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#686 of 825 Keep it or trade?
Jun 12, 2013 (5:41 pm)
I have a 2012 SEL with 13,000 miles on it. My car shifts fine and other than the my touch this car has been trouble free. It has been back to the dealer 1 time (my touch) but other than that no complaints. I am currently getting 36mpg. Here is the rub. You guys are scaring the hell out of me on this transmission thing, I do not want to spend $2000.00 plus every 30,000 miles for a clutch pack. I am not even sure if I did by the Ford extended warranty if they would cover it? Sounds like a wear item. I went as far as to trying to trade it in. My car stickered for $25,400 and a Ford dealer and Carmax both tried to give me $14,000 for my car (12,000 miles at the time) I see that there are 685 transmission complaints here but is there anyone out there who has a Focus with the automated manual who has a lot of trouble free miles out there?
#687 of 825 Re: Keep it or trade? [just_focus]
Jun 13, 2013 (5:29 pm)
Keep the lemon and stay away from Car Max , or any dealers.
You have a 36 month warranty on everything and 60 months on tranny and if you have read some post on here Ford has been finding fixes, or if you filed a lot of complaints with them , or with the NHSTA (gov.) You might get just compensation.
Your car. You sell outright as the dealers are makin' more money on used cars rather than new. When you sell it make sure the new owner is a ware that you have still 2 or three years of tranny warranty left.(if they ask)
MY TI 2013 cost the same25K and all sorts of people have asked me to keep them in mind as I sell every 29 months for a new car .No more DSG's or DCT's for me 6 spd or nothin'.
The VW golf is coming out with a six speed and Mazda now has the skyactive engine.That Mazda is firm, but what a fun ride.
Hang in there.Puffin
#688 of 825 Re: Keep it or trade? [just_focus]
Jun 18, 2013 (8:25 am)
Just focus. They all aren't bad. Some were and some were not. If you haven't any trouble forget about it. I got a bad one that was toast. And dumped it.
A friend got a new 13. very different characteristics.
As far as your warranty . The clutch and transmission are under warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Whichever comes first.
Of course getting the dealers to do anything was my biggest hurdle.
So some of us with the first run got a bad deal.
If yours aint broke....don't fix it. I wished mine did like yours. I would still have it.
But no more dct or dsg 6 speed for me nothing same as puff said. !
Left a bad aftertaste.!
#689 of 825 Re: Keep it or trade? [just_focus]
Jun 18, 2013 (9:22 am)
My 2012 SE has 24k on it. It shuddered for the first 3ooo miles and then quit. It has been flawless in every way since. Very smooth both up shift and down. I'm averaging close to 42 mpg driving some city, some freeway, some country roads. I don't baby it and i don't beat it. Its my first Ford and going only by my personal experience so far, i have nothing to complain about.
I read this stuff too, and it occurs to me that as a percentage of the subject cars on the road, this blog can't represent a very high number. This might not be the big deal it sounds like unless you have one of the problem cars. Lets hope.
#691 of 825 Re: two websites about DSC tranmission problems [mr_cassandra]
Jun 20, 2013 (8:45 am)
And 204,251 Fiestas with the Powershift tranny have been sold in the US and Canada since 2010. That would mean less than 1% of those Powershifts went bad.
#692 of 825 2013 Focus Titanium - Same issues
Jun 20, 2013 (9:35 am)
Wish I had found this forum earlier. Just took my 2013 Focus Titanium into the dealer - 450 miles on it. The same grinding noise that is reported is what I heard. The service department manager tried to tell me it was normal - and from the reports on here, it sounds like it is. I guess I take it in, they don't fix it and repeat this a couple more times and let the lemon law kick in. I'm really sad because I like everything else about the car. I don't hold out much hope that Ford will care enough to fix it.
#693 of 825 Re: two websites about DSC tranmission problems [iamz]
Jun 20, 2013 (12:35 pm)
"And 204,251 Fiestas with the Powershift tranny have been sold in the US and Canada since 2010. That would mean less than 1% of those Powershifts went bad. "
Completely forgot to add the Foci with Powershifts (I own a Fiesta - So, there are about 520,000 Powershift equipped Foci (couldn't find an exact number because of the model year change over) along with 200,000 plus Fiestas. That's over 720,000 powershift equipped Fords out there. Judging by the number of people who have reported complete failures across multiple Focus and Fiesta forums, less than a fraction of 1% are failing.
#694 of 825 Re: two websites about DSC tranmission problems [iamz]
Jun 21, 2013 (3:50 am)
Not to mention the hundreds of thousands sold in China, Thailand and other far east countries.
#695 of 825 Re: 2012 Focus all is well [pkolinski]
Jul 15, 2013 (12:49 pm)
The Power Train transmissions have a warranty of 150k miles. Whether or not you pay any labor I don't know, after the main warranty is up. Ford was never a company to care about offering great warranty compared to Hyundai. However, that being said, I've heard horror stories about Hyundai owners getting the dealer to cover things under there "100k mile warranty" so it's a toss up. There was a seal apparently which has issues on normal Focus trannies. I have the SFE which uses the Automatic Powershift transmission which came in the SFE Super Fuel Efficiency model, which frankly they say only gets 2mpg more then a normal Focus model with a normal transmission. You can contact Ford themselves as it seems one Ford dealer will cover things and another one won't. Might want to ask around you area and see which Ford dealer will take care of it for you. That would be the one I'd switch my service to. Some car buyers like me bought Extended Warranties for 7 years, and they claim they are transferable to the next buyer of the car. Maybe the dealer who sold it didn't know that. Ask Ford and give them your VIN and see if your previous owner had the extended warranty which they claim is transferrable to the next owner.