Well, the original 'new' S-Type had a Ford box, which was notoriously
unreliable, in typical Ford auto style.
What I did notice in particular is that the Focus had stupid amounts of
'creep' at idle, whereas the S-Type appeared to be much more intelligent
in this respect.
Many of the Sillyspeed complaints (aside from questionable reliability)
seem to stem from users keeping their 'toe in' when changing. You do
need to lift slightly as you change, in manual mode, and you can 'sense'
when it's going to change in auto mode and slightly back off to smooth
things. This only happens at partial loads, though - if you have your
foot flat to the floor, the (up)changes are amazing.
Down changes are something that makes you feel like a driving god,
though, as the ECU gives a perfect 'blipped' downchange, even on full
SteveH 'You're not a real petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa Romeo'
www.italiancar.co.uk - Alfa 156 TSpark Sportwagon Veloce Selespeed
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