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#1231 of 1316 Re: 2012 Focus SEL [hackattack6]
Dec 20, 2012 (6:26 pm)
wish mine was that good, going back for 6th time tomorrow for more reprogramming, seems like I take it in the reprogram runs great for 2 weeks then it goes down hill from there, I get the whole transmission thing, but the shaking and shuddering and noise are just not normal, also I only get 27-29 MPG I I do mostly highway driving, going to be getting rid of this crap I cant keep taking it back every 2 weeks to get fixed, Its great for those that got the good ones but for those of us that got the lemons, not so great really disappointed in Ford and the fact that they cant fix this issue for all of us.
#1232 of 1316 Re: Front Suspension Clunk [gogophers1]
Dec 20, 2012 (6:34 pm)
I get that and the shudder, noise no power in turns etc, been reprogrammed 6 times giving up gong to trade it in this week I hope! Hate the car and every time they fix it it runs great for 2 weeks then its back to bad behavior. I also only get 27-29 MPG on mostly HWY driving, cant use the avg it shows you that's crap, have to do the math. Very disappointed bought car for gas mileage and it sucks.... Ford lied about that
#1233 of 1316 Re: Stop Bashing The DCT [cannon3]
Dec 20, 2012 (6:36 pm)
Going back to have it checked again tomorrow 6 times already reprogramming last 2 weeks and then it goes down hill from there I cant take my car in every 2 weeks to have it reprogrammed, car is crap
#1234 of 1316 Re: Bad MPG? [joegiant]
Dec 20, 2012 (6:42 pm)
cant go by that avg on monitor, you have to do the math, miles per tank / gallons of gas you put in, My avg says, 32-42 at times and when I do the math I get 27-29 mpg, ford lied about gas mileage and car runs like crap, reprogramming #6 tomorrow, then going to trade it in cant deal with having to take it in every 2 weeks to be fixed and get crap gas mileage
#1235 of 1316 Re: Bad MPG? [jgdarling]
Dec 20, 2012 (6:58 pm)
Sorry to hear of your problems with your car...test drove a couple last year and was so unimpressed that we took it off our short list. It seems to be not that great of a car. Have heard more negative than positive so we're concentrating on foreign brands exclusively now...had have good luck with our past models!
#1236 of 1316 Re: Bad MPG? [sandman_6472]
Dec 20, 2012 (11:10 pm)
Which foreign-brand alternative? These blade multi-links can be found in the C30 (or the upcoming V40), the Mazda3 & the Golf (also in the new Beetle convertible).
But those of you who drive stick might be disappointed w/ Mazda3's abnormal clutch wear.
The C30 is probably not so reliable either.
Only the (soon to be discontinued) 5-cyl version of the Golf comes w/ the reliable made-in-Japan automatic transmission (read not DSG), while the manual has uncomfortably deep clutch travel.
& only the convertible version of the new Beetle comes w/ both the multi-links & the reliable 5-cyl engine.
As far as looking for a reliable trouble-free car, recent Consumer Reports statistics shows that the 5-cyl Jetta/Golf wagon imported from Mexico surpassed even the Prius V wagon imported from Japan!
#1237 of 1316 Re: Front Suspension Clunk [jgdarling]
Dec 21, 2012 (8:11 am)
That's pretty lousy MPG for highway. Just out of curiosty, how fast do you drive on the freeway? I can get godly MPG if I drive very slow on the freeway (around 50-55 mph), but MPG drops pretty steeply as you rise to 75 mph.
Dec 21, 2012 (10:04 am)
Well ...I haven't posted lately on mine since all the shuddering and stumbling and the front wheels feeling like they are going to fall off!! I have about 5600 miles on it now...I actually find that it drives better in the sport mode....has a lot less of the shudder and stumble issues. We will eventually get rid of it, but for now....happens less frequently, but I still want to take it in for reprogramming of the tranny....just doesn't seem right for a NEW car....what were they thinking? My thoughts for the day...(my mpg around town is anywhere from 26 to 29 mpg) ...Happy Holidays to all posters...
#1239 of 1316 Re: 2012 Focus %@#!!! [starluck3000]
Dec 21, 2012 (9:28 pm)
I've noticed that a lot of the shuddering transmission issue is based off of how you accelerate.
If a driver hit the gas and then back off the accelerator, only to hit the gas again, it tends to confuse the transmission. Since it's a dual-shift, it's got the second gear somewhat preset to engage... thinking that the driver needs power. But if the gas pedal is released, it then releases the preset upshift gear and resets it to a lower gear. Only to then have to release that one and reset to the higher gear all over again.
I'd suggest that for any acceleration, to try and step on the gas and not back off on the acceleration.
It should help greatly. (fingers crossed, though)
#1240 of 1316 Re: 2012 Focus %@#!!! [gogogodzilla]
Dec 21, 2012 (10:08 pm)
There are also some defective trannys out there. If the latest software update doesn't fix it then it might need to be replaced. My daughter's does not drive that way.