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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,348 miles

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2008 Ford Mustang transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles


2008 Ford Mustang GT500. Consumer states problem with clutch assembly consumer sent additional correspondence &tgw the consumer stated he nearly had an accident when the clutch failed. Just prior to that, he was stopped at a stop light on a road that had a slight incline leading up to the traffic signal. When the light changed and traffic began to move, he took his foot off the brake, accelerated with his right foot and eased on the clutch with his left foot. Much to his horror, instead of the clutch engaging, the clutch literally failed to engage and the vehicle bean rolling backward. Fortunately, the consumer was able to depress the brake again, before slamming into another vehicle. After the traffic cleared, he was able to turn the vehicle around and gain traction with the clutch. The consumer stated the clutch had been replaced previously with 13,000 miles on the vehicle. The consumer stated it was common belief, the flywheel was made of ceramic, and overheats and prematurely burns the clutch. Ford refused to cover the cost the second failure. The consumer stated he was charge $ $3,226.21 by the dealer to replace the flywheel and clutch assembly that Ford knew was defective. He is now seeking reimbursement. Updated 10/18/11.

- Urbandale, IA, USA

problem #1

Feb 122009


  • 7,695 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Mustang. While stopped at an intersection, the vehicle's gear failed and would not shift into any of the five gears. The vehicle had to be turned off. When the vehicle was restarted, the contact had to place the vehicle into second gear. The vehicle would not shift into any other gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the slade and master cylinder, clutch pressure plate, gear shifter, and the shifter failed. The vehicle was repaired, but failed again one month later. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the Pilot bearing failed. The clutch slade cylinder and master cylinder were repaired. The failure recurred one month later at an intersection. The contact had to turn off the vehicle. When it was restarted, the contact had to drive in second gear. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that there were loose bolts in the pressure plate to the fly wheel. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer stated that an engineer would come out and inspect the vehicle. The engineer determined that the six torque to yield bolts failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for repair, but the failure still persists. The vehicle is currently not being driven and is at the dealer for repair. The failure mileage was 7,695 and current mileage was 15,150.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

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