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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
21,928 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 #38

Oct 142011

Mustang 6-cyl

  • 1,250 miles


My 2012 Ford Mustang V6 with premium package has a 6 speed manual transmission. I can't get the vehicle into some gears. I have noticed this problem to happen when starting the vehicle the shifter does not go smoothly into 1st or reverse gear when pressing the clutch pedal. I have to press the clutch repeatedly and play with the shifter to get it into 1st and 2nd gear when starting from a stopped position. In addition, I have had difficulty changing gears when traveling more than 25 mph. The transmission does not let me go into 3rd or 4th gear without having me put it into 5th or 6th gear while pressing the clutch pedal. I had a 20 year old Acura integra that never gave me a problem and it had a 5 speed transmission with worn out synchros. My vehicle is fairly new and I never expected to have any issues with a car this new. This is a safety hazard especially during emergency situations where I may have to downshift to gain more acceleration in order to avoid hitting something or getting me out of a dangerous situation. Luckily I have not been in a position where I have to downshift quickly as I will be put in a dangerous situation and can seriously injure myself or someone and maybe even be killed. I have noticed the shifting problem to get worse as I put more miles on the vehicle. I currently have under 2000 miles on the odometer. Please look further into this matter.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #37

Oct 012011


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Mustang. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact noticed an excessive vibration throughout the vehicle and in the gear shifter when decelerating. The failure recurred constantly when decelerating between 45-60 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure and advised that the vibration was normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 4,000.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #36

Dec 042011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 1,815 miles
I was driving @ 60mph down shifted from 5 to 4 and lost all power from the transmission and the clutch became hard to push. The engine did not shut off. I did not hear a noise of any sort. I had to call and get it towed. I have not gotten a diagnosis yet.

- Mc Intosh, AL, USA

problem #35

Nov 232011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • miles


I am going to start by saying that I only have 300 miles on my car. The transmission grinds going from first to second and second to third. Sometime second is extremely difficult to get into. I occasionally go into reverse when I was supposed to be in first. I just started noticing a grating sound for the first 5 - 10 min when first started.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #34

Aug 312011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 10 miles
This vehicle has a shifter that will not retain its position and I believe it is related to the skip shift feature implemented for fuel economy. Commonly it tries to force the shifter from 1st to 4th. As a result the driver ends up fighting the stick shift to get to 2nd. This often results in reduction in speed and a loss of real control of the vehicle and increases the risk of being struck from behind. In virtually every gear at some point I have lost the ability to down shift or up shift creating a driving scenario of real danger and potential of being struck by other motorists. I would say that every day I have driven this car something regarding the shifting has gone wrong. I have been driving a wide variety of manual transmissions for more than 4 decades and this one is grossly defective. In a series of contacts with Ford csc I have received advice on how to correct this that had nothing to do with the actual problem. Originally the dealership indicated that I should contact csc so that they could authorize the dealer to disable the slip shift feature. However the csc at Ford said to contact the dealership and hence the cat chasing its tail began. This shifter, first used in the 2011 version is going to cause a serious injury at some point if this issue is not resolved by the appropriate authorities delegated with the responsibility of correcting this. It is well documented that people are having problems and that Ford is doing nothing to correct it. Please take up this cause before someone is seriously injured or worse.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #33

Jun 012011


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the manual transmission would not shift into first gear. After double clutching and several attempts, it would operate as normal. The contact was concerned that the failure could cause a crash. The dealer performed a fluid swap but the failure continued to occur. The manufacturer informed the contact that the vehicle was operating as normal and offered no further assistance. The current mileage was 17,000 and the failure mileage was 4,000.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #32

Nov 082011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


Have filed previously- ODI number: 10432980. While driving tues 11/08/11. Vehicle had a rattling sound in second gear (2nd gear previously replaced at dealership). While accelerating and shifting transmission into 2nd gear, heard and felt a pop. Could not shift out of 2nd gear. I was approaching an intersection at the time. I was able to make it through the intersection and pull over. Could not get it out of 2nd gear even when car was not running. I have detailed receipt of previous repairs.

- Graham, NC, USA

problem #31

Oct 042011

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
My 2012 Mustang 6 spd manual consistently has trouble shifting to 2nd gear from 1st. Going to 3rd, it would grind. Shifting down from 4th or higher into 3rd, would not shift at high RPM's. turning from 1st to 2rd would grind gears as well. Shifting from 3rd into 4th on acceleration speeds sometimes would not engaged resulting in me having to slow down, impeding other traffic.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #30

Nov 042011


  • 560 miles
Merging into traffic car would not shift from third to fourth gear, my wife and I were almost hit from behind, because we could not get the car up to speed.,,this has not been the only time the car would lock up between gears. There is a problem with the transmission on these cars.

- Ona, WV, USA

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

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