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By reedleo on
2012 Ford Focus SEL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6AM)
I have >9,000 miles on my 2012 Focus with the dual-clutch automatic.
I am not bothered by the backward roll on hill starts or the pulsing from dead stop, but it does have some real issues.
4 times now, driving in the S mode, when rolling through a low speed right turn then hitting the gas, all I get are revs and no power.
I have to drive in S mode at low speed, because the shift points of the D mode are too low rpm (for max fuel economy no doubt) and the car shudders before it downshifts when given the gas.
Also the tranny makes a lot of clatter noise in the 1-2 and 3-4 transitions, while being smooth as silk in all others.
Great sound system and iPod interface. Great fuel economy.
Decent handling and power.
Good automatic climate control.
Change the shift points in D to avoid low rpm shudder.
In S mode, when coasting or braking downhill, program less aggressive downshifts.
Fix the tranny clatter at 1-2 and 3-4 shifts.
Improve the SYNC voice recognition with road/wind noise.