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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,142 miles

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2001 Ford Mustang engine problems

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2001 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 012012

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 115,650 miles


4.6 liter V8. Spark plug blew out of cylinder head. Could have resulted in a fire but luckily did not. Spark plugs were last changed over 30,000 miles previously.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 232011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Mustang. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed a hose was detached from the engine of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The technician stated that the bypass hose would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred while the vehicle was still at the dealer. The technician then stated that the manifold was fractured and the head gasket would have to be replaced. The manifold was replaced but not the head gasket. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 12/06/11 the consumer stated the repair technician was injured while repairing the cracke manifold intake. Updated 06/13/2012

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 222009


  • 70,000 miles
2001 Ford Mustang spark plug blew out. The spark plug blew out of the number 3 cylinder.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #3

Oct 132007

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Mustang convertible. While driving between 10-30 mph, the vehicle stalled, but the radio remained activated. The contact waited for approximately five minutes before the vehicle restarted automatically. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but they could not find any failure. The current and failure mileages were 50,200. Updated 12/12/2007

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a rattling, banging noise coming from under the hood. It only did it at first when I was slowing down with and without the brakes. It sounds as though the car is falling apart. I took it to Ford and they told me they heard the noise but it was nothing mechanical and they didn't know what it was coming from. They told me they checked all of the parts under warranty and it wasn't that. They told me that if I wanted them to continue to look for the problem, they would have to charge me by the hour. The car started making the noise about 6 months ago. It will go away for a few days and then come back worse. Now it does it when the car is stopped also. No one can find the problem.

- Palmyra, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152001


  • Manual transmission
  • 4 miles
The main problem is the transmission failures. It has gone out three times all in the same manner. The car in bone stock and only has 13,800 miles on it. The third time a field district engineer supposedly examined it and said the the parts and workmanship appear to be fine with no flaws and declined my warranty claim. I have been through the dispute settlement board and the ks attorney general with no positive outcome. I don't understand this action especially since I work for Ford(Kansas City assembly plant)I have researched this problem and found out that there weere problems with the '01 transmissions as per the technical service bulletins, tsb# 14879 NHTSA# SB620176, so it appears that dearborn assembly and Ford know of this problem but yet I'm still getting resistance"??????????"

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

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