14th Sep 2004, 12:51

This problem is NOT limited to V6s. I have a '96 Cobra and it's now over at Midas for $900 worth of throwout bearing and clutch replacement. This is with 65,000 miles.

And gee, I've been driving standard transmissions since age 14 (20 years ago), so the dumb-ass a few posts back can stuff it.

My '89 GT went 115,000 miles with one clutch and one throwout bearing, in Chicago mind you.

Once again Ford puts known defective equipment in the Mustang. Just ask Cobra owners about the T-45 transmission: Every one has been replaced at least once.

27th Nov 2004, 16:14

Hi, well after reading all these post, I can say that either I am lucky, or I got a throw out bearing that was good (LOL) My 97 GT 4.6 liter engine has 111,000 miles on it (original clutch, pressure plate, and throwout bearing) and this past weekend the throwout bearing started whining, and then squealing, so I went and purchased the clutch Kit for $118.00 and My hubby took it all apart, and when he did the bearing fell in a bizillion pieces and the silly little ball bearings went all over the floor, There was slight damage to the input shaft, but we repaired it, and after about 7 hours of work, the Big Black Baby is back together and running lovely. Oh and we do get a little silly in ours from time to time, Usually only on the weekends, so I don't think it has to do with anyone's driving skills. Just a post to say "gosh I sure hope I don't have anymore trouble out of ours" I love the pony cars!

23rd Feb 2005, 07:59

Hey everyone. I own a 2002 Mustang GT with just under 25k miles.

I upgraded to a Centerforce clutch not long ago, after the first throwout bearing went bad.

I took the advice of the dealer and the local Mustang speed shop, and installed a brand new OEM throwout bearing, along with the Centerforce, and you guessed it, it too is now bad!

I informed the service techs of the problem with the OEM part and my aftermarket clutch, and they said "no problem, we will have it replaced and back to you in no time".

The car has been in their hands now for almost 2 weeks!! They won't admit that there is a problem with the bearings, even though there is a service claim out for them. I received a call last night from the service manager, telling me that I owe them for $350 for labor/parts, even after they told me they would cover it!! I love my car, but this is a bunch of crap!

Has anyone ever had warranty work done on their throwout bearing, despite having an aftermarket clutch?

Any help or suggestions as to what I can do would be a huge help!!! Thanks!


23rd Feb 2005, 08:21

2000 GT. I brought the car back to the dealer 5 times over the last 4 years for the throw out bearing. Each one lasts about 20k miles and that's normal driving to work and highway miles. I've been driving standards now for 20yrs so no driver error here. The last time it was replaced (the first time done without a warranty), the service rep told me it was a revised part and I won't have the problem again. Well sadly a year later, it's in the shop right now, (non-dealership) and getting $550 worth of clutch work done. This is my second Ford and the Ranger I drove before needed a new engine at 28k miles. Their customer relations hotline is a waste of time too. I'm not wasting my time with Ford again!

13th Feb 2007, 19:36

I have a 00 v6 5spd, I replaced the clutch with an aluminum flywheel and new clutch at 40k miles (it wasn't making any noise), and it's lasted the next 65k miles - most of hose after installing a procharger and doubling the hp.

No problems at all with clutch or trans.

9th Jan 2012, 07:01

In response to your comment of the manual transmission going out, well most manual transmissions have problems, and they do not last long. It is better to get an automatic transmission, as these cars are more reliable and the transmissions last longer. Even if they do not have that sports car feel, they do last longer and are more reliable than a manual transmission.

I bought my 2000 Ford Mustang a year and a half ago from a private seller. It is an automatic transmission, and is very reliable after only spending four hundred dollars on it for a few repairs, which were really only nuisance repairs. One of those was only a repair for one breakdown; it's been very reliable since.

9th Jan 2012, 10:59

Manuals are only unreliable if the owner doesn't know how to drive one and fries the clutch. I have never had any issues with any manual transmission on any car I have owned. I have had everything from Mustangs to WRX's. I am up to 4 failed automatic trannies though. So far 4-0 in favor of bad AT's makes me feel manuals are much more reliable. Plus AT's are more expensive to fix when something does go wrong.

9th Jan 2012, 11:22

I suspect either abusive driving or inexperienced driving. I've owned 7 Mustangs since 1975, 3 of which were manual transmissions. In well over 100,000 miles, I never had one single problem with the transmission, clutch or throw-out bearing in any of them. I can't truthfully say that the automatic is more reliable than the stick, as none of my Mustangs has ever had problems with either.