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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,438 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Mustang brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 172004

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While applying the brakes pedal went the floor. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic informed consumer that the problem could not be duplicated.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #7

Mar 312004


  • miles
While driving 65 mph driver applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Driver lost control of the vehicle and hit an embankment. Driver's side seat belt became detached. However, both air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained neck and back injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Vehicle was totaled.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 092003

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,500 miles
2001, mustang, hydroplaned at 50 mph in heavy rain, spun 360 degrees, and slid down an embankment. Had flat on right front, and required a tow truck. While towing the vehicle the tow truck operator noticed that the car was pulling hard. When he examined the vehicle both rear brake calipers were glowing red hot. I was informed by my insurance adjuster and the mechanic that the calipers were corroded. This required replacing the calipers on both rear wheels. I drive the vehicle every day for 125 mile round trip to work and have for the last 12 months. There was no warning when this occurred and find it hard to beleive that the calipers were locked up for any length of time.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #5

Sep 012001


  • miles


While traveling at approximately 45mph and decreasing speed, the engine and all power steering and power brakes ceased at about 40mph while braking. This has happened twice. First time was sometime in September of last year (2001).

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 012002


  • miles
Driving home, rainy evening, small animal ran out in front of car, hit brakes, locked up, car proceeded straight, air bags deployed. Did not hit or run over anything. Have witness to event. Dealer and Ford indicate that this is typical and the air bag did as it was suppose to. Upon dealer checking for damage, small dent found in undercarriage of car. No entrance or exit wounds, just a dent - other parts of car are lower.. dealer put car up on jack to show us, placed jack in wrong place, covering damage, had to take it back down. Damage lines up perfectly with jack. Dealer damaged w/ jack and Ford (who wouldn't even come in to look at car) agreed w/ dealer that this could cause airbag deployment. I did not hit anything, the air bags malfunctioned, dealer made damage - it's a cover-up.

- Bryant, AR, USA

problem #3

Oct 012001


  • miles
Anti lock brakes have failed on two different occasions, and car skidded when applying brakes. (tiresize: 245/45/17)

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 012001


  • miles
Traction control light on dashboard came on, and suddenly ABS locked up for a couple seconds while vehicle was just being driven out of a parking lot. Consumer contacted manufacturer, and was informed that Ford was aware of problem.

- Sharples, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 192001


  • miles
Initially brake pedal was sticking then it started sinking to the floor on application. Happened at all speeds and while coming at a standstill. Dealer wants to replace the master cylinder, but the component is unavailable (and no date of possible availability is forthcoming from Ford). The vehice is with dealer for last five days.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

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