2012 Ford Focus Consumer Review: transmission troubles

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transmission troubles
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.

Best Features

Quiet ride. Great sound system and iPod interface. Great fuel economy. Decent handling and power. Good automatic climate control.

Worst Features

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.
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By paul217
on 11/17/11 16:59 PM (PST)

Transmission has a TSB out if you have a complaint about it, schedule a service appointment. The fix has gotten good reviews, visit the focus forums.

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