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

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2011 Ford Mustang transmission problems

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2011 Ford Mustang Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #15

Feb 012011


  • 3,000 miles


I have an issue with my 2011 Mustang GT with the 6 speed manual transmission where, intermittently, I have issues with shifting into 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear where I encounter resistance and/or a metallic grinding sensation and sound, making it difficult to shift into 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 202010


  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
MT82 manual transmission, difficult engagement into all speeds(forward and reverse). Occasionally locked out of 2nd gear, sometimes due to mpg savings solenoid other times not explainable. I believe this transmission is dangerous due to time to needed to find alternative gear and lack of power to wheels could result in a collision, most notably in a merging, crossing or avoidance maneuver. Manufacturer's only documented fix is to replace fluid, which was accomplished and did not change problem.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 142011


  • 3,000 miles
Hard to shift when cold, grinds going into 2nd from 1st, grinds going into 3rd from 2nd, gets better warmed up, but still does it when warm.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 102011


  • 14,000 miles


I was unable to engage 2nd or 3rd gear while in heavy traffic and the shifter grinded while going into 4th gear. The lever was able to be moved back into 2nd and 3rd after but would occasionally grind just as it did for 4th gear. This has happened on more than a few occasions and Ford has as of yet been unwilling to properly address the issue. This feels like a safety risk for the simple fact that the car has issues doing what you tell it to do. If I can't shift into a gear in an emergency maneuver I may be unable to prevent an accident or worse because I'm unable to move my car I will cause an accident. Something must be done about this very dangerous behavior that I and many others are experiencing. The dealer has tried to help me but as they put it Ford has tied their hands. They have changed my transmission oil to a lighter weight to no effect. The car has been to the dealer 4 times for this issue with no resolution. The service manager has told me that as my car stands now, there is little he can do until Ford says otherwise. These issues persist hot or cold but are very noticeable in colder weather. Be warned!

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #11

Apr 022011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 1,900 miles
When going downhill in 2011 Mustang in 3rd or 4th get strong vibration in drive train along with rough gear shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. RPM range is only between 2 and 3 RPM when going downhill. This has happen before but am noticing the issue is starting to present itself more and more for both situations. With only 1900 miles on the vehicle.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 232011


  • 14,400 miles
I had an issue today that was dangerous and had potential to cause an accident. My car's shift lever became stuck and wouldn't go into gear and I had to force it back to the neutral position while coming to a stop light.. the manual transmission in my 2011 Ford Mustang GT has been whining and grinding gears since the clutch was replaced due to a design flaw (only to get the exact same clutch assembly), and will be going back to the dealer March 29th to hopefully get the trans replaced (w/ the exact same trans that has all these known issues). I imagine this would happen again between now and when the car is taken to the dealer, this is my only and first brand new car, I shouldn't be having these dangerous problems, let along taking my brand new car to a dealership to keep getting repaired over and over again because the failing parts are just being replaced w/ the same parts only to fail over and over again. Ford needs to step up and replace this trans w/ an entirely different/dependable manual transmission. I have owned 7 Mustangs, and this brand new one has had more transmission/clutch problems then any car I have ever had.. worse off its the most $$ I have ever spent on a car as well.. $30K. For parts that keep failing.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #9

Mar 022011


  • 1,800 miles


The 2011 Mustang GT has shifting issues. It is a manual transmission. When shifting into 2nd and 3rd gears, it grinds when cold. After it warms up, there are delays in power in 2,3,4 and 5 gears.

- Antioch, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 152010

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 2,100 miles
Vehicles has been to dealer twice due to 1) transmission grinding from 1st to 2nd; 2) difficult engaging into 3rd gear - been locked out, unable to get into 3rd gear on numerous occasions; 3) clutch has grabbed on several occasions shifting from 1st to 2nd causing the entire car to shudder 4) on several occasions, unable to shift into any gear while accelerating. Had to repeatedly pump the clutch in order to shift gears; 5) unable to get into 1st gear after coming to a dead stop 6) difficulty getting into reverse. 1st time I took the vehicle in dealer said they couldn't replicate the problem and tried to blame is on the driver. When owner tried to explain in detail exactly what was happening w/ vehicle, dealer refused to document the additional information. 2nd time I took it to dealer, dealer technician identified concern. Ford technician came out and verified concern regarding grinding, hesitation getting into gears. Technician bled and vacuumed the clutch but the problem remains. Regional customer manager was supposed to contact owner regarding possible fixes. Regional customer service manager will no longer respond to emails. Called Ford headquarters last week to lodge a complaint and they said someone would get back to me within 48 hours. Tomorrow will be one week...still haven't heard anything. One of these days I'm going to get rear ended due to being able to shift properly.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 112010

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 500 miles
Vehicle has been in 7 times for manual transmission grinding during gear changes leading to an inability to engage gears with 1st and 2nd being the most problematic. In emergency situations when you must accelerate quickly, valuable time is wasted just trying to get the car into gear...which proves impossible. These cars are equipped with a "skip shift" feature that locks out 2nd and 3rd for fuel economy and a message is displayed on the dash. Multitudes of owners are reporting they are unable to engage 2nd gear with no warning of it being locked out on the dash. They replaced the transmission at only 2500 miles and then changed the viscosity of the fluid used which Ford claims is the solution. However, I and others getting this repair are discovering it does nothing to fix the issue. In fact, it only makes the shifting worse and causes whining from the transmission. This is happening to many 2011 Mustang owners with the MT82 6-speed manual transmission (both V6 and V8). There are close to 1000 posts from owners experiencing the same safety issue on this website: to date, Ford has been unable to fix this problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 042010

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 300 miles
Manual transmission is clunky and does not shift properly. Feels like the synchros are grinding especially from 1st-2nd gear. Have had the shifter pop out of gear which I find to be dangerous. It is worse when cold, but still has happened even when warmed up.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #5

Feb 172011


  • 6,100 miles


I have been experiencing intermittent transmission problems since I bought my 2011 Mustang V6 equipped with a MT82 manual transmission. At first the car would resist shifting into 1st gear while fully stopped, even with the clutch pressed to the floor. Soon after 2nd gear began resisting shifts and I had occasional "lock-outs" where it would not go into 2nd gear frequently while turning left. When this happens I had to upshift to 3rd of if there was traffic in front I would coast until I can safely downshift to 1st. I had the car diagnosed and serviced at the dealership and they felt the problem was caused by stretched bolts in the pressure plate that kept the clutch from disengaging. Unfortunately this didn't help and the shift feel continued to degrade. Today I experienced a new problem: I was stopped at an intersection and when the light turned green I attempted to shift into 1st but the shifter only moved 90% of the way forward and didn't engage any gears. It didn't grind even when I let the clutch out it just was as if there was no 1st gear. I attempted to pull it back into neutral and it resisted; it felt locked in. Eventually I pulled hard enough that it came back to neutral but the same thing happened when I tried to shift into 1st again. It wouldn't find the gear and got stuck. All during this time of about 30 seconds there were other drivers that had exited the highway and had to stop and go around me while I was stuck at the intersection. I could have easily been rearended. I've had other near misses when I've pulled out in front of traffic and been locked out of 2nd gear as well. The official word is that Ford is aware of the problem but they don't have a fix yet. I had been biding my time until a solution is found but it appears that this may result in an accident if not resolved soon.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 202011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 325 miles
When the outside temperature is in the 30's 1st to 2nd is very hard to shift into and from 2nd to 3rd is about the same. I have taking my car to gary smith Ford and the service advisor informed me that Ford aware of the problem and that the engineers were working on the problem. That was 30 days ago and almost 2 rear ends and still no fix some times it is just better to go from first to third to avoid trying to get it into second.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 102011


  • 1,020 miles
Occasional and sometimes severe shudder/vibration when downshifting, particularly when going down hill, felt throughout the car, seat and shifter. When it happens, it feels like the vibration is in the drivetrain area. Seems like it always happens above 40mph. The shudder/vibration closely resembles going over rumble strips. It can be unnerving as it feels like something is going wrong with the car! I have read forums and it seems like I am not the only person that has been experiencing this problem with the 2011 Mustang. This problem can be distacting as you drive and the vibration can not be good for the drivetrain. Some or all of these 2011 muatang manual cars have a problem and Ford must address this issue now!

- Palmyra, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 122011


  • 225 miles
When the ambient temperature is cold (below 35 degrees) 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears are extremelt difficult to engage. I have a manual transmission vehicle and have almost been rear ended twice when trying to engage 2nd gear in my new 2011 Ford Mustang. I have visited keith hawthorne Ford once for service since realizing the issue. They did acknowledge that Ford is aware of the issue but basically shrugged their shoulders about it. I called back yesterday to keith hawthorne's service department and there is still no resolution. I am extremely concerned about getting hit as all lower gears are difficult to engage in cold weather. Often I have just had to skip 2nd gear all together.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010


  • 0 miles
Rough, clunky shift, especially in cold condition.

- Ft Valley, GA, USA

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