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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,800 miles

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2002 Ford Mustang transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 102004


  • 23,000 miles


Was pulled over by police when accelerator stuck, he thought I was lying so I contacted D.a. and ticket reduced to bad muffler....right! took auto to dealership and were unable to duplicate problem. Car also shakes badly at speeds above 45mph, all the time. Private garage stated problem not with suspension.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 302001

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Transmission will drag on deceleration and then freewheel. Example: Going 60 mph, taking foot off accelerator the car will freewheel until it hits 50 mph, the transmission then engages, like the brakes were put on lightly, at 40 mph the transmission disengages and the car than freewheels again. A vibration is felt in the drivers seat when the transmission engages( at 50 mph ) and is more pronounced at higher speeds. This has been a continuous action since the car was purchased. I have had it to the dealer 3 or 4 times and I am told there is nothing wrong, that is how the transmission works. I have no confidence that the dealer knows what he is talking about. I think the warranty of this transmission should be increased beyond the three years as provided by Ford. This Ford Mustang was purchased on Oct. 30, 2001 and the warranty runs out in Oct. This year(2004). The car only has 6500 miles on it at this time. This is a 2002 Ford Mustang, VIN #[xxx]. updated 07/25/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Rockport, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle the vehicle accelerated without warning. Dealer notified.. the consumer stated there was aloud noise when the vehicle was placed in any gear and then the vehicle jerked. The consumer also believed the speedometer was not working correctly. The rear view mirror was loose, the tail light lens had condensation, the window seal trim came off and the windows made up when up or down.

- Heavener, OK, USA

problem #1

Jun 102002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car stalls occasionally while coasting and clutch is pressed to the floor. Car has become very dangerous to drive due to the fact that it could die at anytime and it looses power steering and breaking becomes very sluggish. Don reid Ford (maitland, Florida) says nothing is wrong with the car.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

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