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Old 18th May 2016, 22:57   #1
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Default Lawsuit filed against Ford Australia for PowerShift dual-clutch transmission

We have seen a lot of bad press about VW's infamous Dual Clutch transmission-The 7 speed DQ200. Came across this article today on Ford's Dual Clutch Transmission-The 6-Speed PowerShift.

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A law firm in Australia (Bannister Law) has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford Australia, claiming that the car maker’s PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions are unsafe. Although a specific number of owners involved with the class action is still to be confirmed, as per CarAdvice Website, a spokesperson for the firm told today that around 70,000 examples of the 1.5-litre EcoSport (built 2012-14), ‘WT’/’WZ’ Fiesta (2010-14), and with 1.6- and 2.0-litre ‘LW’ Focus (2010-14) models may be affected.

The suit alleges that the PowerShift system “slips, bucks, jerks, and harshly engages when driven”. Owners are also claimed to have experienced both sudden and delayed acceleration while driving, along with delayed gear shifts and difficulty in bringing the vehicle to a stop.

The class action launched in Australia is asking for a full refund of the purchase price to be ordered, along with compensation for out of pocket expenses, stress, inconvenience and costs associated with carrying out the lawsuit. Similar Lawsuits have been filed in the US in 2015. In 2014, Ford Australia had also extended the warranties of 47,000 Fiesta, Focus and EcoSport models, acknowledging a defect that may cause the PowerShift auto gearbox to exhibit “excessive transmission clutch shudder during light acceleration


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Source: CarAdvice.au

In India, Ford uses this transmission in the Figo, Aspire and the Ecosport. It was also used in the now discontinued Ford Fiesta Sedan. Some of the above mentioned 'issues' have been experienced with owners here also. Up until now, most of these have been considered as 'quirks' of the gearbox, but looks like customers in Australia and the US think otherwise. I had noted this point on surges as well as sudden and delayed acceleration.

From my own ownership report:

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The short surge scenario: One you take the leg of the brake and give a prod on the accelerator, sometimes instead of gradually moving ahead, there is a quick surge. It is as if you would expect the car to be in 2nd gear, but it decides to hang on to the first gear. I noticed the same behavior when I drove the Aspire also. You get used to it, but a little bit of a bother in tight situations.

The medium slow-fast scenario: Consider you are in slow moving traffic, say at 30-40 kmph, occasionally there is a gap and you want to quickly accelerate and close the gap. The transmission seems to be confused here. Sometimes as you step on the gas, it will be in the right gear and close the gap quickly, other times, it holds the gear and hence you take a while to move on.
A key point to note here is that unlike VW's DSG which has a history of unreliability and failures, in the case of Ford's PowerShift actual failures are not the issue. The unpredictability of the transmission in several scenarios and the potential issues that it can cause is what has got customers upset with Ford.

Point to ponder: Was the relative unpopularity of this transmission in the other markets a reason why we got this across 3-4 models in India and at fantastic prices?

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There is a similar discussion going on in the Endeavour thread where members are complaining of the transmission behaving abruptly while driving.

Is this related by any chance? If so, its a big issue for our market as well.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...ml#post3977039 (Ford Endeavour : Official Review)

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I have the power shift wet clutch 6dsg450 in my car. Haven't experienced any of these issues mentioned. Which particular transmission are they referring to cos there are multiple variants of this transmission that can take from 150Nm to 450Nm of torque.
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Is this related by any chance? If so, its a big issue for our market as well.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/official-new-car-reviews/173334-ford-endeavour-official-review-post3977039.html
The issues look similar. But does not seem tied to this case. If I am not mistaken, the Endevour uses a different 6 Speed - Torque Converter Gearbox and not a Dual Clutch. Similar issues popping up is worrisome though.

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I have the power shift wet clutch 6dsg450 in my car. Haven't experienced any of these issues mentioned. Which particular transmission are they referring to cos there are multiple variants of this transmission that can take from 150Nm to 450Nm of torque.
This seems to be the specific one that does duty in the Fiesta/Ecosport/Focus line of cars.

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A different version of PowerShift went into Volvo models beginning in 2008, but that unit avoided complaints of bad performance. The Volvo version uses hydraulic actuation, rather than the electric motor/solenoid actuation used in the Focus and Fiesta.
So the one you have apparently will not have these issues.
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Default Re: Lawsuit filed against Ford Australia for PowerShift dual-clutch transmission

Ford is getting a lot of heat for its DCT in the USA & Canada too.

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The car did fine on the highway, he says, but in stop-and-go traffic, the car would hesitate and surge at unexpected moments.

"Every time it changed gears it stuttered," Magee said. "At about 30 mph, it really acts up."

The dealership told him the vehicle needed a software upgrade, but the car continued to misbehave. In January 2014, he had the first of three accidents.

He was on his way to work when a car ahead of him stopped suddenly. He hit the brakes, but his car -- which was going about 20 mph -- surged and rear-ended the other car. Magee wasn't hurt, but the fender bender caused $2,000 worth of damage.

After two additional accidents, Magee has replaced a clutch and had four software upgrades. Now he's joining a class-action product liability lawsuit filed by Capstone Lawyers of Los Angeles.
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The issues look similar. But does not seem tied to this case. If I am not mistaken, the Endevour uses a different 6 Speed - Torque Converter Gearbox and not a Dual Clutch. Similar issues popping up is worrisome though.
My bad. I totally missed that point that the Endeavour uses a TC gearbox. However, surprisingly as you said - the description of the issue seems very similar in both cases.
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Ford is getting a lot of heat for its DCT in the USA & Canada too.



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Hell yes. The Focus has had a ton of recalls for that as far as I know. There are a LOT of 2013 Focus sedans flooding the used car market ATM.
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Having driven the automatic Aspire, I have to agree. The shifting seemed vague, not seamless and clunky.. it is in summary the worst automatic I've driven, at least as far as low end torque and city drivability goes.

I drove the car for about 5-6 km and even the sport mode didn't help, heck it made things worse with the gearbox holding gears for longer and the engine becoming noisier.. everything was obvious but the speed. A very badly calibrated gearbox, I felt the Vento 1.6 Auto, Xcent Auto and i20 1.4 Auto were far smoother & seamless and none of them have anywhere close to the power figures+power-weight ratio of the Aspire engine. Something wrong indeed. The TSi in comparison felt almost like a manual.. it shifted gears almost whenever my mind would feel its time for an upshift.
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