Looking at a 2017 Mustang V6

Thinking about a 2017 Mustang V6 (3.7L) stick shift. No flags on the Carfax report (for what it’s worth). Any known issues with this powertrain combination? Should be taking for a test drive in the next couple of day.


Ed B.

Good engine, The 300 hp V6 is as powerful as the 2005s 4.6 liter V8. 2017 is the last year for the V6. The turbo 4 is the base engine on the car from 2018 on. The transmission is a Getrag MT82 6 speed that V8 owners have filed a class action lawsuit about. I have not seen any significant problems online with that transmisson behind a V6.

The engine is pretty reliable. The transversely-mounted versions do have an issue with the timing-chain-driven water pump being inside the timing cover, but the longitudinally-mounted versions don’t seem to have that problem. As @Mustangman mentioned the MT-82 isn’t any great shakes. Most complaints tend to deal on the 2011-2014 models. The transmission saw a round of revisions in 2015 and again in 2018. It’s okay, I’ve done a few modifications to mine to make it a bit better ( Barton short-throw shifter, Barton two post shifter bracket, a poly transmission mount bushing, and fill with BG Syncroshift II. It’s definitely better than it was . But still lacks the bolt-action precision of the TR-3650 with Steeda Tri-Ax shifter.

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This is a used vehicle and not all of them had the same problems . This one might be quite trouble free or like any used vehicle it could need some care and feeding during your ownership.

The only thing I would wonder is whether the previous owner really knew how to use a manual shift . So I would budget for clutch repair some day.

I remember being impressed when the 2011 V6 out-lapped the 2010 V8, and was quite a bit faster than the 2015 Ecoboost 4 on Car and Driver’s “Lightning Lap”:
2011 Ford Mustang V-6, 3:12.5
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS, 3:13.0
2012 BMW 335i Sport Line, 3:13.2
2010 Ford Mustang GT, 3:13.3
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, 3:13.3
2014 Lexus IS350 F sport, 3:13.4
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, 3:13.5
2008 BMW 135i, 3:13.7
2012 BMW 335is, 3:13.8
2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-spec, 3:13.8
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan, 3:13.8
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-spec, 3:13.9
2008 Lexus IS F, 3:14.0
2012 Volkswagen Golf R, 3:14.0
2018 Subaru BRZ tS, 3:14.0
2008 Audi S5, 3:14.6
2015 Volkswagen GTI, 3:14.6
2017 Honda Civic Si, 3:14.6
2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8, 3:14.8
2008 Honda S2000 CR, 3:15.0
2015 Mini Cooper Hardtop John Cooper Works, 3:15.4
2015 Subaru WRX, 3:15.5
2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost, 3:15.6

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Thanks all, for your kind replies. I was unable to see it on Saturday (daughter moving, friends bailed, Dad and little Sis to the rescue). I stopped by the dealer today to check it out without a salesman breathing down my neck. The mustang is very clean except for some paint bubbling up on the two front corners of the hood. A quick search show some real paint issues with Ford aluminum hoods. At first look it appears to be touch up paint applied to chips on the edge of the hood. Tomorrow I will pop the hood and check underneath, it would be a deal breaker.

Ed B.

Another poster had an issue with his waterpump on his linc mkx due to access issues where repair was pricey. What is the book on the WP for the mustang?

It should be much less as the waterpump on the RWD version of the 3.5L/3.7L has the water pump readily accessible on the front of the engine rather than inside of the timing cover.

After moving my daughter over the weekend I was able to test drive the mustang last Tuesday.

I was pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed driving it with the stick. The clutch took less effort than expected and the shifter worked well. However the dealer was firm on 23k for a 4 year old car with 40k miles with an new price of 26 to 27k. If the dealer had been more reasonable I would have bought it. It’s a shame it was in my favorite color and would have been a good daily driver. I guess it’s a seller’s market.

Oh well, guess I’ll wait for the next one to come along.

Ed B.

I thought that sounded high, but the half dozen of them with those specs near me are right at $23,000.

Buy a new one. If you like a 2017, you’ll like a 2020. They are the same generation.

Plus the new one will have full warranty and better loan rate . Most dealers will see if they can find just what you want from other dealers .

2017 was the last year for the V6 Mustang. From 2018 onwards you can get the Ecoboost 2.3L or the 5.0L V8… Or the 5.2L Flat Plane V8…Or the 5.2L Supercharged V8

New does make more sense at these prices. I’m in no hurry. Thanks for the good advice.

Ed B.

2017, v6, auto, 22k miles, dealer asking $18k. Has 2017 convt for 23k