The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation surrounding transmission issues in the 2011-12 Ford Mustang. NHTSA has received 32 complaints citing inability to shift into gears at speed. Around 26,000 Mustangs are being investigated because of these claims.

Regarding the 32 complaints, NHTSA filed this in its report:

Some reports allege incidents occurred while merging into high speed traffic and others allege that incidents occurred while turning left across oncoming traffic. Some complainants allege that the erratic shifting behavior almost caused a collision with adjacent vehicles.

The official investigation was opened on August 3rd. According to The Detroit News, a spokesperson from Ford Motor Company said that the automaker will fully cooperate with NHTSA regarding this matter.


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      Jeff Zekas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another reason why quality control is so important: the customer should NOT be doing the company's work! I have read on several chat room boards about the Mustang transmissions... which is why I decided NOT to get a manual tranny... brand new cars, on the showroom floor, and the customer having difficulty getting the box into first and second gear! Evidently, this has been a problem for awhile, and Ford is just now recognizing the problem... why so long? My buddy owns a Ford Model T, and this comment sticks in my mind: "Henry Ford believed in over-engineering every part... basically, the Model T was designed to last forever." So, Ford Motor Company... how about living up to your founder's ideals?
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Ford, screw Getrag, put in a Tremac TR6060, make sure all the bolts are on nice and tight, and get rid of skip shift, and then this whole transmission embarrassment will be behind you for good. Don't just keep it under the rug, please. While you're at it, remove the 113mph governor on the V6 stangs and the 145mph limit on the GT's and then revel in the increase in happy customers. Problem solved, you are welcome Ford, you can drop off a black GT Premium off onto my driveway as thanks :)
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        Wtf...why is the 300+HP V6 Mustang governed to 113MPH?! You mean it has a crappier top speed than most family sedans?!
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bruce Lee
          Sadly yes. Apparently the Camaro V6 is only slightly better at 118mph, according to Car and Driver among other testers. Although removing a top speed limit is only an unplugged wire or ECU tune away, it's pretty embarrassing on a performance car of this calibre. Something to do with the fact that a stripper base model V6 stang ($22k or less) has inadequate speed rated tyres, so all V6's suffer the limiter, even the Track Pack with tyres good for 150+mph.
          mikemaj82
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bruce Lee
          because of all the kiddies that get one for their high school graduation present.
          Josh
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bruce Lee
          How do you think they get insurance levels as low as they do? It's the same reason the 911's back seat grows smaller and smaller with every generation.
      Christopher Wynne
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I have not much love for the gearbox in my mustang, I can't blame ford for using Getrag. Audi seems to have no reluctance to use them and I don't seem to see a lot of hate about build quality of the S4 (despite the fact that third and fouth gears in even the S4 I owned had to be replaced more than once).
        speedoften
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Wynne
        Mini used getrags in the cooper S' as well, and Ford used them for the SVT / ST Focus'. The getrags had issues then with the pressure plates being weak.
      stanjohn123
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank God. It's about time this problem surfaced. A year and a half and Ford has still not provided a fix. Why don't they just source a manual gear from the Germans/ Europeans. For God's sake , the Czech's make better gearbox's for their Skoda's.
        wadestoutotx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stanjohn123
        They did get a German sourced design: The 2011-12 uses an MT-82 Getrag manual. I wonder if people are complaining about the skip-shift feature which can be disabled.
          speedoften
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wadestoutotx
          Ford needs to use the Getrag 420G ( same model as the E39 M5) or the 226 (E9x M3)
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Steven, your post doesn't say, but it's the manual gearbox that the NHTSA is looking at.
      jaquesjim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2011 GT/CS with of course the 5.0 and man tranny. No problems! It is a fantastic eng/tranny combo period.Now don't get me wrong,when I first bought the car I was not ready for the power delivery so I did have my miss shift episode once in a while. That is what this is , pure and simple, driver error. If you practice you get better. Then your a pro, then watch out. Can you miss a gear when shifting this six . yes. Blame it on a bad tranny , no.
      vakane
      • 3 Years Ago
      some of us have had no issues.... ;) 6m ,600@the wheels.... so... I did some upgrades (shifter and motor mounts) problem solved... now the clutch on the other hand =(
      talllongdude
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a 2012 5.0 with the 6 spd. and 3.73 gears. I have 3500 miles on mine and no problems at all. Plenty of power, makes the 2007 Mustang GT a turtle in comparison! I will surely put it up against a Camaro, Challenger, or any of the Japanese imports and embarrass them very quickly. I have already surprised a ZLR, Corvette, and a Carrera with how fast my 5.0 is!
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Crappiest transmission on earth is the GM 4L60-E, if those stangs have half the problems I had I'm sorry.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think the problem is more with the new transmission supplied by Getrag. Getrag supplies to differnt automakers, not just Ford.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is your life really that miserable that your only entertainment is to post comment after comment after comment on the same article? Jesus H. Christ. We get it already.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats what happens when your transmission is made in CHINA LOL Way to go Ford!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Getrag makes trannies for other manufacturers and they do absolutely fine...
          Dest
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I like how Joe explains they are higher cost, use better materials and are designed for higher tolerances but at the same time concludes it was because Ford made it in China.
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