The Mustang GT does more than go fast in a straight line. Agile handling and good brakes, a tolerable ride and comfortable seats, easy access and a good view out all contribute to a satisfyingly enjoyable drive. It doesn't hurt that the V8 is a hell-raiser that sounds great and the six-speed manual has short throws and an easy shift action.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available from 2005, standard from 2008. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Mustang GT does more than go fast in a straight line. Agile handling and good brakes, a tolerable ride and comfortable seats, easy access and a good view out all contribute to a satisfyingly enjoyable drive. It doesn't hurt that the V8 is a hell-raiser that sounds great and the six-speed manual has short throws and an easy shift action. (The V6 also provides decent oomph.) The rear seat is very tight, but not impossible to use. Fit and finish are mostly good.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (402 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (412 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 (444 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (550 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door trim vinyl came loose and I tired correct. I ended up paying a professional to correct problem"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Peeling on the door panels. The vinyl were not glued properly."

Jose R., PR (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I meticulously maintain my mustang. I've been in the aftermarket automotive industry for 20 years and am very knowledgeable about car maintenance. The paint in the aluminum hood is bubbling to the point it has cracked and broken leaving bare primer behind. This is a known issue and Ford refuses to fix it. Fords warranty states there must be a hole in the metal in order to qualify for the paint warranty. Gimme a break. A 5 year old car with a hole from oxidation....aluminum doesn't rust so all Mu"

Peter M., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Paint peeling on hood die to corrosion"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Edge front of the hood is blistering. Dealer says it's because they used two metals to build it, buth they can t or won't do anything about it. Also, the AM radio is a piece of junk"

John W., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Inside lip of hood is corroding causing paint to bubble and peel on outside lip of the hood"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Paint bubbling on hood Ford refused to repair defective corroding aluminum hood"

Peter W., ME (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Paint on front of hood peeled and rusted"

Barbara W., PA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"original paint job had runs"

Michael A., LA (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"Hood is peeling revealng white galvanic corrosion. This has been present for the past several years and was denied as a warranty repair by Ford."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Paint is bubbling and chipping due to manufacturer defect in paint primer. Manufacturer admits it's a factory defect but won't fix it free, hiding behind the 5 year warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The paint is blistered on the hood and every day continues to spread. The problem started 3 years and one month after the car was purchased. Many attempts were made to have it repaired by Ford but they claimed paint had only one year warranty. The problem is caused by the fact the two metals they used for the hood construction were not primed and painted properly resulting in the mess. The car can not be taken through a car wash and will in the future rust. I will never buy another Ford car and I am very vocal about this issue when asked if I would buy another Ford after years of owning Ford cars."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Paint on center console stain. Had it repainted second that did it that's why I had it painted."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Paint bubbles and cracking along front edge of aluminum hood."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The undercoat is shot. It's bubbling and peeling. We keep this car waxed and the paint looks good, but the undercoat hasn't held up."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The undercoat is shot and the paint bubbles and peels.We keep this car waxed and the paint looks good, but for the undercoat peeling."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Right after the 36 month warranty expired, I noticed bubbles in the paint on the hood"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Paint bubbling inside edge of front of hood"

Jose O., NY (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"paint has a run in it from factory"

Michael A., LA (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"Aluminum hood leading edge corrosion is an ongoing problem with mustangs. A lot of threads about this problem on many mustang blogs"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Corrosion along the front edge of the aluminium hood. Ford and dealer are aware of this problem on many Ford mustangs. Paint is pealing off, paint is blistering, hood has to be replaced or repair, Ford says it's not a warranty item"

Charles A., LA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Front edge of hood on underside is bubbling, large pieces of paint are falling off, best extended factory warranty does not cover. (Ford misrepresentation of warranty coverage)"

Paul F., FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"The paint on the 2011-2012 Mustangs is horrible, The paint chips easily (even without being hit by a projectile). The leading edge of all hoods bubble and Ford refuses to fix it"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Paint on the edge of the hood cracking/peeling. It does not appear to be damage from road debris"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Paint on the hood started to bubble and peel off had to have it repainted twice"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"The paint on my hood bubbled and started flaking off around the edges"

Eric-Angela D., FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"paint bubbling due to aluminum corrosion"

Patrick C., WI (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"Bubbling of paint under front edge of hood"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Paint on aluminum hood is bubbling. Dealer offered to fix at no cost"

Peter M., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"It looks like rust under the paint on the hood. Ford is calling it another name. Don't remember what that is. Ford will not repair. Cost to repair is $500.00. Unfortunately there are decals on the hood that will have to be replaced also. Do not have"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Several spots have "bubbled". These defects were not present when I bought the car. I guess there's a chance this is due to an accident repair made to the car that was unreported by the dealership of by CarFax...or it may be original paint defect"

Daniel G., IN (2012 Ford Mustang GT)

"a little cracking on the hood, possibly from someone backing into my car. No way to tell"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Paint on hoos is cracking, and rust starting"

Barry H., MA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Typical Ford Mustang paint bubbling along edge of hood. Had hood repaired before warranty expired. Bubbling has returned."

Lloyd E., FL (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Paint blistering on the hood and Ford has been unwilling to do anything about it."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Rust

"The 2011 and 2012 Mustang had imperfect aluminum for the hoods. The aluminum was impregnated with iron oxide that caused the front of the hood to flake and rust. Ford refused to warranty the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Galvanic corrosion on hood. Paint is peeling. Dealer quoted $4000 CAD to replace and paint hood and replace performance package hood stripe"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Rust on the front area of the hood."

Jose R., PR (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"aluminum hood had to be repainted"

Patrick C., WI (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"Paint on hood is cracking on front, Clear coat is peeling in a few spots."

Barry H., MA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"My 2012 Mustang is a great car but the front edges of the hood are rusting. As a side note I also bought a 1966 Ford Mustang and guess what also has rust and the location of it. That is correct the 1966 has rust on the hood on the front edges. I guess it runs in the genes."

Mike K., NY (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"I experience a banging noise going over humps in road at intersections.tires on front wearing uneven,and dealer unable to find problem.I have been to dealership 4 times,same problem,and they tell me that there is no problem,banging noise is normal.T"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Noticed cupping of tires and Noise from them after a few miles. Had aligned 2 times and finally had lower control arm ends replaced per warranty. Now I have to put up with the tire noise from before, all tho at least the steering is now good"

Ronald M., WI (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Came new not aligned.selling dealer could not align due to their faulty equipment. Ford hdq helped get it fixed at another dealer"

Gary P., ON (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Bushings

"This is a ongoing problem for some 2011- 2014 Mustangs. Bushings on lower front control arm seem to fail during hot weather"

Alfred L., CA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"rattle in rear sway bar links"

Ed K., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"bushing fgailed in rear suspention torsion bar"

T S., MA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"the rear sway bar bushings went bad, causing a clunking noise to emirate from under the car on washboard-type roads, and the dealership replaced the rear say bar assembly. That solved the problem and everything is now fine. It was covered under warr"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"PREMATURE WEAR CAUSED SQUEAK AND RATTLE"

William R., OH (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Bushings were making noises, Ford replaced them under extended warranty"

Charles A., LA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Replaced rear shocks when I replaced anti-sway bar and have noise from the rear shock upper grommets"

Roger W., KS (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Dealer found the rear suspension leak during the routine service and fixed the problem under warranty coverage"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Squeak while going over a speed bump"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"Leaking shock"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear anti-sway bar bushings failed, creating noise especially when cold. Replaced and still have issue"

Roger W., KS (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"rear sway bar linkage - includes bushings - makes loud knocking and squeak noises. Requires replacement of links and bushings. Began at about 15k miles - has been getting worse. Ford will not replace under warranty"

Roger W., KS (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"apparently bushing were not correctly lubricated at factory...fixed on warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Returning from a trip , we had significant steering wheel vibration at about 120 km/hr. We thought it could be fixed with a dynamic wheel balance and alignment but the tire wear was so uneven that new tires and a wheel alignment were required at about 51,000 kms"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Tie rods

"wore out with only 15,000 miles"

Mark T., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"Related to what I said earlier"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Problem showed up very soon after I bought the car. I think the cause was alignment partly due to bad lower control arms which were replaced at 18,330 miles. I feel that the Pirelli P-Zero tires are partly to blame too"

Ronald M., WI (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Grinding noise that sounded similar to wheel bearing problems on a previous car. Dealership suspected un-warrantied axle issue, diagnosed and fixed warrantied wheel bearing issue"

Bryce K., FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"The clutch and pedal on all Mustangs with the 5.0 Coyote engine have been major problems for all owners. Many have had the pressure plate replaced and return spring on the clutch pedal"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

"There is a shifter bracket under the car that comes from the factory with zip ties. I'm not kidding, the part has zip ties from the factory. On a $50k vehicle"

Thomas R., MA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Linkage bushings leaking fluid. Had to be completely replace"

Brian W., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Rough shifting

"I have had manual transmissions all my life. This is the worst car to drive ever. It's hard to select the gear, it grinds sometimes, it pops out of gear, the clutch slips if you drive it aggressively, it's notchy. The transmission has been in more than seven times and even replaced once. It's still not right. Sometimes it sounds like a chainsaw during acceleration. Ford knows there is a problem here and they are not doing anything about it. It only has 32,000 miles"

Thomas R., MA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"grinds when shifting from 1st & 2nd"

Anonymous, KS (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Ford buys Getrag transmission from China. These trannies had poor synchromesh gears, causing hard shifts. Dealer changed tranny lubricant, which helped"

Dean W., CT (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Very clunky when shifting especially when it is cold. If I keep the engine oil completely at the full line it seems to help"

Michael O., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Problem typical of GT500s in this year and surrounding years where it is difficult to shift from 1st gear to 2nd gear at high RPMs. Ford dealer unable to reproduce, so they will not look into it further. All Shelby GT500 forum sites i have visited"

Derek B., GA (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"The rough shifting was the start of the problem but the service dept. could not duplicate. Until I took the tech for a ride at aprox. 58k Then they took me seriously. I'm glad I bought an extended warranty. It was a costly repair that I didn't pay"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Purchased with shifting issues, was initially very hard and almost impossible to engage second gear in the cold. TSB to change the fluid helped. However, 4 years later issue is not fully resolved. Hard and notchy shifting, occasional clanking"

Manuel M., TN (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"A transmission line developed a leak.Ford split the cost for replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Transmission started slipping due to transmission fluid leak"

Robert T., VA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Similar to a recall on other models. Slips when going into revere after sitting. Oil change indicator errors."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"the computer gave all sorts of error messages (every single "idiot light" came on) due to a faulty transmission gasket"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission oil cooling line to radiator bottom leaked and transmission slowly lost all fluid"

Eric G., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Hose had leak. Replaced at dealer. Not covered by extended warranty"

Robert T., VA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Problem was with the transmission fluid line, there was a leak and the line was replaced. Have had no problems since then"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"the water pump made sqealing noises for a few months then started leaking antifreeze and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Water leaking in through cabin air filter. Caused by clogged drain rubber gasket between firewall and car interior. Fixed self by clearing gasket"

Gary W., PA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"water pump seal failed"

Kenneth K., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"The front cowl seems to leak when it rains and the car is parked. It does not happen when driving. Front mats are wet after heavy rain. Very annoying!"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Convertible top leaks extremely. The trunk is always musty and we can use it for anything in fear it might ruin it."

Ron C., GA (2012 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"Water pump had to be replaced"

Stephen W., NV (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"When it rains and the car is parked, water drips onto the passenger side front floor."

Michael K., MD (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seal around the passenger side convertible window has come undone. No air or water however seems to come in."

Michael K., MD (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"The trunk seems to have a loose part that rattles when you go over bumps. I have taken it to 2 separate Ford dealerships, but neither can diagnose what or where it is"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Front end suspension bushings squeaked replaced under extended warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Front end suspension sqeeks when coming to a stop. Rear end suspension rattles when going over bumps"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Squeaking from rear axle, wheel bearing grinding noise"

Bryce K., FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Intermittent rattle in dash"

Anonymous, NM (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Ongoing rattles in the dash and side speaker that are still unresolved and it is out of warranty now"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"dash rattles"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"a/c was not cooling. Diagnosed by dealer as bad compressor. Replaced under warrranty (car not put into service until 2015 so warranty remained)"

Frank L., TX (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"It was faulty for couple of years but Ford kept saying just low on coolent. Finally would not accept back until fixed. Compressor was bad"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"front on compressor where belt was came apart 7 days out of warranty"

Gordon R., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"A/C compressor failed and was replace at Ford dealership under new car warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Compressor clutch went out. Decided to replace the clutch and compressor"

Ken D., AZ (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Temperature does not adjust for comfort level, hot is hot / cold is cold"

Paul F., FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Air diverter has never worked and all heated or refrigerated air blows out the floor vent only"

Eric G., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

"motor that opened and closed vents failed"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Evaporator

"AC evaporator leaking Freon. Entire unit needed to be replaced with significant labor involved (evaporator is behind the dash)"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"evaporator replaced - remove entire dashboard!"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"crack in steel tubing connecting to the a/c compressor"

Kenneth K., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Leaking AC refrigerant will have to get compressor replaced. That is where it is leaking."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"This car is put into storage each winter. Following storage the AC system has lost its charge and has required repair each of the last 3 years."

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"Leak in high pressure hose in AC system"

Roger W., KS (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"AC valve failure on 2 occasions."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it loses previous settings"

James C., CO (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Radio

"From the first day I owned it, the AM radio has had bad, fuzzy and static-filled reception, especially when doing things like going under overpasses. Dealer admits there's a problem, has changed the radio, but nothing works"

John W., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"The radio went pop and stopped working, I had to have it repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"AMFM reception is very poor. The static makes listening impossible. The radio was replaced twice during the warranty and result wad the same. I was told by the Ford service agent that no one listens to AM/FM radio and Ford's radios are junk."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"It has stopped working but I have not had a chance to have it looked at yet."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"According to a Ford dealership it is a known problem that the radio (on this and other model years) will switch on by itself when no one is in the car. When it does this it drains the battery and it must be jumped to start. Dealer would not repair this because it is out of warranty even through it is a known problem. So, we now carry jumper cable wherever we go."

Ron C., GA (2012 Ford Mustang 3.7-L V6)

"There is static when listening to AM stations, when I returned it I was told that all of them have this problem. I wrote to ford customer service and never heard from them"

Anonymous, NC (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Satelite radio stopped working"

Brian W., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"The AM radio fades out when crossing under just about anything and crackles with static regularly. It's been replaced twice, but the problem remains."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"The veneer is flaking off of all the steering wheel buttons. Cosmetic but very annoying and looks bad/cheap!"

Conor S., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Sync voice commands do not work correctly, frustrating/annoying. Having to use hands ultimately defeats the purpose of having voice commands and is dangerous!"

Conor S., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Same as for Acura TL. Notified of recall on airbag inflator problem, but took a couple of years to get the problem resolved."

Richard W., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Recall on both driver and passenger side airbag sensor, Ford replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"There was a recall notice for the passenger side airbag that took 2 years to be corrected. Parts finally became available April 2017 and has now been repaired."

Claudia M., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"recall on the passenger air bag"

Lawrence T., VA (2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

"Which failed to pair with smart phone"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"When trying to speak into the SYNC navigation function, the voice synching function often does not understand the destination I am trying to reach. Sometimes I must turn off the engine to get it to understand me"

Paul H., AZ (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"SYNC SUX!! The SYNC system is absolutely abysmal. It has never worked correctly since day 1 and has even gotten worse (if that's possible!) over time. It is replete with numerous bugs, inconsistencies and illogical idiosyncrasies. It repeatedly hangs"

Conor S., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"May be difficult to pair up, sometimes works illogically"

James C., CO (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Ford/Takata recall"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Received a recall notice from Ford for Driver side airbag. Pain in the ass getting it replaced by the local dealership. Passenger airbag warning light still goes on. Received another recall notice for that one. Called the local dealership and then said they didn't have the airbag and were waiting. They said they will call me when they get it. Takata should be ashamed at their failure to make a safe airbag. Read recently in your magazine about another person dying when struck by the shrapnel of the Takata airbag. Any information about the class-action lawsuit by Ford (for me) and all the other companies for all other drivers affected? They should pay all of us for the time to replace these. The anxiety they cause people if you really stop to think what could happen to you or your loved one sitting in the passenger seat with one of these defective Takata airbags. CR has power do an article on the current status of legal claims against Takata. People need to know what legal recourse they have if any. Thank you and great magazine: informative, great guide to buying quality items at reasonable and sometimes great prices. Back to the airbag issue I am very disappointed in Ford Motors response to my questions about these airbags; definitely minimizing the situation and not responsive. That also goes for the local Ford dealership. That said I LOVE MY 2012 FORD MUSTANG."

Mike K., NY (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"does not seem to work any longer"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"I had hood sensor replaced on warranty. The battery had to be replaced"

Lorne V., MB (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Body control module

"Motor fail on driver's seat. Had to replace"

Carol H., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Headlights

"One headlight randomly comes on and stays on even when car is parked with headlight switch in the off position"

Peter M., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"drivers side controls to move seat up and down were stripped and so seat could not go up or down"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Horn

"The horn went out in the vehicle and ended up sounding very weak and not at full strength"

Jeffrey J., MO (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Interior lights

"trunk light does not always work"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
USB port

"does not power my electronics"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers were not functioning at time of purchase. Dealer replaced wiper transmission free of charge"

Peter M., PA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The differential was leaking ( my nephew bought a 2007 Mustang new & it had the same problem) I When they did this repair they found the water pump also was leaking"

Sandra M., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Differential failure resulted in the car being shopped for 2 weeks. On a positive note, Ford repaired the car at not cost to me and provided a new Flex as loaner. Back order on parts caused the delay"

Alfred L., CA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"The differential made noise since new. I kept taking it back to ford and nothing done except excuses. Finally dropped it off and said I never wanted to see it again until fixed as it clearly was causing wear on tires. They finally took different apart and found it faulty and wearing . Replaced the difference under extended warranty and I replaced tires and no further problems"

Terrence K., BC (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Started making noise & got louder"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Worn bearing needs replacing"

David L., ON (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Two piece driveshaft causes significant vibration and noise in vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"leaking seal"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Car would lose power without warning, sometime on the highway. Took it to 5 dealers before the 5th diagnosed and fixed the problem. Even thought he car was, by then, technically beyond the 36K mile warranty, the dealer fixed it under warranty. Now"

Anna M., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Relay in start system went bad"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"is would get hot and withen a minute it would go back to normal. Turned out to be thermostat. but dealer took days to find out"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Water pump

"Peak requiring replacement"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"leaked and needed replacement at only 35K miles"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"Water pump leakage, required replacement"

David B., AR (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"water pump leaking needed replacement"

Anonymous, (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

"Water pump failed at 65k miles"

Jeff K., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"leaks and fades easily"

Peter W., ME (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Glass defects

"Windshield chipped. Repair was professionally made, window is fine.....but it still APPEARS as if the chip is still there"

Daniel G., IN (2012 Ford Mustang GT)
Seat controls - movement

"Head rest poor adjustment range. Too far forward at limit of backward setting. Pushes short persons head forward awkwardly. Ford dealer report, can't fix. Mrs will not drive with it installed. (The "other" in the questionnaire is battery self dis"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"trunk release (remote) does not always work"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Brakes have been an issue overall. I have replace 2-3 calipers due to seizing and I have just replace the master cylinder and hydraulic control unit (HCU). I do have to give kudos to Ford because of the brake history they gave me the HCU and labor gratis. That is a $1200 savings"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors warpped at 27000 miles, warranty paid for it"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Squeaking

"breakes make squealing noise when first driven. Goes away quickly"

William D., TX (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Brakes squeeling"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch has just starting chattering--am getting new car before it needs t be replaced."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Have had extensive issues with hard high RPM shifting with this car. The transmission was rebuilt, the shifter has been replaced and the clutch has been replaced. Some improvement but the problem has not been solved"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 5.0-L V8)

"There was severe power loss and every warning light came on. When I got it to the dealership, it turned out to be a broken/faulty gasket in the transmission causing the computer to give out many errors and warnings"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

"I had complained of difficult shifting since the first service. It continued even after I went with two different after market shifters. It was worse during cold weather operation. After the tech was able to duplicate the condition they rebuilt tran"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Damaged by filler at station. No seal. Engine light on"

Carol H., CA (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 5.0-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

"fuel gauge will;l only red half a tank when full. it will operate after the tank falls below half full. but still not accurate."

Tom C., NY (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"fuel sensor malfunctions; car comes to a stop. Must pull over and restart the car. This happens randomly. It was repaired 6 months ago, and has just started happening again."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Base 3.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"One mysterious rapid rise in heat, both on the engine gauge and actually on the engine. Looked underneath the hood and underneath the engine oil or transmission fluid sprayed around the underneath of the engine and on front at the rollbar area."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery Died. Corrosion ate up the positive battery cable"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Ford Mustang Premium 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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