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#792 of 836 Re: tranny woes [puffinalong]
Oct 13, 2013 (3:30 pm)
I had a 2012 Focus SE with the dual clutch tranny. I bought it in Oct. 2012. I stated to notice a slippage when in reverse. This progressed to slipping and shuddering in all forward gears at the shift points. This was becoming unsafe. My son said he had seen many reports of transmission problems with this car. 7,000 miles rolled around and I took it to the dealer. They did all the electronic updates required by Ford and the problem persisted. Dealer said a new clutch assembly was needed. They ordered the parts. I became concerned that Ford would be unable to fix the problem with this style tranny. The more I thought, the more determined I was to unload this piece of junk. My son took me by the local KIA dealership to look at their new 2014 Forte EX. Boy was I impressed. I traded that Focus in on a new KIA Forte EX before the Focus parts came in. I was asked about why I wanted to trade and I told them. I gave them the TSB from Ford and directed them to the Ford dealership where I bought the car. Boy am I ever glad I traded for the KIA Forte. The Forte is more roomy and has more user friendly controls. Ford Motor Company, you had better get a handle on the DCT problem. Better yet, go back to the tried and true torque converter and fluid drive.
#793 of 836 Worried about my Ford Focus
Oct 13, 2013 (4:53 pm)
I have a 2013 Focus. I have had it back to the dealer once so far (only had it since July) for the transmission odd shifting and as it didn't seem to know what gear it should be in.
It's not too bad yet as it only has under 3k miles on it. I had looked at a Kia Sole and a Mazda 3 an liked both of them. However, I thought I would do
the good American thing and buy a new car made in America and able to use alcohol fuel. So far I have not had some of the problems listed on this forum
but I am very worried about my wife's safety. It lurches and slows down on it's own when trying to drive slow under forty mph. At high way speeds it's OK so far.
I traded in a 2005 Hyundai Tucson on this car and now I wish I had it back. It was a much better performing car in most ways. I don't think my wife likes this
car very much and I can't blame her. I don't think it is safe and I have little confidence in it. Ford, fix this problem please. Our other car is a 2004 Pontiac Vibe and
is the best car I have ever owned. Sixty thousand miles on it and never had a dealer repair or complaint.
#794 of 836 Re: Worried about my Ford Focus [gene106]
Oct 14, 2013 (9:55 am)
You should worry, Ford don't care about you what so ever, when it comes to the Focus if they are moving their mouth they are lying. Mine did the same thing around 3K and by 7K it was like an old manual Taxi Cab chugging around, I traded this piece of junk.
#795 of 836 Re: Worried about my Ford Focus [gene106]
Oct 14, 2013 (2:55 pm)
Don't buy American just to buy American. You had a Hyundai Tucson and a Pontiac Vibe (Toyota Matrix) and you were satisfied. I also have a 2001 Ford Ranger that had to have a torque converter replaced under warranty, way back. The truck has been fine since. I have always been a Ford man but, not any more. Trust me, unload that thing before any more headaches or worse. A Hyundai Elantra or KIA Forte is a better car. I chose the Forte for the extra comfort. Knee, leg and front seating is much better in the 2014 Forte than the Focus.
#796 of 836 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problems
Oct 23, 2013 (6:00 pm)
After 9 months of really horrible driving conditions namely: severe gear change judder; re-programming of the computer module; loss of acceleration when moving from go; unexpected roll back on slopes; noisy clutch motors; and one major transmission repair (which failed after just 200 miles); the Lemon Law arbitrator, through the BBB Auto Line, advised Ford that they must repurchase or replace my vehicle.
For all those consumers who have experienced similar problems and concerns, and consider their car a LEMON.....PLEASE, PLEASE challenge Ford through the BBB Auto Line. Ford should not be allowed to sell vehicles with transmissions that they know to be suspect.
Incidentally, the 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus transmissions have been replaced in all 2014 models.
#797 of 836 Re: Should you buy a 2013 Focus? [maniac4]
Oct 23, 2013 (6:23 pm)
well you are wrong Ford wont fix it they will give you the runaround, and if you like the herky jerky dual clutch feel you don't appreciate the finer things in life, keep your Ford you deserve it.
#799 of 836 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problems [mikeejenee]
Oct 24, 2013 (5:47 am)
quote: Incidentally, the 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus transmissions have been replaced in all 2014 models.
sad to say, people are reporting the same problems with 2014 models.
you can read tens more posts about this at focusfanatics.com by using their search feature for the various DCT buzzwords like shudder, grind, transmission
#800 of 836 jerky transmission
Oct 26, 2013 (4:41 pm)
mine started after 10km. I'm now driving japanese car. My dealer told it was normal. What the hell. i felt like i was gambling my life every time I step on the pedal in a busy road of Toronto. This is my first car ever and worked had to get it. That was the biggest mistake of my life. Very embarrassing. This problem has to be fixed and should be a recall. I will never buy Ford again. Unfortunately their victims are always first time car buyers....
#801 of 836 Re: Transmission slips, dealership gives runaround... [cfarrell]
Oct 29, 2013 (4:57 am)
there's a leak between the engine and transmission that damages the automatic clutch plate. this needs to be replaced.