My fiance's '12 Focus does that exact same thing where it feels like it's going to stall out. It drives me nuts but the dealer keeps saying everything is normal. It literally sounds like she's driving a manual when she starts moving when it bogs down and then gets moving.Fuse 47 controls your driving learning. It fixes mine for awhile. For the gears I just count my gear shifts. It only shifts down 4 times. Meaning second. Then it'll drop mid throttle then go. It's so weird cause it feels like it stalls out then goes.