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Old 02-17-2012, 07:15 AM   #1
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V6 standard tranny known issues

What are the known issues with the standard 6spd tranny in the 3.7? I know i've heard that they have been known to have problems and i was wondering what they were...

purchased a 2011 certified V6 premium with 6spd standard a couple days ago. I'm pretty familiar with driving a stick, but def. no pro at it. When taking the test drive, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were a little jumpy, but i was thinking it was just because i needed to get acquainted with the car. now, after driving it a couple days, she still bucks like a bronco coming out of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, but 4th, 5th, and 6th are smooth as butter. its better if i shift before 3k RPM, but anything upper of 3k is rediculous. i guess it could still be driver error, but why wouldn't it be every gear if i'm doing something wrong? my boyfriend who has more experience with standards drove it and experienced the same thing as well....


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Not sure if its the tranny. I know my car bucked for a while until I got used to it (especially in 1-2 and 2-3 shifts). Granted I learned how to drive stick by driving it to work every day lol. I say give it some more time to see if it improves as you get used to it. But that's just my opinion.

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I drive a 5.0, but the car probably doesn't matter. I know some people that have driven manual for years, but still experience this type of stuff when they get into a new car because of different clutch feel, etc. They just don't experience it for long lol.
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Re: V6 standard tranny known issues

thanks... i have the 6yr warranty so i'm not extremely concerned as it will be covered if it is the tranny...

did you also noticed the difference in RPM range that would make it worse?
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thanks... i have the 6yr warranty so i'm not extremely concerned as it will be covered if it is the tranny...

did you also noticed the difference in RPM range that would make it worse?
I remember it being the worst on a 1-2 shift above 3 or 4k rpm.
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Re: V6 standard tranny known issues

that's where it is the worst for me as well. glad to hear that though. i guess it will just take some getting used to and experience with the car. any tips?
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that's where it is the worst for me as well. glad to hear that though. i guess it will just take some getting used to and experience with the car. any tips?
Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it unless it persists for a very long time. And like you said, it should be covered by warranty if there is a problem.

As far as driving is concerned, as long as you know basics, its really all about practice. First day I had the car, I went to an empty parking lot with an incline, and practiced for an hour or two...until I felt that I could drive it around town safely. Afterwards, I just drove it as much as I could. I think the biggest thing for me was getting used to the clutch and where it engages. Not sure if that helps lol. Do you have any specific questions?
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Re: V6 standard tranny known issues

i agree that it will take a lot of practice. i'm just a nervine person i guess and wanted to make sure it wasn't an issue with the car. but i'm glad to hear its user error, i can deal with that..lol

the only question i would have, if i can explain it right through typing, lol, is in 1-2 and 2-3 i notice an area in letting out of the clutch where she starts bucking, before the clutch is totally disengaged.. so is it more of a 'little give, little go" factor there to get in the gas a little sooner??
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I think so. It might just be that you haven't given it the right amount of gas on the 1-2 shift. Try slightly changing how much gas you give it every time. Eventually, you'll find a sweet spot for great shifts.

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Also, keep in mind that the clutch starts engaging before you completely let it go and every gear will demand a different amount of gas for smooth shifts. For me, 1-2 was the hardest one to figure out. Gears 4, 5, and 6 almost never gave me problems.
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Re: V6 standard tranny known issues

thanks so much.. i feel so much better now knowing it's probably just a learning experience that is needed. I'll get it... eventually.. lol
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Np. Glad I could help.
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Re: V6 standard tranny known issues

this has nothing to do with the tranny, but instead of making a whole new thread for such a small question...

my gauges 'reset' every time i turn on the car. by reset i mean they go all the way to the right then back to the left. i had this happen in my 2004 and it was a battery issue... is this normal in the new ones or could i be looking at another battery problem?
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The gauge thing is probably normal, the tranny issue my be a slave cylinder issue being it has a hydraulic clutch system. Had an 01' Ranger 4.0L 4x4 that had a similar issue because the fluid had leaked down but it was also getting progressively harder to put on gear.
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I don't think you have much to worry about give it a few weeks. It is a completely different transmission from all the others.

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this has nothing to do with the tranny, but instead of making a whole new thread for such a small question...

my gauges 'reset' every time i turn on the car. by reset i mean they go all the way to the right then back to the left. i had this happen in my 2004 and it was a battery issue... is this normal in the new ones or could i be looking at another battery problem?
Edit to my prior post: this you may want to consult the dealer on. It could be a weak battery. I had that problem on my 06, and my moms 04 Aviator started doing that when the battery got weak. Batteries often go bad quick. I had Ford replace mine. MotorCraft batteries may not be the best out there, but the warranty on them is great.
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The gauge thing is probably normal, the tranny issue my be a slave cylinder issue being it has a hydraulic clutch system. Had an 01' Ranger 4.0L 4x4 that had a similar issue because the fluid had leaked down but it was also getting progressively harder to put on gear.
I haven't noticed any problems getting into gear.. but its good to know.. thanks!

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I don't think you have much to worry about give it a few weeks. It is a completely different transmission from all the others.

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Edit to my prior post: this you may want to consult the dealer on. It could be a weak battery. I had that problem on my 06, and my moms 04 Aviator started doing that when the battery got weak. Batteries often go bad quick. I had Ford replace mine. MotorCraft batteries may not be the best out there, but the warranty on them is great.

thanks.. i remember the same issue with my battery on my 04.. it was working but getting weak as well and once the battery was changed it wouldn't reset the gauges anymore...
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this has nothing to do with the tranny, but instead of making a whole new thread for such a small question...

my gauges 'reset' every time i turn on the car. by reset i mean they go all the way to the right then back to the left. i had this happen in my 2004 and it was a battery issue... is this normal in the new ones or could i be looking at another battery problem?
My gauges do the same thing everytime I turn on the car. I think its normal on a lot of newer cars (not just Fords), but you can always give the dealer a quick call to confirm. If you do, let us know if it turns out to be a real issue.
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My gauges do the same thing everytime I turn on the car. I think its normal on a lot of newer cars (not just Fords), but you can always give the dealer a quick call to confirm. If you do, let us know if it turns out to be a real issue.
that is correct. after calling about it, i found out it is normal for the newer Fords to do this..


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that is correct. after calling about it, i found out it is normal for the newer Fords to do this..

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Thanks for letting us know! That's interesting that they do that. You saved a lot of us from calling in the future.
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Sounds like you need to feather the clutch more in the lower gears.
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Sounds like you need to feather the clutch more in the lower gears.
Yea. I'm getting the hang of it now. Way different than my old 88 GT standard... Lol
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