I am a new Focus owner, bought in November 2014 White SE it had 15 miles. There are so many aspects of the car I love, BUT I hate to drive it. I am hoping to get some direction from others who drive a 2014 themselves. My previous car was a 2008 BMW 328, but I wanted something more affordable but still great looking and good gas mileage. Let me say the two cars are like night and day. With absolutly no knowledge of the Transmission in this car (basically being a manual shifted by computer, I did not do my research DUMB) I took it to the dealer complaining about jerking from a stop into first gear and also just alot of clicking and general noise I hear when coming to a stop. I got the Ford handout explaining the nuances of this transmission. I was well speechless. You mean to tell me this car is SUPPOSED to behave this way??? Well I have reviewed many many posts by others who have had Transmission issues and clutch replacement on the Forum. I would not describe my issues in the severe terms others have described but the car just annoys the hell out of me. I have the intermittent jerk from stop especially on an up hill incline. I feel like the car is sluggish when I give it gas on curving hilly terrain especially. I feel like I am having to floor it to get a decent response. I live in a very hilly area and coming to a stop on very steep incline is common in traffic and I was SHOCKED when the Focus began to rollback in traffic! I have driven a MT many times in my life and this car reminds me of driving in a MT vehicle with a driver who is a newbie and is not driving the MT properly. I am not having the extreme shuddering that others have described, just a bit of a jerk from stop into first. I am considering going to another dealer and test driving another Focus so I can compare to my vehicle. What do others think? Is this normal or am I experiencing a beginning bad transmission or clutch issues? The dealer of course says this is just normal. The car has 2,700 miles as of today. The manfacture date was 8/2014.