4th Gear: Ford Sued Again Over Dual Clutch Transmissions

Source: Raphael Orlove – Jalopnik

I don’t know how many Americans are even aware that Ford has been making dual-clutch transmissions for years now, and that’s possibly because Ford’s so-called Powershift has just been generally bad. How bad? Now Ford’s getting sued over it by Fiesta and Focus owners, as Automotive News reports:

Nearly 7,000 Fiesta and Focus owners are suing Ford Motor Co. over defective PowerShift transmissions in some small cars, a problem that has plagued the automaker for years.

The suit claims that 2012-16 Focus and 2011-16 Fiesta sedans come with faulty dual-clutch transmissions prone to “shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration.

What’s funny to me is that this suit is largely about the transmissions being shitty, not defective.

If all of this sounds familiar, Ford has been sued before over this dual-clutch being bad, and the company issued a service bulletin about them in 2011 and increased their warranty over them in 2014.

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