Here's All Your Recent Mustang Driveline News
The video above, which has been circulating through the Mustang community, shows what can happen when you pull the speed limiter from a stock Mustang V6 and run it to 135MPH: the driveshaft takes a hike and chews up everything around it. Obviously there are some compromises involved in delivering a 305-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive sporting car for the price of a loaded Chevrolet Cruze, and this is one of them.
On the plus side for Ford, the other famously fragile part of the current ‘Stang — the manual transmission fitted to all non-GT500 models — has just passed an NHTSA investigation with flying colors.
Of the three reported issues with Mustang manual transmissions — hard shifting, slow clutch re-engagement, and synchro grinding — Ford has released TSBs for the first two and is working on one for the third. The six-speed
Tremec Getrag, which is apparently made in China, has been the subject of vociferous criticism since its release.
The NHTSA preliminary investigation into these problems has concluded with the statement that there is “no indication of loss of motive power or unreasonable safety risk associated with the alleged defect in the subject vehicles.” Although your humble author hasn’t seen any problems during multiple racetrack sessions in Mustangs with this transmissions, other people haven’t been so lucky. We will keep you posted on further developments.