comes to in-car communications and entertainment systems, it's no secret that MyFord
Touch is the problematic one of the bunch. Consumer
Reports has said that the system is too complex and distracting due to
its lack of tactile buttons and knobs as well as its voice recognition system.
In addition, the fact that its screens are partially controlled by two
steering-wheel-mounted five-way switches doesn't help its case either.
Now, auto reviewers aren’t the only ones hating on MyFord Touch, and MyFord
Touch isn't the only Ford technology being criticized.
Consumers are now throwing in their two cents, and it's not looking favorable
for some of Ford's newest technologies.
While not all consumers who have tested MyFord
Touch dislike it, many have complained that the system reboots randomly and
has trouble responding to voice commands. In addition, some of is features
confuse consumers, even though Ford dealerships offer courses on
how to use the system. The good news is that many revisions are in development
and will be "phased in" over the next year.
Aside from technical issues, safety advocates worry that the system will
distract drivers too easily causing accidents.
have also mentioned problems concerning Ford's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic
transmission, which can be found on the 2011 Fiesta and the 2012 Focus. The
PowerShift combines two manual transmissions where one clutch controls first,
third and fifth gears while the second clutch controls second, fourth and sixth
gears. The idea behind the system is to enable more efficient shifting in order
to improve fuel economy.
Despite its best intentions, the system isn't perfect. Consumers have noted
that the system overall is "jerky" with unexpected shifts. Also, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that "huge metallic
noises" occurred when downshifting at low speeds, and "dangerous gear
changes" made the vehicle surge and eventually stall.
"The Focus is a little slow to find the right gear as you're slowing from
50 miles per hour," said David Champion, director of Consumer
Reports' auto test center in East Haddam, Connecticut.
But Ford spokesman Richard Truett assures that the PowerShift is just a "different type of
transmission" that uses actuators and solenoids to change gears
electronically, and that it just takes some getting used to.
"Consumers will hear different sounds and experience different
sensations," said Truett. "But that's normal. We chose the PowerShift
because it helps deliver outstanding performance and best-in-class 40 miles per
gallon fuel economy."
Ford and other automakers' newest technologies will be rated this Thursday when
J.D. Power and Associates releases its annual initial-quality study. The study
is based on consumer judgment after 90 days of ownership, and consumers are to
point out any problems they encounter.
quote: They are all incredably jerky, don't know what to do going up or down hill, take forever to downshift more than one gear (overstepping) and do not produce any better fuel economy than a slushbox...
quote: There are currently no STOP START vehicles on the road. Not one.
quote: DSG's are not high performance like people think, either. Infact VW recalled 14,000 vehicles (all A6's, S-series, and some diesels) because the DSG clutch packs were inadequate for the engine torque output.
quote: I do not agree that DCG are for high performance cars
quote: Why would anyone ever buy an automatic tranmission unless they had some form of disability?
quote: When well implemented (as apparently the Ford was NOT, but let's use a VW GTI as an example) the only objective downsides to a DCT are cost and complexity.
quote: Depends on what you consider implemented correctly. VW (and pretty much everyone else) utilizes a wet clutch system while Ford utilizes a dry clutch system.
quote: Standard transmissions are not hard to use and save tons of money on the purchase as well as maintenance and repairs.
quote: Sure they exist, but I didn't have any.
quote: Larger cars don't come with sticks, economies of scale level the cost playing field.
quote: Sure they do, in fact they are kind of making a comeback in recent years with many now equipped with 6 speed manuals. (now of course they are the minority, but they do exist)
quote: Then there are vehicles like Jeeps...
quote: Stick shifts make no sense if you do a lot of stop and go driving.
quote: I would have been on my 2nd clutch with a stick by now, if not a third.
quote: Unless you "launch" first gear constantly, I call BS on this. There are more people with 270k manuals out there than your automatic, I assure you.
quote: Translation - things outside your viewpoint don't necessarily constitute BS.
quote: and supposedly no maintenance
quote: The only car that got it right was the Veyron, probably because the transmission costs $123,200 dollars, is made almost completely out of titanium, and has dual 12" carbon ceramic clutches, simply gigantic. Most DSG transmission CASES aren't even 12" in diameter.
quote: I mean seriously, if consumers are saying they hate it I would think the boffins at Ford would listen to what they are saying.
quote: Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that "huge metallic noises" occurred when downshifting at low speeds, and "dangerous gear changes" made the vehicle surge and eventually stall.
quote: The only thing Ford is good at is making Ranger's and F-150's for uninformed rednecks. Notice they didn't put this trans setup in THOSE.
quote: Those uninformed rednecks probably buy older trucks so they can actually work on them at home resulting is massive savings in maintenance over the 10+ years they will own them.