I rode in a DCT to tonight for the first time. That shudder after take off gets annoying quick and I wasnt even driving. I am forever glad I went with my gut.
[scratch] I honestly hope this is sarcasm."...that shudder..." is due to the person driving the car not working the DCT properly.
The same could be said about a manual gearbox. People who drive those have to take measures to make sure they don't overheat the clutch. Ford (or any other company, for that matter) doesn't have to tell everyone with a manual to not ride the clutch and burn it out.I think advising drivers to avoid creeping in heavy traffic but rather leave gaps so we can be on the throttle more "steadily" for the sake of helping control the clutches tenperatures as worded in the original post, is nothing short of ridiculous.... it should not be our job to monitor the temperature but rather be engineered to handle levels of heat.... so in bumper to bumper traffic on the highway we should leave gaps so other vehicles can cut us off so we can control the temperature??? the only tenperature a driver should have to worry about is the one from the climate controls inside the vehicle.
I could agree with this. Love the car, it's definately unique... handles extremely well, the leather seats are soooooo comfy, i love the sporty look.... and now that I'm hearing its better to punch it all the time around town for the sake of the transmission, its gunna be hella fun to drive.I think that ford dealers should have made a better effort to explain how this transmission works. I know I was told when I bought my '14 mk3 with dct, "its an automatic, enjoy it". It was not explained to me at all how to drive this car. In a world where nearly every car has a conventional automatic that can take abuse in traffic, it is misleading that they are being sold just as every other auto out there. I can only imagine how embarrassing / upsetting it is to take your focus with dct into the dealer and be told that since you didn't know how / were not informed to correctly to drive the vehicle that your transmission has failed (or you contributed to an underlying problem)
That being said, for the time being, I am quite happy with my car. I have read posts / threads here and am enjoying my newish car.
I agree with you. Took the Foci for a joy ride. Drove it harder than normal.... and it went pretty well. A lot smoother for sure and certainly more fun :innocent: I have been tampering with the gas too.... IF i hear any grinding, i let off the gas for a split second then press again and it stops (it doesnt happen often but if it does its at low acceleration speeds)Members who do drive theirs harder are generally happier, but so are others who "control" the shifting a lot by how they use the gas pedal.
There's been a lot of discussion about how to get the best out of it, and that's appropriate for an enthusiast's forum. I'm not going to try & recap it all in a few posts!
IMHO it should have been sold as something new & different, minimal mention as the latest new "automatic" isn't enough. Of course for many owners thinking about all the different mechanicals/electronics on the MkIII models is the farthest thing from their mind, as long as they turn the key & it goes that's where the interest ends.