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Ford Mustang Transmission Problems in Manual Vehicles

Ford is one of the oldest and most widely renowned automakers in the country and internationally. Their Mustang and Mustang GT models alone are some of the most recognizable muscle cars on the road. Unfortunately, drivers have been experiencing some fairly serious Ford Mustang transmission problems, with their vehicles. 

For several years now, Ford has been developing a reputation for transmission problems in certain makes and models of their vehicles. The automaker has also been the target of a recent class-action lawsuit, regarding Ford Mustangs with manual transmission problems. 

Continue reading to learn more about the recently identified transmission issues in Ford Mustang vehicles, and your potential legal options as a Mustang driver. 

Which Mustangs are Having Transmission Problems?

There has been both a recent and long history of transmission problems in Ford Mustangs. These transmission issues have been reported to affect 2011-2019 Ford Mustangs with MT82 or MT82-D4 manual transmissions. This is true for both GT and standard Mustang models. 

Driver’s have been reporting a number of issues while operating their manual transmission Mustangs that affect the drivability and the performance of their vehicle. 

Performance Issues: Ford Mustang Transmission Problems

Transmission problems with these MT82 and MT82-D4 transmissions have been causing several problems for Mustang drivers. Drivers have reported experiencing: 

  • A clunking sound while shifting gears
  • General problems when shifting between gears
  • Problems shifting gears in cold temperatures
  • Gears slip or jerk
  • Gears clash and harshly engage


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Drivers also report a massive increase in effort in order to shift, along with premature wear and tear of their transmission, and in some cases and/or eventually total failure of the Mustang transmission. 

If you are the owner of a 2011-2019 Ford Mustang or Ford Mustang GT experiencing transmission issues ––– your vehicle may qualify under the lemon law

Class Action Lawsuit: Ford Mustang Transmission Issues

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Ford for these transmission problems in their manual transmission Mustang vehicles. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that Ford was aware of the issues these transmissions were having when they left the auto manufacturer's possession.

The over-180 page class-action lawsuit lays out that these transmission problems affect the vehicle’s acceleration, deceleration, and speed ––– making it dysfunctional and potentially dangerous for drivers to operate. The lawsuit also pointed out that Ford was allegedly aware of these technical issues, as far back as the release of these 2011 Mustang vehicles. This information was based on the fact that technical service bulletins were sent to Ford dealers, and also that complaints were filed, in regards to this issue, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

NHTSA originally opened an investigation on this issue back in August of 2011, to investigate 2011-2012 manual transmission Ford Mustangs. Through NHTSA's investigations, they uncovered that over 360 complaints had been filed by Ford customers, 300 of which were provided by the Ford Motor Company. indicative of their recognition of the problem, and their compliance with the investigation. This was an indication that Ford was aware of these Mustang Transmission issues as early as 2011, but continued to manufacture and distribute these vehicles. 

More recently, the judge in this class action suit ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (drivers of 2018-2019 manual transmission Mustangs) alleged problems they were experiencing with their transmissions made these vehicles both unreliable and unsafe. 

Keep in mind, if you are the driver of a 2011-2019 Mustang and have been experiencing problems with your manual transmission, opting into this class action lawsuit may not be your only option. 

What are My Options? Ford Mustang Transmission Problems

If you are an owner or lessee of a 2011-2019 Mustang and have been experiencing issues with your manual transmission, you may have the option to pursue your vehicle’s case with a qualified lemon law attorney. Under the lemon law, you may be eligible to greater damages than offered in recompense of this class action, potentially including the repair or replacement of your vehicle.  

Contact our Ford Mustang Lemon Law Attorneys at Lemon Law Autofraud today at +1-888-536-6628 or submit your vehicle information here for a vehicle information history review at