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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,330 miles

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2016 Ford Mustang drivetrain problems

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2016 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 232016


  • 6,100 miles


I bought a new 2016 Mustang in April. I was driving uphill at 40 mph. All of the sudden the engine cut off. When the engine went off a large wrench came up on the display and it said see manual. I tried pressing the start button but it would not start. I had to come to a complete stop, put the car in park and then was able to restart it. This could easily lead to death! if this would happen on the beltway or I-95 I could get killed. The car didn't overheat and all the gauges showed normal. Now I am afraid to even drive it; I don't want to be killed or kill someone if the engine stops.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #9

Jun 082016


  • 1,590 miles
Transmission overheats resulting in loss of power and reduced RPM. The loss of power is computer controlled. When the transmission hits a certain temperature the computer reduces the engine power and RPM. This is documented by my Ford dealer by finding transmission overheat codes when the cars computer is scanned. Loss of power is a dangerous situation.

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #8

Aug 282016


  • 8,300 miles
The car suddenly lost power and no acceleration was possible. The trouble light came on. Car would only roll at 10mph with engine power. The gas pedal would not control the motor speed. Car would not shift. This happened when I just pulled in to a parking lot. I was able to use the emergency flashers to get the car home using side streets at 10mph. Last year a guy in his 2015 Mustang asked me if I had this problem as he explained the same situation when I also owned a 2015 Mustang. I didn't have that with the 2015, but I just bought it when we talked. I know what he means now. As my 2016 did what his 2015 did with a loss of power.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jul 052016


  • 4,300 miles


I just purchased my brand new 2016 Mustang less than 6 months ago and have already been having issues with it. I was stationary waiting at the stop light and shifted into 1st gear 3 times and my car wouldn't budge. I turned off the engine and restarted it to move it out of the street. The engine light came on briefly then shut off. A week later I was driving approximately 60 miles per hour on the freeway and my vehicle suddenly stalled with no warning. I do not remember the engine light being on this time. I just took my car into the dealer and they said it was a bad throttle body.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #6

Jun 132016


  • 250 miles
New vehicle less than 500 miles. Bad vibration while driving at highway speeds. The vibration starts at around 60 mph and is present all the way beyond 80 mph. The vibration can be felt inside the vehicle and also through the steering. Ford re-balanced the tires and also replaced the driveshaft, but vibration still persists. From other sources in the internet it looks like this is a problem which is not uncommon on Mustangs and Ford seems to refuse to acknowledge the issue. Since this occurs at highway speeds and seems to be coming in from the drivetrain makes this issue scary.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #5

Jul 062016


  • 4,900 miles
I was driving on local city roads. I had just turned at a light onto a 4 lane road accelerating at a normal rate due to heavy traffic. The wrench indicator came on and I lost all power. Luckily, I was in the right lane and was able to coast into a parking lot. The dealership states that it's the throttle body and will take at least a week to get the part in. This is ridiculous for a car with less than 5000 miles.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #4

Jun 242016


  • 9,000 miles


Engine stalled out on twice on highway and local road. Wrench symbol appeared on dash board and message saying "see manual" then check engine light came on. Luckily I was able to get home safely. Had to have it towed to local Ford dealer and the throttle body had to be replaced.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #3

Jun 232016


  • 8,060 miles
While driving in rush hour traffic on my way to work, I attempted to change lanes, but the car stalled and started flashing the message "see manual". thankfully, I was able to navigate at a very reduced speed (more like a coast) into a gas station parking lot. The car is only six (6) months old with a little over 8,000 miles. I had to have it towed into the dealership where it was determined that a new throttle body was needed. I am very disappointed in Ford as I learned that the throttle bodies have been going out for years in many of the Ford models and still the same problematic throttle bodies are being installed into new vehicles. I am thankful that I had already exited the interstate when this happened because the outcome might have been very bad had I been traveling at 70 mph when this occurred. Ford really should look into installing better throttle bodies onto their vehicles before someone is seriously injured or even killed.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #2

May 092016


  • 800 miles
6 speed manual transmission; clunks, grinds and difficult to engage in 1st-4th gears, happens under all driving conditions. Manufacturer refuses to address underlying cause.

- Tolleson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 132016


  • miles
My new 2016 Mustang V6 has severe vibration while driving at most speeds. The dealer service dept. Determined the problem was a faulty drive shaft and replaced it twice and indexed the second one after installation. The car still vibrates. The tires were road forced balanced and rotated and the vibration is still happening. This leads me and other professionals to conclude that there may be other malfunctioning parts or a possible design flaw in the drive line which I believe Ford Motor Company knows about. The vibration is felt through the car and the rear mirror image is blurred while driving. A Ford customer service rep. Has told me this vibration is "normal" and "no repair is needed". they refuse to investigate the cause further or fix this defect. I wonder, if it is normal why did they try to fix it twice. It appears this is a common problem with these cars or if they were designed so a vibration can shake your body while driving, as the customer service rep is implying, then the consumer should be made aware or notified of this vibration characteristic before purchasing. Note, that while the service dept. Was attempting to diagnose the problem the shop foreman told me he drove four new cars from their stock and found 3 of them to have this vibration defect. Now in my vehicle it appears that the vibration is causing the rear axle differential seal to start leaking. I would like to suggest that a investigation be started into this matter to determine the extent or number of vehicles that are experiencing this sensation. Regardless Ford Motor Company should be made to fix these defect on all vehicles affected or refund the consumers the purchased price of the vehicle if they cannot fix it.

- Palm City, FL, USA

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