I couldn't help but notice that the manual transmissions for the new
Mustangs were built in China. Didn't care for that, but thought that with
both Ford and Getrag overseeing production, it would be okay. Now I see a
number of complaints are popping up.
Read this on Fox news today:
"A FoxNews.com analysis of the recent NHTSA complaints indicates that a
number of the owners may not be aware of a special feature found on
V8-powered Mustangs that forces the transmission to shift directly from 1st
to 4th gear under light throttle application. This is intended to increase
fuel efficiency during the EPA fuel economy testing procedure and cannot be
turned off, but is overridden during hard acceleration. The manual
transmissions in the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro SS, both built by a
different supplier, function in a similar way."
I haven't driven a manual transmission built since 1993, so I wondered about
this. How are today's stick shifts "forced" to go from 1st to 4th directly?
I thought the purpose of a manual transmission was to be manual.
- posted 9 years ago