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Old 08-09-2017, 08:06 PM   #1
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Am getting back in the Mustang culture, having owned a 2010 GT and subsequently had to sell it in 2013. I've test driven a few 2017 GT's this summer and I like the new exterior design and torque/HP of the new motor/trans. Thus far during test rides, I only got up to 5th gear - and having tested the base GT and GT Premium I have to say the latter with lower gear ratio is pretty neat and the GT Premium package seems a reasonable deal.


For you guys who keep your modern Mustangs stock - what is your opinion on the quality of the vehicle? I am a Harley man, so am use to a bit of tinkering, although stock HD's are pretty reliable, save some dumb mistakes the motor company makes every now and again. I was a bit taken back when I read the window stick on the GT that said the manual trans was made in China. I know many American companies are out-sourcing various parts (including HD), and depending on the country of origin that can be good or bad.
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I get weird bugs with the Sync 3 occasionally, songs from my usb drive randomly pausing and what-not, but that's a software issue that will likely fix in a future update. Actual mechanical issues seem mostly tame/uncommon with the car being pretty reliable, there's always going to be a percentage of cars with issues, but as far as I can tell it's a low percentage with the current generation of Mustang.
BTW, if you go with a 2017 instead of waiting for the updated 2018 (coming to dealerships in ~3 months), I recommend going for the "premium leather trim" option which gives thicker leather with superior stitching as well as soft-touch material for the door panels. It makes a difference IMO.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:23 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip, Spork3245,


I couldn't find much in way of internet articles on reliability, except a Gearhead study that rated owner trade-ins and powertrain issues amongst the 3 modern American muscle cars, and while Mustangs ranked the lowest they did have the highest trade-in mileage which I interpret as owner "fun" factor.


I found some articles dating back to 2013 about made in China manual trans problems...and while anecdotal it seems the issues were subsequently resolved, or at least I hope they were by now!
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Thanks for the tip, Spork3245,


I couldn't find much in way of internet articles on reliability, except a Gearhead study that rated owner trade-ins and powertrain issues amongst the 3 modern American muscle cars, and while Mustangs ranked the lowest they did have the highest trade-in mileage which I interpret as owner "fun" factor.


I found some articles dating back to 2013 about made in China manual trans problems...and while anecdotal it seems the issues were subsequently resolved, or at least I hope they were by now!
The 2013/2014 GTs (previous generation) had MT problems, I'm pretty sure the 2015+ use a different MT/Clutch. The highest mileage at trade in is due to how fun these are to drive, of course.
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Some of the stick shifts on the early coyotes (2011+) had issues, but mine (I've put on 28k miles) has been just fine. I don't think the new S550's have a different transmission, still the MT82.

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The MT82 is known for having clunkiness going into gears, and occasionally locking you out from shifting into certain gears due to the way the shifter is attached to the transmission. The lockout can be fixed with a bracket plate (Blowfish Racing Bracket). This was an issue for 2011-2014, not sure if 2015+ addressed it.
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The sync system in my base GT sucks. From time to time, it will hesitate or the menu will freeze up for few seconds. Only problem other than the stync system was a fan control module for the a/c going out.

Seems to be some issues with the manual trans, haven't heard of anything with the auto being problematic.
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