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Just got home from the update. Nice improvement to overall driveability.... now if they could just get me that extra 150 HP that I am needing, I'll be a happy camper. This thing would be an absolute blast with about 300HP and AWD.

Still loving it...[giddy]
 

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Disconnect negative battery terminal for 10 minutes = computer reset to learn mode. This takes you back to default settings and it will shift pretty firmly while it relearns the best shift settings for your driving style.

I perform this process about once every 30-60 days on my Mustang and it runs like a scalded dog again. I'm sure it works the same way for the Focus and the DCT.
With my experiences and testing with the electronics, I've found that using selectshift manual mode (when equipped) helped out a lot with helping the computer adjusting the transmission. Whenever I had a "clunking" or "slow shift" issue, I ran through the gears manually 1-6 in normal driving (preferredly on a road with stoplights and 45-55mph speed limits) a couple of times, hopefully helping the computer to relearn shifting timing. Every time I've done it so far (about twice), the shifting quality improved dramatically. This worked well before the update and on this update too.

I have decided not to do it after all. I think that in the end, it will have the same performance.

I am going to a third Ford dealer (Sawgrass Ford) this Wednesday to have the TSB applied. Let me tell you what happened on my last two visits.

Visit One (Maroone Ford) - I had the transmission specialist in the car with me and I was driving around. He noticed the noises and said it was normal. I did not bring any TSB documentation or any articles.

Visit Two (Pines Ford/Lincoln) - I had the shop foreman ride with me. This time, I bought documementation with me. The funny thing is that when he was in the car, the transmission sounded a little quieter. I was told that it would break in by 5,000 miles and that if the transmission was noisy by the oil change, maybe they will do something.

I did get frustrated and wondered why everyone else had their transmissions updated, but me.

I would like to know what I need to say and what to bring when I see the dealer this Wednesday?
danyall2010, Call the dealer before you bring it in. Be honest at first about the TSB being out and then your concerns that need to be solved by it. If they tell you to bring the car in, confirm that you you'll get the update and say something along the lines of "I don't want to waste my time or yours by bringing in a car that won't get work done on it." Especially if they sound hesitant. That argument fit the bill well when I set up my service appointment.
 

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Desentgate, I will take your suggestion!

I look forward to tomorrow. I will arm myself with the TSB notice. Are there any other ideas I can use in addition to what Desentgate said taht might help me?
 

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I performed this TSB about a week and a half ago and it's like a brand new car!

I didn't have any of the shuddering problems, but I did experience "lag" if you will when accelerating, now it accelerates when I want it to, i'm loving it
 

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I performed this TSB about a week and a half ago and it's like a brand new car!

I didn't have any of the shuddering problems, but I did experience "lag" if you will when accelerating, now it accelerates when I want it to, i'm loving it
Did you have any trouble at the dealer? What did you say to the dealer?
 

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Desentgate, I will take your suggestion!

I look forward to tomorrow. I will arm myself with the TSB notice. Are there any other ideas I can use in addition to what Desentgate said taht might help me?
I also was able to get my dealer to schedule this update without any road test diagnostics or hassles. If you read the whole thread there were some good recommendations on earlier pages on what to say to the dealer to make this happen.

Please read and find out but in short if you check the TSB it clearly states "intermittent" issues with harsh downshifting and "shuddering" idle fluctuations at a stop and most importantly: intermittent vehicle speed control inoperative ...this is the complaint for it being a "slug" off the line or when it shifts to soon leaving no power for acceleration.

Anyway if you just say "drive-ability issues" and problem is intermittent but describe any of the issues I mentioned or described in the TSB including "RPM flare when decelerating" but mostly I just told them the shift points are wrong and it shifts way too early and this was easy to duplicate but they didn't even check it. Definitely bring your copy of this TSB, it will help and it also has the info you need to describe your complaint.

Would of had my TSB done last weekend but their computer crashed so rescheduled for this weekend, can hardly wait for the improved drivability.
 

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Had mine done this afternoon and rush hour traffic was actually pleasant. It definitely holds a gear longer and actually downshifts when pressing the pedal down further. I don't feel like I have to floor it or shift to S and manually shift it in stop and go traffic.. I didn't get the chance to test acceleration from 0-60 but it feels like a normal car now. Really happy with the results.
 

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Did you have any trouble at the dealer? What did you say to the dealer?
just don't say "I'm here for the Trans TSB, how long will it take?" Like anyone else, the Service Advisor and Technician don't want to be told how to do their job, eventhough it seems like they need to be sometimes

A TSB is something for the technician to diagnose and repair a car, its not a recall thats automatic.

tell them you have intermittant shuddering or anything else thats in the TSB, then tell them you've read about a TSB that may help
 

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Just got home from the update. Nice improvement to overall driveability.... now if they could just get me that extra 150 HP that I am needing, I'll be a happy camper. This thing would be an absolute blast with about 300HP and AWD.

Still loving it...[giddy]
Can you say, Mitsubishi MiEVO? But you'll look like this . . .
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I got a call back from the dealer and explained the problem and said there was nothing wrong with it. Even said there was a TSB on it and he said he is not aware of any.
 

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You seem to be the first with this potential issue?
Nope - see my posting earlier in this thread. It has happened to me for sure once, perhaps one time prior to that, just after I got it. It could have been an unintended upshift but felt almost as if the car suddenly shifted to neutral and back into gear. Too quick and too much traffic for any definitive assessment.[scratch]

Oops, I posted it in the "issues thread". Here is the post:

I have an October SEL with about 800 miles on it. My shifts have been smooth and my Select Shift is positive and very much fun on my twisty road with several one-lane bridges (downshift time). The other day, however, I was in the left lane on a four-lane surface street and saw a long string of cars getting into a left turn lane too short for the number of cars, and the woman in front of me was going to partly block my lane. I slowed to let the lane to my right clear and was going about 10 mph when it did. When I accelerated to go around the woman blocking my lane, the engine revved to about 45k, like it was in neutral, then caught (smoothly, no clunk) and off I went. My car is a post 8/12/11 car, of course, and I'll mention this to my dealer when I go in today for my MFT lesson, but your opinion would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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My candy apple red SEL sedan was built august 4th and delivered August 10th, just before the August 12th date quoted by the TSB. (ordered mid-May). I was aware of the TSB for about a month due to this forum, however, except for the initial mild shuddering (especially when crawling up the BlueWater bridge from Sarnia Ontario to Port Huron, all appeared well except for one time when making a left turn and the tranny just revved like crazy. (must be what they call flare-up). Long story short, as the tranny was well behaved otherwise, I debated whether to do the TSB and potentially make it worse. Decided to go for it and went into Lambton Ford in Sarnia. most accomodating service advisor who verified the TSB and then scheduled me in without further ado, with the comment that he just updated his truck's software and was a firm beleiver in making sure that the latest and best was in place. Completed last Friday. As others indicated, shifts at higher RPM's unless you really baby the pedal. Engine appears to be extremely free revving thereby ensuring very quick response to any input. Low speed and idle are without any hint of vibration (idle RPM appears to be at 700 however it is getting cold in Canada). Bottom line- if you have a pre August 12th car, go for it. You will not be sorry!
 

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Think I will ask for it when i go in for my first service. Should be middle of Dec. Got a couple other issues, minor list , but started growing today. Still loving it though!
 

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hey guys,
im hoping to purchase my first car in January, and im heavily considering the focus hatch..

ive read some threads about the transmission issues in the early-production ones.
has anyone got their hands on a relatively new focus? and if so how is the transmission so far?
 

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hey guys,
im hoping to purchase my first car in January, and im heavily considering the focus hatch..

ive read some threads about the transmission issues in the early-production ones.
has anyone got their hands on a relatively new focus? and if so how is the transmission so far?
I purchased mine November 10 and it was built September 29 so has the latest update, I think. Apart from an issue when I had only it for 2 days where the cable at the transmission came apart leaving me unable to select any gears the car has been great and I love it. The trans issue was not connected to the other issues that folks on here and other forums have been complaining about so I am confident it will be fine going forward.

Colin
 

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hey guys,
im hoping to purchase my first car in January, and im heavily considering the focus hatch..

ive read some threads about the transmission issues in the early-production ones.
has anyone got their hands on a relatively new focus? and if so how is the transmission so far?
Okay, here's my current experience. Mine is an October car and it shifted smoothly for the first thousand miles or so, only twice was there any hint of a hick-up. We just got home from a eight hundred mile or so round trip and I started to notice a bit of the jittery starts reported by others at about 1,400 miles. The car now starts out a little rough but immediately smooths out and shifts smoothly after that start. I will give it a bit of time to settle in, since this is an adaptive system and it might be able to settle it's self out. Color me hopeful.[8)]
 

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Got mine done today. All I gotta say is wow. It's a totally different experience.
 
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