Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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#726 of 832 Re: Keep it or trade? [mr_cassandra]
Aug 13, 2013 (5:06 am)
"that same DCT which has been such heartache for focus owners is great fun and NO heartache in VW-Audi vehicles. In addition, goto to new car auto show and read the transmissions, it is in over half the automakers offerings under various names. The problem is not the type of transmission, it is fords design. "
So epically wrong, Mr. Uninformed - uh - I mean Mr. Cassandra. Just look at the DSG wikipedia page, and specifically the section "Problems and recalls of DSG-equipped vehicles." Here's an excerpt:
Since 2009 there have been widespread concerns from Chinese consumers particularly among the online community, who expressed that Volkswagen has failed to respond to complaints about defects in its DSG-equipped vehicles. Typical issues associated with 6-speed DSG include abnormal noise and inability to change gear; while issues associated with 7-speed DSG include abnormal noise, excessive shift shock, abnormal increase in engine RPM, flashing gear indicator on the dashboard as well as inability to shift to even-numbered gears.
I buy the notion that DSG's generally perform better than DCT's, but that's due in large part to DSG's having been in use since 2003 and benefiting from gradual refinement in all the years since. Ford's dry-clutch DCT by contrast has only been in use since 2010 or so. Hence we are still fairly early in its long-term development and refinement. I have one or two relatively minor compliants with mine with 18k miles on it, but overall it works just fine.
#727 of 832 Re: Keep it or trade? [kam327]
Aug 14, 2013 (11:59 am)
I stand epically corrected Kam. Sadly though, when you make your point about VW also having many problems, you may be painting an even grimmer picture for focus owners.
#728 of 832 mk3 thread at focusfanatics dot com
Aug 15, 2013 (4:07 am)
some owners there have discovered a spot where your focus air intake have a leak.
when taped up so it works as it was meant to, their cars run better.
worth your while to go read the posts and see the pictures.
#729 of 832 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [trevor_c]
Aug 15, 2013 (12:37 pm)
I had the same issues starting at 1k miles. The dealership had to replace the clutch assembly and then reprogram the transmission several times. It drove fine for a few days and then started up again. I had true metal on metal grinding in the assembly the first time. Acceleration up a hill was horrible and merging into traffic well there were a few close calls. They had the car for 2 weeks the first time and it was noted on my service report they even called Ford engineers to help out.
I also had electrical issues which I think was part of the car not holding the reprogram. The radio and sirus units were replaced and the "a-pin" unit that controls both had to be replaced 2x at the dealership while working on it. Other issues included the window post rattling, volume control not working on steering wheel and radio and strut bearings making "old car aches and pain" sounds.
I finally applied for the lemon law because my safety was more important. I submitted all my documentation (the car was in and out of the shop over a total of 30+ days) wrote a factual letter to support my issues and tried to have a bit of humor about a frustrating event. My car was repurchased and I am sticking with Ford. Matter of fact a new Ford Focus. Am I glutton for punishment? Maybe. But I love this car and want to give it another chance because it fits my lifestyle and my business needs. I will let you know how it goes. If it doesn't go well look for a 2013 Ford Focus obituary in a newspaper near you.
#730 of 832 Re: 2012 Focus transmission self-destruction [focusatlanta]
Aug 19, 2013 (9:25 am)
I have a 2012 Focus, I bought it just over a year ago. I already have 35K on it as I live in Los Angeles. It has shuddered and made the noises the entire time. Just last weekend I was in heavy stop and go traffic going up the hill into Griffith Observatory here in Los Angeles and the computer system prompted me that my "transmission is overheating". My engine temperature was fine (and it was happening in the evening around 8 pm, not in the heat of the day). It prompted me to pull over and stop for 15 minutes. The computer actually counts you down with periodic prompts as to how much time you have remaining. This is absolutely ridiculous! No other car on the road had that problem, I've never had that problem on any car I've ever owned. So for those who've been told it will just go away are being lied to! I'm curious as to what they now have to say about the transmission overheating.
Aug 21, 2013 (1:09 am)
Is the VW's tranny wet or dry?
#732 of 832 Re: 2013 Focus Titanium - Same issues [mr_cassandra]
Aug 21, 2013 (5:49 am)
This just happened to me on Monday. They said the car had no problem. I took the car in two weeks ago and they said they uploaded new software. I think I am getting the runaround. I will try once more at the dealer the call Ford HQ.
#733 of 832 Re: Keep it or trade? [kam327]
Aug 22, 2013 (12:16 pm)
Kam, a wet tranny is better than a DCT
#734 of 832 Re: Shudders and grinds when hot... [kippc]
Aug 22, 2013 (1:14 pm)
I just got home from the bank and the teller 2013 Focus Ti lost it's tranny.
Ford has had this problem for 4 years now and has played new Focus buyers for fools.
Also, the mechanic haven't got a clue about Sync as they can't keep up with the technology.
I have a 2013 and to day because it has 3500 miles on it I got The Premium EWP at a steal.
Why ? Because, when I trade it salesman love EXP's in force.
I have had the Focus Ti since February, but drive my 328 from spring until November .
Still feel for the girl at the bank it was her dream machine.
Well read my post and Maniac's go back to pages 34 and so on . All I can say is that when Edmunds post the address who to complain to at the government level there is a problem.
Spread the word people. Peace and prosper, Puffin
#735 of 832 Re: re focus DCT transmission [mr_cassandra]
Aug 25, 2013 (11:19 am)
Had a 2011 Fiesta with DCT and spent more time in the shop than on the road. Dealer got so fed up with it, I thought they were going to assemble it with velcro so it came out easier. Traded for a 2013 Focus and it was worse. My wife finally fixed it by totaling the car out last week. She hit so hard it broke the transmission case. I installed a 2013 Civic and it is all better now.