury class" from Enterprise, but I figured I might as well try a German car while I had the chance.
Anywho, I'm looking forward to driving the Focus again tomorrow. Hopefully it gets a lot warmer so I can really test out how temperature-resistant the new clutches are.
The RPMs tend to smoothly shift, although they do hang at 3-3.2k, I ASSUME to smooth out the shift back downwards.
I would have preferred if the shifts were similar to crisp manual shifts, but if we can't get that, I am happy with CVT style smooth "shifts."
Next test will be next week when I have to drive through some anticipated heavy traffic. If it can make it through that, I will have high hopes for the performance of this clutch replacement, albeit longevity is still unknown.
Focus is wonderful to drive with whatever they did
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