2013 Ford Focus SE 2.0 liter gas
Extremely bad transmission and uncomfortable seats make this a lemon
What is wrong with the car is the automatic transmission. When starting from a stop, the transmission will shake, grind, vibrate and lurch the car backward and forward. After the initial start, it seems the transmission has a hard time finding the right gear. This leads to more shaking, grinding, vibration and lurching. This will continue until the car moves beyond the third gear.
The car has been back to the dealer twice. First time the service manager said that the car is "learning" how we drive and to give it some time to adjust... no improvement. Second time was to reprogram the computer that runs the dual clutch of the transmission... the lurching is gone, but the other symptoms are still there. The car is scheduled to go back to the dealer a third time next week. I'm assuming another reprogram of the computer is going to happen, but in all honesty, I believe that the transmission is very poorly designed and Ford should replace it. Otherwise the car is just an embarrassing piece of junk.
Gas mileage is good, and the car's electronics work well. The design is nice and sporty.
The front seats, however, are extremely uncomfortable. Short trips of an hour or less are not too bad. But long trips are another story. After a couple of hours your legs go numb, and your back can really start hurting.
Overall, I would suggest you look at another car manufacturer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd October, 2015
4th Oct 2015, 03:12
These days, Ford seems to be ideologically committed to 2 high tech ideas, regardless of outcome.
The first of which was EcoBoost, a moniker for turbocharged, inter cooled, direct-fuel injected engines. The jury is still out as to whether or not it is more efficient. There are, however, issues with carbon buildup that can effect fuel economy, drivability, and performance.
The Dual Clutch Transmission is another example. The lack of a torque converter can make for somewhat rough starts from a stoplight.
Both are an outgrowth of "One Ford" - a global strategy to consolidate platforms and technologies (for potential cost savings) without regard to differing customer desires and tastes that can be different with each customer locale.
Will be curious to see how this works out. Please keep us in the loop :)