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#979 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [shipo]
Dec 24, 2011 (11:19 am)
I would completely agree with Shipo on this one. In fact, there should not be any question about this. It is sold as an AT, based simply on the fact that it will do the work without additional intervention. Ford's "Marketing" decision to make this the only transmission available in the higher trim level vehicles is, in my opinion, a mistake. It will be interesting to see if there will be a choice of transmissions when the ST model arrives.
#980 of 1316 Not this crap again
Dec 24, 2011 (11:25 am)
Please drop it. We've been through this already.
#981 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [polter12]
Dec 25, 2011 (11:18 am)
grinding noise while accelerating?
Man, that is obsurd, even after resetting the computer with new shifting strategy? This tranny will eventually grind itself up, perhaps after the warranty expires. & there goes all the $ you saved from the "40mpg".
Modern electronics are still not smart enough to automate a manual tranny, not even in the pricy Audi A3:
"I've nearly had 3 accidents due to this transmission problem."
No wonder a reliable car manufacturer like Toyota wouldn't bother with it, not even in its highly sophisticated Subaru-developed upcoming Scion RWD sports car.
#982 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [puffin1]
Dec 25, 2011 (11:49 am)
The Golf will be a 6 spd manual with a1.8 turbo.
Is that som'in to cheer about? You're better off w/ naturally aspirated 2.0 in the Focus even w/ only a 5-sp manual.
Are VW's well known for reliability or "affordable-cost per repair" when combining w/ supercharger, turbocharger, direct injection or DSG? Have you wondered why Toyota's aren't equipped that way? B/c, according to recent Consumer Reports, Rabbit/Golf imported from Germany are outperforming most Toyota's reliability when not equipped w/ these "risky" technologies.
You can laugh at the slushboxes on VW/Audi/Porsche vehicles over the past years, but at least they are built by Aisin/Toyota in Japan. & I better go collect one soon!
Also, looking for a car like the Focus or golf that has blind spot mirrors.
Are you talking about the warning light invented by Volvo? Some aftermarket stick-on convex mirrors work better -- at least they got a 3-D video showing the "vehicle-approaching speed & acceleration".
The one built in the mirrors of the new Fiesta/Focus didn't seem to cover the blind-spot sufficiently, as I tested them out at the LA Autoshow this time.
#983 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 25, 2011 (12:31 pm)
My daughter is on her 2nd 2012 Focus and neither one exhibited any "grinding". If it's grinding then it's probably a mechanical issue.
#984 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 25, 2011 (12:58 pm)
If you'd just adjust your mirrors correctly you would have no blind spots and should be able to see both side lanes and the rear with just slight movement of the head. Just as you lose the vehicle in the rear view they show up in the side mirror. Been doing it for years and never had to ratchet my head around or be a contrortionist to view all around the car. Convex mirrors can add some added view but are really not necessary.
#985 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [creakid1]
Dec 25, 2011 (3:41 pm)
VW.Audi is fast becoming the # 1 car maker in the world. I'll take a six spd over a 5 spd anyday.
Ya, I like the Volvo blind spot blinkers. They seem to get your attention.The best VW for realiability is the 2,5 liter in the Golf.
Lastly I have had alot of nice Integs an especially the RSX Type S six speed all naturally aspirated.Acura should of kept it. The SI Civic can't compare. I have a 2011 BMW 328 i rear wheel in my garage on blocks for winter.
The focus with that dry tranny isn't for me even if it's going to be a winter beater,also a five spd makes you want shift into 6th gear. You have step up to a SEL focus for the lumbar pkg 302and they don't offer a std tranny. $25k for a Focus ? I don't think so.
#986 of 1316 Stop Bashing The DCT
Dec 25, 2011 (7:23 pm)
Some people want to hate this transmission so much, that I think they're exaggerating every little thing they hear and feel as it operates. Yes, there have been some cars that had hard shifts and low speed issues, but those problems were addressed and corrected with the programming update. Just because it doesn't perform exactly like the traditional torque converter, slush box automatic transmissions they are used to, the haters, without ever driving one, or after taking a short test drive, attribute the normal operation of this transmission to something wrong and thus it's a bad design and Ford is evil by forcing it on folks who want the upper trim levels. On a dedicated Focus forum, in the 2012 Gen III thread, no one has mentioned any grinding, despite hundreds of posts regarding the known transmission issues. I suspect the "grinding" noise is the faint sound of the electronics activating the clutches and the clutches as they disengage and engage, but the poster that mentions grinding, exaggerates a normal sound because they need an excuse to dump a car that doesn't suit their needs due to a lack of research or an impulse purchase. I have had my 2012 since May and it has operated perfectly since the day I drove it off the lot. I did notice that it makes some sounds I was not used to hearing, but after a couple of days of flawless operation, I realized this is normal for this transmission. If your transmission is truly grinding, take it to the dealership, if your car is jerky when rolling at a slow speed or hesitates at tip in, take it to the dealership, or if it shifts harsh from 1st to 2nd, take it to the dealership. Just don't come here to complain and do nothing to resolve the problem. If you don't own one, don't comment on something you don't have any experience with. If the transmission is something you just can't live with, don't have faith in, or your dealership refuses to recognize, trade in the car, take a huge loss and buy a Toyota.
#987 of 1316 Re: 2012 Ford Focus Transmission Problem [puffin1]
Dec 25, 2011 (8:13 pm)
$25k for a Focus ? I don't think so.
$25k for any car w/o lumbar AND seat-height adjustment for BOTH front seats? I don't think so, either. Looks like even Japanese cars are too expensive for me!
But the $19,600 made-in-Germany Golf has them all. Plus, you can have heated front seats (& windshield-washer nozzles) w/o leather or moonroof while the back seat got adjustable A/C ducts.
Dec 25, 2011 (8:06 pm)
How does $19400 sound for a SE hatch automatic with Sport and winter package (203A pkg as well)? That's what i'm being offered. Debating if i should go for it or pay a little more for the Impreza and it's AWD. I live and commute through a hilly area (65 miles) so the AWD would be welcome, but the price isn't.