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#501 of 673 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [just2muchfun]
Apr 26, 2012 (9:25 am)
recently test drove a focus SE with the auto tranny and the same problem occured on the test drive which lasted about 20 minutes.needless to say the test drive was over for me right then and there.didn't want to be bothered with the bullshit update's to the tranny and still have the same thing happening such in your case.purchased a 2012 hyundai elantra with a auto tranny as smooth as butter.
#502 of 673 Re: 2012 focus auto trans [steven39]
Apr 26, 2012 (2:07 pm)
FWIW I had a shuddering problem with my '12 Focus's tranny within the first 1,500 miles or so but now at 3,300 miles and it's shudder free and pretty smooth. Feels like a quickly shifted manual. No power loss issues.
On a certain other forum for Focus owners, many report that they LOVE the tranny and quite a few others have gripes with it. Some who had gripes had the updates applied and it was successful.
#503 of 673 4f27e problem in 2003 focus
May 03, 2012 (1:16 pm)
I have problem with my tranny, this problem is shoving only when it is really hot outside. When i ride in traffic or at low speed ride on 3rd gear and speed is going up but suddenly i need to brake, transmission is going on 4th gear (i suppose it should stay at 3rd). There is jerk and pulling. There is no souch problem when it is not hot or when riding continousely. This is my first car with auto transmission-what can cousing problem? Overheating, soleniods or internal elements, mileage is 133000 miles, oil was replaced in october 2011.
#504 of 673 Focus Auto Transmission
May 08, 2012 (10:39 am)
I pulled up in my 1.6 auto focus, put into park & handbrake on the car rolled back slightly. I used the foot brake, restarted the car Put into R then back into park & switched off.
Went back to the car 30 mins later started it put into reverse, nothing! The lever moves but does not select D or R. Does anyone have any ideas?
#505 of 673 And I Thought I Had a Problem!
May 09, 2012 (3:05 pm)
My hassle with Ford re our Focus SEL involves the dual-clutch on several levels. I understand a LOT more after joining the Forum however and doing some research in Edmunds on the tranny in our Focus that I did not learn from Ford or the Ford dealer.
We were QUITE surprised when starting up on a slight hill to find that our Focus IMMEDIATELY started to roll backwards when I took my foot off the brake! I expected it to behave like any other "automatic" tranny but what I experienced was more like a manual transmission where I still had my foot on the clutch or had been popped into neutral. I was doubly surprised given that the literature talked of an automatic hill-holding feature. Whe I read the manual, the feature was explained for models "...if equipped..." But at no time had the dealer warned me or informed me that my car might not have this feature and, if not, what that meant!
Only by browsing etc did I stumble on the fact that, apparently, Ford includes the hill-holding feature on the BASE Focus S and the slightly upscale SE, but discontinues it for reasons entirely unexplained on our SEL or the top-of-the-line Titanium model.
Now that I know this, I will either use the very handy handbrake on a hill or resort to left foot braking. Either will work, but Ford should not blindside it's customers like that!
#506 of 673 STILL HAVING PROBLEMS
May 18, 2012 (2:41 pm)
AT 3200 MILES AND MY SPEED SENSOR WAS SOMEHOW BROKEN. DEALER FIXED THIS BUT STILL NOW 3D TIME IN THE DEALERSHIP. AS FOR THE TRANSMISSION I AM S.O.L. THE DEALER SAID THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. FEEL REAL STUPID. WE DID NOT TEST DRIVE THE CAR WE BAUGHT. THIS WAS WAS ORDERED!!!!!!! WE WANTED THE YELLOW TITANIUM. THE DEALER SAID WE WILL PUT A BACKUP CAMERA IN FOR YOU. WELL IT'S BEEN 6 MONTHS AND NO CAMERA. THEY OFFERED 1000 DOLLARS BUT, WE REALLY WANTED THE CAMERA. BEEN A TOTAL DISSAPOINTMENT. FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT. MY MOM SAID DON'T BUY NEW BUT, I WANTED A NEW CAR. 443 EIGHT 24 NINE 243 IS MY NUMBER SO ANYONE CONTACT ME SO WE CAN GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND PERHAPS HAVE SOME LEGAL RECOURSE. JUST2MUCHFUN AT VERIZON DOT NET. MY NAME IS CRAIG. HEY OTHER THAN THAT THE CAR IS ACTUALLY NICE. I WILL SAY THERE ARE SEVERAL POSITIVIES. RIDES GREAT ON THE HWY. AND THE SYNC IS GREAT AFTER THE UPDATE. SEVERAL NICE FEATURES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK QUESTIONS OR COMMENT LET ME KNOW AND VOICE YOUR OPINION THANKS. HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS YOUNG OR OLD
#507 of 673 Re: And I Thought I Had a Problem! [melm1]
May 20, 2012 (5:48 am)
#508 of 673 Re: And I Thought I Had a Problem! [melm1]
May 20, 2012 (6:15 am)
Wow I just typed this massive response and when I hit the post my message button it wiped it all out
I researched the Focus before buying. I had a manual shift Fiesta that no one else in my family could drive but me. I knew that the Focus was not a traditional automatic. It is an automated manual As far as the hill assist feature I think you will find out that your Focus has this feature but you have to know what triggers it into action. 1. you have to be stopped with your foot on the brake. 2. you have to be on a hill of 20% or greater. 3. when you take your foot off of the brake the hill assist will hold the brake on for 3 seconds or when you push on the gas. I love my Focus because It a manual that anyone can drive (after I explain it) But I was shocked that my Ford dealer told me nothing about this car being an automated manual so I can see if you have never driven a stick and you purchase a Focus you are going to be very disappointed.
#509 of 673 Re: And I Thought I Had a Problem! [hackattack5]
May 22, 2012 (12:16 pm)
First, I LOVE the idea of this transmission, once I learned about it. But, as with you, the dealer told me NOTHING about it. As far as I knew, based on the Ford literature, it was a 6 speed automatic with a select-shift feature. Initially, I did not fully understand the significance of the dual-plate clutch v. the usual torque converter. I knew that I could select the gear I wanted with this tranny.
The dealer seems to still know very little about the Hill Assist, which I am now noticing as a feature on a number of other vehicles. By the way, I thought I read in the manual that the hill has to only be a 5% for the assist to kick in.
But I also read that the assist comes on the S and SE models and NOT on the SEL and Titanium. It seems to make NO sense tying this to any trim level, given what it does, and even less sense when it's apparently not available on the more "upscale" models. If someone could clear that up, I'd appreciate it.*
My wife, who uses the car mostly, drives with both feet, using the left to brake. In fact, she does not even need the hill assist by driving this way. Because I am kind of long legged and the steering wheel sometimes interferes, it's often more difficult for me to get my left foot onto the brake. But I am working at changing this longstanding habit.
In the meantime, now that I know about it the behavior of the Ford transmission (which does not pay the fuel penalty associated with having torque-converter drag when standing still), I am making more use of the handbrake on the Focus as I would on any car with a manual transmission and easy-to-access handbrake.
*I am reminded of my 1989 Ford Probe, with its large, sloping rear window. Ford has always, IMHO, tied features to models and option levels in a very mysterious way. In this case, one needed to buy a supercharged GT model in order to get a rear wiper, a feature needed on ALL the Ford Probes. Even in a rainstorm, rear vision was severely hampered without a rear wiper. Made NO sense to me!!
#510 of 673 Re: And I Thought I Had a Problem! [melm1]
May 22, 2012 (2:33 pm)
You could be right about the 5% slope. I have a SEL and it does have the hill assist. If I am on a hill completely stopped with my foot on the brake then it works like it should (holds the brake on for 3 seconds after you take your foot off of the brake) but there are situations where you do not use your brakes to come to a complete stop or it takes you more than 3 seconds to get going and that is when its going to roll like a car in neutral. Its really not bad but I wonder how many people have fender benders because they roll backwards at a red light? I had a 1990 Probe GT that was a cool car.