Fiesta and Focus Are Shipping with Defective Transmissions According to a Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit says that Ford’s new dual-clutch transmissions are a defective bucket of bolts.

the lawsuit alleges the transmission was manufactured defective and is causing Fiesta and Focus owners nothing but headaches. Owners complain about vehicles that lurch forward, experience delayed acceleration, delayed downshifting and vehicles that have trouble stopping.

The lawsuit says that all the shuddering leads to premature failure and costly repairs. Repairs that Ford, allegedly, isn’t covering under its standard warranty.

PowerShift transmissions are supposed to provide the efficiency of a manual, with the ease on an automatic. Unlike other automatic transmissions with torque converters, PowerShift uses two clutches that hand off responsibility to one another. And if this lawsuit is any indication, they’re doing a terrible job.