So I just started leasing a 2011 Ford Fiesta, with an automatic transmission, which as I’m told is actually an automated manual. In any case, from day one the car has had a terrible rattle coming from the driver’s side of the vehicle, which occurs essentially when going up hills, starting from a stop, and basically between shifting.
I looked it up online, and found some articles talking about Ford replacing transmissions, and some other similar complaints. When I took it in to the dealer, since I felt that it’s ridiculous that a brand new car should have any rattle at all, they said they had to update the software for the transmission, and that that may help. Now, over a month later, it still rattles quite a bit.
My question is, how normal is this? Is there any information about the Fiesta’s transmission or other parts that say it rattles, but that it’s not something to worry about? I was told at the dealership that due to the type of transmission it is, it would rattle occasionally, and that it should improve as the computer learns my driving style. I just think it’s absurd that I should hear such a noise, which is clearly not what I would call normal engine noise.
I have to note that this is also only my second car, and I have had very little experience driving American cars, since most of my life I’ve driven exclusively Japanese cars. I don’t know if it is just normal engine noise for a Fiesta, or if it’s something to bug the dealership to get fixed while it’s still under warrantee.
If anyone knows anything about this, any information or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.