Mustang Owners Are Suing Ford Over Allegedly Defective Manual Transmissions


Most major automakers are no stranger to recalls and lawsuits. And Ford is no exception. The latest lawsuit for the Blue Oval involves manual transmissions on 2011-2019 Mustangs.

Below is the whole lawsuit, filed by Mustang owners:

Ford lawsuit by GMG Editorial on Scribd

If you don’t feel like scrolling through the whole text, the gist of it is this:

“Plaintiffs are informed and believe and based thereon allege that the MT82 Transmission is defective. These transmissions have a common defect. The defect, which was latent, but existed at the time that the Class Vehicles left Ford’s possession and control, manifests itself over time. The Transmission is defective in its design, manufacturing, and or materials in that, among other problems, the transmission slips, jerks, clashes gears, and harshly engages; has premature internal wear, increased shift efforts, inability to drive, and eventually suffers a catastrophic failure (the “Transmission Defect”).

The Transmission Defect does not merely result in an uncomfortable driving condition. The slips, jerks, gear clashes, harsh, difficult, and inability to shift are related to internal issues within the transmission and clutch components causing hydraulic systems and gears not to function properly, resulting in decomposition/failure of parts throughout the transmission. This damage to the transmission imposes escalating repairs on consumers, including having to replace the defective transmission with a new transmission. Based on Ford’s inability to resolve the Defect, it appears all consumers will need replacement of transmission components including the shift forks, shift shaft, synchronizers, clutch assembly, or even the entire transmission.”

The plaintiffs claim the Chinese-made MT82 transmissions were designed to be mated with lower-powered engines than what came in the Mustangs and that Ford has issued seven different service messages and bulletins about the transmission. The suit also accuses Ford of concealing the defects.

If you’re a Mustang owner and have experienced any issues, let us know your thoughts.

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