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#1205 of 1324 Re: Stop Bashing The DCT [tim156]
Nov 04, 2012 (12:41 pm)
1st post here, but I have almost 10,000. miles on my 2012 ford focus it has been back to dealer 4 times, for grinding, shifting, sputtering, shuddering etc, had up date done, fixed another problem, but each time they make adjustment my car gets worse gas mileage, so I now get 27mpg on hwy and I still have all the same issues. We have meeting with GM at our dealer Sat. Hope they do something or i guess its time for lawyer and lemon law! They try to tel me nothing is wrong, but... when it gets me killed because it wont accelerate, or it shudders and stops at a light, then maybe they will finally really address the issue!
#1206 of 1324 Re: Stop Bashing The DCT [jgdarling]
Nov 04, 2012 (5:49 pm)
Yours is obviously defective - try another dealer. Those aren't normal symptoms.
Nov 06, 2012 (9:05 am)
OK, neither DSG nor DCT are truly fully developed. But we can still continue w/ the reliable manual transmission.
It's "the Focus vs the old Focus vs the Golf" in terms of driving pleasure, & that's what sets it apart from Hyundai's, etc.
See what AUTOCAR said: (1:57-3:20)
#1208 of 1324 Focus number 1
Nov 08, 2012 (4:02 pm)
I bought a 2012 Focus SE auto hatchback for less than 20K. This car came with the sport pkg, Sync, moonroof, winter package and convenance package. I also have the auto shift, which once you learn how to use it correctly its a hoot to drive. I test drove all the competition and by far the interior of the Focus was head and shoulders above the Golf and Elantra. The only competition for the Focus is Mazda3 right now. The Mazda was the only car that even came close to interior fit/finish/materials. The Dodge Dart is the new kid on the block. I am going to test drive one this weekend. I read its interior is also of high quality/soft materials.
#1210 of 1324 Re: Focus number 1 [cannon3]
Nov 08, 2012 (6:22 pm)
Funny how we all have different opinions about this...I thought the Jetta/Golf had the nicer interior and the Focus and Elantra were pretty even on this score. I was very impressed with the SEL hatch I drove in that the leather seats were quite comfortable with a nice grade of leather and I loved the hatch. Didn't like the way it drove though but I'm sure it's something one could get used to. But it was a real looker though the price was way too much to pay for what one got. And not sure how the car would hold up. I've had my Civic going on almost 7 years now and I still get asked if it's a brand new model.
Plan on having the wife drive one again just to make sure that it's not on her list anymore. Her '05 Mazda3 s just went over the 113k mark so it's just a matter of time now before we'll have to finally purchase her a new sled. Am very pleased with how it has held up over the years. Also, I really like the C-Max and I would look seriously at one if the price came in at a reasonable price.
#1211 of 1324 C-Max [sandman_6472]
Nov 09, 2012 (12:42 am)
Yeah, Ford needs to provide the C-Max version of the Focus in order to compete in rear leg room...
So how competitive can the handling be w/ a higher roof like that?
Like the C-Max, the new Jetta is unreliable, w/ lots of rear leg room & available hybrid powertrain. Unlike the C-Max, its roof isn't too high for sporty handling
#1212 of 1324 Re: Stop Bashing The DCT [akirby]
Nov 09, 2012 (3:41 pm)
Agreed, my DCT has been fine since re-flash. Go to another dealership. Sounds like the one you are bringing it to doesn't know what they are doing. You do know there is another flash that came out for this transmission right? I had mine re-programmed at about 3,000 miles and it stopped the rollback on a hill scenario and it smoothed out the lower end shifts. Plus, Americans are not used to this type of technology/transmission combination. I am a strong believer there is a learning curve in knowing how these transmissions work and behave.
Nov 09, 2012 (5:17 pm)
OK I have had my 2012 Focus SEL for 6 months now and about 6500 miles. Overall I love this car. I am 49 years old and wanted something fun to drive. If you google Doug Hacker from Milford Ohio you will find an article that interviewed me when I was picking out a new car. I really wanted to buy a corolla S but I just could not pull the trigger. The Focus started out great. I feel really good about buying a Ford because of the history of the company and they did not take the Big 0 bailout. Shortly after the purchase the transmission and Mytouch really pushed me to the limits but after the 5000 mile mark the "fussy" transmission has settled down and to be honest the my touch still has its flaws but I know that Ford will not give up and with a few more updates I believe it will be great in the long haul. I could of bought the bullet proof Corolla but I can tell you the the Focus is a blast to drive if you can understand the fact that it is a automated manual and not a auto you will love it too. I agree with the person that said its only competitor is the Mazda 3. I have been getting 33 mpg on average and it has not been back 1 time for warranty work. If you look at the reliabilty websites it is getting bad reviews because of the My touch and the misunderstanding of the transmission. This is a really cool car and by the way I got it for $5500 under sticker which puts it in the right price range.
#1214 of 1324 Re: Stop Bashing The DCT [cannon3]
Nov 09, 2012 (5:22 pm)
I agree the transmission is more like a manual than a traditional auto. The dealer does a horrible job of educating the buyer so ofcourse the buyer is expecting a auto transmission and is very dissapointed.