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Great summary, and I agree. I don't know if that issue can be addressed, but if it were this car would be even more fantastic. Unlike the 2009 Focus, when in traffic and trying to pass, the 2012 model takes off at light speed (@ ~55mph). I was pleasantly surprised, but take-off speeds (0-2000RPM) do seem anemic at times and adding too much gas at once will cause some grinding (the DCT being an "automated manual transmission", and both human and controller computer can cause grinding if the system is given too much gas... I wonder if the lack of torque converter in the DCT has anything to do with the initial sluggishness; the lack of it is why - from what I do know - that a manual transmission can end up grinding between gear shifts...). It's still a great car, even the SEL Premium, but the low RPM issue and the one little DCT foible are caveats that I hope do get addressed. That would make a 8.6/10 car 9.999/10 with ease, and solidify Ford's reputation that they encountered a problem and fixed it.Report it
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