The Ford Mustang is significantly updated for 2018 with revised front and rear styling, updated interior, revised powertrains, and new high-tech options. The V6 has been retired, leaving the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8, each available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 engine has been reworked to create more power and aid fuel economy.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Mustang will be much less reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 and 2020 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
The 2018 Ford Mustang has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
Research Years * Redesign year
Worse Better
00
01
02
03
04
05*
06
07
08
09
10
11*
12
13
14
15*
16
17
18
19
20
21
Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suspension
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Brakes
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Exhaust
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Integrity
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Body Hardware
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Power Equipment
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Ford Mustang owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The top failed to operate after delivery. It was necessary to replace the drive motors."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"The convertible top failed to operate after I took delivery and it took the dealership almost a month to replace the motors that operate the roof."

Al G., WI (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Doors or sliding doors

"Seatback release jammed, making back seat access unavailable. Fixed under warranty a few days later."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"passenger seat back latch stuck. took it to dealer & was fixed that day."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"right rear window intermittently failed to close fully. Fixed under warranty, but recurs at lengthy intervals so will ask dealer to address at next oil change."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Intermittant: Rear window would not close completely with the top up"

M T., FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Display screen goes blank

"The dashboard display went blank and was repaired by the dealer in several hours."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sync 3 frequently loses Bluetooth connection, the Ford dealers know about the problem and cannot do anything about it...very frustrating."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"The vehicle came wit a space saver spare tire. When I start the car, there is a dash indication that the spare requires service. I have taken it back to a local Ford dealer, who claimed they had reset the computer. This worked for about two weeks, and the same problem came back."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)
Speakers

"Speaker rattle common mustang problem"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Dealer replaced module under warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The 2018 Ford Mustang started to have problems shifting gears while driving in November 2018 and difficulty shifting into reverse when stopped. The Check Engine light came on and we took it to the local dealer to find out the problem. The mileage on the car was 6735. It did take several day before they were able to inspect the car and several weeks before the actual repair. Here is the diagnostic of the technician. "Inspected car and found DTC code Po771 and P2704. Road test confirmed harsh engagements when up shifting. Inspected fluid and found it contaminated with metal debris. Removed transmission pan and found heavy metal contamination. Removed transmission from car and placed on the bench. Tore down transmission and inspected all components. Found front pump heavily contaminated with metal. Found E clutch to be at fault causing internal damage to transmission. Snap ring bent and piston came out. Valve body heavily contaminated with metal. Flushed converter but unable to completely decontaminate. E clutch hub damaged. CDF hub damaged. Front pump gear heavily contaminated. Performed cost cap and it was determined to replace assembly. Replaced tran assembly. Flushed cooler lines. Topped off fluid. Road test good. Car okay at this time." Vehicle in.... 25Nov19 Vehicle out... 13Nov19"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

"Third gear needed to be replaced. Was still able to drive it."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Ford Mustang GT350 5.2-L V8)

"The 10 speed automatic transmission had rough and very abrupt downshifts that kept getting worse and Ford had to replace the entire transmission unit."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Premium 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"I have an early productionA10 speed unit that required a software update / reflash. Problems solved perfectly. This high performance tranny is unbelievable. The shift speed is amazing."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

"Downshifts at low speeds occasionally are abrupt,"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.2-L V8)
Transmission computer

"Noticed rough shifting when compared with our other Mustang. A software update fixed it."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Ford Mustang Base 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"windshield leak during rain if car is on incline."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Ford Mustang Base 5.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Car sounds like it's falling apart. Squeaks and rattles in the dash make the car sound cheap and poorly constructed, and get worse with every passing mile."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Check engine light came on, engine ran rough, has happened before, dealer updated the engine computer to fix it, this was the same fix as before."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)
Oil leaks

"We noticed a leak and brought it in promptly. FORD took care of it, and we haven't noticed another leak."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

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

Shocks or struts

"Both front struts leaked oil on my driveway at about 7K miles. Both replaced under warranty. Obviously a Q/C issue from their supplier."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 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

Driveline vibration

"Under heavy throttle application, the entire car shakes and vibrates at certain speeds."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Had to replace complete engine at 1100 Miles"

Anonymous, MI (2018 Ford Mustang GT 5.0-L V8)

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

Heated or cooled seats

"Seats don't cool sufficiently"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium 5.0-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

Paint/Trim

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

Climate System

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

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

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.

Compare 2018 Models

No Data Available
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING, FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
May 24, 2018
A fuel leak can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Roush Performance Products, Inc. (Roush) is recalling certain aftermarket supercharger kits, part number R1318-6006P1-AA, sold for installation on 2018 Ford Mustangs. The hose barb fittings on the supercharger kits may be manufactured incorrectly, possibly causing damage to the fuel lines and resulting in a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Roush will notify the known owners and replace the defective fuel rail subassemblies, free of charge. The recall began on May 31, 2018. Owners may contact Roush customer service at 1-800-597-6874. Roush's number for this recall is REMay2018.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18E035000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 146
POWER TRAIN
Apr 04, 2018
Despite the transmission shift lever being placed in 'Park' and the instrument panel display indicating 'Park,' the vehicle may roll away after it has been exited if the parking brake has not been applied, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Expedition and Mustang and Lincoln Navigator vehicles equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions. A roll pin may not have been installed in the transmission, potentially causing a loss of the "Park" function.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission to make sure it has the roll pin, installing one if it is missing, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S09.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V213000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 142
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Dec 18, 2017
Without a visual or audible warning to the driver that the vehicle is in PARK, the vehicle may roll away after it has been exited if the parking brake has not been applied, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2018 Ford Mustang vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission and a 12.4" digital instrument cluster. If the ignition is turned off when the transmission is not in PARK, the instrument cluster may not illuminate the PRNDL gear position display and the operator may not receive the "Key in Ignition" chime when the driver's door is opened. As such, these vehicles fails to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence/Starter Interlock/Transmission Braking Effect," and number 114, "Theft Protection."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the instrument cluster software, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 5, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 17C21.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V814000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2100
Check Vehicle for Unrepaired Recalls
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Enter a valid 17-character VIN
Change Vehicle