When I bought my (2014) BMax in October 2017, I was told the car had the updated clutch.
It now only has about 5,500 miles on the clock, and have noticed a slight judder on acceleration when it gets hot. As I only use this car for short journeys, it doesn't often get that hot.
On another BMax forum, a woman said she'd had the clutch on her 9,000mile mobility car changed three times.
Take this with a pinch of salt if you wish, but I did see it suggested that it's the way people drive these cars. BMax owners don't tend to be boy racers. What he did, (as a car mechanic) was give them
the "Italian Service". Get the car hot, stop on a quiet bit of straight road, and floor the loud pedal. Do this three times and he reckoned this cured the problem. I haven't tried it yet.
What Ford should have done, is used a CVT gearbox. Even if it meant making one under license from another manufacturer. Touch wood, I've never had a problem with my Civic Hybrid, which has a CVT..
I intend replacing that with a Lexus hybrid, which also has a CVT gearbox.
Just to add, I was told the gearbox warranty was 5 yrs. Usually with a repair under the original car warranty, the warranty period isn't extended. For instance, if your NEW car has a 24 month warranty and you make a claim for a new gearbox at 20 months, that gearbox will only be covered for the remainder of the warranty period of 4 months. That's the way it used to work anyway, maybe things have changed over the years ?
Edited by: Hadrian1