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#729 of 833 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 833 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 833 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 833 Re: Keep it or trade? [kam327]
Aug 22, 2013 (12:16 pm)
Kam, a wet tranny is better than a DCT
#734 of 833 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 833 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.
#736 of 833 Re: Transmission or Electrical problem? [dlhjr1970]
Aug 25, 2013 (3:39 pm)
I have a 2002 ford focus ztw with auto transmission and am experiencing the same problems. Transmission slipping periodially while driving and lights flickering. I have changed the alternator several times and that does not fix the light flickering. Sometimes when shifting from park to drive there is a hesitation to go into gear and when it does engage it slams into gear. While driving at highway speeds when going up a slight hill the transmission appears to come out of gear and then go back into gear. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remedy these issues and if they are related?
#737 of 833 Re: 2013 Focus Titanium - Same issues [fujisawa]
Aug 27, 2013 (10:19 pm)
I just brought the 2013 Ford Titanium on Aug 3,2013 and I ended up taking it back the dealership about the noise and the way it changed gears and it is a automatic. They took it for a test drive and said everything is okay. And that it has a selective shift transmission and its going to change like a straight drive. I was not please with that but I still hear a noise. And I am have electronic problems the Sync sticks on station and you can't really turn your radio off without it popping back on. What problems are you experiencing?
#738 of 833 Re: 2013 Focus Titanium - Same issues [angieb7]
Aug 28, 2013 (2:18 am)
To understand the scope of problems being reported you should take as long as you need reading posts at the website focus fanatics dot com.
Do a forum search for the word transmission to get started.
Most focus's seem fine but a small percent are plagued with these problems and their owners battle a dealer memo which says its all normal and you must be driving it wrong. If you end up with one of the problem vehicles, you face a very discouraging uphill battle against the "everything is normal" memo.
This memo's mis-information can be quickly de-bunked by driving at VW GTI which also has a dual clutch transmission.
Fixes posted over there range from re-flashes, to clutches to complete teardowns.
Worth your time to read the hundreds and hundreds of posts over there from other focus owners.
Also if you goto fords focus facebook page, scroll back days under "recent posts by others" and you can see people over there seeking help for the same symptoms.