I just got my 2008 S with 26k miles. The gearbox seems to dislike 1st and second gear and seems to struggle a little with downshifting in sport mode. Is this normal? Other than that, the car seems extremely solid.
In non sport mode My 2012 auto up shifts much earlier than a typical manual driver would shift. First to second from a standing start can happen within a car length and feel almost like the car missed a gear. In sport mode it holds the current gear longer when downshifting. Depending on what I expected the car to do, this can sometimes can be felt as abnormal but I think this is just how the software works.
2012 white over red Cooper Hatchback
LA, SoCal, USA
My 07 MCSa is pretty smooth in the gearshifts. It is much more aggressive in sports mode so you actually feel the gear-changes. It will also downshift much more aggressively as it tries to keep the revs high.
Also bear in mind, it will select 1st gear only if you actually stop, not in downshifting. Also when in sports mode with manual override it will never select 1st gear on itself. It will only go down to 2nd. I don't know why, but I heard some Ford's do that as well and it was an emission issue... Maybe they changed the behaviour in later vehicles, I do know they changes the ECU in 08 models (not just the software).
i have a friend that owns a transmission repair shop
he absolutly loves "lifetime" fluid ... it keeps him in business
he says "lifetime" means "lifetime of the warranty"
he strongly recommends fluid changes every 3 years or 30,000 miles, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST
my guess is your 2008 has the original fluid in it ... get it changed now!
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