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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has concluded its investigation into 2011 Ford Mustang vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. The agency looked into a total of 364 reports of shift quality issues supplied by Ford and they've reportedly determined that owners have experienced no loss of mobility or any unreasonable safety risk due to the problems. According to Inside Line, Ford identified several possible issues that could have contributed to difficulty shifting, including cold transmission fluid, clutch stay-out at high engine speeds, gear clash and loosening clutch plate bolts in early production vehicles. Ford has since replaced those fasteners with new hardware currently used in production.

The automaker said that the majority of the gear shift issues were due to the transmission not being up to operating temperature while driving and that the problems sorted themselves out after the drivetrain warmed up. Had NHTSA found any glaring issues with the transmission or clutch in the 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustang models, Ford may have been forced to issue a recall.


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      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problems seem to be that Ford is selling manual transmissions to people who don't know what the heck they're doing.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      Termin8
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it interesting that after so many years, Ford Mustangs STILL have problems with their manual transmissions. My '03 GT was a prime example. Those cars had terrible transmissions. You'd think that after 100+ years of using manual transmissions in cars, these kind of issues would not happen. Not like it's new technology, right?
        merlot066
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Termin8
        I don't know where you're getting that Mustangs have had problems with their manual transmissions. My first car was a 14 year old Mustang with 122,000 miles and the original clutch (it was my Dad's car for 10 years then it became an extra car until I got my license). It was hard to get into first once in a while and reverse was tricky business, but for a 14 year old car with a 17 year old driver it took one hell of a beating without a single problem.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Termin8
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          JayP
          • 3 Years Ago
          Not that one- his was made in Mexico.
        hevace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Termin8
        You are right. There is no excuse for this, more than a hundred years later.
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      "According to Inside Line, Ford identified several possible issues that could have contributed to difficulty shifting, including TRANSMISSION BUILT IN CHINA."
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JayP
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          • 3 Years Ago
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      gshabanov
      • 3 Years Ago
      what about the cars that stopped shifting all together into gears. Is that a loss in mobility? Perhaps not.
      Cliff
      • 3 Years Ago
      This does not convince me that the problem was minor. If you read owner comments you get a disturbing picture.
        lostboyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cliff
        Well consider that many were exaggerated or just false. There were a few well known lawyers wanting a class-action out of this. They were contacting everyone who ever said something about "hard to shift" to file a complaint. So a total of ~300 complaints for over 30k sold with the trans, I'm not too worried about it. Mustang owner with 25k on it with not a single issue. Yes it's hard to shift when it's cold, but so is every other manual trans vehicle I've ever driven.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lostboyz
          @Captain - the shorter the throws, the harder it is to shift. Basically, you lose leverage - it's harder to break a bolt loose with a short ratchet rather than a 3ft breaker bar. The same is true in RWD transmissions as they have a direct shifter link (i.e. no cables).
      airchompers
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goodness gracious. So the head of the NHTSA can tell people that they should park their Toyotas after a bunch of old people mixed up their accelerator and brake pedal. When the only case of unintended acceleration was in a Lexus sedan with Lexus SUV floor mats, which pinned the gas pedal. And the same situation had happened before in the same car which is why the brakes didn't work well a second time. But Chevy Volts catch fire and there's no recall (and no mention of it until 3 months after the fact). And Ford Mustangs can have gears that explode and clutch pedals that don't function properly and it's NOT a recall? What a bunch of bologna. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, VW, and Hyundai should have killed the American auto industry in early 2009 back when they had the chance. Then they should have stomped up in capitol hill and reminded each and every congressperson and bureaucrat that companies hardened in the free market will eat protected companies alive time and time again. Why anyone would buy an American car is beyond me. "But they're better now Airchompers!" Oh really? Then how come stuff like this happens? And even if American cars are getting better, they're not going to be as good as they can be if the Government is helping them. Do you think Toyota or VW would have sold transmissions that blew up in a few thousand miles? No. Because they know if they do, the CEO will be dragged to capitol hill and the people will scream, "DONT BUY THESE DEATHTRAPS."
        screwamammoth93
        • 3 Years Ago
        @airchompers
        dude, this is about ford, dont bring the other american car companies into this on a side note, how is your ultra boring-ass corolla doing?
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford cheaped out on this car's drivetrain. To pretend otherwise is just dishonest. NONE of the manual trans cars I have driven - going back to a 1956 Chevy truck - have experienced this problem. And now let the excuses flow like a river and the doubletalk like a mighty stream! Let's hear how this cheap Chinese tranny is actually super-terrific and how all the Mustang owners are happy and joyful about it.
      RobbieAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would make me think twice about getting a Mustang with a manual transmission. That's a fatal flaw for a car of this nature.
      domineight
      • 3 Years Ago
      ive seen many 2011 gt's at nmra bone stock trannies and 5.0's with superchargers making 600 plus hp run 10's in the 1/4 mile and i've talked to the drivers and they say no problems at all . some of the best drag races i've ever seen d#m 200+ mph street cars these guys are racers they know how to drive
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