If you were hoping for a Mustang GT350 for Christmas, don’t wait because Ford has just stopped selling it.
Fly too close to the sun and you get burned. That’s a lesson that Ford just seems to have learned with the GT350 and GT350R because according to one of three recalls issued by the automaker today, the two variants of super ‘Stang are at risk of catching fire. The problem lies with a hose on the engine’s oil cooler. Apparently a tube from the cooler can become crimped and spring a leak, failing to send oil to the engine. As it sounds, the problem can escalate to disastrous proportions.
Without oil, the masterpiece of an engine quickly overheats and can destroy itself, potentially setting a fire in the process. According to Ford, 8,000 Mustang GT350 and GT350Rs are affected, all of which were built between February 24, 2015 and August 30, 2016. As of now, Ford has issued a stop sale order on both Voodoo-powered Mustangs until the problem is fixed, meaning that no test drives or sales may take place for the time being. According to Road and Track, a dealer bulletin states that a fix won’t commence until January 2017 and will extend into March, meaning that wealthy people who want to gift one of Ford’s better creations for the holidays now must wait until a later date to buy the car.
News of the recall was bundled with two other recalls affecting the 2010-2012 Ford Escape, 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner, and the 2017 Super Duty Cab chassis. The 400,000 affected Escapes and Mariners are those with 3.0-liter V6 flex fuel engines, which could be affected by a cracked flange on the fuel delivery module, potentially causing a fire. The Super Duty Cab recall involves a fuel tank shield that can dislodge and allow water or road debris to open a drainage valve, allowing fuel and air into the system or causing a gas leak. No incidents of fires or injuries have been reported due to any of the problem components. Get those Fords repaired so we can keep them on the roads, people!