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Ford Fiesta, Focus transmission lawsuit reaches multimillion dollar settlement
Cnet ^ | 1/28/20 | Sean Szymkowski

Posted on 01/29/2020 4:55:13 PM PST by Libloather

Ford Focus and Fiesta owners have had many days in court, but finally, it appears a long-running class-action lawsuit will wrap up.

According to court documents filed this past Friday, first spotted by the Detroit Free Press, the Blue Oval has agreed to settle a lawsuit surrounding an allegedly faulty transmission found in the 2011-2016 Fiesta and 2012-2016 Focus. The dual-clutch transmission, named DPS6, has for years been the focal point of consumer complaints.

The lawsuit, filed in 2012, alleged that Ford lied about the problems in the cars and continued to sell them to buyers, allegedly blaming them for the transmission issue. Last July, Ford documents showed the company indeed knew of the DPS6 transmission's defects, but continued selling the Focus and Fiesta with the component.

Payday for owners will include a $30 million guarantee from Ford. The sum is in addition to an ongoing buyback program, on which Ford has spent nearly $47.5 million so far. Reimbursement from the $30 million fund will go to owners who've received multiple failed transmission repairs within five years or 60,000 miles of owning their Focus or Fiesta. Specifically, owners who've scheduled three or more service visits for transmission hardware issues or owners with three or more software updates will be eligible for cash payments.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: automotive; driverreturnsonfoot; failsonraceday; fiesta; fixorrepairdaily; focus; ford; foundonroaddead; transmission
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Ford knew about it but let it slide? Bad optics.
1 posted on 01/29/2020 4:55:13 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

“Ford knew about it but let it slide? Bad optics.”

I’m more concerned that anyone buys this UAW-built crap...but then again, maybe it’s mostly government entities.


2 posted on 01/29/2020 4:58:56 PM PST by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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To: Libloather

Their CVT transmission is terrible, too. Son in law went through 3 in less than 100K miles and is going after them under lemon law.


3 posted on 01/29/2020 4:59:46 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( Wake me when a prominent democrat actually gets prosecuted. ))))
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To: Libloather

Not the first company who’s done it, and they won’t be the last.


4 posted on 01/29/2020 4:59:53 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: Libloather

I wonder if I am the only one who thinks auto transmissions are incredibly complex.

My older Brother had a 49 Chrysler with an auto transmission. It worked fine.


5 posted on 01/29/2020 5:12:27 PM PST by yarddog ( For I am persuaded.)
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To: Libloather

I remember the “reverse clutch piston” in the Taurus transmissions back in the late 80’s and 90’s. Blew up a lot of transmissions back then too.


6 posted on 01/29/2020 5:12:36 PM PST by headstamp 2 (There's a stairway to heaven, but there's also a highway to hell.)
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To: Libloather

Bought one used for my daughter before I knew about the transmission. Despite the slight shudder at some speeds, it’s a fairly decent car.


7 posted on 01/29/2020 5:13:18 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (If gun ownership by private citizens scares DemocRats, the 2nd Amendment is doing its job.)
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Sounds more like Boeing than Ford.


8 posted on 01/29/2020 5:15:24 PM PST by Rio
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To: yarddog

The tranny in the Ford Fiesta and Focus isn’t an automatic transmission. It’s actually a computer shifted manual. I think the problem is that the computer can’t shift the transmission the way a computer can and you get shudder.


9 posted on 01/29/2020 5:17:01 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (If gun ownership by private citizens scares DemocRats, the 2nd Amendment is doing its job.)
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To: Libloather

I had some issues with my old Edsel,
should I contact Morgan and Morgan?


10 posted on 01/29/2020 5:17:31 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (Get out of the matrix and get a real life)
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To: yarddog

Correction: The tranny in the Ford Fiesta and Focus isn’t an automatic transmission. It’s actually a computer shifted manual. I think the problem is that the computer can’t shift the transmission the way a HUMAN can and you get shudder as the clutch release is not quite right.


11 posted on 01/29/2020 5:19:06 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (If gun ownership by private citizens scares DemocRats, the 2nd Amendment is doing its job.)
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To: yarddog

I have driven a manual transmission my entire life!! Every time I purchase a car I have to special order it sales people look at me as if I were from another planet!! After having driven a manual for that many years if I rent a car that is automatic my left foot keeps wanting to push in the clutch and right hand keeps going to look for the stick!! I love the manual transmission!!


12 posted on 01/29/2020 5:19:25 PM PST by Trump Girl Kit Cat (Yosemite Sam raising hell)
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To: yarddog

I wonder if I am the only one who thinks auto transmissions are incredibly complex.

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They are and some of them have eight speeds now.

But some transmissions work great. Ford, OTOH, knows how to make a really terrible transmission.


13 posted on 01/29/2020 5:19:29 PM PST by Moonman62 (Charity comes from wealth.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It’s actually a computer shifted manual.

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So it’s an automatic manual transmission.


14 posted on 01/29/2020 5:20:59 PM PST by Moonman62 (Charity comes from wealth.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I have a Fiesta ST with the 6 sp Getrag manual. Love it.


15 posted on 01/29/2020 5:22:18 PM PST by steve86 (Prophecies of Maelmhaedhoc O'Morgair (Latin form: Malachy))
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To: Moonman62

Correct. No torque converter and hydraulic fluid isn’t used to hold the plates together.


16 posted on 01/29/2020 5:22:54 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (If gun ownership by private citizens scares DemocRats, the 2nd Amendment is doing its job.)
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To: Libloather

A friend has one of these. The trans has been fixed and or replaced several times. He has less than 40k on it. Ford paid for the service, but never gave a loaner, forcing him to pay for towing, Uber, having to share rides, etc.
Ford’s Research and Development team is the American public.


17 posted on 01/29/2020 5:24:21 PM PST by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (CW 2.0 coming soon to a theater near you.)
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To: steve86

The shudder is bothersome, but I do not think it’s harmful. And my daughter’s car doesn’t shudder very much at all.


18 posted on 01/29/2020 5:26:28 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (If gun ownership by private citizens scares DemocRats, the 2nd Amendment is doing its job.)
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To: Trump Girl Kit Cat

I learned on a manual and that is all i ever drove until Daddy got a 65 Rambler with a 287 V-8 with a Borg Warner auto.

I beat every 289 and 283 in town even beat a 348 and my best friend’s 63 352. Would have beaten a 352 with a 4 barrel but what I thought was around a quarter turned out to be closer to a half and he finally passed me.


19 posted on 01/29/2020 5:31:52 PM PST by yarddog ( For I am persuaded.)
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To: Libloather

Why do we have to have so many threads about trannies.


20 posted on 01/29/2020 5:38:20 PM PST by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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