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Old 01-01-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hey, I was planning on recently purchasing a newer Mustang GT (2010-2011), but came across a number of red flags- poor ratings on reliability- specifically transmission issues with the manual.

I understand that both yrs have different motors- was the 4.6L a good engine?

We have a resource in Canada, called Lemon-Aid by Phil Edmonston. It rips the Mustang GT and reports numerous flaws, specifically around the powertrain. It's a well respected resource that appears not to be biased like Consumer Reports, etc...

Anyways, I would appreciate hearing from anyone about their experiences or facts to help dispute this-

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Hey, I was planning on recently purchasing a newer Mustang GT (2010-2011), but came across a number of red flags- poor ratings on reliability- specifically transmission issues with the manual.

I understand that both yrs have different motors- was the 4.6L a good engine?

We have a resource in Canada, called Lemon-Aid by Phil Edmonston. It rips the Mustang GT and reports numerous flaws, specifically around the powertrain. It's a well respected resource that appears not to be biased like Consumer Reports, etc...

Anyways, I would appreciate hearing from anyone about their experiences or facts to help dispute this-

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You'll enjoy the 5.0 a lot more. Most of the stuff you read about transmission problems happened to a small percentage of owners, many who probably abused it.
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I can't speak for anyone else but I've got almost 40k on my '11GT with no mechanical issues.
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I have the 2012GT 5.0. I have 19000 miles on it with the 93 race tune, flow master cat backs and I've had no problems at all!! It's a my daily driver and had no issues at all's. I don't baby it! But I don't run the hell out of it everyday! I couldn't as for a better car!! I've ram it at the track couple of times just to see how it would do and it was up there with most other mustangs!! You can't go wrong with the 5.0 GT!! You'll love the power and the performance!! Don't go by what others write about the great Mustang!!
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I have the 2012GT 5.0. I have 19000 miles on it with the 93 race tune, flow master cat backs and I've had no problems at all!! It's a my daily driver and had no issues at all's. I don't baby it! But I don't run the hell out of it everyday! I couldn't as for a better car!! I've ram it at the track couple of times just to see how it would do and it was up there with most other mustangs!! You can't go wrong with the 5.0 GT!! You'll love the power and the performance!! Don't go by what others write about the great Mustang!!
2011 gt for 2 years... 18k. City only driving. Like I stole it (11 mpg to prove it). 93 r bama tune, CAI, axelbacks. No problems at all... Auto, not the manual though.

You would regret not buying the 5.0 if you got a 4.6. This engine stock is impressive... And the potential to get crazy power is amazing with mods.
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Totally agree with you!!! 5.0 .. You can do so much with it! It's a excellent motor and just bolt ons will improve performance !!!you can't go wrong with it!! For 3 years it has proved to be a terrific engine!!!
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The 10's actually had more quality issues than the 11's. the main thing with these cars is that these transmissions are inconsistent. Some have no issue while other are plagued with them. 42k on mine (miles not kms) and I have no trans issues. I've had at least a dozen track passes, and I drive like a jackass about half the time. Generally if there are any problems with the car they will pop up in the first 10k miles.

It's not to say the issues do not exist but the are not as prevalent as these forums would make them out to be. People have an issue with their car. Search the Internet and find a forum. They create an account and post about their issue. The ones that do not have these issues obviously do not report anything at all
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Hey, I was planning on recently purchasing a newer Mustang GT (2010-2011), but came across a number of red flags- poor ratings on reliability- specifically transmission issues with the manual.

I understand that both yrs have different motors- was the 4.6L a good engine?

We have a resource in Canada, called Lemon-Aid by Phil Edmonston. It rips the Mustang GT and reports numerous flaws, specifically around the powertrain. It's a well respected resource that appears not to be biased like Consumer Reports, etc...

Anyways, I would appreciate hearing from anyone about their experiences or facts to help dispute this-

Thanks!
Sounds to me like lemon aid is biased too. I had the 4.6 and traded it for the 5.0 . When driven normal like a car should be, I haven't had complaint #1. However, I drive mine like an idiot when traffic and road conditions allow. That said, my only complaint is with the shifter not going into gear. You have to remember, probably 90% of us on these fourms abuse our cars. I've owned Ford trucks for 33yrs now with no complaints, the mustang is built by the same company. There's not a car out there in the same price range that even comes close to the mustang. Get the 5.0 and you'll never look back.
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14000 miles on my 2011 5.0 and I drive her rough everyday and she hasn't had one problem but a minor leak where the taillights are back when I got her. Was sealed in an hour by a ford tech.

I feel like certain groups like motor trend and such have a hatred for Ford because Ford is bringing the company back on their own and not using bail out money to still fail.
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35,000 miles on my 2012 5.0 drives just fine. I am considering the MGW shifter though. Just heard too many great things about how much better it feels while shifting through the gears.
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Thak you to all for your informative responses- I really appreciate the information and has cleared up a lot- thanks!!
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Only mrchanical issue ive had on my 2012 5.0 is the stupid upper strut mounts popping at low speeds, but that was replaced under warranty. O and for some reason my gas seems to drain pretty quick
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Only mrchanical issue ive had on my 2012 5.0 is the stupid upper strut mounts popping at low speeds, but that was replaced under warranty. O and for some reason my gas seems to drain pretty quick
lol. And I thought I'm the only one who's got gas draining issue.
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lol. And I thought I'm the only one who's got gas draining issue.
Its a pretty common thing for these cars
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Don't have a 5.0, but most of stuff like this, is luck. You either luck up and get one with no/few issues, or you get stuck with a bad one. From what I've heard of people that do have them, most have no massive issues. So good luck to you!
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Mine's been fine, except Ford had to rebuild the MT-82 when it just imploded, no provocation, at about 2000 miles. 3.73 rear end is a tetch whiney at certain speeds but not enough to make a fuss about.

Stuff happens, it's a mass-produced object. Overall, despite the aggravation I've experienced, I love the car. It's great to drive, fast, gets great mileage for it's power level and is comfy.

Don't saddle yourself with the gas-sucking, boat-anchor 4.6 because of concerns about the trans. Get an auto if you're really worried but, once you set up the MT-82 with a simple shifter bracket and a good knob, it's amazing how good it can be.
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Mine's been fine, except Ford had to rebuild the MT-82 when it just imploded, no provocation, at about 2000 miles. 3.73 rear end is a tetch whiney at certain speeds but not enough to make a fuss about.

Stuff happens, it's a mass-produced object. Overall, despite the aggravation I've experienced, I love the car. It's great to drive, fast, gets great mileage for it's power level and is comfy.

Don't saddle yourself with the gas-sucking, boat-anchor 4.6 because of concerns about the trans. Get an auto if you're really worried but, once you set up the MT-82 with a simple shifter bracket and a good knob, it's amazing how good it can be.
Well the shifter honestly isn't that much worse if not about the same as the camero, challenger, 370Z, etc.

I test drove all those when I bought my 5.0 and really couldn't say the mustang was as bad as people make it out to be. Not that I haven't missed shifts, but I would imagine you'll miss them just as much on the other cars in its class.

Also as stated, easily remedied. Getting a good after market shifter will do far better than anything you can get OEM in any other comparable car.
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Mine's been fine, except Ford had to rebuild the MT-82 when it just imploded, no provocation, at about 2000 miles. 3.73 rear end is a tetch whiney at certain speeds but not enough to make a fuss about.

Stuff happens, it's a mass-produced object. Overall, despite the aggravation I've experienced, I love the car. It's great to drive, fast, gets great mileage for it's power level and is comfy.

Don't saddle yourself with the gas-sucking, boat-anchor 4.6 because of concerns about the trans. Get an auto if you're really worried but, once you set up the MT-82 with a simple shifter bracket and a good knob, it's amazing how good it can be.
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2000 miles he had the problem, anybody who even had any problems would happen early... If u plan to tune or mod, give it a few thousand miles and it doesn't give problems, chances are it will be bulletproof after 5-10k miles and u can tune and do whatever w/o problems... I haven't had any issues yet and had mine for almost 2 yrs, only 8500 miles but still no problems
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Thanks again to everyone for their posts- it's nice to hear directly from the owners on what their experiencing...... I think I will focus my search now on the 5.0!!!
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Hey, I was planning on recently purchasing a newer Mustang GT (2010-2011), but came across a number of red flags- poor ratings on reliability- specifically transmission issues with the manual.

I understand that both yrs have different motors- was the 4.6L a good engine?

We have a resource in Canada, called Lemon-Aid by Phil Edmonston. It rips the Mustang GT and reports numerous flaws, specifically around the powertrain. It's a well respected resource that appears not to be biased like Consumer Reports, etc...

Anyways, I would appreciate hearing from anyone about their experiences or facts to help dispute this-

Thanks!
2011 here, at 10k I put Paxton sc on, have 12k now, and no problems before or after sc with anything on the car. Traded in a 2007 4.6 for this 5.0. 5.0 all the way! Good luck!
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With all due respect to Mr. Edmondston, I think he's full of hot air. I have an 11 GT and the only two issues I've had are gas doesn't seem to last too long and it's hard to keep it clean.
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Sounds to me like lemon aid is biased too. I had the 4.6 and traded it for the 5.0 . When driven normal like a car should be, I haven't had complaint #1. However, I drive mine like an idiot when traffic and road conditions allow. That said, my only complaint is with the shifter not going into gear. You have to remember, probably 90% of us on these fourms abuse our cars. I've owned Ford trucks for 33yrs now with no complaints, the mustang is built by the same company. There's not a car out there in the same price range that even comes close to the mustang. Get the 5.0 and you'll never look back.
The Mustang is the best value under 40K

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And consumer reports has recommended it almost every year of production.
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Only 4k miles on mine and only problems were tail lamps filling with water (repaired fast and easy) and the front quarter panel on the drivers side rubbing against the a pillar (a problem I saw on every 2013 mustang at the dealer, fixed and repainted in no time). Shifter is kinda a pain, if I don't shift fast enough then the gears might make a horrible grinding sound. Mgw shifter might fix it, I hope.
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2012 5.0 manual here with just under 15,000 miles with no problems. I put about 10,000 miles on then started drag racing at a local 1/8 mile drag strip. I’ve got 217 runs with no issues (other than lack of traction) and I plan on having 2 - 3 times more runs this year. You can’t go wrong with a 2011+ 5.0.
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Transmission issues were specific, ford addressed them. This is not something you should be concerned about. You will either still have warranty to deal with it or it has enough miles to have already dealt with it or determined you didn't get one of the very few. Get a short throw. It is sloppy when stock but not defective. You'll enjoy putting it in yourself anyway and then love the feel
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You'll enjoy the 5.0 a lot more. Most of the stuff you read about transmission problems happened to a small percentage of owners, many who probably abused it.
Abused or not a tranny shouldn't have problems at low Kms. My v6 was abused and it lasted 300000 km with neutral bombs and burn outs. Ford acknowledged it was the tranny itself that it has problems. It's the only tranny I know of that shifts hard and grinds in cold weather. They hyped the car up and bragged about how good it is and mass produced it as quickly as they could and cut corners in doing so. It's a china made tranny which means its not going to be good.
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Do you expect to hear bad things about any mustang in this forum? It's biased to words ford. It's a mustang forum. Ask in a Camaro forum and they will bash mustangs. Lol. All joking aside, I am a ford tech and have been for over 15 years. All cars have problems. If you treat either mustang nice and maintain it, Key word, maintain, it will last. I do strongly believe any of fords products are great. I personally drive them and I take care of my cars. Yet have treated me well. Go drive them both and make the decision for yourself.
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In 2008 I was shopping around for a pick-up truck. A Toyota sales person told me every manufacturer makes a good product any more. It's what the buyer perceives as value.

No, didn't buy Toyota. Never will.
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In 2008 I was shopping around for a pick-up truck. A Toyota sales person told me every manufacturer makes a good product any more. It's what the buyer perceives as value.

No, didn't buy Toyota. Never will.
go drive a chevy product...and then say that again...

not hating on chevy for the camero even, go sit in one of the new corvettes, the interior is so cheap...you'd feel like you are spending 100+K for a cheap kids electric toy car.
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go drive a chevy product...and then say that again...

not hating on chevy for the camero even, go sit in one of the new corvettes, the interior is so cheap...you'd feel like you are spending 100+K for a cheap kids electric toy car.
+1 i test drove brand new vettes before getting the stang and they where ok, but then i drove a vette with 10k miles and everything was so degraded with just a 1 year of use. Hope the 2014 is different.
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+1 i test drove brand new vettes before getting the stang and they where ok, but then i drove a vette with 10k miles and everything was so degraded with just a 1 year of use. Hope the 2014 is different.
when I first started looking for a car, I drove a 2004 Z06 with 40K miles that was selling for like 32K. Seemed like a crazy good deal. I got in that car, test drove it, was all excited because it was fun, then went and drove the 2011 mustang 5.0 and was like wait...this "cheap" car feels like a BMW M5 compared to the vette!
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