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    NHTSA Closes Their Investigation On 2011-2012 Ford Mustangs


    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    December 21, 2011

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has closed their investigation into 29,807 Ford Mustangs equipped with the manual transmission due to complaints alleging a faulty transmission.

    "There is no indication of loss of motive power or unreasonable safety risk associated with the alleged defect in the subject vehicles. The preliminary evaluation is closed," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a statement on its Web site.

    NHTSA looked into 364 reports of shift quality issues and data from Ford to determine what is the issue and whether a recall would be issued.

    During the investigation, NHTSA and Ford discovered several factors which caused the shift quality to go downhill.

    "Ford identified several factors that may contribute to shift quality concerns in the subject vehicles, including cold transmission, clutch stay-out at high engine speeds, gear clash or grinding, and gradual loosening of clutch plate bolts in some early production vehicles," said NHTSA in its defect investigations summary.

    NHTSA says the largest percentage of complaints came from owners who lived in a cold climate and the problem would go away once the vehicle warmed up.

    Source: Inside Line

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    Sounds like the same old Fix or Repair Daily build quality. I always loved the look of this body style, but my gut tells me ford still is not Quality Job 1. Just stop by any dealership lot and see the amount of rusty parts on Ford Auto's. Very sad and yes I know you can find it on GM and Chrysler and pretty much everyone but Ford seems to be really bad.

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    Sounds like the same old Fix or Repair Daily build quality. I always loved the look of this body style, but my gut tells me ford still is not Quality Job 1. Just stop by any dealership lot and see the amount of rusty parts on Ford Auto's. Very sad and yes I know you can find it on GM and Chrysler and pretty much everyone but Ford seems to be really bad.

    Ford has a buying system that demands that parts get cheaper every year. This is how the Explorer/Firestone fiasco happened... Ford expected tires to be cheaper each year... Rubber has been on the rise... Firestone could only save production costs by eliminating certain features of the tire, which resulted in the tire's capacity coming very close to Ford's minimum specs... meanwhile, Ford was making heavier and heavier Explorers. Add in some under-inflated tires and high temperatures and Boom! Perfect storm. Who was at fault? Ford's insistence that parts keep getting cheaper, IMHO.

    Yes, as you said, Chrysler and GM have their problems... but Ford's cheap parts have led to way more problems. First time I touched a Ford as a young adult (raised completely non-Ford, keep in mind), I broke the passenger side door handle trying to get in a fairly new Ford vehicle. Then you have the issues with the hot ignition switches that catch fire and now the V6 Mustang throwing a driveshaft out of the back of the car (other thread)... Ford is just crap in my book, and always will be.

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