Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have heard of the unfortunate news of Shelby GT350 owners suing Ford. The lawsuit is on the allegations that their transmissions and differentials are overheating when speeding.

It appears that this problem is due to the fact that both the base model and Tech Package 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustangs did not come equipped with transmission or differential coolers.

These owners are not only upset, they feel that Ford has cheated them as the automaker did not include these features which are essential to a street-legal track car – which the GT350 is. This Mustang was supposed to be able to hit and maintain high speed with no issues.

However, a survey through the various Reddit threads reveal that some folks feel that these owners may have taken the lawsuit too far.

This is because the owners demanded Ford to reimburse the whole price of the vehicle. The owners even demanded the automaker to cover for punitive damages with an order “enjoining Ford’s deceptive marketing and sales acts and practices,” as disclosed in a Jalopnik report.

That said, this particular Mustang isn’t the only with this issue as the Focus RS went through a similar predicament. The Focus RS also lacked in coolers but when inquired, Ford merely suggested the owners to buy the Ford Performance oil coolers – even though there weren’t any coolers for the RS available for sale.

Well, do you think Ford deserved the lawsuit or did the owners go too far with it?


ThrottleUp · April 6, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Lawyers will be ugly, like the fable of the frog and the scorpion!
Owners should have united behind a campaign from the g6 mustang forum site (or Ford could have created a communication opportunity on their Ford.com site) and asked for pro-bono repairs, transmission and differential inspections, with a loaner while in the shop, and maybe even a 2 day performance school up in Utah. That is a good deal. If you reduce the cure to dollars only the attorneys will win. I am surprised though, that Ford did not run probabilities of the occurrence before releasing the car for sale.

Chris · April 7, 2017 at 10:13 am

With all the pre-testing why wasn’t this issue uncovered earlier… so there were no surprises.

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