> I have a '01 Focus Wagon 1.6 liter automatic transmission (4 spd, Mazda
> developed transmission) that I bought new 5 years ago. it now has 48K Kms
> and always dealer serviced. At 45K Kms transmission fluid and filter were
> changed. The car is driven most of the time in city therefore it rarely
> reaches speeds of 80 KMH or above. Last week on a highway trip I noticed
> that torque converter lock up did not happen which would have caused rpm to
> drop 200 more. Same thing happened yesterday again. It used to cruise around
> 2200-2300 rpms on a leveled road when going 90 KMH but instead the rpms were
> never below 2500.
> I tapped the brakes little bit to see if the rpms would increase but nothing
> changed. So, I suspect that torque converter does not lock up.. Am I right
> on this?
> If I am right, is it costly to fix? I am very happy with this car and
> planning to keep it at least 2 more years.
> Thanks in advance,
I also have a 01 1.6L Focus Auto. It has done about 100Km. The manual
states that the Auto box is a sealed system, so I am surprised to hear
that transmission fluid has been changed. I also hold a lot of store by
the recommendations of www.honestjohn.co.uk
whom I queried on this, and
he suggested that the box should certainly be good for a good few Km yet
- without maintenance.
Paul R (UK)