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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,149 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Ford Mustang miscellaneous problems

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2012 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 292016


  • 21,450 miles


I was driving down the street and when I shifted from 1st to 2nd the gear shifter got hung up and would not shift causing the car to downshift throwing me foward and hitting my head on the steering wheel.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012016


  • miles
Takata recall I was notified last year that my car was recalled. Ford still does not have parts to fix or a plan to fix. This car is just sitting because I will not allow my children do drive a car that has been recalled for airbags that could cause death. How long does Ford have to repair" I have to pay insurance, personal property tax on a car we won't use. People also do not want to purchase my car because it has been recalled and not fixed. I called Ford and they said this is not a Ford issue it is a takata issue and I will be notified when the parts are available. In the mean time my car is depreciating and not being used. What is my recourse"

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 162015


  • 21,000 miles
Takata recall - in early November 2015 I was driving my 2012 Ford Mustang when I experienced a minor fender bender, less that 10 mph. Surprisingly, the airbags deployed causing my passenger, a young boy with a stomach bag and other illnesses to have to get checked in the hospital. Thank god he was not injured but he was very shaken up for many days because of his autism. The car was towed to bodyart collision center ((908-789-0330) to replace the airbags, which they have done. However, three months later my car is still sitting there because, although they were able to install the proper airbags, Ford has not yet been able to get approval for a newly designed replacement dashboard. Several mechanics have called to find after market dashboard but no one has them. Ford has also stopped manufacturing them, most likely because of the airbag recall. My mechanic, myself, my mother and anyone else I can find has called Ford customer service (heather 866-631-3788, ext. 7-7790, case no. Cas8338404) and their response is "we have no additional information to give you." Now they no longer return calls. We even sent an email to the CEO but have not even received an acknowledgement. In the meantime, I have no car, cannot afford to buy one, and am living with my mother so that I can use her car for errands, even though I now have to travel 40 minutes to get to work. I pay $1500+ monthly rent and I cant even live in my apartment. The frustration is overwhelming. I ask for any relief from Ford -- help with renting a car, a replacement car until they the government (I assume nhtca) approves the new dashboard, even a response that has a little more meat than the standard rhetoric from their customer service.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 212015


  • 66,000 miles


I was driving on the highway at 70 mph when the car just satlled out. I had to steer to the right land and coast to the shoulder. I then turned the car warning lights came on. After a couple of minutes it restarted. I was told at the dealership it as a throttle body that needed to be replaced.

- Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA

problem #5

May 182015


  • 40,000 miles
Hood paint is bubbling and falling off due to corrosion.

- Gambrills, MD, USA

problem #4

May 272014


  • 26,000 miles
The clutch will not release at high rpms. The speedometer reads incorrectly. The drivers seat is loose.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Dec 192012

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 22,689 miles


The problem with the vehicle started when I tried to start it. When I turned the key the vehicle took a few seconds longer than usual to start up. As I began driving down the highway my vehicle wouldn't shift gears out of 40mph and caused the engine to have high RPM. When I turned off the engine at a gas station and tried to start it back up. Vehicle would not start and I had to get it jumped. Vehicle still doesn't shift gears. This vehicle is only 1 year and 1 month old since I purchased it.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Jul 272011


  • 1,000 miles
While trying to shift from 1st to 2nd it wont go into 2nd gear, it feels like something is blocking the gear and it also has done it going from 2nd to 1st. During one instance when I was turning and tried to shift into 2nd gear and couldn't I was almost hit by an oncoming car but they were able to go around me at the last second. I also have a vibration in the transmission at around 2500 RPM's.

- Moores Hill, IN, USA

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