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8.3

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,176 miles

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2011 Ford Mustang transmission problems

transmission problem

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2011 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #35

Jun 082011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 19,750 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1. this event has happened twice in the 3 weeks I've owned the vehicle. This occurred in a normal driving situations. No extenuating circumstances. 2. the transmission will not go into first gear. I can't get out of someone's way at a light. It also will not transition into second gear, even with a throttle blip. When this happens the vehicle begins to coast and I have to fight with it to get into gear. It's distracting and frankly nerve racking. There are times when transitioning from reverse to first gear, the transmission grinds. On coming to a stop, the transmission will vibrate violently. It almost shakes the shifter out of your hand. 3. I called Ford. They gave me a claim number. Ford did not offer any advice about this issue. I have to schedule an appointment with a service tech. However Ford is not guaranteeing that I will not have to pay out of pocket for this inspection. It's almost like a threat. If nothing is found to be wrong with a brand new transmission, I am culpable for the cost. Ford offers no rental, so this compounds the issue.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #34

Jan 012011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2011 Mustang V6 with the mt-82 manual transmission. The shifting in it during cold weather is difficult at best and won't engage gears without a grind at worst. Now with warm weather it is not as notchy but will still occasionally not want to engage into first gear and grinds or doesn't want to go into 2nd if you are making a left hand turn while shifting.while I haven't had any close calls as of yet I feel as though some of these characteristics could potentially cause a dangerous situation to occur.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #33

Apr 302011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 400 miles
Rough and hard shifting in 2011 Mustang GT manual transmission. Experiencing rough shifting in 1st gear and hard shifting in 2nd gear with grind sometimes. Almost got rear ended recently since I couldn't shift into 2nd gear in three attempts at a traffic signal. The reverse gear is also a problem. Requires pushing down to engage into reverse but sometimes pops into 1st instead of reverse and moves in the other direction and gives me a good scare every now and then. These transmissions are defective and can/will result in accidents.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #32

May 302011

Mustang

  • 4,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 2011 Ford Mustang GT and have difficulty shifting gears, (1-2-3)with the inability to get it into gear several times have come very close to being rear ended. This is a very dangerous problem. Have been to the dealer and am told this is normal operation and that there is no repair. I guess it is cheaper for Ford to pay out a law suit for a death than repair these cars, be it the transmission or clutch or both. This really needs to be looked into. Thank you

- Montrose, MI, USA

problem #31

Jun 032011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 21,343 miles
Well, my car just nearly got me into an accident today on my way to work. Uphill curve onto a state highway, run first out, go for second and.....nada. Go to third, lug-lug-lug, because I missed the opportunity to get to 2nd. Speed still descending. Traffic at my rear is closing in on me, and fast. This is a 60mph onramp. Go for first, walled out. Second, grind. I wound up having to pull off to the side of a curve and turn the car off, then back on again before it would let me get into 1st gear. Still can't get into second. I crawled all the way up the onramp in first, until I got to flat ground, then nearly redlined first before shifting to third to get back on the road again and headed to work. My car was just in for service on this shifting issue last week. They swapped the fluid and said they needed to order parts (I'm assuming clutch assembly, because mine feels like it is on its last legs, and probably the clutch pedal one too, because I noticed that the clutch pedal sticks on rev-matched downshifts...). I almost parked it on the side of the road so I could call Ford roadside and have them tow it, but I had to be at work. These things never seem to happen when it's convenient enough to just send it in from exactly where it sits. The dealership I am dealing with has not called me back about the parts, even though they said the parts should be here in the middle of this week.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #30

May 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Vehicle's transmission becomes unable to upshift or downshift when needed. Difficult shifting during critical periods decelerating to a stop & accelerating after coming to a complete stop. Becomes a hazard on public roads by not being able to keep up with pace of traffic. Shifter may pop out of gear or get stuck into a gear. Frequently needs to be forced into gear.. 1st & reverse with excessive force (2 hands). Problem is with the 2011+ Ford Mustang's with getrag MT82 6-speed manual transmission. Shifting into & out of reverse is also an issue which can increase the amount of time the vehicle continues to roll back uncontrollably in parking lots with children. Biggest issue is 1st gear, reverse, and inoperable 5th gear synchronizers & mechanically unsound input shaft.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #29

Apr 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle's transmission becomes unable to upshift or downshift when needed. Difficult shifting during critical periods decelerating to a stop & accelerating after coming to a complete stop. Becomes a hazard on public roads by not being able to keep up with pace of traffic. Shifter may pop out of gear or get stuck into a gear. Frequently needs to be forced into gear.. 1st & reverse with excessive force (2 hands). Problem is with the 2011+ Ford Mustang's with getrag MT82 6-speed manual transmission. Shifting into & out of reverse is also an issue which can increase the amount of time the vehicle continues to roll back uncontrollably in parking lots with children. Biggest issue is 1st gear, reverse, and inoperable 5th gear synchronizers & mechanically unsound input shaft.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 152011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,800 miles
While driving my 2011 Ford Mustang manual transmission, second gear would not engage causing a drastic slowing of the vehicle in traffic. This almost resulted in the vehicle behind me crashing into the rear of my vehicle. This also occurred at least 2 other times between January and March of 2011.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #27

May 292011

Mustang

  • 4,000 miles
I was driving along the highway, went to downshift to make an exit cutting across busy traffic, and the car would not shift. It was stuck in gear. I jammed it out and then it would not go back in! I nearly caused a semi to crash trying not to hit me since I was stalled in the middle of the road.

- Usaf Academy, CO, USA

problem #26

Jun 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 200 miles
The mt-82 transmission in my Mustang has become increasingly difficult to shift since purchase. Now with only 800 miles on the car, I find myself encountering daily incidents where I am unable to shift from 1st to 2nd or 2nd to 3rd without noticeable grind and resistance. I feel this is a safety issue because the problem obviously occurs while accelerating and the traffic behind me is probably not prepared for my car to slow down so much while I fight the shifter.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #25

May 162011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 600 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Accelerating onto interstate on ramp tried to shift into second gear. Second gear did not engage. The RPM's spiked due to the car being in neutral because of it would not engage gear. The clutch pedal then stayed on floor until RPM's came down. Very scary! Mustang only has 600 miles on it and it does not shift well, especially 1st to 2nd shift.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #24

May 202011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 14,110 miles
I was traveling on a busy road and was merging on to a freeway on-ramp that also serves as an off-ramp. When I merged and tried to shift from 2nd to 3rd gear, I was unable to get it in to 3rd gear. This caused the car to slow down quickly and since I wasn't braking, the person behind me could only tell by how quickly he/she was getting close to me. No brakes were depressed so no brake lights were showing. After a few seconds I was able to put the car in 3rd gear and continue on. Luckily the person behind me and behind him/her was able to react quickly enough and not run in to my rear end. This occurs on a very regular basis. At least 3-4 times per week will my car not be able to get into a gear. I took my car to the dealer and they said there is currently no fix from Ford. The only fix is to change the fluid in the transmission which has been reported to not improve the problem.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #23

May 162011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
I, like many others, are having horrendous transmission/clutch issues on my brand new Ford Mustang. I have been informed by other forum members of allfordmustangs.com to come here and fill this out to get out serious issue known. If greater details are wanted I can be contacted. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Gilroy, CA, USA

problem #22

May 062011

Mustang

  • 1,500 miles
Our 2011 Mustang GT with 6-speed manual transmission has a terrible notchy shifter that I've complained about 2 times to my dealer. The first time they replaced the clutch, and the second time they replaced the transmission fluid according to a tsb from Ford. I read the tsb online and it says it's for cars with difficult shifting in cold temperatures (which isn't my issue) but they insisted this would fix it. Immediately, the shifting was worse and I'm having trouble getting the car into reverse, second and third. When you have to get out of the way quickly, you can't get the car in gear and this is really starting to scare me. The dealer claims there is no other fix available so I asked them to give me a new car (mine only has 1400 miles on it) and they said "no, they all do this" and implied I'm not shifting correctly, I've bee driving manual transmissions for 40 years. I know how to shift. This problem is all over the internet. Why aren't they recalling this before somebody gets hurt?

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #21

May 012011

Mustang

  • 1,800 miles
2011 Ford Mustang GT. My wife and I were almost killed last night in this car. I was merging onto the freeway quickly into an opening and shifted 1-2 and then was unable to shift into 3rd gear. I tried to shift back down into 2nd gear and it was impossible. By the time I was able to get into any gear (4th) we had slowed so much cars behind me came screeching to a halt and I thought we were going to get rear ended. This car has been returned to the dealer 3 times for this issue. The last time they changed to a new fluid but that only made matters worse. This is dangerous plain and simple and my wife now refuses to drive or ride in it. There are a lot of youtube videos and websites devoted to issue with the MT82 transmission so I know I'm not the only one. These cars have to be recalled before somebody gets injured or killed.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 122011

Mustang

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
1. normal driving in both cold and warm weather. 2. rough shifting manual transmission. Occasionally unable to engage 1st or 2nd gear from a stop. Often unable to engage 2nd gear while moving. Has nearly caused me to be rearended at stop lights a number of times. 3. Ford has attempted to resolve the problem by replacing the clutch assembly and the transmission. Problem comes back about 2000 miles after service.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #19

Nov 232010

Mustang

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,100 miles
6 speed manual transmission fails to shift or shift smoothly into 2nd gear causing a safety situation in attempting to pull out in traffic. Went to pull out in traffic and could not shift into 2nd, traffic was bearing down and I had to quickly shift to third. Problem started when car had about 1000 miles on it. Car was checked out by a Ford dealer and I was told it was normal and nothing could be done. Upon investigation I found that this is a widespread issue across hundreds if not thousands of 2011 Ford Mustangs with a 6 speed manual trans. Transmission exhibits extreme notchiness and grinding/clanking when attempting to shift into 2nd. What's strange is that it is intermittent in nature and did not happen when new.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #18

Mar 152011

Mustang

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55 miles
2011 Mustang GT, manual transmission grinds shifting into second gear. It is real bad when cold and gets better as it warms up.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #17

Apr 182011

Mustang

  • 5,031 miles
Transmission jumping out of gear during moving, impossible to down shift to aid in engine braking or dodging/avoiding obstacles.

- Valliant, OK, USA

problem #16

Apr 012011

Mustang

  • 9,000 miles
Mt-82 transmission has a constant whine sound through 2,3,4 gear and won't engage in 3rd after 5K rpms. 5th gear constantly grinds. Currently in repair.

- Mason, OH, USA

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