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  1. Yea suppose I am outside the lines, who isn't these days? I started the OP, so took some liberties on veering left - its still about trannies anyway! My 6AT is doing fine - fingers crossed - 9k+ km now so well on its way!
  2. Well, more on Ford tranny woes, this an update on the old DPS6 issues, finally coming to light as being more serious than originally admitted (you don't now how to drive!) and also coming out that internally it was well known there was an issue but they pushed them thru anyway. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ford-knew-focus-fiesta-models-113256519.html It could be that Ford is over its skis on this one, if it turns into large litigation in the US, at the same time as they cycle turns and auto sales/economy crash - it might be all a bit too much this time around. Nice dividend but not sure its very safe....... Article excerpt cut n paste below...its a long story.... Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a Free Press investigation found. The cars, many of which randomly lose power on freeways and have unexpectedly bolted into intersections, were put on sale in 2010-11 as the nation emerged from the Great Recession. At least 1.5 million remain on the road and continue to torment their owners – and Ford. The automaker pushed past company lawyers’ early safety questions and a veteran development engineer’s warning that the cars weren’t roadworthy, internal emails and documents show. Ford then declined, after the depth of the problem was obvious, to make an expensive change in the transmission technology. FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION: OUT OF GEAR Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway Focus, Fiesta owners describe struggles and fears Complaints about Focus, Fiesta to US include injury reports Key findings from the Out of Gear investigation of Ford Focus, Fiesta transmissions Here's how Ford responded to Focus, Fiesta transmission investigation Instead, the company kept trying to find a fix for the faulty transmission for five years while complaints and costs piled up. In the interim, Ford officials prepared talking points for dealers to tell customers that the cars operated normally when, in fact, internal documents are peppered with safety concerns and descriptions of the defects. The automaker faces thousands of angry customers, including former loyalists who say they will never buy another Ford; hundreds of millions in repair costs, many times without actually fixing the cars; and litigation so serious the company this spring warned investors of the financial threat posed by defects in what Ford called its DPS6 transmission. Apart from the legal risks, “Total quality related spending for DPS6 could reach $3 billion,” read a 2016 internal report that projected the costs through 2020. In a statement Wednesday to the Free Press, Ford said conversations about "challenges common to innovative new technology" were "normal exchanges." It said many customers were unaccustomed to the feel of the transmission and acknowledged that, "After the new transmission was on the road, other problems developed. We acted quickly and determinedly to investigate the problems. ... While we eventually resolved the quality issues, the solutions were more complex and took longer than we expected. We regret the inconvenience and frustration that caused some consumers." It acknowledged discussion of switching to a different transmission and said it made choices based on what it thought "best for customers." Ford Focus recall: Automaker recalls 58,000 vehicles that could get deformed fuel tank To understand what happened, the Free Press reviewed hundreds of pages of internal documents, emails and court filings from the past decade in which Ford engineers and managers discussed concerns and sought to control damage from the dual-clutch transmission, which enabled the company to tout gas mileage near 40 mpg on the highway. The Free Press also analyzed consumer complaints to federal safety officials, finding accounts of 50 previously unreported injuries amid more than 4,300 entries about the unreliable transmissions. No deaths are publicly known to have been linked to the defect. Ford’s position has consistently been that even if the cars slip out of gear while people are driving and they must coast to the side of the road, the cars don’t pose a safety risk because power steering, brakes, passenger restraints and other functions continue to work. Its statement to the Free Press for this story reiterated that "vehicles in which DPS6 was installed were and remain safe." Others believe the cars are dangerous, including thousands of vehicle owners, a leading consumer safety advocate and a longtime former Ford quality engineer who spoke to the Free Press. Federal regulators in 2014 conferred with Ford and declined to launch a formal investigation or order a recall of the transmissions. For the rest , see the link
  3. I was pointed to this link with an article in Thai only (and not available to cut and paste). The translation I received was rough - but perhaps something along the lines of production being halted for a few days in the Thailand plants due to some issues with the new 10AT in the latest Ranger/Everests Has anyone heard of this or have a link with a description of the issue in English? Certainly would not be the first time for Ford to have tranny (sic) problems in Thailand ;)_ Cheers https://www.matichon.co.th/economy/auto/news_1178921 FYI earlier news on settlement ford reached with Focus/Fiesta owners due to tranny troubles: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/09/21/thailand-ford-motor-pay-thai-customers-transmission/37885289/
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