Think Mustang engineering has improved? Now the MT82 Getrags are failing!
Think again: this time the MT82 Getrag transmissions behind both the V-6 and V-8 are repeatedly failing. Whether it’s an assembly error or a design error doesn’t appear to be known… what is obvious is that there is a serious problem occurring with the clutch, slave cylinder, flywheel, and MT82 transmissions in many of the 2011 to 2012 Mustangs. Ford doesn’t know or isn’t saying what the problem is, but has replaced some transmissions multiple times and experienced repeat failures. Some customers are unable to use their cars.
AllFordMustangs.com has a dedicated and moderated thread: of (as of this writing) 2700+ posts on 193+ pages about this problem. Now the problem has come to the attention of Mustang enthusiasts all over.
Including ourselves, whose 2003 Cobra suffered a multitude of electrical and engine problems until the engine finally let go (after which casting sand was found in the block). An enormous amount of aggravation, a personal call to Coletti, and a switch to a better dealer (the first being stupid bastards who drove the car around their lot with clanking noises coming from the broken engine while attempting to diagnose it) finally yielded a 2004-spec replacement engine and (at long last) an improved computer tune that didn’t stall every morning. As an example of how pervasive the engine issue was, three Cobras of identical color were receiving engine transplants at the same time as ours. This was the “final straw” for us after a troubled run of SVT Cobras that included our 1999, which suffered the infamous power loss issue (where what Ford originally engineered was different from what was actually built); our 1996 which suffered from severe over-heating and weak synchros in the then all-new T45 transmission; and our 1994 which suffered various issues on small parts that were SVT-specific. While Ford does engineer products that work well in magazine tests, testing before production begins – and perhaps during - appears to be severely lacking. Which makes for a lousy real-world ownership experience. We also observed the sad Ford GT issues, including the enormously expensive multi-issue recall and numerous overheating situations in track events (including SVT’s own Ford GT, whose engineer told us in person that despite two rebuilds it couldn’t be made to run cool enough to survive SVT’s own track events).
How pervasive is this problem? Here is a quote from the head of Ford Customer Care for Northern CA: “We are seeing Mustangs all over Northern California coming in with these shifting problems… it is no longer a limited number… the engineers and tech hotline are aware that this has become systemic with these cars”.
We no longer have any patience for the same old issues with Mustangs. Any thoughts we may briefly have had of enjoying a Mustang with a fabled Getrag transmission are now at an end.
Getrag MT82 Transmission, engineered in Germany and built in China. Note: some posters in AllFordMustangs.com expressed some ugly prejudice about the supposed inability of Chinese workers to properly build these transmissions, and expressed their opinion that the “American built” Tremec transmissions would be superior because they were built in the USA by union workers. Wrong – the Tremecs including the TR6060 are built in Queretaro, Mexico. Ignorance and prejudice don’t help here.