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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
16,600 miles

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2012 Ford Mustang drivetrain problems

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2012 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #29

Nov 052011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 2,700 miles


Change gears from 3rd to 4th. Clutch pedal stayed on the floor and transmission would not shift. Nearly hit by another car due to sudden loss of acceleration. This has happen 3 times previously.

- Cosby, TN, USA

problem #28

May 162011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 1,250 miles
Since new the gear changes were difficult to engage, then when miles accumulate it develops unable/very hard to get into first/second/third gears, an incident almost occur when I try to get into first at the green light and other dangerous situations that result on car behind almost rear end me. Ford replace transmission(with same part number) and again at 4300 miles gear changes start to be difficult and transmission whine is present again.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 122011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Shortly after purchasing 2012 GT Mustang (6 speed manual) we starting experiencing transmission issues. 2nd gear had a rattling noise and 5th gear had a significant vibration. County Ford had the vehicle for two weeks performing repairs. They replaced 2nd & 5th gear and I have a long detailed list of repairs on the invoice. I've only driven the car a few times since getting the car back. It's different but I'm not sure its repaired. I feel vibrations in 3rd & 4th gears now and 2nd sometimes grinds when you put it in gear.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #26

Aug 182011


  • 1,200 miles


I have a 2012 Mustang V6 with the getrag MT82 6 speed transmission with the know issue of notchy shifting and sometimes not going into gear. I have been experiencing problems shifting from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd gear. The problem is that it can be very difficult to actually shift gears. There can be a lot of resistance and are times when I have to force the car into gear or skip the gear completely. The transmission is grinding and resisting changing gears. Also, there is a vibration when I let off of the gas while the car is still in gear. And today I felt a grinding while I had the clutch completely depressed. This vibration can and does occur up to 25 times each day during my 40 mile commute. I have stopped by the dealership and inquired about any know issues and was told they are not aware of any. The car has exactly 5000 miles on it. I have owned many other cars with manual transmissions, such as two Honda Accord and 2 Toyota Celica's. these transmission issues are of great concern for my safety, the safety of my wife and the safety of our 4 year old daughter. Dealing with a screaming child is very unpleasant but every parent becomes accustom too (even thought we don, T like it). But having the issue of not being able to shift gears while driving through a busy intersection and dealing with a screaming child is terrifying. Please take a deep look into these concerns. There are plenty of actual videos available to confirm the complaints. Ford has done a terrific job. Just hold them accountable for this flawed transmission. I just want my new car to run safely. Thanks information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Bradenton , FL, USA

problem #25

Oct 032011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
I have the mt-82 6 speed manual transmission in my 2012 V6 Mustang. It is very hard to shift into 1st and 2nd gears regardless of ambient temperature. I have driven manual transmissions since I was licenced 15 yrs ago, I have never experienced this kind of hard & grinding shifting from a new/newer vehicle. It's like shifting a 50 year old farm tractor! I have to use excessive force to shift into 1st gear from a stop even with the clutch pedal to the floor; sometimes requiring a "double clutch" just to get it into 1st gear. This extra effort to get into 1st gear from a stop takes my attention and eyes off the road and I have even rolled backwards while fighting the transmission. Then, once moving I have the same problem getting into 2nd gear; again causing me to divert almost all of my attention and eye sight from the road to inside the car getting into 2nd gear. Most shifting into 1st & 2nd gears are accompanied by metal grinding that I can feel and hear. The shifter has popped out of 2nd gear a few times causing the engine to red-line while getting on the freeway. Also, I have almost caused accidents while turning left at intersections fighting the transmission into 2nd gear. I have only experienced this shifting problem in 1st and 2nd gears; 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th shift very smooth for my vehicle. There is also a vibration while decelerating in 2nd and 3rd gears. I can feel it in the shifter handle, steering wheel, seat, and foot pedals. Not only am I disappointed in the shifting problem with my 2012 Mustang with 1,000 miles; I feel it is unsafe to drive.

- French Camp, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 232011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 350 miles
6 speed manual transmission, 5.0 liter engine. While under accelleration the transmission "hangs" when shifting from 4th gear to 5th gear. The shift into 5th gear will not occur unless the shift is stopped and started again I.e. shift back to 4th and then to 5th a second time. This of course means that the vehicle is not accellerating, which is problematic when merging in traffic onto a highway or interstate in a metropolitain area. This "hanging" issue has not occurred in any other gear combination I.e. 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd etc. Only 4th to 5th. Since the first occurance this scenario has repeated itself again and again up to 5-6 times per week.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #23

Oct 102011


  • miles


1st 2nd 3rd shifting problems 2012 Mustang GT 5.0 6 speed.

- New Milford , PA, USA

problem #22

Jun 062011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 150 miles
Binding shift linkage, unable to shift. Occurred when merging unto freeway and shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear, nearly run into by following traffic, had to coast to shoulder and nearly stop before able to shift into any gear. In addition, the transmission grinds when shifting to 5th gear. The binding linkage has occurred several more times since the initial problem. I am 67 years old and have had many vehicles in my lifetime with similar drivetrains and have not had this type of problem with any of them. I presently own 3 other vehicles with manual transmissions, all floor shifters ( one 4 speed, one 5 speed, and one 6 speed), and they have never had this problem. I believe the linkage and transmission is defective and am returning it to the dealer in the near future for a warranty claim. I have delayed the warranty claim for several reasons, number one: The vehicle is one of six I presently own and it sees very little use and has very low miles on it, number two: I have been able to avoid damage from the grinding by skipping 6th gear, number three: The dealer is not real close to my residence so I have delayed the trip there until logging enough miles to justify an oil change at the time of investigating the grinding and linkage problem.the vehicle was purchased new on 6-1-11 and had approximately 10 miles on the odometer when received by me. The vehicle has the getrag 6 speed transmission. The spacing between gears seems excessively close and may contribute to the problem.

- Perry, MI, USA

problem #21

Jul 102011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 200 miles
The transmission doesn't want to go into gear when shifting from 2-3 gear at higher RPM's. this has happened numerous times while entering traffic and have had a couple close calls. Took it to Ford dealer with 1200 miles on it and they said it's okay, they are all tight when new and I needed to drive it more to loosen up. Now has 1800 miles and no difference.

- Ruffsdale, PA, USA

problem #20

Oct 122011


  • 1,900 miles
Was turning left at approximately 35 mph to get onto hwy on ramp. Had clutch in on manual transmission and stick in "out of gear" position during turn in anticipation of dropping to lower gear to gain acceleration. Was unable to put stick into 5th gear after three attempts - seemed "locked out" of gear. No grinding noises like the clutch wasn't in; just like the gear slot didn't exist. I released the clutch and pushed it back in and was finally able to get the transmission into 5th gear.

- Alton, IL, USA

problem #19

Oct 072011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 9,111 miles


I was driving to California to visit my good friend [xxx]. I was at a stop light trying to turn left and I heard a crunch or whine. It's probably from my car or my wife is munching on a oreo or whining again. Try my hardest to put in gear and I was locked out of 2nd and 3rd gear. Someone driving a crappy titan almost rear ended me because of that. This MT82 transmission is total junk, I wish I bought a automatic like 2006fan. I rather let people laugh at me for driving automatic than this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Scranton , PA, USA

problem #18

Oct 042011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
My GT was shifting perfect for 2000 mile. One day I went to afm and everyone said my transmission is pos and will fail. What do you know. Just 2 days later I almost run over my neighbor because I was not able to get into gear. I have 2 other friends with 2011 gts, cbatty and 06gtfan. They have to cry themselves to sleep at night because their car grinds and whines. Ford is not doing anything to help them. Sigh.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 500 miles
Vehicle recently taken to Ford dealer for the following complaints.... complaints: 1.) there is always a sensation of "crunching" when up-shifting or down-shifting into 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears. Sometimes it's really bad, sometimes not so bad. 2.) it can be difficult to up-shift or down-shift into 1st, 2nd & 3rd gears. This is most common going into 2nd gear. 3.) on occasion, it is totally impossible to up-shift into 2nd gear. This is not under a "skip-shift" situation (engine RPM greater than 3000). 4.) occasionally there is a significant "clunk" which can be heard & felt in the cabin, most noticeable when engaging/disengaging the clutch at a steady, low engine RPM. Notes: A.) none of the items are more or less evident if car is "cold" or "warmed up". B.) all concerns above have been noted since ~500 miles. C.) all items seem to be getting more prominent as miles increase. D.) vehicle is not driven aggressively - all concerns occur at 3,500 RPM or less. E.) I have owned & driven manual transmission vehicles continuously for 45 years. Dealer inspection results of 10/03/2011: No problems noted.

- Itasca, IL, USA

problem #16

Sep 272011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
I have a 6 speed manual transmission. It will not go into 2nd gear sometimes and when it does it's notchy and clunky (sometime it's smooth but rare). Under harder acceleration it will not go into 2nd gear at all. It does not grind or anything. It just won't go in. It's like hitting a wall. I've had this happen to me several times on the street and highway.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #15

Oct 052011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,300 miles
My manual transmission 2012 Ford Mustang was initially at a standstill at the stop light at a four way intersection. As I prepared to make a left hand turn, I experienced difficulty shifting into first gear--the transmission did, however, shift into first. I accelerated to make the turn, and halfway through the turn I lost power (approximate speed was 15 mph)--the transmission shifted out of first gear back into neutral. It was as though it had only partially engaged the gear when I initially shifted into first. A near collision ensued, as there was oncoming traffic. I originally had enough time to make the turn, but the loss of power caused me to come to a near stop in the intersection. I attempted to shift back into first, but the shift was impossible (the transmission simply would not shift into first), so I shifted into second gear and gave it as much gas as possible to get out of the intersection.

- Oak Grove, KY, USA

problem #14

Jan 012011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 1,400 miles
The manual transmission in my 2011 Ford Mustang GT has given me problems for the past year of ownership. There have been multiple incidents where the transmission will not go into 2nd gear. The gear appears/feels to be "locked out". this has happened while pulling out across on-coming traffic, and I have had numerous close calls. I also have horrible gear while/noise, and grinding shifts almost all the time. Ford has rebuilt my transmission, but refuses to do anything else with the car. They claim that this is "normal" for this car. My wife drives the vehicle, and I fear for her safety. Please help me!

- Gray, LA, USA

problem #13

Sep 012011


  • 1,200 miles
Since purchase of my 2012 Ford Mustang V6 with manual transmission I have noticed 5th gear being notchy even with just 4 miles on it. I currently have 2715 miles on the car and have had several occasions where I have experienced grinding in the transmission in 5th and 6th gear mainly when it has been below 65 degrees farenheit out. The transmission is also difficult to shift into first and second at times but the main cause for writing this complaint is the grinding in 5th and 6th gear no matter how hard I try to be easy and go slow with shifting in the mornings when the temperature is cooler.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #12

Jun 162011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Shifting from 1st to 2nd, during heavy acceleration merging into fast traffic, shift could not be made - skipped 2nd going to 3rd to avoid becoming an accident. Transmission shifts poorly from 1 - 2 as a rule and 3 - 2 on the down shift. Suspect this is due to the mass - stored energy in the mass of the 43lb two piece drive shaft, drifting the syncro's out of alignment when the clutch is engaged - the shaft pushes the output shafts one way while the engine/clutch assy takes the input the other - stored energy in a rotating mass. Additionally the inadequate design and construction of the shifter makes the "gates" vague to non-existent, and in the case of the 1st and 2nd, non-existent; I am frequently putting the transmission into 3rd vs 1st - no centering spring in the shifter itself, relying on the poorly designed components of the shift forks in the transmission. Aftermarket solutions are to install a much higher quality shifter and one piece al drive shaft at almost 1/2 the weight and a more appropriate fluid. Please get this one addressed - Ford has a problem!

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 202011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
As I was turning a corner from a red light I went to shift into 4th gear it would not shift at all almost causing me to crash. This transmission locks rarely locks me out of gears but this time was the worst. I also have many grinding noises from 1st-2nd-3rd gear. One time I went put it in reverse and it popped out. Another time I was at a stop light and put it in first went to go and it grinded the gears really loud then it popped out lucky it was at night an no one was behind me. Multiple missed 3rd gear shifts as if it is locking me out. This problem keeps getting worse and worse the more I drive it and I only have 1100 miles on the car. This is not fair and this transmission needs to be recalled complete garbage. Please do something about this. Thank you!!!

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 192011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 13,743 miles
6 spd manual transmission, unable to upshift to 3rd gear around 4000 RPM. Had to wait until the rpms came down below 2000 before it would go into 3rd. Was accelerating from an on ramp and trying to merge with the 65 mph+ traffic. Had to ride the shoulder for a bit until the transmission would let me shift. Not safe at all.

- Hannibal, NY, USA

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