Thoughts on this Focus gearbox?

Thoughts on this Focus gearbox?

I just purchased a used 2013 ford focus titanium. From dealer. 128,000 miles the car shifts hard in low gears but does get better the longer you drive it. The dealer says that is how that car drives because of the dry clutch. It is a automatic but he keeps reassuring me it will drive and feel like a stick shift. It has a 12 month warranty, but I don't know if I should believe this guy that the hard shifting is totally normal. I have owned it for about 30 hours.

Our answer:

Hi Wendi,

That's a tricky thing to assess from afar, but some of the Ford automatics called 'Powershift' can be a little jerky. The only way to know for sure is for you to test drive other examples of the same car with the same gearbox. That will be difficult to do right now, but when lockdown eases perhaps try to find similar cars for sale that you can go and test drive. 

Shane O'Donoghue

Have a motoring question? Ask us here!

Ask us anything motoring related and please provide as much information as possible so we can give you the most accurate advice.

For more information please read our privacy policy.