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Word has it that the Ford TracKey feature available on the Mustang Boss 302 will come with some interesting fine print. According to Mustangs Daily, owners who opt to have TracKey installed at their local Ford dealer will have to endure a three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty. That's noticeably shorter than the five-year, 60,000-mile warranty that comes standard on the Mustang Boss 302. In addition, owners who decide to bolt on any extra performance modifications in conjunction with TracKey will see their warranty completely voided. Ford says that aftermarket modifications could cause severe engine damage.

Despite the shortened warranty, Mustangs Daily reports that Ford doesn't expect any reliability issues with TracKey. The company says that its engineers have done all of the necessary homework on the system.

From the sound of things, Ford is simply protecting itself from abusive owners who may seek to take advantage of a race car with a warranty. We'll learn more once Ford officially debuts TracKey at SEMA in Las Vegas in a few weeks.


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      ToucanSam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan has been known to deny warranty coverage if you actually off-road one of their vehicles labeled "Off-Road". So Nissan renamed the Xterra Off-Road to Pro 4X. All Ford would have to do is enable the TracKey from the get or do what BMW and MB do with a push of the button. If someone does bring in the vehicle for warranty service, all that would need to be done is to review the car's black box and see if whatever part failed while the vehicle was sitting on the rev limiter while at 0.95 lateral Gs. BMW can afford to service vehicles under warrant because they push a $300 power-steering service, $250 fuel injection cleaning, $230 alignment, and $90 to refill tires with nitrogen every time you go in for a scheduled oil change. None of those additional services are covered under the BMW maintenance program.
      jtav2002
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perhaps I'm not looking at this correctly, but isn't completely voiding the warranty violating the whole warranty act for modded vehicles, even if it's only with the track key? I mean the track key is still a factory offered option so to me modding a car with no track key vs one that has one should be treated the same way as far as the law goes.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jtav2002
        its NOT completely voided...you still have the three year 36000 Bumper to Bumper....now, name another manufacturers car that has EXPECTED track time in its future that has something similar.....
      • 3 Years Ago
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        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        Say's the guy who doesn't own one
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, the Trackey was a brilliant idea, from Ford's performance skunkwerks who wanted to try and give a little kick of badass to an already badass car. Lumpy idle? Auto tune for higher octane? More torque throughout the RPM range (but no peak power or torque changes)? Better throttle response? Launch Control? Better engine braking? The Trackey has it all, and is a great idea. Sure, a push button labelled "I am a naughty rebellious teenager at heart and want some giddy fun" would be easier than a new key, but nobody who tested a Trackey equipped Boss ever doubted its point. Problem is, the engineers couldn't pull a fast one on the beancounters, marketing, lawyers, and accountants at Ford HQ, and the battle with emissions certification and now warranties have made it simply a terrible business model. Great intention, a product with little to no practical usage but loads of fun, yet the fine details ruin it to the point where it becomes a stupid gimmick. But if all Boss owners had the ability to access the Trackeys easily present to media drivers, it would have been a really neat little party piece. Doing fun mods is much, MUCH easier outside the bounds of legality and strict bounds of production car feasibility. Except when it goes kaput due to a sketchy mod and you are left with your tail in between your legs as they void everything.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      a race car? lol. I think not.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
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          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          funny....what does it make a regular Camaro?......
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          Wow, you really hate Ford, don't you. The Boss isnt a race car so much as a homogolated road car based off... a racecar. There are a lot of similarities in the hardware of the 302R raping Camaro GSes at Grand Am and the one you can buy (well, not YOU obviously).
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        The normal 302 has rear seats. The Laguna Seca does not. And the Raptors with the bent frames were due to idiot drivers thinking they could jump a truck wrong at 70 mph 20 feet in the air and expect it to shrug it off like a speed bump. Jumps are a tricky business, and why people think that just because it has knobbly tires and long travel suspension it is a Baja race truck. And the Boss is easily a track capable road car, nobody will confuse it with a turnkey factory racecar. Unless it's a 302S or 302R, in which case it actually is, a mighty good one that seems to be doing well at Grand Am and wherever the 302S competes.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Matt, please supply ONE piece of Factory evidence that shows a Raptor 20 feet in the air...hell, lets halve it...10 feet in the air....stick to facts not fairytales....
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least they are upfront about it. As long as you know going into it what the deal is, you can decide for yourself what the best choice for you is.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        A supercharged 550+hp pony car (ZL1) needs to compete with a supercharged 550+hp pony car (GT500). Competing with a less expensive more neutral handling and relatively light naturally aspirated 450hp pony car (302)is like taking a bite out of a tomato and saying it should taste like an apple. Both are round red fruits, are they not?
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        Um....arent you meant to post comments like that pertaining to the ZL-1s direct competition, or did I mis-read and this is actually about the GT500............
        Bandit5317
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm a huge fan of the ZL1, but this comment is out of place. The Boss 302 doesn't directly compete with any Camaro...
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, Ford gives you something that will give you track performance, but reduce the warranty...Does pushing the M button on Bimmers shorten the warranty? How about that little AMG button? This is disappointing.
        Dean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @clquake
        From my understanding, the TracKey 'unlocks' (pardon the pun) an enhanced performance mode on the Boss 302. Mercedes-Benz, and BMW don't require a separate 'key', or unlock mechanism to unleash an enhanced performance mode, or engine algorithm, they require, if anything, you change a mode through an actual push-button, or 'mode' change - I apologize for not knowing which is which - there are too many settings to keep up with in each car. It seems that Ford's TracKey lets you access a performance mode that goes above, and beyond any 'normal' everyday (if you can ever consider a high-end Mustang 'normal') parameters that you'd need to drive anywhere except a racetrack. The enhanced, and normal, driving modes of BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, probably aren't anywhere near as extreme as what the TracKey turns on for the Mustang. Just my guess...
          Jon Bowen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean
          The trackey in the mustang is not for street driving, lots of people that go buy these will probably wreck them because they dont know how to handle the different levels of performance.
      Rebel Ducote
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi and quality/longevity hardly belong in the same sentance. If they were good cars then the japanese government wouldnt be constantly bailing them out. mitsu is worst car company since YUGO.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      "It's a trap!" -Admiral Ackbar
      HayesData
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what about the old Magnuson-Moss act? Seems awfully damning for an OEM to outright decry they will void your warranty in such a manner.
        mycr0ftholmes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @HayesData
        That applies to non factory OEM parts, not performance modifications that put additional stress on components.
      Tupalov144
      • 3 Years Ago
      warranty should not be shortened
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